Of the sets, the Spengler with Cage Car is particularly hefty. A bulky car with thick wheels adds a lot of weight to the box, especially when compared to other vehicles with less going on. It feels like a toy that can take a beating, and has that quasi-retro-Kenner look to it with the typically sturdy Playmobil feel. It also has another weird ghost figure which I can't tell is from the show or not.
Egon is in the blue uniform we saw in the old cartoon and the first Kenner figure. The ghost is a distinctive design that looks way too specific to be just made-up for the toy line - but maybe it is?
Egon just plain works. I'm not sure if the hair is new. The costume is the same template we've seen with the other cartoon Ghostbusters cast, colored in to match his animation sheet. He's even got the red Sally Jesse frames on his head - they did a nice job here! Spengler features standard Playmobil articulation with shoulders, neck, wrists, and a one-piece leg.
The story on Playmobil's earliest designs were to mimic children's drawings - hence, figures don't have noses or ears since children rarely included them in their art. It's possible this Ghost was the result of some kid somewhere put together a pale white woman with pink hair, crazy energy eyes, a bowler hat, clear pink fairy wings, Wolverine's claws, and a dress that looks like a toga had a baby with a special kind of detergent. It's amazingly weird and truly in the spirit of Kenner's old fabrications, but it works here.
The Cage Car is a vehicle from the Dino sub-line, refitted with a disc launcher and colored in Ecto-1 colors. It works! Check out those cool texture visuals on the stickers. Admire the no ghost logos all over the dang place. Fear the giant tires that seem ideally suited to roll over craters on the moon. Also don't deny the nifty storage unit in red on the back - that gate can be lifted up and down to get your stuff in there. I was particularly pleased to see all of these vehicles exhibit pre-painted signs of supernatural damage. In this case, the claws from the ghost slashed the left-hand side of the driver's cage, with some excellent silver outlined in grey to give it a damaged appearance. While the set isn't cheap, it does feel like it's worth the asking price thanks to the license and the considerable heft of the vehicle with its above-average compliment of deco and gear.
What's more, it has Kenner blue ghost gear - a proton pack, PKE meter, wand, and ghost trap. Other than the stickers, it all assembles in seconds and you'll probably dig what is one of the most 1980s toys on the market today. It's more colorful and sturdier than real 1980s Playmobil or The Real Ghostbusters toys, none of which were a slouch, with one exception. The disc launcher clamps on top of a bar on the car, and it comes off fairly easily. It rotates well and fires a decent distance, so it's a heck of a nice bonus to have here. If you love Egon, bizarre ghost figures, and hefty little vehicles, don't miss this one.
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