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Ghostbusters: Gozer action figure

During my trip to Amsterdam I also picked up this very nice MOSC (mint-on-sealed-card) Ghostbusters action figure from the original 1984 motion picture. Gozer, a.k.a. Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Gozer the Traveler and many other names this genderless demon goes by is a great looking action figure released by toy maker Neca in 2004. Gozer was the main antagonist in the first Ghostbusters film, which to this day remains one of my all time favourite movies.


Ghostbusters was the first movie I ever saw in a cinema in early 1985 and it just blew my 9-year-old mind away! Not only did the cinema experience impress my young self, I also could not have been treated to a better flick for my first movie going experience!! This movie had it all. Action, comedy, suspense, great special effects and some really scary moments!

In the movie, Gozer the Gozarian (played by Yugoslav model Slavica Jovan) was the demon that our heroic Ghostbusters ended up fighting on top of an appartment building in down town New York. Gozer was part of a total of 5 action figures that Neca produced in 2004 as part of their Neca Reel Toys brand. The other released figures being Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Terror Dogs Zuul and Vince Clortho (also known as the Gate Keeper and Keymaster respectively).


Neca did a great job and produced an action figure that very closely resembles Slavica’s portrayal of Gozer in the movie. They even included an extra head and extra hands with lightning bolts to mimick the scene from the movie, where Gozer instructs the Ghostbusters to “DIEEEE”!!!!!

I got Gozer for a modest amount of cash (17 euros) and I’d really like to complete my collection with the remaining 4 characters, although they’ll probably end up costing me a lot more money. The terror dogs Zuul and Vince Clortho especially, seem to go for very high prices, either loose or MOSC. Not in the least I suspect, because they look awesome and also have glowing eyes!


It seems there was talk of additional Ghostbusters action figures of the protagonists themselves, but this effort seems to have stranded due to likeness rights issues, which is a real shame, because I can only imagine what a fantastic job Neca would’ve done with Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddmore!

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WWF: Rowdy Roddy Piper action figure

I took the afternoon off from work and went to Space Oddity in Amsterdam, one of the very few brick-and-mortar action figure toy stores in the Netherlands. I left with 2 bags bags full of goodies. One of them contained a MOSC (mint-on-sealed-card) WWF Rowdy Roddy Piper action figure. I went inside intent on picking up some vintage Star Wars stuff (which I did), but then I started looking around and found a bunch of WWF action figures from Hasbro, including Roddy!


Roddy was just 7.50 euros, so there was no good reason I could think of not to buy him. The bubble is still firmly attached to the backing card and although there are some minor creases on the card, it still looks fantastic as does the action figure itself.

Looking at the back of the card we can see the range of WWF action figures that were available at the time Rowdy Roddie was released. Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Andre the Giant, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Hulk Hogan, Big Boss Man, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, Jake “The Snake” Roberts to name but a few. Damn, I remember fondly watching these wrestling “superstars” in the 1980′s on Sky Channel when I was a little kid. The old school WWF logo really takes me back.


Hasbro took over the WWF license in 1990 and Rowdy Roddy Piper is part of the 2nd series of WWF action figures, released  in 1991. Hasbro went on to release a total of 11 series of WWF action figures until they lost their license in 1994. All figures have a cartoony look to them and they all had some sort of signature move. As you can see from the photographs, Roddy’s signature move is the “Piper Punch”. If you pull back his right arm and then release it, it will swing forward punching out any unlucky wrestler standing in his way!


Judging by the sticker on the back of the card, this particular toy seems to have been released in the U.K. (“Distributed by Hasbro Bradley UK”). I initially suspected that this is simply the U.S. version of the toy with a sticker slapped on its back to qualify it as official Hasbro UK product, but it seems the U.S. version has a collector card inside, which this release doesn’t, so I’m not so sure anymore.

What a nice find. I have a sneaking feeling that this won’t be the last WWF action figure I’ll add to my collection!

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