GHOSTBUSTERS: THE PLASMA SERIES (HASBRO)
Ranking probably in the third spot on the list of most memorable Ghostbusters ghosts, the Terror Dogs serve as Gozer’s precursors in the first film, eventually transitioning to full-fledged hench-dogs by the film’s climax. Like Gozer, the Terror Dogs were a notable absence from Mattel’s 6-inch Ghostbusters line, though they did get some toy love from both NECA and DST. Now, Hasbro’s jumping in on the game with at least one of the two.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Terror Dog is the Build-A-Figure for the first assortment of Ghostbusters: The Plasma Series. Honestly, this feels like a more natural choice of BaF than the wonky Logo Ghost that we got from Mattel’s one retail line, so I can definitely get behind it. There are two Terror Dogs in the movie, Zuul and Vinz Clortho. Since we technically already got a Zuul in this set (in the form of the Dana Barrett figure), this guy pretty wisely goes with the Vinz Clortho option, as showcased by the slightly longer horns on the head. The figure measures 5 inches tall and 6 inches long in its standard standing position, and it has 25 points of articulation. The articulation is pretty good…on the front half. Not so much on the back. Seriously, the neck joint, moving jaw, and front legs all work well, but the total lack of any sort of mid-body joint, the odd decision to only do cut joints for the back hips, and the lack of a proper knee joint on the hind legs makes the back half of the figure surprisingly stiff. I was a little let down by the lack of mobility there. Also, make sure to not be a total idiot like me, and get those hind legs on the correct sides the first time around, because that will only further make issue of posing the figure. On the plus side, moving past the slightly disappointing articulation, the sculpt is actually pretty nice. There are a few spots where its a little soft on the details, but it’s a far more accurate recreation of the film design than the DST and NECA versions, at least to my eye, and fits in very nicely with the rest of the line in terms of styling. The paint work on this figure is pretty solid as well, with a nice bit of accent work going on with the silver airbrushing. It brings out more of the sculpted elements, and also gives the figure a cool sort of otherworldly feel, which is appropriate for the character. The Terror Dog doesn’t include any accessories. Being an accessory itself, it’s not unexpected or unreasonable, but I do think it’s too bad we couldn’t also get a second Zuul head to give collectors the option of which dog they want to display. Of course, the only way to get a second body is to buy the whole set again, which might not be a ton of fun, so maybe Hasbro’s got something else up their sleeves on this one.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Terror Dog has never been the star attraction of any Ghostbusters merch for me, so I was really buying this set for the individual figures, and not this guy. I was, however, intrigued by the figure, and certainly curious to get it assembled. Ultimately, I’m not the biggest fan of some of the choices Hasbro made, but at the end of the day, it’s a good accent piece to an otherwise truly impressive assortment of figures.