“I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost.”
Kicking off Hasbro’s 2020 line-up for their newly acquired Ghostbusters franchise are none other than the first wave of The Real Ghostbusters action figures. Originally released by Kenner way back in 1987, these figures served to compliment the animated series.
This re-release by Hasbro retains the ’80s look with the retro package art, complete with the Kenner logo. Each figure’s design replicates the original figures from the ’80s, along with the classic accessories.
The original release had 6 action figures in total. Unfortunately, Slimer and Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man are nowhere in sight, suggesting that they are probably hitting shelves as a second wave. Looks like Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore will have to settle for battling their respective mini translucent ghosts.
Each Ghostbuster figure comes packed with a Nutrona Blaster (in 4 different colours) and Proton Pack accessories, in addition to a unique ghost adversary. Each figure also sports 5 points of articulation, the basic arms, legs, and head.rotation.
Each of the Nutrona Blasters also feature a rotating “action zapping ray” to simulate firing of the blaster when battling ghosts.
The Nutrona Blaster is connected to the Proton Pack via a yellow string, and can be mounted on the side with ease. But since the zapping ray is not removable, we end up with a blaster that’s still firing off its ray when mounted on the Ghostbusters’ backs. Logic aside, it just means you’ll have to cater to a shelf with more vertical space if you want to display them with their blasters mounted on their packs.
Taking a closer look at their side profiles, one would wonder why Winston’s head mold is looking upwards. Perhaps he was in mid-conversation with Egon. Regardless, it’s nice to see how each character is distinctly different. Not just by their face molds, but even down to their body shapes, uniform details and colour, to match their cartoon personas exactly.
Hasbro’s The Real Ghostbusters classic Kenner action figures are out in stores from today, retailing at S$29.90 (US$14.99) each. So if you want to relive the glory days of Saturday morning cartoons while staying home, time to start hunting online!