Who ya Gonna Call? The Ninja Busters!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters co-brand figures crossover the current Nickelodeon series Turtles, with the outfits of the Ghostbusters from the 1984 film. This includes Leonardo as Stanz with Library Ghost, Michelangelo as Venkman with Subway Ghost, Donatello as Spengler with Zuul Dog (Terror Dog), and Raphael as Zeddemore with Slimer. These figures are a Target Exclusive, and come in a window box packaging that is similar to the TMNT/WWE co-brand figures.
During San Diego Comic-Con, Playmates Toys revealed these figures, and during out EXCLUSIVE meeting with Pat Linden of Playmates Toys, the brand manager of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he revealed to us that these will be last 6″ figures planned at this time. With 2018 approaching, we don’t know yet what Playmates Toys plans to do with this scale, only that a new series will be launching, with brand new product. More information on next years show can be found HERE.
It’s no coincidence that Playmates Toys is offering these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters crossover figures right now, as IDW also announced a sequel to their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters crossover comic book series coming this November. Timing wise, this worked out, and these figures are some of the very best co-brand figures ever released by the company. This says a lot, as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been crossed over with Star Trek, WWE, Universal Monsters, and other memorable mashups over the years. Two of the 1980’s franchises combine for the first time in plastic form with these 6″ figures, and each includes Ghostbusters accessories as well as a ghost.
Thank you to Playmates Toys and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand team for providing these figures for review.
Availability: October 2017 – Target Stores Exclusive
Two of the most iconic franchises of the 1980’s come together for the first time in toy form, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters are joined. The Turtles are sculpted in the tan Ghostbusters jumpsuits, and features the likeness of the Ghostbusters, while maintaining their own physical form. The figures are scaled to 6″, and this set includes Leonardo as Stanz with Library Ghost, Michelangelo as Venkman with Subway Ghost, Donatello as Spengler with Zuul Dog (Terror Dog), and Raphael as Zeddemore with Slimer. The likeness of the Ghostbusters are seen mostly in the head sculpts, with Leonardo featuring the Ecto goggles, Mikey with the iconic Peter Venkman style hair and raised eye brow, Donatello with the glasses and hair, and Raphael with the hair and mustache. The name badges have been replaced with the Turtles, such as Leo, Mike, Don and Raph. The jumpsuits are also sculpting the same way, with the walkie talkie sculpted to their belt. The outfits have pockets with zippers on their chest and legs, realistic folds on the suits, and the jumpsuit is sculpted over the shell, but the detailed shapes and lines of the shell are still there. Sculpted on his arms are their unique colored bandages, along with the Ghostbusters logo on the right arm. There is also an undershirt, that is painted in the same tan color as the rest of the suit. The gloves and boots are painted in a black, and the boots have detailed stitches and shoe laces sculpted on them. The jumpsuits also have a wash over the tan, making it look dirty from being called out on a job.
Included with each of the figures is a PKE Meter with nicely sculpted detail, a trap with a door that stays closed and has the black and yellow stripes, a proton pack with a discharged stream, as well as a ghost. The proton packs are placed over their arms (it’s best to have the arms sticking straight up, then putting the straps over it and lifting the pack down), and the Neutrino Wand can fit on the side of the pack, or in one or both hands (the wand has a wide handle and it’s difficult to grab a hold of it with the hands). The partical stream is non-removable, and can rotate by turning the wheel on the bottom.
The ghosts are made of hollow plastic, but have a distinct likeness as seen in the film. Each of these come with a stand that is sculpted to the bottom of their feet, and the sculpting is nicely done including the facial details and the bodies. The Terror Dog even has the red eyes, which is a nice touch.
Overall, these are excellent figures and the likeness of the two characters comes together very well to tell which character is crossed over with whom. The head sculpts and all of that great sculpting makes it possible to identify the characters. Fans of both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters will love these figures.