Kyle Roberts, from Reckless Abandonment Pictures sent over an electronic email to let me know about one of their stop motion videos. It isn’t any stop motion video, it’s a tribute to The Real Ghostbusters intro, “starring” Diamond Select Toys The Real Ghostbusters figures!
It’s that time for all things spooky, and we ain’t afraid of no ghosts! 💚👻💚Oklahoma City animation studio, Reckless Abandonment Pictures, got their start producing fan-made stop motion intro videos; notably X-Men and Ninja Turtles. Since then, DreamWorks, LEGO, Mattel and other major brands started reaching out to them for commercial work. As a labor of love the team is back at it again with a stop motion tribute to the nostalgic 1986 ‘The Real Ghostbusters’ cartoon introduction! With over two months of work and 2,500 individual pictures, Kyle Roberts and crew brought this fan made tribute to life. Artist Nathan Poppe crafted over 30 hand-drawn doodle images to establish a bright and vibrant backdrop to complement Roberts’ use of action figures. The team used a mixture of Ghostbusters toys over the years, from the 1980s nostalgic Kenner figures to the newly released Diamond Select line. They also fabricated their own clay puppet for the walking/dancing ghost! The original RGB theme song was covered by composer Nicholas Poss, vocals by Sean C. Johnson. The whole idea of this labor of love us to feel like all of this is kind of made by kids in their imagination! As kids of the 80s, now with kiddos of our own… it was only fitting that we recorded several of our own kiddos voices shouting “Ghostbusters” in our tribute!
Ghostbusters: The Video Game was officially remastered (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, September 6, 2019) on Friday, October 4. I know some ghostheads have already completed the Ghostbusters game which turns 10 this year!
What if you’re stuck somewhere and need a helping hand, so to speak? Maybe need a gaming manual? Or also want to relive (maybe for the first time) the journey or reviews for Ghostbusters: The Video Game?
Ecto-Containment has ghostheads covered.
Diamond Select Toys has revealed their New York Comic Con “Scared” Mr. Stay-Puft exclusive. Ghostheads would immediately recognize that while this figure is being marketed under The Real Ghostbusters brand, the only time Mr. Stay-Puft was scared is right before the Ghostbusters ruin Gozer’s night.
Opinion: I don’t own the “regular” non exclusive version. I really like the idea behind this affordable toy and collectible. I’m not sure why (other then deceiving a fanbase) Diamond Select Toys couldn’t market this under the Ghostbusters brand.
I safely presume as an exclusive ghostheads who aren’t attending NYCC will have no chance of buying “limited to 500 pieces” Stay-Puft at $20 USD.
That’s toy collecting for you. =/
Near Labor Day in the states Sony Pictures announced that GHOSTBUSTERS™ is returning to “select” movie theaters on October 6 and October 10. What makes these screenings different then just showing the movie is the added “unearthed and rarely seen alternate takes.”
If you own the 35th Anniversary 4K/Blu-Ray, I presume the same content is featured on the discs.
Press release after the break.
This wasn’t entirely unexpected news. As stated in the press release Hasbro and Sony are partners with the recent (not talked about by me yet) Ghostbusters Transformers Ecto-1 Ectrotron. Which is also part of the current Ghostbusters/Transformers comic book series from IDW Publishing.
The fun part for ghostheads is Hasbro ties (sorta) to the original The Real Ghostbusters. Kenner was the “master toy company” for real Ghostbusters toys during 1980 something. Sometime after the series ended in 1991, Hasbro acquired Kenner.
What Ghostbusters toys will Hasbro make in 2020? I think safe bet mostly is a tie into Ghostbusters 2020. Will we see retro style real Ghostbusters figures? It’s fun to speculate and in time we’ll know.
Press release after the break.
Their was a time since 2009 and more recently in the last five years when I’d write or share Ghostbusters: The Video Game news/content. Ghostheads probably never thought their would be an update and a new official release of “Ghostbusters 3” again.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is coming to your computer or next generation console on October 4, 2019.
In 1980 something if you wanted to have a Ghostbusters (birthday) party, these themed items (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, January 8, 2015) were about the best your parental units were going to do.
Fast forward 31 years, (my, how Ghostbusters times have changed) Spirit Halloween has officially licensed Ghostbusters items for your upcoming Ghostbusters party or event.
Looking for Ghostbusters decor to throw a great party? Who you gonna call? This officially licensed Ghostbusters Tablecloth and Banner are the perfect way to add some ghostly haunting to your next party. The Ghostbusters are on call 24 hours a day to serve all your supernatural party needs.
- Officially licensed
- Dimensions: 108″H x 54″W (tablecloth), 5″H x 80″W (banner)
- Material: Cardboard, plastic
Opinion: A Ghostbusters tablecloth would have been perfect when I was 10. It’s great that Spirit Halloween and Sony finally have the right decor for a Ghostbusters party. Considering their have been such parties since 1984. This tablecloth could also be a really nice touch for Ghostbusters franchise events.
A Ghostbusters tablecloth could be enough, at the same price point Spirit Halloween includes a 14 linked banner that spells Ghostbusters. This is nit-picky, the second Slimer image should have been Stay-Puft.
Yesterday I had some opinions about Spirit Halloween new Ghostbusters costumes. (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, August 19, 2019) The post was long and I didn’t have the time before work to talk about Spirit Halloween other Ghostbusters merchandise. This is that post.
Full disclosure I don’t own any of Spirit Halloween’s Ghostbusters items. I use to own Matty Collector Prop Toys and still own a 19 year old Proton Pack replica. Should the time come and it makes “good financial sense,” whether it’s from Spirit Halloween or elsewhere I’d like to own similar items again.
See something strange in the neighborhood? Now you’ll know who to call with this Ghostbusters Walkie Talkie. Grab one for you and all your friends and start feeling like real ghost hunters.
- Officially licensed
- Product Saying:
- “Venkman! I saw it! I saw it! I saw it!”
- “It’s right here, Ray. It’s looking at me. He’s an ugly little spud, isn’t he?”
- “I think he can hear you, Ray. Don’t move, it won’t hurt you.”
- *Slimer charging Venkman*
- “He slimed me!”
- Dimensions: 9.38″ H x 2.75″ W x 1.85″ D
- Battery Type: 2 AA (not included)
- Material: Plastic
- Care: Spot clean
- Note: This is a prop and not a functioning walkie talkie
Opinion: This is an interesting Ghostbusters accessory. It’s basically an 80s style Motorola walkie talkie replica. Fun name. Without their branding. The real deal can be expensive and believe it or not may still work with emergency personnel today.
If you’re putting together a costume…uh uniform and want to duplicate the look and a favorite scene from Ghostbusters, it’s great Spirit Halloween basically made a walkie talkie…with a sound chip.
That’s right, as an officially licensed product, it has 5 lines of dialogue from the only time in Ghostbusters when Peter and Ray (later a bit of Egon) talked over their walkie talkies. Depending on the volume, I feel at a con for example one may not hear the quotes. Also, like a pull string toy from childhood, the lines may get old quick without the rest of Ghostbusters.
I do like that ghost hunters, (really Spirit Halloween) have an included holster. The obvious “no ghost” logo hurts the realism of being a Ghostbuster.
Last year Spirit Halloween took their Ghostbusters license to the next level with new Ghostbusters costumes, prop replicas, and more. (GBI Blog Post, August 30, 2018)
Those items far as I know are still available to buy along with a storage facility full of new items.
Full disclosure I don’t own any of Spirit Halloween’s Ghostbusters items. As you may know I own a couple of Ghostbusters flight suits, (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, March 5, 2014) that don’t fit because I lost weight in the last 2 years.
When I’m able to I’ll put together a new for me Ghostbusters costume. This post is more of an overview and my opinion of what Spirit Halloween is offering this year than a review.
Remember that time over at GBI when they wrote about the official Ghostbusters Fan Club? (GBI Blog Post, June 8, 2014) Five years later they, (well I did) wrote about the official international Ghostbusters fan club again. For a very good reason. It started this summer when the king of the ghostheads, Peter Mosen. (Facebook) had been taking and sharing photos from his career and collecting. One or more of the shared photos came from the original Ghostbusters fan club.
As I have in at least the last 5 years I asked about “club stuff.” That’s also when I heard from Robert Maxwell Barbieri. (Facebook) If you didn’t know, Robert restored the original The Real Ghostbusters pilot. Which Sony Pictures put on ghostbusters.com before also physically adding the restored pilot to the Ghostbusters 35th anniversary 4K/Blu-Ray!
As a ghosthead collector, Robert has items from the original Ghostbusters fan club. I asked for pictures or scans. Could they be shared for ghostheads? Robert agreed and I wasn’t disappointed by what he sent over. Including some extras from his archives.
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.
It took around a week once I had the photos. GBI is happy to recreate some semblance from the official international Ghostbusters club. (GBI Page)
On July 31, 2019, (so..tomorrow) horror themed apparel maker Fright Rags will have a new collection of Ghostbusters apparel, mostly reminiscent of 1980 something Ghostbusters T-shirts.
From Fright Rags:
WE’RE READY TO BELIEVE YOU! Officially Licensed GHOSTBUSTERS Collection is coming NEXT WEDNESDAY 7/31 at 10am EST! Brand new spooky tees (TWO Justin Osbourn designs & TWO Kyle Crawford designs — incl. a retro black/white baseball tee ) and a pair of classic NO-GHOST Socks!
PLUS! Our exclusive “DON’T LOOK AT THE TRAP” Blind Box Enamel Pins Series. Each pin is packaged randomly in a collectible “Ghostbuster Trap”
Blind Box! Ghosts, Gods, Terror Dogs, Marshmallow Men and Free Floating Full Torso Vaporous Apparitions!
CATCH ‘EM ALL Next Wednesday 7/31 At 10am EST!