The Ghost Trap™ from Kenner was one of my favorite “action toys.” Without it my kid self couldn’t catch the ghosts I was chasing with my proton pack!
I first saw Ghostbusters™ in theaters when I was six. I had a real wonderment about the ghosts in the movie and the equipment that caught them had almost magical qualities to me.
If I thought the Proton Pack™ was really cool I couldn’t have imagined how happy Kenner was going to make me a mere few years later.
I don’t know if it’s the way toy companies have evolved since the 1980s or it’s my perception of companies as a toy collector. Kenner could have easily sold the P.K.E Meter™ separately. Fortunately for kids they didn’t.
The Ecto-Goggles™ are another example of how cool Kenner was in the ‘80s. Like my earlier perception Kenner could have just sold them separately. They included a miniature rubber version of the nutrona wand called the Ecto-Popper.™ Which was somewhat similar to the Ghostpopper.™
Before Kenner ever made the Ecto Goggles, Proton Pack, or even a Ghost Trap they created the first two ghostbusting weapons for kids in 1986. The first is a light and sound toy known as the GhostZapper.™ The second is a Nerf like blaster (before Nerf came out with them in the late ‘80s) called the Ghostpopper.™
I was going to (and still could someday) add an update to the site (away from the old Tobins Spirit Guide) which would have included Mr. Stay-Puft. C’mon, this is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! With a refresh underway it was the right time to recall where he came from, what he is and talk about his accomplishments.
Post Update: When I made the decision to evolve Ecto-Containment to an overall Ghostbusters web sites, pages such as the friendly ghosts page were removed.
When I originally moved The Real Ghostbusters sub site to Ectocontainment I didn’t add content that wasn’t part of The Real Ghostbusters first season. Going back to 2008 the idea was I’d add characters, ghosts, vehicles, and equipment as I saw them in a The Real Ghostbusters episode. It sounded ok. Realistically by the time I could and will be able to watch 7 seasons again of the series it could be years before anyone saw those characters, ghosts, vehicles, and equipment added to the site. This won’t necessarily be the case any longer.
In 2012 it begins with everyone’s favorite accountant Louis Tully. Louis became part of Slimer & The Real Ghostbusters during the 5 season episode, Something’s Going Around. Which aired about 4 months after Ghostbusters II had first been in theaters.
Post Update: When I made the decision to evolve Ecto-Containment to an overall Ghostbusters web sites, pages such as the staff page were removed.
A Deviant Art member, Tempting Tragedy is creating a full line of Peoplebusters figures from the season 4 episode Flipside to match The Real Ghostbusters first series hero figures. In the episode Peter, Ray, and Egon accidentally end up in an alternate New York (Boo York) where ghosts live (or un-live) and people don’t. It wasn’t explained why a Peoplebuster Winston didn’t exist. Tempting Tragedy is creating one.
More from Tempting Tragedy about a wouldbe Peoplebuster Winston and his Peoplebusters figures:
“I’ve researched many references and carefully considered previous ideas from others who have created a Peoplebuster version of Winston. “Dapper Dan” pretty much has a perfect version of Winston created but his style reflects more of a movie version of them rather than the RGB’s original designs. But you can see the similarities between his Winston and mine. Like I said I’m trying to incorporate everyones ideas.
I’ve also considered size and shape in comparison to the rest of the Peoplebusters since they all have there unique & exaggerated features based off there human selves.
Winston, with having no science background was originally added to the team as more of a hired hand. So I designed him as the tyrant that can get the big jobs done. the brute force of the team since the Peoplebusters are a bigger badder more aggressive version of themselves.
Please help me out. Give your input and suggestions. I feel this is the best interpretation of him but your thoughts are always welcome.
These will be posable resin figures when I am done. This is my prototype for Egon. This is a good example of the style and scale I’m going for. Closely accurate to my quick sketch. There isn’t to much of a height difference between the figures but with the extreme difference in proportions the RGB Egon starts to look pretty small in comparison to the Peoplebusters.
He is posable in shoulders legs and neck. The incomplete hand will be posable as well with bend and rotate since that will be his firing hand.”
The next page from the Kenner “chapter” of the Toys section continues with The Real Ghostbusters Haunted Rides.
In the next Kenner toys update we’ll take a look back at the first series ghosts figures.