The highly anticipated release of Diamond Select Toys The Real Ghostbusters Select Series 9 figures are available now, and this wave includes Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Slimer that come with pieces to build the Firehouse Headquarters. This is the first wave of figures inspired by the classic cartoon of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and the figures come with an assortment of accessories.
Ghostbusters Select series 10 includes Peter Venkman, Ray Stanz and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, which is fully articulated, and these figures should be coming in March. Once this wave ships, you will be able to complete the Firehouse Diorama, which features interchangeable parts, including the sign and the “Hook & Ladder” lettering, so it can be converted from Ghostbusters to Ghostbusters 2 configuration.
Thank you to Diamond Select Toys for providing their The Real Ghostbusters Select Series 9 figures for review.
Availability: December 2018
Egon, Winston and Slimer are packaged on blister cards with the pieces of the Firehouse located behind the figures. The front of the packaging has The Real Ghostbusters logo on the right, with the figure and accessories all displayed in the plastic trays. The back of the package includes images of the figures, firehouse, and a brief bio, and the side has an image of the figures head so stores can sit the package to the side on the shelf.
Slimer is a repaint of the earlier Slimer figure from Ghostbusters 1 and 2, and has a new bright green deco with three new head sculpts to represent his appearance from Real Ghostbusters. The sculpt works well for his animated appearance and includes some great sculpted details and textures, and the three new head sculpts represent facial expressions from the show. This includes him smiling with his tongue sticking out and white teeth, closed mouth smile and an angry expression. The eyes are also different for each head sculpt and are painted in orange with black pupils. The heads pop off rather easily to swap out. Slimer did come with an acrylic figure stand that unfortunately broke while posing him on it, so that’s why this isn’t in the photoshoot. Slimer also comes with a right side of the top part of the Firehouse, which is the largest piece of it in this wave.
Egon and Winston share most of the parts from the Ghostbusters Movie figures in the Select line-up, and each includes a newly tooled head sculpt, ungloved hands, belts, proton packs, and boots. The movie sculpts work pretty well for these figures, but are bulkier than they appear on the show because of this. As these sculpts are the same as you’ve previously seen, the articulation remains the same, and the jumpsuits are repainted in the cartoon colors. The new head sculpts for Egon and Winston work extremely well and look just like they did in the classic cartoon. The sculpt for Egon’s head looks really good with that hairdo, red glasses and facial details, and Winston also looks good with the black hair and detailed facial sculpting. Both figures come with different color proton streams, cartoon-accurate Neutrino Wands connected to the proton packs, PKE meter, two gloved hand sculpts, and ghost traps. They also come with the first two concrete floors for the Firehouse, and the Hook & Ladder letters that go on top.
Overall, The Real Ghostbusters are back and in a big way from Diamond Select Toys, and these figures are great offerings with excellent likenesses and attention to detail that fans will love. Ghostbusters Select Series 9 is a wave that many have been waiting for as this and Series 10 collects all four of the Real Ghostbusters, Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This is long overdue to get these characters made, and DST and Gentle Giant have done an incredible job on these.
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