Friday, August 23, 2013

[Toy] Owning Bill Murray

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When I was going through the excitement of my Masters of the Universe Classics
fad (lets face it, that is exactly what it was), I also noticed that Mattel were
doing some Ghostbusters figures. I have always loved Ghostbusters, I remember
seeing it at the cinema and the scene where the librarian ghost gets all scary
in the face, well, I got scared and covered my eyes.I still love the movie and I
also love Bill Murray. Now I have a little plastic Bill Murray in his
Ghostbuster outfit! Lets take a gander!

The package is much along the same lines as the Masters packaging, with the
mailer box and the carded figure in the bubble. Obviously since they are trying
to show all the goods, the figure is squashed into a rather awkward looking pose
with his proton pack firing away.
I do like the inclusion of a little info card on the back.

As well as the Ghostbusters logo on the top.Venkman looks pretty good when out
of the box, but after my initial excitement of having a Ghostbusters toy, during
the course of the photo shoot, I kind of felt my enthusiasm waning somewhat. Its
a well sculpted toy and the proton pack looks pretty good, as well as it being a
great representation of how he looks in the movie.

Thats where it falls down a bit however, as no matter how good a translation of
the movie images one gets, it is still just a guy in a puffy bland suit. Even
though it does look like Bill Murray.The face sculpt is pretty damn fine. I love

As are the rest of the suit details. Well of what there are, the GB logo is
sharply applied as are the other paint applications. Suit sculpting is good with
pockets, zippers and folds all included.

The articulation on this guy is a lot better than I thought it would be. Two
things I dont really like though are his elbows and hip joints. The elbows are
semi hidden by the elbow pad, but because of this, if you attempt to straighten
the arm it comes out with a freaky looking bump. The hips on the other hand, due
to the way they are formed really break up the sculpted pants when you spread
his legs apart. I have always hated this type of hip joint and its the main
reason why I didnt get the Avengers(Ruffalo) version of the Marvel Select Hulk.
The ankles are also hindered by the sculpting of the pants as wel but even with
these things it is a pretty poseable toy, even to the point of doing stuff one
wouldnt expect!

Of course, all we really care about is how he looks with his Proton Pack!
Luckily the detail on the pack looks beautiful! It has a mount for the hand
piece and is permanently attached to the pack by a tube! Its very cool!!

The hand piece is a little bit squishy and I found because of that it was a bit
of a chore to get onto Peters hands. He is of course able to hold it two handed,
which one would expect.

It also comes with an effect part which is a nice addition and it actually looks
OK. In the box its in two parts sadly you need the smaller part to attach to the
hand piece, so you dont get the option of having two lengths. To be honest
though, it wouldnt look right without being fairly long anyway.

Another part Peter comes with is a rather nice Glow in the dark Ghostbusters
logo. Judging by the way it has a peg on it, I suspect is is meant to be a stand
for Peter. It is a bit small though so hell probably have to have one foot off.
Oh well, at least it will stabilise Peter even more.

It doesnt glow all that impressively however. I am a sucker for GITD stuff
though.While this is a pretty well sculpted figure, I just dont find myself
being as excited as I thought I would be by it and I suspect that it is entirely
due to it being a dude in a jump suit of some sort. Sure the proton pack is ace,
the effect parts are cool, the face sculpt is pretty damn fine and even the
articulation is good (aside from the look of the elbows and hips), but it is
still just a dude in a baggy suit. Ill be keeping it for sure and maybe if I
bothered getting the other Ghostbusters in their suits it might increase the
coolness of the figure somewhat, but unless they become super cheap (unlikely
since they were Matty Collector only pieces) I doubt Id bother getting the
others, although Ray was my second favourite GB character (and I do love Dan
Akroyd as well ).Its a tough call really. One by itself looks a bit drab but is
a well done figure. Maybe I shouldve done what I did with the Ninja Turtles and
Kaizoku Rangers, and that was immediately hunt them all, in the thinking that if
one is crappy, they would look less crappy if I had the whole team. Mind you,
with the stupid release system that Mattel had set up for these guys, slow
postage and initial charges, as well as the high risk of the transaction being
cocked up and the fact that I bought Peter here before I was into the Kaizoku
rangers and the Nick TMNT, I would put it down to naivety. My final thoughts for
this toy are: Very well done toy, but get all of them, not just one.

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