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He’s the silver-tongued skeptic with a proton pack, the quick-witted cynic with a heart of gold (well, maybe fool’s gold), and the undisputed king of deadpan delivery in the realm of paranormal pest control: Peter Venkman. And now, Hasbro’s Plasma Series has shrunk him down to a pocket-sized 6-inch action figure, ready to bust ghosts (or at least pose dramatically on your shelf) alongside his spectral sidekicks. But is this miniature Venkman a spooktacular must-have for Ghostbusters fans, or just another ghoul destined for the toy box graveyard? Let’s strap on our proton packs and dive into the ectoplasmic ooze to find out.
First Impressions: Uncannily Accurate or Stay Puft Stinkbomb?
Right off the bat, Venkman’s sculpt steals the show. Hasbro’s captured Bill Murray’s likeness with uncanny accuracy, from the mischievous glint in his eyes to the perfectly furrowed brow that practically screams, “Human sacrifice, dogs? Kids? Really?” The jumpsuit’s wrinkles and folds are meticulously sculpted, even capturing the slight potbelly that hinted at Venkman’s penchant for Ding Ho.
The proton pack and neutrona wand are equally well-rendered, packed with detail that movie buffs will appreciate. The ghost trap, however, feels a bit…plasticky. It lacks the heftiness of the metal trap from the Kenner figures of yore, but it still clips securely to Venkman’s belt and holds a captured spook (sold separately) with ease.
Articulation: Stiff or Spooky-Flexible?
Venkman’s articulation hits that Goldilocks zone of “just right.” He’s not a bendy-straw contortionist, but his move along with swivel ankles and a ball-jointed head, allow for a surprising range of posing options. Whether you’re channeling his proton pack-wielding heroics or his laid-back leaning-against-a-fire hydrant stance, Venkman strikes a pose that’s both dynamic and display-worthy.
Accessories: Spectral Swag or Spooky Skimps?
Besides the aforementioned proton pack, wand, and trap, Venkman comes with two sets of hands (fists and open for grasping), a spare neutrona wand tip (because let’s be honest, Venkman probably loses those things like keys), and a piece of the build-a-Slimer figure. It’s a decent haul, but some might have liked an extra head sculpt with Venkman’s trademark smirk or glasses.
Final Verdict: Boo-tiful Collectible or Budget-Blasting Bust?
The Ghostbusters Plasma Series Peter Venkman is a solid, well-made action figure that any Ghostbusters fan will be happy to have haunting their shelves. The likeness is spot-on, the articulation is surprisingly versatile, and the accessories, while not extensive, capture the essence of Venkman’s ghost-busting gear. He’s definitely worth snagging, especially if you can find him at a good price.
But is he the ultimate Venkman figure? Not quite. The Kenner figures from the 80s still hold a special place in many collectors’ hearts, and the NECA figures boast superior detail and articulation. However, for a modern figure, the Plasma Series Venkman is a hauntingly good choice.
So, who should Slimer down with this pint-sized Venkman?
- **Ghostbusters fans:**Duh! This is a must-have for any Ghostbusters collection, especially if you’re a fan of Venkman’s quick wit and questionable ethics.
- Action figure aficionados: The sculpt and articulation are top-notch, making this a worthy addition to any discerning collector’s shelf.
- Kids: The simple articulation and durable plastic make this a great toy for playtime ghostbusting adventures.
Just remember, when it comes to the Ghostbusters Plasma Series Peter Venkman, one thing’s for sure: he’ll never leave you saying, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts….”
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Proton Packs
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