Monday, 22 August 2011

Review: Extreme Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters cartoon ran for years and years. Most people know this. What a lot of people don't know/remember is the cartoon that was shown in the late 90s. Extreme Ghostbusters had Egon taking on some new, young recruits after the old team had disbanded - very similar to how the Ghostbusters 3 film is supposed to go, assuming it actually ever gets made.

And what's a cartoon without a toyline?

 Ecto-1 is back, of course, and with a heap of junk on the top of it - making it similar to how the car appeared in the film. It has a bunch of features, including a very noisy sound system.

The line is electronics-crazy. The proton packs are HUGE and as well as firing missiles, they also include lights and sound. While great in theory, this does lead to two problems. The first is one of balance - the toys are a right pain to stand up. The second is that the packs are difficult to remove, so taking them off to get the people to sit in Ecto-1 is not exactly easy.

Another essential to any Ghostbusters line is Slimer. He comes with food, obviously, and some weird spiny-round base thing. I don't quite know why.

This is the 'house' ghost. It's probably from the series, but it's been quite a while since I watched Extreme Ghostbusters, and I didn't see many episodes then. There's a button on the back which fires the eye missile-style.

Both the cartoon and toys are sadly largely ignored and forgotten about by most. Like Aliens, the 'buy it now' prices on ebay are high, but auctions for the toys don't really go very high. The figures I picked up for £1 each (admittedly, some aren't complete, but they serve their purpose). Ecto-1 was ~£30 and is 100% complete. I really like the car, possibly more so than my treasured Real Ghostbusters one. Sacrilege, I know.

There are a couple of cartoons of Extreme on YouTube currently and I suggest you have a watch. I think you'll be surprised at how good it is.

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