Ghostbusters Minimates “I Love This Town” Boxset
Ghostbusters Minimates were one of the first Minimates licenses I bought when I started collecting them 4 years or so ago. So when a new set showed up at comic stores last week, I jumped at the chance to get the whole team!
The “I love this town!” box set is the first time we’ve gotten the whole team in one set while wearing their outfits from the first movie. Previous box sets usually had 2-3 of the Ghostbusters with a supporting character like Louis or Dana.
Venkman is seen here with all of his Ghostbuster gear. One of the nice things about this set is that all of the gear is removable to give you the four main characters in just their jumpsuits
Here is all the removable gear (The elbow pads are also removable, I just didn’t take them off) The Proton Pack is attached to the shoulder straps, but the waist strap is a separate piece. The Walkie Talkie can come off of the main belt and the Ghost Trap can detach from the Proton Pack along with the Proton Wand.
Peter comes with two different heads so you can change his expressions. Something of interest here is that the scared face is the same one that came with the Slimed Peter figure, only now there’s no slime paint apps on the head. The regular looking head is the same that came with the “Ready to Believe You” box set.
A Ghostbuster Minimate wouldn’t be complete without a Proton Stream effect piece.
It wasn’t until a few years ago I learned there was some disagreement on the colors of the original Ghostbusters jumpsuits, Some said Tan, Some said Grey. Well we got the grey ones the first time around, so now we get the boys in Tan. The biggest difference between the original figures and the new ones can be seen in the torso. On the original figures, the Proton Pack is attached to a vest piece that simulates the Jumpsuit with all the straps on. By making the Jumpsuit a tampo and the Proton Pack attached to just straps, the overall figure has a leaner look to it. We also have glove cuff pieces this time around instead of just black hands.
Here you can see the Proton Packs themselves. The only differences really are a longer cord for the wand and a peg to attach the Ghost Trap to.
In this picture you can see that the Walkie Talkie has gotten much larger than the previous version, but what’s more noticeable is that the No Ghost Logo has no black outline like the original figure. This was probably a cost saving measure as two paint apps is enough to give us the logo. With everything we’re getting in this set, I can give up a black outline on the shoulder.
The final difference is with the Proton Streams. The original ones had a metallic blue paint detail added to the translucent orange piece. While this does make the Proton Stream pop a little bit more, it’s another missed paint app I can live without.
Next up in the group is Egon. He (and all the Ghostbusters) have the same Outfit & Gear I showed with Peter. (with exception of the name tags)
Egon also comes with two faces. One of them seems to be winking (or is it wincing?) Egon also has a Melted Stay Puft Marshmallow head piece. Like Peter’s screaming head, Egon’s wincing head is the same one he had in a previous set (the covered with marshmallow figure) but this time the face doesn’t have marshmallow paint apps on it.
Egon also comes with his PKE Meter
The one problem I’ve had with most of the Ray figures that we’ve gotten in Minimate form is that most of them have a goofy looking face. This one is no exception, but like Egon, this one originally had Marshmallow paint apps on it.
While Ray may not come with an extra head, he does get two different pieces for his head. We see his classic goggles again here that can fit over his normal hair piece and we have another marshmallow blob for his head. There is a subtle difference between the two blobs in this set. The slight bit of hair that is painted on top is two different shades that match Ray and Egon’s hair colors.
Also included in the set is an open Ghost Trap piece.
Last in this set is the character who spoke the line of dialogue this set is named after, Winston!
Winston doesn’t come with any extra parts or pieces, but he seems happy to be here. Like Egon & Ray, this is the same face from his covered in marshmallow figure sans the marshmallow paint apps.
So is the set worth it? YES! You get the whole team in one shot, they’re in classic outfits from the first movie, with updated gear and the ability to display them with their jumpsuits on, but not the Proton Packs, is a great feature. The figures look different enough from previous movie figures so you don’t feel like you’re buying the same figure all over again. I highly recommend this set for any Ghostbusters or Minimate fan.