I was extremely close to not ordering this figure.
I don’t mean that I didn’t want a Peter Venkman to complete my Ghostbusters, just that I wasn’t too sure I wanted this Peter Venkman. As I said before, I wasn’t too thrilled about Egon being a “slimed” variant, but I got over it. I didn’t mind so much that Venkman was slimed, I just wasn’t too sure about his head sculpt and I definitely didn’t need another fucking Slimer. I’ll get into a lot more detail about my ideas of what the Ghostbusters’ accessories should have been in the next article. This time around, I was undecided because I’m pretty sure another Venkman will be offered in the future with no slime, a different head sculpt and likely a different pack-in. The question was whether or not I really wanted to wait.
I still wasn’t sure when I woke up on the morning of the 15th to get online for the sale. What ultimately made up my mind was Cool Toy Review’s freshly posted photo gallery of the actual retail figure. The head sculpt looked way better than the production pieces Matty had shown, and it wasn’t the first time this had happened.
So I got online and went through what I went through and he arrived last Thursday. Was it the right decision? Let’s see…
First Glance: Yeah, the head sculpt looks really good. It even got a compliment from Mrs. Troublemaker when I showed it to her. It isn’t Winston good, but it’s a close second. The Slimer looks stupid and I’m already certain I’m going to sell it on eBay.
But the head isn’t the only part that stands out. Mattel actually sculpted Venkman to have untucked pants legs and gloves, unlike the other Ghostbusters. I’m glad they did this because it was going to be a big sticking point for me. Once I realized they were just reusing bodies for the other guys I got a little concerned about the sculpt for Mr. Murray’s character – he never wears his gear quite the same as the other guys and certainly not in the scene in the Sedgewick.
Good work on this one, Mattel – you did what needed to be done.
4 out of 5