GHOSTBUSTERS: PLASMA SERIES (HASBRO)
“The mouth of the Ghostbusters team, Peter Venkman could probably talk a ghost into trapping itself if he tried.”
Alright, let’s dive headlong into this new Ghostbusters set, shall we? I haven’t reviewed a ton of Ghostbusters stuff on the site, but I’ve reviewed enough to have run out of compelling things to say here in these intros. I mean, really, how many times can you break down the role that each of the Ghostbuster plays? Hasbro did a serviceable job breaking it down in the bio up there, so let’s just jump into reviewing the team’s mouth, Dr. Peter Venkman!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Venkman is figure 1 in the first assortment of the Plasma Series. He’s one of the assortment’s two double-packs, which makes some sense, seeing as he’s kind of the front man of the whole thing. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. Venkman has several parts in common with yesterday’s Egon figure, but does get a new head, as well as new shins, showcasing Venkman’s more lax approach to wearing his jumpsuit and boots. The body sculpt being the same between these two isn’t too unreasonable, and it means that it’s still a pretty solid sculpt in its own right. The new shins work well with the other pieces, and do a respectable job of recreating that slightly unique appearance. His new head sculpt is, of course, the main piece of interest here. It’s definitely not as nice as the Egon sculpt. I think there’s definitely a lot of Bill Murray in the sculpt, certainly more than some attempts we’ve seen, but it’s not quite on the mark. There are some angles where the likeness really peeks through (especially when viewed from the left), and others where he looks far more like Bing Crosby. In general, I think it’s a little bit cartoony. Given the cartooniness of Mattel’s take as well, I have to wonder if that might actually be something coming from Murray himself; I know some actors can be weird about likenesses being too close to their actual appearance. Venkman’s paint work is pretty close to Egon’s, albeit with the expected changes to the head and legs, as well as the new name on the name tag. I did find that the face application wasn’t quite as strong on Venkman, which may be contributing somewhat to the issues with the likeness. Venkman is packed with the same removable proton pack as Egon, as well as a ghost trap, and one of the Terror Dog’s right legs.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Venkman always seems to draw the short straw, no matter who’s handling the line. Neither Mattel, nor DST had much luck with him either, and he’s definitely the weakest of Hasbro’s set. That being said, they managed to land it a bit better on their first attempt than others, and I think he really only sticks out as the worst because of how high the bar is with the others. He’s not a bad figure by any stretch of the imagination, and he certainly could have been much worse. And, hey, at least he’s not permanently slimed, or weirdly replaced by a Walter Peck figure. That would be weird, wouldn’t it?
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