I 16bit.com Figure of the Day Review: Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto Mini Rowan Mini Figure

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Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto Mini Rowan Mattel, 2015
Day #1,538: September 26, 2016
Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto Mini Rowan Mini Figure Rowan
Glow in the Dark!

Ghostbusters Ecto Minis
Item No.:
Asst. DRR94
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Glow in the Dark
Retail: $2.97
Availability: June 2016
Other: Look for "AS" on the back of the bag

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Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto Mini Rowan Mini FigureHey, it's Neil Casey! Rowan is the evil creepy bellhop of the 2016 Ghostbusters movie, and to say much more would probably be a spoiler, but whatever - he's the bad guy, he glows in the dark, and people hate him. Mattel did a run of blind bags for mass retail (new movie) and Walmart exclusively (classic), and if you were lucky you probably got a deal on them. I found the new movie wave for 20 cents a whack last month, so I bought all they had. This is the first one I opened and I'm wondering if it's scientifically possible to have received multiple Rowans, which would be unpleasant.

Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto Mini Rowan Mini Figure

Blind bag figures are fun, but rarely do they feel like a screamin' deal - but this one ain't bad. The super-deformed figure has a jointed neck and stands a hair above 1 1/2-inches tall. The sculpting ain't bad - there are little folds and creases in his uniform plus holes in his feet for any stands you may have that might fit. More surprisingly, the fleshy face glows in the dark - just not very well. Glow paint is rarely as good as glow plastic, but there are better glow paints than this. This one ain't great.

Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto Mini Rowan Mini Figure

Compared to the minis I grew up with, this is a gem. Painted buttons?!? Decorated eyes, whites and all? Eyebrows? I remember when you got a little sidekick figure in an early 1990s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figure, and the cardback showed painted details and what you got was neon orange plastic. This guy has painted arms and shoes, too. He stands just fine, and his pose makes me assume he hopes that you keep on trucking. It's dynamic, but that's not quite right for the calculating, thinking bad guy that is Rowan.

When I opened the bag of my very first mini, my reaction was "Ugh, Rowan." After getting in close, I can say that was unfair - Mattel did a bang-up job on a figure that didn't need to be very interesting. I would've preferred a silly hat, but I'm still getting over the glowing face and quality head paint job given the size/price. I'm not going to say you have to get this specific figure for your toy box, but if you get it at least it's not a bad one. Given a Hot Wheels car is a buck and a Jakks Nintendo figure is $5 or so, this isn't exactly a lot of bang for the retail buck - but if you're getting it for $2 or less? You're gonna be OK.

--Adam Pawlus

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