Based on 1989's Ghostbusters 2, series 5 includes Ray Stantz in his gray jumpsuit and gear, Louis Tully in his tan jumpsuit and gear, and vigor the carpathian. PLUS, each figure includes pieces from a new diorama so fans can start to build the sign and doors from the Ghostbusters' fire house headquarters! fire house parts will be included with the 15 figures total in series 6-10, and these diorama pieces are exclusive to the specialty market. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by gentle giant Studios
Based on 1989's Ghostbusters 2, series 5 includes Ray Stantz in his gray jumpsuit and gear, Louis Tully in his tan jumpsuit and gear, and vigor the carpathian. PLUS, each figure includes pieces from a new diorama so fans can start to build the sign and doors from the Ghostbusters' fire house headquarters! fire house parts will be inluded with the 15 figures total in series 6-10, and these diorama pieces are exclusive to the speciality market. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by gentle giant Studios
Now as you can see in the above photo I have purchased these figures. I got mine through Diamond Select as I want to build the Firehouse display. That's going to be one key that a lot of people will overlook. To get the Diorama Firehouse pieces you have to buy the collector versions. These are found at specialty comic book shops, through Diamond Select, and on various online toy retailers. The Walmart versions will contain the same figure but without the backdrop pieces.
The first one I opened was of course Ray Stanz in his grey jumpsuit. I have to say that if I was Dan Aykroyd I would have one of these in every room of my house. The weird sneer / doofus grin is a bit over done but it truly does capture the essence of the character Ray Stantz. As you can see he comes with his proton pack (complete with stream attachment) Santa hat, 2 different sets of interchangeable hands, a walkie talkie, and a ghost trap. Ray is packaged with a piece of the firehouses front door.
Louis Tully, the most annoying character in the film looks equally annoying as a figure, and that is a complement as it looks just like the dimwitted character that Rick Moranis portrayed in the film. Dressed in Ghostbusters gear, and before you say he wasn't a Ghostbuster remember he did gear up towards the end of part 2. Like Ray, Louis has a proton pack with detachable stream, 2 different sets of hands, a walkie talkie, and a ghost trap. Louis contains the other piece of the Firehouse door.
Finally wrapping up this first wave of figures we have the main bad guy Vigo The Carpathian. Like the others he looks exactly as he does in the film. Vigo does not come with additional add on parts like the others but he comes with 2 pieces of the Firehouse, a corner of the building and the sign.
Ghostbusters sadly was not a film that ever really cashed in on the toy craze of the 80's which for me being a child of the 80s really sucked. Ghostbusters was one of my favorite childhood films. I would have loved to have had toys to recreate the action. Even though I found part 2 to be a horrible money cash in sequel I would have loved to play with the toys from the film if they have made them. Well now they do, and as I am an adult with a job I can buy them and play with them now. Well not really on that last part.
From a collectors standpoint these things are amazing. Diamond Select, may be known for their amazing line of Marvel items they have a lot of film related figures as well. There Ghostbusters lines fly off shelves at an alarming rate. The rooftop diorama from the first film was the hit it the Toy Expo this year, and the Firehouse was right there with it.
Now as a collector it's no suprise that I love these from the detail, to the articulation, these things are beautiful. Throw in the fact that by the time this series is released I will have an entire Firehouse backdrop to display them with is a huge sell point. Yes I open my stuff. I don't buy to turn a profit I buy out of enjoyment of the items. Another thing that's great about collecting the Diamond Select items is the 24.99 price tag. It much easier to collect a line of item when that line isn't consisting out 900.00 a piece items. And I can't stress enough how well they look opened. Now for those of you purists who don't open these you can see from the pics that there in the clear containers so you can still see everything if you leave them packaged up.
As a parent who's child plays with toys I can tell you first hand what a blast he has with these. Like other Diamond Select figures these feature 15 points of articulation so there's no end in sight to the battles these 7" wonders can have. Throw in weapons and the battles become endless. Imagine your Ghostbusters battling it out with the Diamond Select Ghost Rider, or teaming up with the Avengers to battle Thanos. The possibilities are as endless as your child's imagination.
As I've stated before these are sturdy toys if your kids chose to play with them. And personally I would rather pay 24.00 for a figure that's fully articulate, sturdy, and quiet frankly looks like an exact replica of the actual person than pay 12.99 for a cheaply made figure that only bends in 4 places. Plus parents if your buying all of them the fact they have the diorama pieces will add to the fact the sell point that your kid has to pick them up and stand then together, hence cleaning his room in the process.
Personally I think these are a no brainier to collect for collectors and kids. They look great, they can be played with, at the end you will have a giant Ghostbusters Firehouse and for God's sake it's Ghostbusters people.
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Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars for all 3