For a long time, the Real Ghostbusters toyline were the only Ghostbusters toys out there, excluding the Extreme Ghostbusters toys. While great, we nonetheless hoped we would someday get proper toys based on the movies. While in 2004 NECA started releasing toys based on the first movie, rights issues kept us from getting any of the Ghostbusters themselves. It wasn’t until 2009 that Mattel obtained the rights to make Ghostbusters figures, and damn did they do a great job.
The figures themselves are great, painstakingly detailed and fantastically well-articulated. While the other ‘Busters keep their uniforms tucked properly into their boots, the laid-back Venkman just leaves his untucked, just like in the movies.
The ‘Busters come with Santa hats, referencing the montage scene from the movie. However, they’re made of fabric, and quite frankly look a bit silly. It’s tricky getting them to stay on the figures’ heads, and they don’t mesh well with the figures at all. It would have been better if they were made with molded plastic, but I guess you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Lastly, I want to mention the Ghost Trap. There’s only one included, belonging to Egon (though I guess you could give it to whoever you choose). Like everything else, the detail is great, and it’s even attached to a little foot pedal. The doors even open!
All in all, it was a great little set, perfect for collectors. At the time, it cost about $50, which was just right. Of course, now it’s much harder to come by. If you’re a huge Ghostbusters fan, you might want to track one down.