Months ago I came across a couple of auctions on a popular auction site for more current Japanese Ghostbusters merchandise. Since I don’t know when these were made and sold (perhaps they still are) and they’re newer then the Japanese Ghostbusters merchandise I’ve written about (GB Inc. Blog Post, January 15, 2015) and found them interesting I thought I’d share them.
Ghostbusters keychains in the United States are limited in their use of licensed characters, are smaller, and don’t include stretchy slime green cording. Here we’ve had rubberized versions of the “no ghost” logo.
The four at least that have been available in Japan have a in your face “no ghost” logo, top half of a thankfully happy Stay-Puft Marshmallow man, (reminds me of The Real Ghostbusters) and a full Mr. Stay-Puft Marshmallow man. Ready for a close up or not, he’s still happy.
Ghostbusters keychains may be a conversation starter. If we’re not in Japan (or maybe if you are) one or both of these earphone jacks certainly should.
I guess protecting a cell phone’s audio port from dust is either a real problem in Japan or a 120,965,000 JPY industry. The United States have plenty of “why didn’t I think of that?” products. I’ve never seen dust protecting earphone jack plugs in stores. A check for the purposes of this post does confirm similar products line do exist. I don’t see anything licensed like these. Either way they’ll never be as great as Stay-Puft hanging off your Japanese fruit phone keeping dust bunnies from forming.
The licensee behind these could have just used the design from their Stay-Puft key chains. Someone with real powaahh knows their history and knew an angry Stay-Puft who despises the Ghostbusters with no real insight would have sales through the Ghostbusters HQ firehouse roof!
If you’re interested in owning either or both Japanese Ghostbusters items, they’re still currently for sale from an eBay seller with the handle of toyko-never. I believe the items he sells are shipped from France.
*edit* Memoriesofoldboy, a ghosthead and contributor of my network of sites shared a link on Amazon Japan for the earphone jacks. If you’re able to buy them, they cost ￥749 or $6.15 USD as of this moment. Of course before shipping and any applicable taxes.
Photos Source: toyko-never (eBay)