They're based off of the prop from Ghostbusters typically worn by Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and are definitely pretty accurate to the film models. I'll talk a bit more about the particulars of their accuracy in a moment, but let me mention a little bit about the box. The Ecto Goggles arrive in a very cool heavy cardboard box designed to look like a shipping crate. All over the "crate" are various logos and warning labels, as if you had actually purchased a piece of hi-tech equipment. It's a neat package that you'll want to hang onto and possibly even display.
Functionally the Ecto Goggles simply go over your eyes like any other goggles, and are held in place by a series of three straps. The straps can be adjusted, but I actually found the fit to be fairly loose on my head (I must have a smaller head). Fortunately, there is a place sculpted into the faceplate that helps to catch on the bridge of your nose and keep them in line. The goggles are also kind of heavy due to the interior electronic components, so keeping them up on your forehead can be tough if the fit isn't super tight.
I mentioned that the Ecto Goggles are more of a high end toy than a straight up prop replica, and perhaps the most telling sign of that is the fact that they have an electronic play feature. Once three AAA batteries are installed (they're not included), looking through the goggles and turning a knob allows the user to watch four different Slimer animations while hearing sound effects.
|That's just a rolled up envelope, not a real cigarette|
I doubt many fans are actively playing with these, and are either using them for cosplay or display. I think I would have opted to pass on this feature to make them both less expensive and lighter. The PKE Meter and Ghost Trap have great electronic functions that aid cosplay and display, but this feature really does feel more suited to a children's toy.
The second little extra is a sheet of stickers. These aren't film accurate but are simply a little extra for fans wanting to spice up their goggles. There are some funny stickers that look like warnings such as "Danger- If apparitions are present- may experience feelings of elation, followed by intense apathy."
The last extras are two small plastic pieces that attach to the previously released PKE Meter and the Ecto Goggles. They're some type of signal receiver and enhancer and apparently work to send a signal from the PKE Meter to the goggles to unlock two new goggle animations. The signal receiver replaces a dial, screwing onto the bottom of the goggles while the enhancer plugs into a small hole on the bottom of the PKE Meter. When you turn on the goggles and have the PKE Meter operating at a rapid beeping, you'll see animations of the librarian ghost Eleanor Twitty from Ghostbusters, and a proton stream. It seemed to work just fine, but overall wasn't anything super impressive.
With conventions and cosplay becoming more popular than ever, it seems that Mattel really could have a decent audience for products like this (although Ghostbusters fans have been building their own props for years). The PKE Meter and Ghost Trap they've released have both received stellar reviews, but I'm not as impressed with the goggles. I'd much rather these had been more lightweight with a focus on accuracy rather than including a needless "fun feature." Had these been released as a tie in for a Ghostbusters movie and been available on store shelves, I think I'd be ecstatic, but as a product marketed to adult collectibles, the Ecto Goggles are a bit lacking. They're not bad, don't get me wrong, but they just don't seem as well crafted and accurate as the Ghost Trap and PKE Meter. I'm giving them a Good and a 1/2 overall--I'm glad I own them, but I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed by them.