A few days after Christmas, I finally received what will be the centerpiece of my Ghostbusters collection, a movie accurate figure of Winston Zeddemore. As I said in my Ray review, I really can’t pick a least favorite Ghostbuster. Each one has their strengths and their importance to the overall story. It wouldn’t work if one of them were missing. What I can do, is pick a favorite and it’s always been Winston Zeddemore.
Winston is not introduced until almost halfway through the first film, but, even in his limited screen-time, he got all the good lines. One of the most quoted lines belongs to Winston, he’s the one who instructs Ray how to answer future questions about godhood. From working for a steady paycheck to being turned white by the things he saw, Winston provides the scale of how a common man would relate to the events of the movie. Winston represents the viewer. He’s thrust into this world of ghosts and science right along with us and it’s the Twinkie metaphors that keep us in the loop. Despite his lack of a scientific background, he quickly acclimates and stands alongside the team. When victory is obtained, it’s Winston who gives out the “I love this town” to close out the first film. I loved his character as a kid and I still enjoy him the most hwen I rewatch the films. And now, I’m excited to finally have a toy of my favorite Ghostbuster, even if the line that produced it could use some more love from Mattel.
If Winston is your third purchase in this line like it is mine, you know what to expect from the neck down. I’m still not a big fan of the fact that I’ve paid about $70 for three near-identical figures with different heads. It’s not horribly inaccurate since most of the guys were of average build and around the same height, but it still stings a little more when you see the different pieces mixed and matched on Mattel’s other buck-based lines. Peter should be getting some of his own details (he wore his uniform differently), so that may help. Walter Peck should be a new suit body. And hopefully we’ll see more differences in the figures debuting at NYTF and SDCC. A little more variety would help any Ghostbusters shelf at this point.
Winston’s head is probably the best Ghostbusters likeness so far. They’ve all been decent, but Egon was a little too Al Pacino and Ray’s head seemed out of proportion from some angles – like head on. The only drawback to Winston’s head is that it’s a bit glossier than the other two figures. You can see in the group shots that the glare on him is much higher. I might have to use some dullcote to tone that down because it looks out of place.
Instead of including a pack-in ghost, Winston was given the ghost trap. It’s a cool accessory, but I don’t know if it counts the same asa pack-in. The doors have tabs that extend out a bit for easy opening and the cable is detachable so that it’s as functional as a tiny ghost rap can be. The blue lighting effect fit in seamlessly and is big enough to “capture” Slimer in there if you can find the right balance. There is one big drawback though, the cable is curled from being in the package and it likes to push either the plunger or the trap off the ground. I’m going to have to straighten it out without damaging it.
One thing I was excited about was that Mattel said the Containment Unit (included with Walter Peck in March) will be compatible with the trap. But, as I was disappointed to find out today, the figures can’t hold the traps. The handle is probably of accurate size to the prop, but since it’s smaller than the proton wand, the one-size-fits-all hands can’t hold it. For my pictures, I’ve got Winston holding the cable with it twisted loosely around the arm, and the plunger tucked into the proton pack’s cable. It’s not a deal breaker, but this a silly mistake on a $20 toy.
Like with the other figures, the proton pack is permanently attached. That means it doesn’t count as an accessory. The paint apps (less silver brushing and darker reds) are closer to Ray’s then Egon’s, and the cable connecting the wand is again made out of a sturdier plastic this time around. The upside is that the wand was not as warped by the packaging, but the downside is that cable may be more prone to breaking. Overall, the paintwork on the figure is solid. I didn’t have any issues. Continue to Page 2…