The highly anticipated release of Diamond Select Toys The Real Ghostbusters Select Series 10 figures are available now, and this wave includes Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Ray Stanz and Peter Venkman that come with pieces to build the Firehouse Headquarters. This is the second wave of figures inspired by the classic cartoon of the 1980’s and 1990’s, and the figures come with an assortment of accessories. Each figure includes the remaining pieces needed to build 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.
Also shown in this review is the Marshmallow Egon Spengler figure, which is based on the original 1984 Ghostbusters film. Egon joins the other three Marshmallow Mess Ghostbusters already released.
Availability: December 2018
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Ray Stanz and Peter Venkman 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.
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man features a brand new sculpt and based on his appearance in The Real Ghostbusters. This character was used in Ghostbusters 1 that Gozer used for one of his physical bodies, and The Real Ghostbusters, and is an large chubby marshmallow in the shape of a humanoid. In the film, he is the mascot of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Corporation, which is why he was given a sailer hat, shirt and red bowtie, which is why he looks friendly and non-threatening. It wasn’t until Gozer used this form that the Stay Puft could be used as a weapon, but in the animated series he was used as a friendly ghost that aided the Ghostbusters on a number of occasions. The figure has some articulation such as a swivel-hinged head, swivel-hinged arms, swivel hands, swivel-hinged hips and swivel ankles. His head sculpt is sculpted in a smiling position, which is nicely sculpted. He includes a piece of the concrete floor, which is the last piece needed to stand your Firehouse.
Ray and Peter 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. Both of the new head sculpts work exceptionally well in capturing the cartoon look. 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 last two upper wall parts need to complete the Firehouse, and the Hook & Ladder letters that go on top.
Egon Spengler joins Ray Stanz in their Ghostbusters 1 outfit that are painted in light beige as seen in the film, and covered with the Marshmallow mess as seen after Stay Puft exploded and caused the ghostbusters, buildings and the crowd below to be covered in marshmallow. The head sculpt is nicely detailed and includes glasses, and features a great likeness to the Actor. The figure is primarily a repaint from earlier waves, and the torso is nicely sculpted and includes his name on the top right of his uniform, and includes a removable proton pack. Egon is sculpted as he appeared in the film, which includes the Ghostbusters 1 uniform with a belt fully equipped with accessories as well as a removable walkie talky. The costume is nicely sculpted and as this is a repaint, fans will know what to expect here. The elbow pads, parts of the proton pack and belt are made of soft plastic. He also includes a proton stream, 10 interchangeable hands, a connector for the proton steam to fit on the Neutrino Wand, a ghost trap, a PKE Meter and a stand.
With series 10 available, this completes the Firehouse HQ front building, which features both the Ghostbusters 1 and 2 signs that are interchangeable, opening doors and windows. Interestingly enough, the doorway can be opened as if the Ecto-1 can pass through it, and vehicles such as the vintage Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1 should be able to pass through it without any problem, but something larger such as a 1/12 scale would be too big. The Firehouse also includes the Hook & Ladder letters on top, concrete bricks building, and can hold up to 10 figures standing on the floor. The Firehouse measures 21.6″ wide by 22.7” high by 6” deep, and has a great likeness to the film.
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. Marshmallow Egon Spengler is also nicely done and completes the final figure needed to complete the Marshmallow Mess Ghostbusters, as Peter, Ray and Winston were all previously released. Ghostbusters fans should take advantage of the availability of these figures now, which are currently being offered.