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.
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.
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!
Who knew that in 2019 ghostheads would need knitted Ghostbusters vinyl figures. If a robot makes them by hand, pretty much everybody!
At last weeks San Diego Comic Con, Handmade By Robots revealed two upcoming Ghostbusters figures. While they aren’t the Ghostbusters, (I’m trying to picture them) ghostheads can buy a plastic knit like Slimer or Stay-Puft.
Descriptions and additional photos after the break.
Ghostheads had already known Chronicle Collectibles are making high end (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, July 29, 2019) The Real Ghostbusters collectibles. During last week’s San Diego Comic Con, Chronicle Collectibles revealed their upcoming to scale Ecto-1.
Toys news site, ToyArk took photos as part of their SDCC coverage. Overall this is The Real Ghostbusters series Ecto-1 I remember. As the figures aren’t posable, it stands to reason “the car” won’t have doors that open. Either way this Ecto-1 would be great for display.
Details, pricing, and a release date haven’t been revealed. This post and/or a new one will be updated when more information is available.
Diamond Select Toys produced a couple of series (Diamond Select Toys Blog Post) featuring The Real Ghostbusters figures. Although posable, they don’t quite capture, (from what I’ve seen of them) “the Kenner feel.” A reason I don’t own any of them.
On a higher end collector market, Chronicle Collectibles is producing all 4 The Real Ghostbusters figures along with Slimer. The bad: They’re more like statues, total cost, near $600 USD*, and Slimer is exclusive to buying the set. “Figures” without Slimer can be bought individually. *Chronicle Collectibles offers monthly payment plans.
Press release after the jump.
Backposting this almost 2 months later for reasons.
A bit unfortunate I wasn’t able to attend Fan Fest and still haven’t made time to watch “I Ain’t Afraid of No Toys panel.” Any ghosthead, Kenner fan, and toy collector, (or anyone really) can thanks to Chad Paulson, webmaster of ghostbusters.net.
After the break, the “I Ain’t Afraid of No Toys” panel video.