Sunday, October 29 2017 03:55

#31DaysOfHalloween: TMNT Ninja Ghostbusters are Ready to Believe You!

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In 1984, the world was first introduced to two teams of heroes, both based out of New York City, and each comprised of four members with a distinct set of talents. Operating in two different dimensions (and under different rights holders), the odds of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES working alongside the GHOSTBUSTERS seemed unlikely. Defying the odds, that's exactly what happened back in 2014, when IDW Publishing brought the whole crew together for an interdimensional adventure in comic book form, released as a 30th anniversary celebration for the two franchises. Now, in 2017, they've come back together for a comic book sequel, and for the first time ever... toys. From Playmates Toys comes NINJA GHOSTBUSTERS, a collection action figures that features the Turtles as their Ghostbusters counterparts! Sent to us for review, NINJA GHOSTBUSTERS land not only in my annual Halloween countdown, but also on the 2017 Holiday Wish Guide™!

Ninja Ghostbusters Review

These Ninja Ghostbusters are a little bigger than the standard TMNT collection, and they're priced at a premium - $19.99 as a Target Exclusive. Each 6" figure has a bulk to it - a heft that the basic figures don't. The accessories are impressive, and all four members of the team come with their own Proton Pack complete with a "spectral blaster" (aka the Neutrino Wand), a PKE Meter, Ghost Trap, and a unique ghost based on one from the 1984 film. 

TMNT Ninja Ghostbusters Review

We have Donatello as Egon Spengler, Leonardo as Ray StanzMichelangelo as Peter Venkman and Raphael as Winston Zeddemore - each taking on the visual traits of their human equivalent (Raph's mustache is fantastic). While these are no doubt marketed more toward the grownup "collector," they're great for the kids, and mine (and their friends) have been having a great time with these, and will no doubt continue to play with them for a very long time to come.

TMNT Ninja Ghostbusters Review

The articulation on each figure is nice, as is the detail on the accessories. On the Proton Pack, there is a clip that can easily hold the PKE Meter, Ghost Trap or Wand. One thing that should be noted is that the wands have a permanently attached Proton stream (in the color for its turtle) that can be spun around via a little wheel on each one. It would be cool if these were removable to place the wand in its familiar position on the pack, but we've just been pointing them upward with the stream attached. That's just a small point of criticism for what are undoubtedly my favorite TMNT figures of the year!

TMNT Ninja Ghostbusters Review

I have to say, I was so excited when these arrived at The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ, I had to break into my reserves for a can of Ecto Cooler. Indeed, the Coca-Cola Company retired the Hi-C Ecto Cooler at the end of 2016, placing it back into the vault after a temporary resurrection to coincide with Paul Feig's Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, but I saved a few cans. They may be outdated, but they're okay...

Photo Props Featured in the Review: ReadySetz Urban Playset; Ghostbusters Ecto-1 by PLAYMOBIL; NECA Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (2004 release).

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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