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Monday, August 29 2016 22:06

Toy Review: GHOSTBUSTERS Metals Diecast Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Peter Venkman & Slimer

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In the past year or so, there's been a growing number of diecast metal figures hitting the market, each from toymakers looking to do something a bit different to stand out from the already crowded pack. Generally, when one thinks of diecast, it would be in reference to toy cars, and that category is one that the folks at Jada Toys know very well. Now they're putting their toolmaking skills to work with a new line called METALS that were once teased as being "worth the weight" - and they do have some bulk, firmly stamped as being "HEAVY." I know a thing or two about "heavy metal," so I appreciate the concept. Having tackled characters from both DC Comics and the MARVEL Universe, this summer brought a tie-in for the relaunched GHOSTBUSTERS franchise with an assortment of GHOSTBUSTERS Classics focusing on characters from Ivan Reitman's 1984 film. All four members of the crew are available, including Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore and Peter Venkman. Also issued were the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a two-pack featuring a "slimed" version of Dr. Venkman alongside the famous green ghost, Slimer. The latter two arrived here for review in our Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™ in a care package from my friends at The Toy Insider. Let's take a look!

Well-designed and certainly weighty, these METAL figures are mostly diecast as you'd expect, with some rubbery parts like the Proton Pack, the hands, etc. Ypu'll notice that the packages do state that these are intended for Ages 14+, and that inches them closer to that "adult collector" market, and I believe it is the weight that does it. While I am letting my kids play with these under supervision, there could certainly be the possibility for injury and/or property damage should someone decide to throw one of these across the room like a grenade, so beware of that. The articulation is limited (slight movement on the arms), so for the most part these will be something that looks cool and makes a great display piece.

Venkman vs. Slimer

While 2016's GHOSTBUSTERS didn't quite make the splash that many were hoping for (personally, I really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing it again), the classics never die, and the GHOSTBUSTERS franchise will live on, and continued new toys based on the first film will always find an audience.

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Finley & Stay Puft

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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