REAL GHOSTBUSTERS RETRO ACTION HEROES (MATTEL)
When it comes to the original Ghostbusters, I’ve always felt that Winston Zeddemore, the team’s fourth member, doesn’t get all of the credit he deserves. Though he may be a later addition to the team, he’s a very important element in their success. As the only non-scientist in the bunch, he’s also the only of the four with any real common sense, and it’s always been my firm belief that without him the other three would have been more ghost than buster before the credits rolled. Fortunately, by virtue of them being a four-man band, Winston is just as lucky as the others when it comes to action figures. Today, I’ll be looking at his Mego-inspired Retro Action Heroes figure from a few years back.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Winston was part of the four figure basic assortment of Real Ghostbusters Retro Action Heroes figures released by Mattel in 2011. As with all of the others in this line, Winston is patterned on his appearance from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon. For Winston, it wasn’t really too far from Ernie Hudson’s look in the second film, albeit a little more colorful. The figure stands 8 inches tall and has 18 points of articulation. He’s built on Mattel’s in-house Mego-styled body, which I’ve never liked quite as much as the original, but it’s what they used for the others. It could be worse. Winston got a new head sculpt, which was a pretty decent match for his animated counterpart. The cartoon designs really did lend themselves to the retro style of these figures, so Mattel certain made a good decision there. Winston has a cloth jumpsuit, which is the same one seen on both Ray and Egon, just in different colors, obviously. He’s also got a pair of rubber boots, and his proton pack and neutrino wand. As I’ve mentioned in prior reviews, the proton pack is definitely a highlight of these figures. The colors on Winston are definitely nice and bright, and the little bit of paint on his face and proton pack is certainly nice and sharp. In addition to the proton pack, Winston comes with one more piece of ghost hunting equipment: the ghost trap! This was actually my favorite of the extra equipment included with these guys; it does a really great job of capturing the design from the movies and cartoons.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up the retro Ghostbusters figures one at a time as I found them at Toys R Us. Winston was the third one I picked up, and, as luck would have it, he’s also the third one I’ve reviewed on the site. Nifty coincidence, right? Winston’s a solid figure, though, obviously it’s a style you have to have an appreciation for in order to get the figure. I definitely love him, though!