I got them on sale. There's no way I'd have paid retail for the set.
I preferred these to the movie toys as I'm more a fan of RGB than of the films. I was pleased to see Mattel make RGB toys, though why they made these instead of regular action figures... they use a new take on the Mego body, and I wonder if anyone outside of Mego collectors were really demanding this? The elastic band construction is outdated and causes many loose hips. Articulation suffers from trying to keep the feel of a toy from the 70s. I think swivels at the elbows and knees would have been useful. I almost dread to think the reduced articulation was done to please a niche collector group... I know how die-hard some fan groups can be and I almost see the screaming if these things had swivel elbows. The female body looks like it was designed to have swivels at the knees but they don't move.
It hinders the ability of these figures to hold their proton guns.
I don't think they're bad toys, but I think there's no way these warranted a $20 retail price(I recall at one TRU I go to that the price tag was $22.99 each) and given how bad the whole line is going on discount now I don't think a lot of people were impressed by the price.
They all use the same body and same sewing patten for their jumpsuits. The faces are on-model with the animation character sheets, and Janine is based on the syndicated era and not that awful "season 2 through 6" era where she was voiced by Kath Soucie. Her inclusion was encouragement enough for me to get this line because there was only 1 Janine based on her season 1 look in the Kenner series, and only recently we got 2 of them in the Minimate line. Buy why they used the orange/blue suit(worn in "Janine's Genie") over the more recognizable pink/red is beyond me.
Their accessories are in blue, much like the old Kenner role play toys, which is what these are based on. Mostly. The PKE meter in the series had an angled pop-up antenna, where as the role play toy had a spinning trident. It was taken from the PKE meter in the initial 3 minute pilot animation used to sell the cartoon series. The trap looks a bit based on the role play toy as well. Their proton packs, for some reason, have movie-type wands. There is also the ghost sniffer, that little air tester that peter used in the movie. It's sort of an oddball accessory.
Janine's hands are open-palm doll hands and can't hold anything, making the decision to pack her with one of everything a bit strange.
They also made Samhain, packed with Janine. he has the same body and boots, with a long robe to cover it up. I got 2 of these sets(one spare Janine for custom work) and both of my Samhains have really loose hips. They stand just fine though, despite the laws of physics. I guess he's an iconic villain- Stay Puft would be too big to make(and they made one for SDCC anyway), Boogey Man would require a new body, Grundel is a creepy child abductor. I suppose it's better than the last Samhain toy that Trendmasters made.
There's also a Slimer, a tiny thing that's a bit small and has a flattened bottom to rest it on a shelf.
QC.... I mentioned floppy hips. Paints don't seem too bad though I recall seeing a batch at TRU early this year which was rather harsh in terms of paint slop. Egon had a massive amount of glue on the face, which nothing would take off. I just ordered a second Egon, knowing I can sell off the spare accessories and end up better off than if I'd sent this one back. Winston also came without the ghost trap, and a check on eBay shows that must have chosen to not pack the trap with Winston at some point because the majority lack it, while only a few have it.
As I said, they're not bad toys. But the initial price was too high, they lack a bit of useful articulation and QC could have been better. if you're a fan of RGB it's worth getting the set at a discount.