The Ghostbusters line is on the tertiary of my collecting interest. It shouldn’t be. I love the movies. I love the cartoon. I’ve always had Ghostbusters something around whether it’s a t-shirt, a pin, or a Stay-Puft shaped notepad. But for some reason, I’m just not that excited piecemealing my GB’s together month-to-month. Of all my SDCC exclusives, I was the most lukewarm to Egon (he’s s a cool figure) and in that Twitter feed to the right you can see me tweeting back-and-forth with ActionFigurePics about how I just wasn’t excited for the upcoming Ray before he got here. Ray is up for review today, but does he rekindle my interest in the line?
I can’t pick a least favorite Ghostbuster. Winston was always my favorite, followed by Venkman, and then Egon. So Ray should be my least favorite, but I don’t think I could characterize him that way. Ray was clearly the heart of the team. You couldn’t see Egon and Venkman hanging out together. You knew they functioned as a group because both were friends with Ray first. Ray and Egon talked shop. Ray and Peter talked movies. Even when they added Winston into the mix, he was fastest friends with Ray. Ray’s the identifiable guy. He wasn’t the smart one, or the cool one, and he wasn’t the new guy. So, almost by default, he ends up being the most important Ghostbuster – the guy the team was built around. I don’t think of Ray first when I think of the Ghostbusters, but storywise, he’s very important. No Ray? No Ghostbusters. I’m going to have to remember that going forward.
If you picked up Egon, you know what to expect of Ray’s sculpt from the neck down. I don’t like that all the Ghostbusters will have the same body, but I don’t think they needed four unique bodies either. The guys are all between 6′-6′ 2″ and of average build (I think of Ray as fatter and Egon as taller, but that doesn’t come from the films…). So, technically, they can all have the same body, but some variety might be nice. Maybe I’m still traumatized by Playmates Star Trek: Voyager line. They did the whole crew with only three bodies – tall man, short man, and woman – ugh. Maybe when Mattel gets to Venkman, who should have some different pieces, the ensemble will look better. I can only hope.
So, what makes Ray unique is all in his noggin. Of itself, the head sculpt is okay. I can see Aykroyd when I look at him, but it does seem a little small compared to Egon. I don’t know if it was resized in production, but if it were a little bigger – or even if the neck were a little more slender, I’d probably be a lot happier with it.
I did have one blip on my Ray. Unbeknownst to me until I opened it, Ray has two left hips. I haven’t decided if I’ll try to go through Mattel’s Customer Service and get it replaced yet. It lines up okay for the most part, so it’s only a minor annoyance. At $20, we should be expecting near perfection, butsince I haven’t heard of rampant QC problems on the figure I’m just going to assume I drew the short straw. On the upside, I might end up being able to use the extra peg hole (for the hose when on the proper side) to attach Winston’s trap to the figure.
The proton pack isn’t an accessory since it’s attached, so I consider it part fo the sculpt. It’s identical to Egon’s, but the wand and tube are made of a sturdier plastic this time around. The upside here is that the wand is not as warped by the packaging, but we might lose some durability over the long run. It feels a bit brittle comparatively.
The paintwork on the figure is decent with one exception. The paint apps on the head bring out the details. The proton pack work is excellent. The little silver details on the zippers and clasps are sharp and the tampos for the name and logo are perfect. But I’m going to have to touch up the paint around his collar. The black t-shirt wasn’t painted to the edges and wasn’t painted at all where the neck attaches. It’s not bad from a distance, the overall shape is right, but up close it’s annoying. Continue to Page 2…