I was going through my box of unreviewed toys last week and ran across the Ready to Believe You Venkman. Oops. I’m not ready for Nekron Week, I’m caught up on MOTU, I still need to find a few more Marvel Legends… so what the heck, let’s do a Ghostbusters review.
I don’t mind doing Ghostbusters reviews, but they’re kinda difficult for me. In a Kobra Khan review I can blather on about childhood nostalgia that’s evoked by a great figure. In a GI Joe review, say Airtight, a fantastic figure can overcome the lack of childhood attachment. When it comes to a Ghostbusters review, I’m just kinda bummed out that they’re not cooler.
It’s not that the figures are bad. They’re serviceable. For this particular figure, the reused head sculpt is recognizable as Bill Murray even if it’s not spot on. The reused body isn’t an issue because it fits the need (even though it’s not movie accurate). But just having the figure doesn’t fill me with any joy. And I love Ghostbusters. It’s one of my all-time favorite things. As a toy collector, this should be one of my all-time favorite lines. But somehow, either through something inherent to the idea of movie-based Ghostbusters action figures or through what Mattel has done here specifically, I just feel like I’m buying these figures on auto-pilot. I always feel like I should stop.
One of the reasons this figure can’t do much more than be serviceable is the lack of accuracy to the movie. Honestly, I don’t tremendously care if something is screen accurate, but that would at least be a selling point to help Mattel out with these figures. If you’re into screen accuracy, then you can’t help but notice the little wrong details on this buck body: the coat should be buttoned up, Peter & Ray shouldn’t have black pocket protectors, and Peter should have a green tie. I don’t descend into this level of nitpickiness easily (and I actually get a kick out of the metallic blue tie), but it just gives off the vibe that very little joy went into designing this figure too.
Part of that may just be due to the kit-bashed aspect of the figure. There’s nothing new here. Any one of us could have made this figure a year-and-a-half ago by swapping heads and taking a Sharpie to the pocket protector. I know I’m a sucker because I bought it, but it’s difficult to get excited about spending $35 ($22 plus UPS shipping) on a figure I could’ve made at home with little effort. There was a reason to buy the figure though, it just wasn’t the figure itself. Continue to Page 2…