How could I have a Halloween month (however loosely based) without a Ghostbusters figure? Last year I reviewed Gozer and Zuul, which are definitely the coolest ladies from the property, but Janine is arguably the most loved. Originally played by Annie Potts in the original movies, the bored-and unfrazzled secretary saw a ton of character growth in the the later animated series The Real Ghostbusters (voiced by Kath Soucie) and Extreme Ghostbusters (voiced by Pat Musick). In several episodes of these series, Janine would get pulled into the adventure and "suit up" in her own Ghostbuster uniform, often with a proton pack of her own. Kenner produced a handful of Janine figures between 1986-1991, but this Fright Features figure has always been my favorite. All the Fright Features figures had really cool dynamic action features (one of my favorite trends of 80's toys) and these gimmicks made them some of the most popular Ghostbusters toys ever. Let's check out Janine below!
Janine came with two accessories: Tickler the Ghost, and a Proton Gun (which doubles as a brush for Tickler's hair according to the cardback)
Now to her super cool "Fright Feature." When you lift Janine's arms up, her jaw drops, her eyes bug out, and her hair flips up. It's pretty awesome.
Here are a bunch of images of Janine Melnitz from the cartoons and movies.
Time for a Comparison Pic!