Mattel Ghostbusters Slime Blower Ray Stantz Action Figure Mattel, 2011
Day #801: November 28, 2013
Slime Blower Ray Stantz with Cinema Ghost
Ghostbusters Club Ecto-1 Action Figure
Item No.: No. T5819 Manufacturer:Mattel Includes:Non-removable slime blower, Cinema ghost, stand Action Feature:n/a Retail:$20.00 Availability: October 2011 Other: This Is The End?
While there are figures I went out of my way to buy at full price, Slime Blower Ray Stantz was not one of them. I loved Ghostbusters as a kid - it was funny, it was scary, and three science guys made sure nobody had any monsters under their beds. What's not to love? I had a set of the four main Real Ghostbusters and a couple of odds and ends, but due to me being cheap I didn't run out to grab Mattel's line - and I somewhat regret this. Well, until I found out in mid-2013 that these guys were getting dumped at Big Lots! for $10.00. And then I did one better during a trip to Los Angeles, I found out Mattel's company store had Ray and a few others for $3.99 each. Good or bad, I'll buy pretty much anything in this scale for five bucks - and I got my money's worth. Honestly, I think most Matty figures are probably worth the $20ish. It's just the shipping - another $8 or more - that siphons off the value.
Ray looks pretty good - this is a Slime Blower Winston body with a Ray head, which is sort of a cop-out and, at the same time, the kind of thing you do to make your budgets work. For a higher-dollar prestige collector line, it's not something buyers appreciate in the slightest and this sort of "head swap" is what put me off Star Trek in the 1990s. Were it a better figure I'd like it more - Ray was packaged not holding the Slime Blower correctly, and after futzing with it I got it more or less holding the gizmo correctly. The second movie isn't a favorite of mine, but I can't deny that the Slime Blower turned out great with lots of painted detail. Lots of hoses, lots of stripes - I got my money's worth here. Ray's head is a decent Dan Aykroyd likeness - while it looks vaguely Nixonian, there's no mistaking it for someone else. It's Ray. As my only movie Ray so far he's pretty good, but the non-removable backpack is sort of a bummer.
Joining Ray is a Cinema Ghost, a nicely freaky purple clear creation with some frosted deco on top. This is, without a doubt, the selling point here. His pink shiny teeth are hard to ignore, as are the six blank white eyes. The ghost has a jointed tail and a couple of joints on each arm, plus it plugs in nicely to the display stand.
I would love to see Mattel put out packs of just ghosts - no likeness rights, they're small, and they're really cool. I may go try to grab other figures just to get some more of these ghosts because they're so gosh darned neat. (So far I've got this one, Slimer, and a Librarian Ghost.)
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