Ghost Corps Recruits Wizard World For Ghostbusters Fan Fest

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Year-long Countdown Begins Today At Wizard World Comic Con Columbus With Free Single-Day Admission, ‘Ghostbusters’-Themed Programs This Weekend; Fan Fest To Be Held On Sony Pictures Studio Lot Featuring ‘Ghostbusters’ Creators, Talent and Crew; Event Continues IP Collaboration With Sony

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 7, 2018—In anticipation of Ghostbusters Day tomorrow, the anniversary of the classic comedy which released 34 years ago on June 8, 1984, Wizard World, Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps have teamed up to announce an extraordinary live event, the Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World, to be held June 8-9, 2019 at Ghost Corps headquarters on the famed Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif. Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD), which produces the largest touring pop culture convention series, will produce the Ghostbusters Fan Fest.

Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World will be the ultimate celebration of the film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, andErnie Hudson and was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. For the 35th anniversary, fans will participate in exclusive panels, meet the Ghostbusters creators, talent and crew and experience Ghostbusters augmented reality and virtual reality games.

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Ghostbusters Paranormal Activity Book

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Ecto Crank who I only knew of from Twitter is a UK ghosthead who sells custom made Ghostbusters themed patches and pins. “Occasional creative,” Ecto Crank created a Ghostbusters Paranormal Activity Book. Similar to The Real Ghostbusters activity books ghostheads could have spent time with in 1988.

…activity book filled with Ghostbusters themed puzzles, colouring sheets, word searches, etc. designed initially for franchises to give away at conventions but could easily be used by teachers for schools and clubs or you can just grab these for your kids as a rainy day activity.

This one of a kind of 10 page Ghostbusters activity book is completely free and continues to grow as Ecto-Crank adds pages. Check ectocrank.com or Ecto Crank’s respective social media accounts for Ghostbusters Paranormal Activity Book updates.

MacOS Users: The download file seems like some alien file extension. It’s a Windows (I guess) file known as a .7z. You’ll need the free The Unarchiver before you can open GPAC.

Photo Source: Ecto Crank

My Only Pack Of Topps Ghostbusters II Trading Cards

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Eat at your own risk.

I was 12 years old when Ghostbusters II was in theaters. It was closer to Thanksgiving 1989 then 4th of July when it made its theatrical release in the tiny hamlet of Nutley, NJ.

Topps, the trading carding company of my youth mostly made sports cards. Which I had a big, yet unwrapped sealed bags worth until July 2017. Only a handful mattered to me for one reason or another. In 1989 when they made trading cards specifically for Ghostbusters II, I built an early portfolio.

I don’t remember when I first saw or read this “smash movie” had cards to trade and basically collect. I know I didn’t have the entire base set of 88 cards. Which in 1989 coinage, I would have needed $39.60 USD. I wouldn’t see that kind of responsibility until I think high school.

That nerdom was different, evolving from what all I was into in the ’80s. I wouldn’t have continued to collect Ghostbusters II trading cards. Star Trek cards? I would have been all in as much as I could. Even after high school.

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I never had a renewed interest to check around on or off line for these Ghostbusters II trading cards. I’m writing about them 28 years later because in 2011 a loose assortment of items came with the only item I needed.

The only pack I have is basically opened. I probably opened it 7 years ago so I finally decided to take photos and show off the timeless Ghostbusters II cards.

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Kenner The Real Ghostbusters Play-Doh

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Like a lot of kids in the ’80s I played with Play-Doh. Back in 1980 something Kenner made it. As a toy company who ruled an empire they didn’t just make soft modeling clay. Not one to trust kids to make whatever they wanted willy nilly Kenner produced play sets. Such as the Fun Factory, ice cream shop, barbershop, fast food restaurant, and arguably (you’re already wrong) the best Play-Doh set of a defining decade, The Real Ghostbusters.

While I don’t remember a single detail about when my parents probably bought me the Play-Doh The Real Ghostbusters play set, I remember having one. Somehow its Ghost trap extruder and plastic Ecto-1 survived, albeit with a broken wheel and eventually missing its hood.

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The Real Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

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30 years ago today The Real Ghostbusters aired to the delight of ghostheads. Episode 1, the infamous Ghosts ‘ R Us is somewhat of a origin story and in 21 minutes explains why they’re The Real Ghostbusters!

For 7 seasons our animated Ghostbustin’ heroes went on adventures (along with originally that green guy) 6 days a week. The guys couldn’t do it alone. Janine not only ran the office, (equipment not standard at other offices) when the need arose was a Ghostbuster in her own right. With animated business mostly good on and off screen Louis would join the team to handle the fictional records. And continue practicing his Ghostbusters skills.

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Fun & Games: BooloonBusters

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You’re about 8 years old, you love Ghostbusters and the only real way to play it is to wait for family and friends to stop using the parent’s Commodore 64, for them to quit playing Missile Command on the family’s Atari 2600 or stop trying to save that princess on…you get the idea. With time moving too slowly until 1987 where Kenner will have made an actual proton pack (with ghost trap to follow by 1989) how are you suppose to play Ghostbusters when you’re not on the school playground?

Realizing kids had a void in their Ghostbusters playing, Intergalactic Games (corporate HQ located in the future on Mars) from Joilet, IL who arguably made the world’s numero uno card game Uno (see what I did their) came up with a solution that could continue to make them money until we were about 12. Or would it?

Intergalactic Gaming creatively came up with Booloon Busters, (simply clever) a card/balloon game that encourages children to pump up balloons until they burst with no adult supervision. OK I made up the latter part.

If you could find another kid who liked Ghostbusters before 1986 and wanted to play a REAL game instead of blowing bubbles with a puny “magic” wand you had quite the Saturday ahead. Truthfully I never knew that many young ghostheads and I had never even heard of Booloon Busters until I was 33 years old. This is why I will time travel with Booloon Busters so my young self can become a master of kids card games and he’ll have adult supervision to pop balloons safely. A win win.

Booloon Busters includes 2 balloon pumpers shaped like a proton gun and ghost trap. Respectively I feel IG’s ghost trap pumper is a cross between an EMF Meter and The Real Ghostbusters ghost trap. We can agree to disagree.

Booloon Busters includes 36 cards and 40 balloons. While you could play with more then one person, Intergalactic envisioned kid team outings where our moms would allow us to eat cheese doodles, probably drink a can of cola (hey, no sponsorships here) and chew gum with sugar in it. Those were the days.

While the balloon graphics on the front feature Slimer (of course) and what could be Slug from Ghosts ‘R Us, the truth is The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Corporation with its mighty influence left Intergalactic Games no choice, but to print 40 balloons featuring the giant marshmallow himself, The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. If I knew it would make a difference I’d send a letter to the past.

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Intergalactic Games who must have printed a million and 11 Uno cards shut down Uno production for 4 days to print over existing cards to make the OFFICIAL Booloon Busters game cards. I can’t really prove that, it seems plausible.

Once your friend or teams chose which pumper you wanted colorful balloons could be secured (I’m guessing) by the metal ring ties.

When it was a child’s turn the chosen card would tell him or her how many times to pump their balloon. Without looking at the instructions that are sealed inside the 26 year old game I’m safely assuming if the balloon didn’t burst it was the next child’s turn. This would continue in “rounds” until a balloon bust and a child was declared the victor!

What would happen to game time once all 40 balloons were eventually popped? I’m not exactly sure if mom and dad could just buy OFFICIAL Booloon Busters balloons. However, standard party balloons should have sufficed. Probably cost a bit less too. Booloons or no balloons, for less then $5 (even in 21st Century dollars) kids had a deck of cards, a mini proton gun, (nutrona wand) ghost trap, and their imaginations. Who ya gonna call? BOOLOON BUSTERS!

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