Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and besides a 30th Anniversary licensing banner from Sony, nothing “30th anniversary” had been announced. Despite reputable quotes in recent interviews from both Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman ghostheads still don’t know if their will be a Ghostbusters III.
Without a new movie or something else that would push the Ghostbusters franchise forward, Mattel stopped making new Ghostbusters figures and were slowly working on what many fans thought would be the last prop toy, the Ecto Goggles.
Before this week it would have been a safe bet to say that ghostheads were looking forward to hearing more about those at this years San Diego Comic Con. While ghostheads like myself have discussed possible Matty Collector prop toys going forward (this was when before everyone knew the Ecto Goggles would be next) most fans couldn’t have suspected Matty Collector, an adult collector’s division of Mattel was going to show off a new prop toy that almost or does overshadow the Ecto Goggles.
Neutrino (really, Nutrona) Wand
The Nutrona Wand as any ghosthead knows is the part of the proton pack that when switched on can trigger the confinement streams to catch the slimers. Matty Collector’s version can sorta do that, in your imagination.
Straight from Mattel
“Negative vibrations from ectoplasmic entities bumming you out? Give them a positive blast with your Neutrino Wand! Developed with Sony Entertainment, this authentically detailed wand delivers vibrations and a force kickback when blasted, light-meter animations on the base that ramp up or down depending on how high you’ve adjusted the proton stream setting, and an extending tip that lights up with orange, red, and yellow LEDs (does not actually shoot a beam).”
“The wand’s buttons and switches are loaded with lights and sounds sampled directly from the Ghostbusters™ films, including the main power on/off switch and the proton stream on/off switch, length-adjuster knob, and “blasting” button. And if total protonic reversal is your thing, then you’ll want to cross the streams and see what happens! Fire two Neutrino Wands at each other and watch the lights change color as the light-up meter transforms to a unique pattern and new sounds and vibration are triggered.”
Mattel’s version of the Nutrona Wand has some inaccuracies from screen used versions. However, at $130 the bells and whistles are priced fairly right. The Nutrona (Neutrino) Wand is currently scheduled for a Fall 2013 release.
If having just a Nutrona Wand wasn’t enough Matty Collector has been displaying a mysterious Ghostbusters item that has ghostheads asking what’s under the black covering? Smaller version of the Proton pack? Mini ECU? Ghostbusters III prototype toys? Belt Gizmo™ prop toy? I speculated from the lines its similar to the “crate” packaging Matty Collector uses with its Ghostbusters prop toys.
Either way we’ll all know sometime today when Mattel is supposed to unveil this new Ghostbusters collectible!
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