Even though we got our first Ghostbuster figure way back at San Diego Comic Con, Winston is only the second official figure of the line. Two figures in like 6 months. I fear the Mattel Ghostbusters line is not long for this world. With the upcoming schedule of releases, Walter Peck, Slimed Peter, Lab Coat Ray, Slimed Walter Peck, Slimed Coat Ray, Lab Coat Walter Peck, Slimed Slimer, Lab Coat Slimer and Dungaree Egon, I don’t remain too hopeful.


Ghostbusters
Winston Zeddemore
6 Inch Scale
By: Mattel
2010
$20.00

But at least we got Winston. Winston has always been my favorite Ghostbuster. If he’s your favorite Ghostbuster, you should enjoy this release because let’s face facts… We probably aren’t getting another Winston figure. I was so happy about this line back in October when I reviewed Ray Stantz but most of that goodwill has been washed away. Still we should focus on the positives and with Winston Zeddemore, there are a few.

Packaging:
The package is the same as it was last time. It’s a nice package and I like that the demon dog cut outs can be removed. Though I found that out totally by accident.


Winston is displayed fairly well, but it suffers some from Mattel’s insistency to dynamically pose EVERYTHING in the package. Winston is using his trap! Oh clever. Of course he’s using it on nothing since he doesn’t come boxed with a ghost. Not even the ghost of Snoop Dogg from Hood of Horror. Shame too cause that would have been an awesome pack-in.


The back of the package mentions that the other figures are “Subject to Availability” which seems like a stupid advertisement to me. Mattel has made it clear they don’t want any figure staying on the website for more than a day, so why bother even telling people that there are other figures on the site? I mean, this is basically saying “Check Ebay”.


Although as of this writing, poor Winston is still available on the website. Then again the next figure doesn’t come out for a couple months yet, so who knows if he’ll last long enough. Anyway, on the inside there’s a few of those little clear rubber bands holding the figure in. My cat tried to eat them because they shoot off once you cut them loose. So thanks Mattel for trying to kill my kitty. There’s no need whatsoever for the rubber bands, so how about not putting them all over everything? That goes for you too Hasbro!

Sculpt:
Every figure in the Ghostbusters line shares the same body (even Janine!) so you get pretty much what he looks like by now.


Personally I think this is the perfect Winston body. It was too bulky for Egon, not bulky enough for Ray but it’s just right for Winston. No, that’s not because I’ve let the Real Ghostbusters define my looks of how the GBs look, but rather that’s how the real men looked in the movie.


The proton pack and stuff all look just as sharp as they did on Ray (and Egon I assume) but it’s still worth noting. I guess if you are going to use the same sculpt for everyone at least it’s a good one. I do wish the backpacks were removable, but it’s not like Kenner figured out how to do that 20 years ago or anything.


My Winston has some inconsistency in his face pigment, which makes me wonder if I scratched his face with my nail if I could uncover a white Winston underneath. I’ll save that project for another time (Probably never) and let you know how that turns out.


The Few. The Proud. The Black Ghostbusters.


All in all Winston is a solid little figure. I’m not a huge fan of the fact that his moustache looks like it was drawn on with a sharpie, but I can’t expect Mattel to sculpt two Winston heads, Moustachioed and non. He’s no different than Ray or Egon before him, but he definitely works as Winston. He’s the best fit for the body yet.

Articulation:
These guys are loaded with way more articulation than they probably need. About half of the articulation is hindered in various ways because of the sculpt itself, but it’s still a admirable job articulation wise. I’m generally happy with all the articulation.


Winston has a ball jointed neck, wrists, elbows and shoulders. He also has hinges at the knees, ankles and swivel hinge hips. He has cuts on the thighs, waist and at the boot tops. Some “rocker” going on in the ankle as well.


I’m less thrilled that every Ghostbuster is doing his best “Fonz” impersonation with the double thumbs up. I realize that’s a sculpting issue, not an articulation one, but it’s annoying none the less. If these guys aren’t holding their blasters, they look pretty stupid. “Party on Ray!”

Accessories:
Normally I would count the proton pack and blaster as an accessory, but they aren’t removable so technically that’s not an accessory. Winston does come with a pretty cool ghost trap though. It breaks down into three parts.


It’s almost a shame that every GB didn’t come with at least the trap portion. You don’t necessarily need the pedal or the lighting effects with everyone, but the lack of traps is pretty disappointing. Walter Peck was rumored to come with a trap for the containment unit, but that was sadly untrue. Maybe it’ll come with the Lab Coat Containment unit variant.



The trap is beautifully done. I can’t remember if the Four Horsemen are sculpting this line or not, but I’m inclined to believe they are. The level of detail here is really excellent and it has working doors.


Once assembled you can stick your choice of two ghosts into the trap. If you have extra stuff that might pass as a ghost, you can stick it into the trap too. I recommend Gashapons or a sock.

Value:
This guy isn’t worth $20. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 8
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Trap, Pedal, Lighting Effect
Value – 7
Overall – 8 out of 10


This is a really nice, overpriced figure. I’m tempted to knock the score down a bit, just because there isn’t much new here. However the trap and such are really well done even if that’s his only real accessory and I love Winston. I always have and I always will. This is a solid recommendation if you’re into the Ghostbusters or Reggie ‘The Sandman’ Martin. Follow me on the Twitterz.

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