GHOSTBUSTERS: THE PLASMA SERIES (HASBRO)
“As the heart of the team, Ray Stantz is always eager to get down to bustin’ business!”
Okay, let’s do this intro thing. Yeah, right, intro…Umm, so one time I took a “which Ghostbuster are you?” quiz and I got Ray. And it kind of baffled me a little bit, because Ray’s my least favorite–let me rephrase–Ray’s my fourth favorite Ghostbuster. Like, I mean, I don’t *dislike* the guy, but he fades into the background a bit for me. So, you know, there it is. Well, best review the figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ray is figure 2 in the first assortment of Plasma Series figures. Like Venkman, he’s one of the double packs in the set, and if I’m honest, that seems a little surprising to me. I’m guessing Egon and Winston will be getting repacks down the line, but it does feel weird for Ray to be twice as common as them. But he’s my
least fourth favorite Ghostbuster, so what do I know? The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. He still shares a number of parts with the other two figures, but gets his own head and torso. The torso gives Ray a slightly pudgier build than the rest of the team, which is appropriate, and certainly better looking than how Mattel handled it. It does make it a little trickier to get the proton pack in place on this particular figure, but I was able to get it properly attached without too much extra effort. The head sculpt is a pretty strong piece, pretty much on par with the Egon sculpt in terms of likeness. Again, this is another area where this figure really out paces the Mattel offering, as I always found their Ackroyd likeness to be their worst of the bunch. This one, on the other hand, is pretty much the spitting image, goofy expression and all. Ray’s paintwork is pretty darn solid, with the basics more or less matching the other two. Like Egon, the face print works very well here, and really just lends even more to how good that likeness is. In addition to getting the same proton pack as the other two, Ray is also packed with his goggles he’s seen sporting early in the movie, as well as one of the left legs to the Terror Dog. The goggles in particular are a really strong piece, sitting snuggly on his head, and managing to not look too bulky, while still not requiring his hair to be too matted down in order for them to look okay.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ray’s not ever really going to be my first choice when it comes to the Ghostbusters and toys, but I won’t deny that this figure did jump out at me when I saw the initial photos, and again when I saw the figures in hand. Hasbro definitely put a lot of effort into getting him right, and the end result is another really strong figure. He doesn’t quite beat out Egon, but personal preference may factor into that ever so slightly.
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