This set has been available twice now, in the Ghostbusters Toys R Us wave 2 and also in the Ghostbusters TRU “Best of” Wave 2. The exclusive figure, and therefore the focus of the review, is the Energized Terror Dog, as the Dr. Peter Venkman figure is the same that was available in the first Ghostbusters Box Set.
The packaging is the standard window box with control art below the windows. The sides have individual picture of the two figures. On the back are the mini-bios of each character along with group picture of all figures in this wave. The silver “TRU exclusive” foil mark is also on the front.
Energized Terror Dog
When Louis and Dana (“Key Master” and “Gatekeeper”) first go up to the roof of their building, they stand on the pedestals and lightning runs through them shooting out to open the door for Gozer. They then turn into the Terror Dogs with electricity still flowing around their body, hence the energized Terror Dog. It’s basically a way for DST to re-use the molds from the previous Terror Dog figures in a suitably film-related way. I guess you can’t blame them when the Terror Dog needed such extensive tooling.
So this Energized Terror Dog has the same sculpted pieces as the ones seen before: a sculpted head, a sculpted torso piece, a sculpted pelvic/tail piece, and 4 sculpted feet. However this time it’s all in clear plastic. The base Minimate (consisting of block torso, crotch piece, head and 4 limbs) is a regular clear Minimate. The sculpted pieces have a purple hue with purple electricity detail on them. All very effective and really cool looking. The horns are painted along with its mouth and red eyes. The face has the same menacing snarl.
Unlike the Louis Tully Terror Dog in the Ghostbusters boxset, this one doesn’t come with extra parts to double as one of the characters; this figure has no extra accessories. But I see no need for them, I am not sure an energized Louis or Dana is vital to the enjoyment of this figure.
In conclusion, this figure doesn’t quite hit perfection like the Louis Tully Terror Dog, but it is a very impressive variation. The energized look is pulled off very well. All we need now is a Dana Barrett Terror Dog.
MMC Score – 9 out of 10
Review and pictures by Lurch77