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Three weeks ago toy author and collector Matt George of Geeks Antiques (Instagram) posted photos of Kenner The Real Ghostbusters toys from Toy Fair in 1988. In a time before social media, not everybody could have been there or seen this kind of presentation.
While this sweet event was in in progress, I was probably 11. It would have been awesome to have seen these photos in real life. In my 4th decade of life, it’s still pretty great. The above photo is probably the entrance to a room with a treasure trove of The Real Ghostbusters toys. Kenner could have just put some type of movie version of Ghostbusters HQ up. No, they built part of an accurate The Real Ghostbusters Firehouse play set!
Once inside the partial 1:1 scale (I’m guessing) Kenner Firehouse attendees would see photos like the one above. It’s an “overflowing” river of slime with the then unknown spoiler of the Statue Of Liberty from Ghostbusters II featuring then current and upcoming The Real Ghostbusters figures. That’s some display, a shame Kenner didn’t make a play set from that!
I won’t post the rest of Matt’s photos here. They can be seen at his Instagram account, Geeks Antiques.
- Toy Fair 1988
- Matt George (Instagram)
About 2 weeks ago videos and memes of Annie Potts, who plays the iconic role of Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters cranky receptionist hit the interwebs. Except for here as I’m retro blogging. That’s a real thing right?
This isn’t reused and some computer generated footage of Ms. Potts as Janine from GHOSTBUSTERS. Or Annie Potts kinda looking like Janine selling us DirecTV in the 2000s. She is better than that, Ghostbusters is above that kind of cheese. So is Intuit.
Intuit is the leading software company behind Turbo Tax, Mint, and QuickBooks. In a series of ads to manage a better, happier business Intuit has partnered with Sony/Columbia to use characters from 2 of their biggest iconic movies from the 1980s. Karate Kid and Ghostbusters. The idea is that characters who run businesses are happier and more productive than they were 36 years ago because they use QuickBooks to manage their respective business.
On January 16, 2019 Ghostbusters Facebook account posted a teaser trailer for at the time believe or not a new Ghostbusters movie! Then known as Ghostbusters 2020, later Rust City; (during filming, because no one would know it was suppose to be Ghostbusters related!) For no particular reason I never wrote a post about it, thoughts, or feelings about a new Ghostbusters movie written by Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman. And directed by Jason Reitman. Call it partially super procrastination.
Last year and last month I knew ghostheads were days away from Sony putting out a trailer for Ghostbusters 2020. The word around the internet is that it would be titled Afterlife. During the week of December 7, 2019 I was on vacation, no where near my computers.
On December 9, 2019 Sony Pictures Entertainment put the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife on-line. I watched it more than once, (not as many as some of you!) on my fruit phone. I was and am excited. This post isn’t about my reaction.
I’ve been back at Ecto-Containment HQ since Saturday, December 14, 2019. I had to work that day and I’m still catching up with “internet things.” I don’t know if I will write an expected reaction blog. I could see reviewing Ghostbusters: Afterlife after July 10, 2020.
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Originally posted on January 2, 2020 at Ghostbusters International.
Ghostbusters International and an affiliated franchise are most likely already in your city. And easily accessible through your internet or telecommunications provider. As its been a number of years since GBI as a company and club has had a domain name, the time is right for GBI to not just have a dot wordpress dot com url.
It’s 2020, twenty twenty. Let that sink in. The GHOSTBUSTERS™ franchise celebrates it’s 36th anniversary by welcoming a continuation and a sequel of the original films with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Obligatory plug: Coming to theaters on July 10, 2020. Directed by Jason Reitman. And all a new Ghostbusters film will bring to ghostheads.
I’ve wanted GBI to have a new domain name, it had to be the “right one.” And personally it had to feel right as well. I didn’t need to just celebrate the 35th anniversary by also having a domain name again for GBI.
This year it’s better early on to have a new domain name for Ghostbusters International, for Ghostbusters: Afterlife premiere, theatrical releases, and home video releases. With that, in digital text Ghostbusters International new dot com is:
Full Disclosure: I don’t own any apparel from Naked & Famous Denim. I basically wanted to talk about their licensed products with my opinions.
On October 21, 201.. (different franchise) Canadian apparel company Naked & Famous Denim released their line of at times Japanese inspired (I think) Ghostbusters apparel. “That’s cool.” I had never heard of them and shrugged them off as another expensive brand kinda slapping Ghostbusters on their jean jackets.
The expensive part is true unless you own two televisions. The designs where applicable are Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters inspired. I love that licensed Ghostbusters apparel exists, why (like non character clothing) does owning a certain look I like have to be out of reach?
Of course one could buy a less expensive pair of jeans and sew a GB patch into it. Or customize it (please, no bedazzling) until you’re happy.
That’s the non original idea I’ve had forever for a Ghostbusters black trucker style denim jacket I’ve owned for years. My version would basically have a large “no ghost” logo on the back and a Ghostbusters personal name patch (probably) somewhere on the front.
Naked & Famous offers that Club Jacket in a way for nearly $400 USD. After the jump, a description of Naked & Famous Ghostbusters collection with their Ghostbusters apparel.
On August 6, 2019, posted at Ecto-Containment on August 7, Ghostbusters International was able to recreate (Ecto-Containment Blog Post) part of the original Official International Ghostbusters Club, thanks to Robert Maxwell Barbieri. (Facebook)
I figured that would be it unless TECHPAC or “No Ghosts,“ the quarterly newsletter surfaced. On Halloween and into early November (“that’s my fault”) Robert reached out with a couple of new pieces around the Official Ghostbusters Fan Club.
An article about the club, written by Rick Lyman, Inquirer Movie Critic and a letter (more like a note) from the Ghostbusters Fan Club so Mark Lister and Jim Garvey could send “qualifying applicants” club items once they or their parents paid $8.95 USD.
Over at GBI I’ve added these 2 new photos to the Official International Ghostbusters Club page.
If you have one or more of the quarterly newsletter “No-Ghosts” or something else from the original fan club, please contact me at: spengs @ ecto-containment . com.
I haven’t written that much about Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, (Facebook) the once ultimate Ghostbusters/II documentary. I had shared both here and at GBI about the former Kickstarter campaign. Ever since I’ve shared and supported on my Ghostbusters social media accounts updates from Bueno Productions. Including more recent premieres/screenings for Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remember Ghostbusters.
Today, the Buenos posted the final trailer for Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remember Ghostbusters.
As a quick aside, the once Ghostbusters II part of “Cleanin'” will be released as its own documentary movie.
Twelve years in the making and with over forty cast and crew interviews Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive documentary that charts how Ghostbusters came to fruition and how the film was made by the people that made them. Interviews include actors in the film Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver Annie Potts, David Margulies, William Atherton, Director Ivan Reitman, Producer Michael C. Gross, Visual Effects crew including Richard Edlund, Terry Windell, and Steve Johnson, musicians Ray Parker Jr and The Bus Boys.
For updates about screenings, digital distribution, and physical media like Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Facebook page and follow other social media accounts.
Maybe a coincidence. :p Reckless Abandonment Pictures produced and published their stop motion tribute (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, October 8, 2019) to The Real Ghostbusters. Ten days later in time for Halloween Playmobil has released their animation version (naturally in the Playmobil style/universe style) of the iconic The Real Ghostbusters opening.
Like with Playmobil’s Ghostbusters animation, (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, February 2, 2017) ghostheads wonder if Playmobil and Sony Pictures Animation will ever make a full length Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters animated movie(s).
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Before the internet was a kid, movies like Ghostbusters would have a novel attached to it. In the United States, the novelization of Ghostbusters was written by Richard Mueller. Mr. Mueller would also write 23 episodes of The Real Ghostbusters over the course of 7 seasons.
Ghostbusters II also had a novelization when the internet was text based and required a landline. The US version was written by Ed Naha.
Both (or all versions) physical Ghostbusters novelizations are long out of print. Thanks to ghostheads preservation of out of print material, digital copies are available at Spook Central.
What if you want to own a new book smell copy of both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II novelizations together? For the first time (probably) in 35/36 years Titan Books in plenty of time for Rust City has ghostheads covered in black slime, uh ink.
This news isn’t completely out of left field. It makes sense with Ghostbusters 2020 aka code name Rust City on the spectral horizon that Sony and a publisher would put together a new making of Ghostbusters book.
Nothing can replace Making Ghostbusters by Don Shay. It’s decades out of print, a physical copy can be pricey, and fortunately for ghostheads is available digitally…for free. (Spook Central PDF file)
Their isn’t a making of Ghostbusters II book like for Ghostbusters. Outside of out of print magazine articles from the 1980s.
During and after Ghostbusters 30th anniversary Insight Editions published Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, October 24, 2015) by Daniel Wallace. That coffee table book pretty much covered every aspect of the Ghostbusters franchise. Both with words and visuals. 8)
It may not be out of print, I haven’t checked. I know within the last month I’ve seen multiple copies at Barnes & Noble.
Not everybody can, does, or will own either excellent book. What will Ghostbusters Legacy bring to the Ghostbusters franchise in 2020?
Eaglemoss/Hero Collector press release after the break.