I'm not sure what it is about Jillian Holtzmann, Kate McKinnon's character from the Ghostbusters remake, but I knew I had to own a plastic copy of her as soon as it was available. Then I heard she was short packed, and people were paying exorbitant prices for her on eBay and Amazon. Lucky me, I found Jillian and her teammates hanging on the pegs on a random trip to Walmart. I completely forgot what I actually went to the store to pick up, and took Jillian home to meet my
Out of the box, Jillian's a fine looking figure. The plastic feels a bit soft, almost like an upscaled 25th anniversary G.I. Joe figure. But, the suit looks great, with its sculpted folds and wrinkles, and all the paint is where it's supposed to be. My Jillian has a bit of a wonky eye, but nothing too serious. Really, it just adds to her charm. All the Ghostbusters come with mostly neutral expressions on their faces, but from some angles Holtzmann looks like she caught the scent of a Class 5 floating vapor.
A Ghostbuster can't bust ghosts without a proton pack, and Holtzmann is sporting a nicely detailed one on her back. It's molded as one piece, and is mostly unpainted, save for a few buttons. The neutrino wand is made of a softer plastic, and has painted handgrips. It's a far cry from the featureless packs from the Kenner figures of old. The pack looks like it can come off, but I wouldn't attempt it. I have a feeling you'd break the straps, or one of Holtzmann's arms if you tried.
Thanks to her articulation, Holtzmann can pull off a great "bustin" pose. She looks like she's about to blast Greedo, Squirrelanoid and Zullbeast into oblivion. Unfortunately, that's basically the only pose that works. It's not that she isn't well articulated, she is. It's just that Holtzmann doesn't really come with any other gear, so the only meaningful thing she can do is aim her neutrino wand. It would have been nice if she came with her proton pistols, or any of the other ghostbustin' devices she invented in the film. Still, Holtzmann looks great hanging out on my desk, waiting to blast any specters that might try to haunt my office.
As nice of a figure as Holtzmann is, I don't really consider her an action figure. Stick with me, I promise I have a point. Along with the mini-figures and the little slimed figures, Mattel released three of the ghosts from the film. Each of the ghosts had a light-up action feature, and just look like cool toys. But then you have these highly articulated figures of the new and original Ghostbusters teams, and they just seem out of place compared to the ghost baddies. I almost think Mattel would have been better off going with their DC Multiverse scale for the actual Ghostbusters. Then we could have had an in-scale Ecto-1, or maybe they could have included some snap on beams or a light-up feature for the proton packs. I feel like they need something to make them feel more like toys, something bright and loud to bring in the kids. Sadly, I don't think the movie did well enough to warrant a release of "Fright Features" figures with gaping mouths and bulging eyes, and that truly is a shame.
I guess there's always hope for some cartoon figures though.