31 Days of Toy Terror: Spectral Ghostbusters from The Real Ghostbusters Minimates by Diamond Select Toys
Spectral Ghostbusters were evil doppelgangers of the Ghostbusters and appeared in the episode "Citizen Ghost." Ready for a look at some spooky evil Ghostbusters? Then join me after the break...
While the Ghostusters figures have a lot of nice sculpting on them, unlike some Minimates, the paint work is typically gives the characters their flare and this set is no exception. Remember, these are spectral beings that are evil doppelgangers of the Ghostbusters so while the faces look like the animated renditions of the fabulous four, they're also more evil and ghostly. First, I love the use of the translucent green plastic for the heads, hair pieces, and hands. This give them a great spectral look that meshes well with the faces. While the faces are simple line drawings, there's also some added green flames or energy trails that look as if they're being emitted from the mouths and eyes. The uniforms and packs are covered with painted details, each fgure has a crisp "no-ghosts" logo on their right shoulder, and underneath the torso piece you can find a simpler version of the flight suits in case you want a simpler version of the character that you can put in a vehicle or pose more easily. Let's hope an Ecto-1 comes out someday!
These guys come loaded with accessories. In addition to the proton packs (which are attached to the figures' torsos) each 'buster comes with an energy stream, elbow pads, and a ghost trap. The energy streams are green here (since the Spectral Ghostbusters used a more slime like energy beam) and can be attached to the end of the neutrino wand/ particle thrower. The ghost traps are really cool and can be stowed on the side of the proton pack. Ray also has a spot on his belt where you can attach a trap, if you wish. The elbow pads are certainly part of the uniform look, but they can easily be removed by sliding off the figures hands. Remember, too, that Minimates come apart easily and can be customized as you see fit, so arms, hairpieces, heads, and torso can be swapped with most other Minimates to create your own unique characters.
There has not been a pack of Ghostbusters Minimates that I've been disappointed in. I absolutely love this line and am always trying to fill in the few small gaps in my collection. They're really very accurate for such small figures, quite expansive, and tons of fun. This set is great because it gives you the best of both worlds: the creepy paint and translucent look of the ghost figures but the cool technology and interactivity of the Ghostbusters themselves. I'm giving this set a Great since it's simply a repaint of previous figures, but man what a repaint!
Looking to score this set? You'll probably have to check the secondary market now as it's been a while since it was released but there is still a slow trickle of new product being released. Check this out- it's a new set of the four main guys called the "I Love This Town" boxed set. These guys not only come with tons of new gear and swappable marshmallow covered pieces, but they also are the first Minimates Ghostbusters with removable proton packs. Could this possibly mean Diamond is planning on releasing a Minimates Ecto-1? Let's hope! You should probably head on over to Big Bad Toy Store and pre-order your set today while they still have them available!