Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Minions #191 - REALLY Wrong Number!
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Stand by, following the usual buried punchline for a dirt clod from your Minion Master!
Your interminable wait is important to us. To serve you better, a supervisor may throw your representative into the Quicksand of Death just before they can answer your call. It's just one more way of saying, "we care, just not about you."
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Greetings, Forgotten Friends!
I know, I know, the Minions and I have been missing in action. I came off the two-week writer's workshop I was involved with tired and brain-dead, and immediately got a stomach flu that pretty well knocked me out for a week. So now I'm terminally behind on EVERYTHING, and Minions just couldn't be at the top of the priority list (you should buy more tee-shirts!). Sorry!
While I was moaning in my death-bed, a big box arrived for me from the nice folks at www.MattyCollector.com, Mattel's fan-direct collector web-site. It was a couple days before I even had the strength to open it, but what was inside was a beautiful thing to behold, possibly the most wonderful 12" collectable action figure in history of the world, the 12" Ray Stantz Ghostbusters figure with incredibly detailed, light-up Proton Pack and spring-loaded ghost-trap!
Okay, maybe not the most wonderful, but certainly the most wonderful I've actually talked myself into ordering it. Anything worthy of being called better, IMHO, has sold for well upwards of $100. At $60, this wasn't cheap, but in the current market, that's a very good value for a figure of this type.
Mattel has done a fine job on this. The uniform is very detailed and accurate to the film version with all the pockets and flaps represented, and tiny metal zipper pulls carefully sewn on. They've engineered a whole new 12" body for this line, and it's got a really solid, sturdy, feel with lots of articulation, including unique joints that allow the shoulders to be hunched towards each other in the front (hug yourself, or assume a two-handed shooting stance to see what I'm talking about). The Dan Ackroyd head sculpt is a little cartoonish and the weakest part of the figure, but it's not bad.
But what makes this figure attractive are the accessories, and they're wonderful. Start with the Photon Pack and wand. I watched the film again the other night, and every detail is there. Every tiny wire, part, terminal, and warning label. Even the transparent tip of the probe deploys and retracts like the ones in the movie. It includes a light circuit that flashes four red LED lights on the "unlicensed nuclear accelerator," a bit of business seen in a couple scenes of the film. There's also a detailed ghost-trap with operating, spring-loaded doors, and an attached, moving, foot-peddle. Completing the figure are a walkie-talkie, night-vision goggles, and a switchable pair of ungloved hands for the figure.
Production on these is limited, and they're sold only through the www.MattyCollector.com site. If Ray is sold out, there are also 6" figures, and a 12" Egon that's supposed to be available December 15th. Get them while you can!
See you guys next week, hopefully back in the grove, and hopefully on-time.