During the ’80s (near the end of an era) I remember a black and white (their could have been color, but why would a mail order company spend the extra dollars?) catalog where you could order at least a kids official Ghostbusters costume. I can vividly remember coming home from school that day and being excited when “the catalog” was in my family’s mailbox. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was starting to overtake Ghostbusters popularity. I remember seeing TMNT being featured before The Real Ghostbusters for example.
I admit my memory’s fuzzy on which part of the franchise you could order from. i.e.: Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters, Other. I’m not entirely sure how I heard about the catalog in the first place.
By the time the catalog arrived I already had a short sleeved flight suit. Family members made me at least a “no ghost” patch. Not sure about a name patch. That mail order catalog may have had a few other “no ghost” logo items for sale.
I’ve never seen the catalog since or any ad for these costume flight suits. Yesterday I got a glimpse that some company actually existed to make these and they advertised. Doesn’t everybody?
Who they gonna call? They’re gonna call you-in your Official Ghostbusters Jumpsuit! And when Gozer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man come out of the night-there you’ll be!
Your Ghostbusters Jumpsuit comes in classy khaki for adults with children’s sizes in midnight black. The Ghostbusters logo appears on the back, with a Ghostbusters insignia on the right sleeve and the name Ghostbusters on the front-right.
Ghostbusters Jumpsuits are the highest quality 65% polyester and 35% cotton. Machine washable.
During the ’80s I wouldn’t have been reading Starlog magazine, I don’t think Starlog Press was the company behind the mail order catalog I’ve thought of. Which most likely sold kids khaki flight suits or jumpsuit as Starlog called them.
Their kids versions feels very urban ’80s doesn’t it? Like kids could pretend to bust ghosts and break dance. Cardboard optional.
Even the adult version isn’t exactly screen accurate. The alternative at the time was to make your own. At $65 and $85 USD respectively, early ghostheads may have been better off.
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