Packaging - ****
I really like the clamshells, but if you don't, obviously you won't be as happy
with this packaging.
The clamshells are extremely sturdy, show off the figures well, and aren't
too hard to store. There also less like to have problems in storage like
They aren't THAT hard to get open either, as long as you have a handy
knife. The graphics on the insert are colorful and specific to each
figure, along with specific information about the character on the back.
What more could you ask for?
Sculpting - Gozer ***; the Dogs ***1/2; Slimer ****
Of the four figures, Slimer is the real winner. If you're looking to
add this character to your 'monster' display, along with your Movie Maniacs and
your Hellraiser, then you'll be very happy.
He has a tremendous amount of excruciating detail, and looks so cool it's scary.
The sculpted 'slime' stand was a touch of brilliance, and both works and looks
great. It supports the weight Slimey nicely, while looking spiff.
I really love the look of the mouth and face, and all the little skin
details. The wrinkles and bumps give the sculpt a nice realism, even when
dealing with such an unrealistic character. The body is also a slightly
softer plastic, a little like rubber (very hard rubber), and that makes him even
feel like a ball of ectoplasm.
I'm also very happy with both Zuul and Vinz, at least in terms of the
specifics of their sculpts. Again, there's a ton of detail on the skin,
mouth and teeth, and these look better than the screen versions ever did.
Yep, that's right - those old eighties effects can't possible match the quality
of these figures.
They get knocked off slightly on the sculpt score though due to the almost
exact sculpt. Considering that to get two of them, you'll spend at least
twenty bucks, and that they have no accessories (there is an action feature
though), I think they could have altered the sculpts a tad more radically.
The only difference that I can find is in the horns. Zuul, pictured
immediately to the left and with the closed mouth, has shorter, stubbier
horns. Poor guy. And the mouth isn't a difference in the sculpt-
it's articulated. I closed Zuul's for the photos just so I would be sure
to keep them straight.
Gozer is the least impressive, but that's partly due to the character
design. It's just not as exciting, or as detailed as the other
characters. Still, she's not bad, and the head sculpt is the real
key. Both the regular head and the screaming version look very close to
the original source material. The bubbles on her body are fairly good,
although she doesn't have the same level of texture detail as the other figures.
Paint - Gozer **1/2; the Dogs ***; Slimer ***1/2
NECA is doing a nice job with their paint applications as well, but there is
some variance here.
Gozer doesn't do much for me, and the variety of colors (or lack thereof)
hurt the figure a bit. Still, that's not NECA's fault but the fault of the
There are specific issues with her application though, and the body color has
some consistency and coverage issues, while the face showed a little clumping in
some spots of the facial tone. The lines were fairly clean, and the way
the differentiated the bubbles and her body both with color and finish was a
The Dogs (who let them out, by the way?), are painted in exactly the
same way. There's some impressive work inside their ferocious jaws, and
again they used a variety of finishes, from dull to gloss, to differentiate
between the skin, tongue, teeth and other areas.
Slimer kicks butt all over the shelf once again with his paint ops. Not
only is there plenty of detail work, especially around his teeth (this guy
seriously needs some White Strips), but also in the variation and coloration of
the slimey body. I've complained recently about the use of gloss paint on
several different figures, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's
place. That place is here! They've managed to give him an appearance
that actually looks slimey, instead of just plasticy.
Articulation - Gozer **; the Dogs, Slimer **1/2
None of the figures have exceptional articulation, but some are more poseable
Gozer has a ball jointed neck, and her head pops on and off fairly
well. She also has cut shoulders, wrists and thighs. The wrists have
clear pegs that allow you to remove the hands and swap in the extra set, and
these hard pegs work much, much better than the usual soft rubber ones.
Still, there's not much you're going to do with her. She pretty much
stands with her hands at her sides, or out in front of her, blasting her
Zuul and Vinz have neck, jaw, and all four legs. You can pose them in a
few different ways, including raised up and completely splayed out on their
belly. The jaw is particularly useful, to give you another way to
differentiate the two on the shelf.
Finally, there's Slimer. He's a ball of ectoplasm slime - just how
articulated can he be? He does have ball jointed shoulders and cut wrists
though, and you can turn his head as well.
Accessories - the Dogs Bupkis; Gozer ***; Slimer ****
Only the deadly doggie duo miss out in this category, and both Gozer and Slimer
have a nice assortment of extras.
Gozer comes with her extra head, with a great, evil expression. It fits
with her extra hands, which include lightening coming out of each
finger. Combine those hands with that head, and it's another great look.
She also has a stand, but it's not necessary. While she doesn't have a
lot of leg articulation, and her feet are pretty close together, I had no
trouble getting her to stand without the base. However, once you add the
lightening bolts you'll be glad you have the stand.
Slimer comes with a TON of stuff from his wild time inside the hotel banquet
room. There's a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, an apple, a big chunk of
watermelon, a pie, a deli sandwich plate, and a full chicken. All of the
accessories have terrific sculpts and paint jobs, but the one that leaps out at
you is the chicken. Both drumsticks are removable, and the pins that hold
them on are shaped like bones!
Action Feature - the Dogs, Slimer ***; Gozer Bupkis
Where Slimer and Gozer have accessories, the pooches have an action
feature. Press down on their tail, and their eyes light up with an eerie
The feature works well, and it looks like the batteries are pretty easy to
replace. More importantly, neither the battery cover (on the stomach) or
the switch (the tail) take away from the appearance of the figure.
Slimer has an action feature too - sort of. He glows in the dark, but
you really have to juice him up with lots of direct light to get it to work
well. Not enough light, and he tends to be too spotty.
Fun Factor - Gozer **; the Dogs, Slimer ***
These figures are really designed for fans of the movies and for toy collectors,
but if you know a kid that's into the films, he (or she) will really like these,
Value - Gozer, the Dogs **1/2; Slimer ***
Ah, the bane of all small action figure producers right now. There are
so few retailers to carry these collectible lines, that the production runs are
getting smaller. Smaller runs + same quality = higher prices.
Still, these are about $10 - $12 each at specialty stores like Media Play,
which isn't bad considering the quality. Don't get me wrong - I'm not
leaping for joy over the price, but it's not as bad of a value as the many
figures that are (or will be) closer to $15 this year. If you can find
them closer to $10 or less, add a half star. Closer to $15, and drop them
Overall - Gozer **1/2; the Dogs ***; Slimer ***1/2
If you can only pick up one of this line, pick up the Slimer. He looks
fantastic, and fits in great with other 7" or so scale figures. He's
*this* close to a four star figure.
Gozer wasn't as exciting, but she's not bad if you're a big fan of the
original movie. She'll also look better in the group if we eventually get
the human versions.
Zuul and Vinz look great, but are pretty repetitive. Of course, it
doesn't make a whole lot of sense to have one and not both, but it would have
been nice if there was at least one more major difference.
But Slimer is the winner of the group, and is a great addition to your movie
Where to Buy -
I picked these up at a local Media Play, and Suncoast, Sam Goody and Musicland
should have them as well. On-line options include:
- Killer Toys has the set for $40, or
each figure for $11.
- CornerStoreComics has the
set for $40, and the figures for $11 each as well.
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