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Playskool Heroes: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Review

 By Paul Rudoff on Feb. 8, 2021 at 9:20 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Toys
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This is a good time to be an itty bitty Ghosthead. In addition to the PlayPop books Ghostbusters: Book of Shapes (reviewed here) and Ghostbusters: 1 to 10 Slimer's Loose Again (reviewed here), pre-school paranormal investigators also have Hasbro's recently released Playskool Heroes: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man toy to play with. Read on to find out more about it...

I first saw the Man-E-Faces Stay Puft at Hasbro's Toy Fair event a year ago.

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He was cute then, and he's even cuter now.

Measuring a whopping 11-inches tall and 8.5-inches wide, the big guy is perfectly sized for the small hands of kids ages 3 and up. He features articulated hands and arms, and he jiggles at the waist, but his head and legs stay put. The big selling feature of this marshmallow menace is that kids can press the button on Stay Puft's head to change his facial expression.

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While the figure looks a little strange with a face that is separate from his head, that's the only way to get the multi-face feature to work, since Stay Puft doesn't wear a helmet like the He-Man figure that this concept was borrowed from. I can easily see little kids having tons of fun playing with this, switching back and forth between happy and angry Stay Puft; terrorizing the human Ghostbusters figures that will be released at a later date.

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The sculpt is nice, with all of the classic details you'd expect, like the blue bib and "Stay Puft" cap with the red ribbon coming off of it. My only complaint is that Mr. Puft has, apparently, been on the Ghostbusters Super Diet. His physique is rather slim, and not the more rotund shape he's known for.

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The packaging features the bright color scheme of the other Afterlife figures that was on display at Toy Fair, even though this is based on the original film and features the "Classic 1984" Slimer seal. (This seal is based on the "Ghostbusters Approved Merchandise" seal that first appeared back in 2019 on Running Press' Mini PKE Meter Kit.) The No Ghost logo in the upper left corner is the Afterlife version with the rivets, and the background pattern features Afterlife elements.

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Playskool Heroes: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man carries a MSRP of $14.99, which is a great price. Although the press materials state that he is "available at most major retailers nationwide", he is currently only available for sale at Walmart.

This item has been provided by Hasbro for review on this site.

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