Wimpy Ghostbusters II Commercial

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Wimpy, originally Wimpy Grills is an international fast food chain that surprisingly, (to me) was founded in Bloomington, Indiana by Edward Gold during 1934. Why the recent surprise to me? Growing up on the east coast of the United States I had never heard of Wimpy. The oldest fast food chain, (which is also not in all 50 United States) that I knew of is White Castle.

Wimpy, (yes named after the Popeye character) once had 25 restaurants in midwestern US cities. By 1977 there were only 7 locations. When Edward Gold passed on the following year, the remaining US locations closed there doors.

That would have been it and I wouldn’t be writing about them today. If it hadn’t been for some foresight. Mr. Edward Gold licensed to J. Lyons and Co. back in 1954 to open Wimpy restaurants in the United Kingdom. McDonalds and Burger King were infants.

In the 1960s Wimpy had expanded to other European countries and eventually other continents. Today Wimpy parent company, Famous Brands Limited has its headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

That’s why 11 years later as adults and kids were making Ghostbusters II memories at Hardee’s, (Ecto–Containment Blog Post, March 25, 2017) ghostheads in the United Kingdom (and hopefully abroad) also made Ghostbusters II memories at Wimpy locations.

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Hardee’s Ghostbusters II Commercial

 

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Three years ago, almost to the day I wrote about my Hardee’s Ghostbusters II Banner. (Ecto-Containment Blog Post, March 23, 2014) In my post I had shared a copy of Hardee’s Ghostbusters II commercial to my very basic YouTube channel. I eventually wanted to talk more about this Ghostbusters II fast food cross promotion.

Why now? Last weekend I sold a friend of mine the only Hardee’s Ghostbusters II Banner for sale that I knew of. I hadn’t been displaying this official piece of Ghostbusters II history. He probably will, maybe even at franchise events. That could be great for the “Official Ghostbusters II Headquarters” banner to have such a Ghostbusters purpose again.

I’m not sure why Hardee’s was chosen over other national United States fast food chains. I find it hard to believe there were more Hardee’s locations in the USA over McDonalds or Burger King. Perhaps it was financial or Hardee’s was closer to Columbia Pictures.

On a slight side note, McDonalds in Canada had at least Ghostbusters II tray liners/place mats.

As previously stated I was deprived of going to a fast food chain that celebrated Ghostbusters II. Other than what was my banner I can live vicarlously though Hardee’s blockbuster commercial.

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Ghostbusters II Select Janosz Figure

Although not a 3D figure, Diamond Select Toys has a mock up of Vigo’s right hand man, Janosz Poha! Janosz has never had an action figure, not like this. Without checking, I’m pretty sure Peter McNicol has been immortalized as a Minimate.

Hopefully that scaled down Vigo painting will be one of its accessory. Thanks to Instagram user wrestlingcomics2k15 we also get a better look at the Ghostbusters HQ diorama. Which bares some resemblance to Kenner Ghostbusters Firehouse.

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Ghostbusters Select Series 6 First Look

He is a Ghostbusters II Select Figure! As New York Toy Fair is underway Diamond Select Toys via there Instagram account shared a photo of Vigo The Select, confirming that there will be Ghostbusters II Selects and series 6 will have a Ghostbusters HQ “diorama.” Wow! You can see the makings of the front of the Firehouse behind smug Vigo.

Source: Diamond Select Toys (Instagram)

Playmobil Ghostbusters Will Be Ready To Believe You

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Playmobil (US) has been preparing (GBI Blog Post, January 9, 2017) to release their line of Ghostbusters play sets. Something that could have only been imaginable 30 years ago. If you were an older kid like myself, you didn’t imagine the two would go together. They would have then as they will today.

Playmobil revealed their upcoming Ghostbusters play sets to ghostheads. Except for what I perceive as modern packaging design, these sets feel like they could easily be re-releases from 1987.

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