Matty Collector First Impression: Neutrino (Nutrona) Wand


Intro: The last time I owned a particle thrower that had lights and could vibrate was during the early 2000s. My prop Proton Pack replica and its accompanying wand didn’t have sound. During the 16th anniversary of Ghostbusters, that didn’t matter. I had a real Proton Pack and could become a Ghostbuster once again. Sometime during the early 2000s something went wrong and the pack has never worked correctly again. In recent years their has been a gradual process to repair and restore my pack. Their has been talk of rewiring, it could be costly.

When Mattel announced their latest prop toy would have lights, sounds, a motor, and vibrate at a reasonable price, I became intrigued. Because of how they control a collectors market, being “sold out” within days when we all know they aren’t, and the odd shipping company they use I didn’t know if I wanted to go through that again. While I could have budgeted better, with the tax and s/h, Matty Collector was the least expensive to buy the wand from. It’s unfortunate in a way ordering from them comes with risk.

Shipping: I know I wasn’t alone with my shipping experience, I appreciate the support group ghostheads have had. Almost always I’ll order a Matty Collector Ghostbusters toy on the first sale day. I waited until Tuesday, December 17, 2013. I didn’t need it for Christmas delivery and didn’t know I’d still be caught in the holiday rush. I chose UPS Ground over USPS because of the box size and  Cornerstone Logistics tracking system. I felt the extra $3 would be worth it. Overnight a UPS label had been created and within another 24 hours, + or – I thought I’d see some movement in their network. I would at least have an idea about when my package could be delivered. The tracking still hadn’t updated, even before the end of the last business day. I was beginning to think the package was still in California.

I called “Go Matty” on Saturday, December 21, 2013. At the time I felt the customer service person was about as helpful as he could be. He didn’t really know about the real time tracking, didn’t try to find out about it from anyone else, and I wasn’t issued a ticket number. I didn’t think about the ticket, with the 5-7 business day time frame, taking in account its the holidays, and there possibly had been bad weather along the route, to wait the window out. I was already understanding about that. Being it was Saturday, I really couldn’t do anything until Monday anyway. The wait wouldn’t end until after Christmas, that was me assuming my package definitely went out the previous Wednesday.

It was only after that and days before Christmas I found out that UPS and Fed-Ex had more deliveries this Christmas season and wouldn’t necessarily have them delivered in time for Christmas. Personally, I was fine with that. I didn’t blame any drivers, I wanted to have an idea about when my package could be here. On Thursday, December 26, 2013 I called “Go Matty” and spoke to a different customer service person. I don’t know if it’s the norm, I was on hold with epic battle like muzak while he spoke to technical support. In my previous experiences with other companies, I normally spoke to technical support myself. I was suppose to receive an email with real time tracking and the customer service representative provided a ticket number. Whatever the reason, in the 24 hour period from when I called, I never received another email from Digital River.


In the end it didn’t matter, what I did receive on Friday, December 27, 2013 was my Neutrino Wand. As I commented on in the Neutrino Wand Poll post as I was coming home from running my errands, I had just slightly missed my regular USPS mail carrier actually delivering a big, sorta long package. I was somewhat surprised and definitely thanked my mailman. It wasn’t until last night I found out the truth about the Christmas journey my Neutrino wand actually took. Most likely because of the volume of packages, UPS worked with USPS to have them deliver it from almost start to finish. It shipped out on December 19, looks like it possibly went to Los Angeles and flew to the east coast. It would have been nice to have known, I’m not sure with the heavy volume who could have provided me with the USPS tracking which appeared to update the entire time.

If you read this far, thank you.

Cost: The Neutrino Wand costs $130 USD before applicable taxes and s/h. I always felt this price was reasonable for how it functions. Not even counting materials to build a replica particle thrower, light and sound kits can be costly. More so when one gets into building a Proton Pack. Of course because of how Mattel controls their base collector’s market, I didn’t want to wait until it was “sold out” or pay secondary/eBay prices. Owning mine for barely a day and going over/through it, the price is fair. Personally it would cost me far more to build one with help or buy one, as I once did.


Mailer: Like the previous Matty Collector prop toys, the Neutrino Wand comes in a white mailer with a cardboard tab to open the box. It also has that clear circular tape that can easily be cut. I don’t remember if the Ecto-Goggles mailer had tape too.


Box: Mattel continues the “crate box” tradition with fun “warning labels.” They either read my Ecto-Goggles review or just got the styrofoam mix right. After I opened the lid, I was easily able to remove the styrofoam without it crumbling. I’ve taken it out and put it back a number of times since. I still haven’t had any problems.



Once the Neutrino Wand is removed from its protective plastic bag, you can see the plastic “mold” that holds the wand in place. I wonder if this imprint came from the press that helped to make the Neutrino Wand in the first place.


Prop Toy First Impression: I know the replicas Mattel makes are more toys then prop reproductions. I really started seeing them that way with their Ecto-Goggles. For how the Neutrino Wand (which was approved by Sony) looks and what it can do, its between a toy and a prop reproduction. As a stand alone Ghostbusters prop I really like it. When I stopped having fun with it to take pictures and go through it, I began to see what might be imperfections with the molded plastic. Of course if one looks close enough, faults can be found. I don’t want to be nit picky, honest for the product as a fan and to help others who are undecided about buying the Neutrino Wand.

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I like that the Mattel listened to ghostheads and used the correct color for the wiring. The “wiring” is a flexible, rubbery kind. Which seems to be the best way to have made it since the barrel tip extends and the wiring shouldn’t break. I’m glad Clippard worked with Sony and Mattel to license one of their modular valves. It isn’t exact, the smaller size may fit this particular style. Unlike with the Ecto-Goggles, I’m good with the company applying the different size decals. Less likely to peel off that way.

The Neutrino Wand isn’t 100% screen accurate, that may be from certain real parts or having to comply with electronic toy “codes” in Europe. The other inaccuracies ie: different “hat” color don’t bother me. Who doesn’t like fake welds?


One of the features when it came to lighting I had been looking forward to is the moving proton indicator. When the Nutrona Wand is powered on and is in use, it moves up and down. Matty Collector/Epic Creations Neutrino Wand doesn’t continue to go up and down like the screen used version.


If the stream dial is manually adjusted the indicator will go up or back down. When a ghosthead has stopped firing, the proton indicator “powers down” to almost nothing. I was also looking forward to the vent light. As it makes me think of when Dan as Ray was thinking about total protonic reversal. Unfortunately my particle thrower replica didn’t have lighting in the proton indicator or vent area.

How Does It Work?


Their are many screws throughout the wand for the look. On the track, are the two screws that need to be removed for the battery compartment. Use a correct screw driver (the non powered kind) to loosen them enough to remove the track. Be careful with the nice looking, thankfully not made of plastic v hook.

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The Neutrino Wand takes 3 AA batteries. I think my old Nutrona Wand did too. I continue using Quantum batteries, a bit of added detail that may last 10 years. You can also see where the speaker is located. Replace the track, tighten screws, and we’re about to be in business with a Neutrino Wand.

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It may have been possible, to save battery life and the nice prop toy that was paid for in advance I think Matty/Epic (not intentionally) complicated part of the start up process. Flipping the power switch makes that bright for a photo red L.E.D come on and activates the sound effects.

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When you flip the proton indicator switch on, the indicator powers up, and the orange/white L.E.Ds light up.

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If you didn’t know the Neutrino Wand has a generator process, you do now. Turning the generator (Activate) switch on powers sound effects, all L.E.D lights light up, and the white L.E.D light flashes. Similar to the screen used Nutrona Wands pulling the green barrel extension lever extends the wand barrel. Pulling it again retracts it. The Neutrino Wand is now ready to bust those gghhhoooosssssttttttsssss!


This is a minor complaint, in order to actually “fire” the Neutrino Wand, the trigger is the intensify button. Like real and fictional weapons along with the predecessor to the Neutrino Wand, it would feel more natural if the trigger/intensify button was near the underside of the grip handle. Seems like their would be room. I know my Nutrona Wand prop replica is similar to Matty/Epic Creations. If this is how screen used ones were built, then its accurate. It’s easy enough to get use to.

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At “half power” the streams are a more purple and white. Its a little hard to get pictures of, you’d also see the blue “electric” arcs which are of course no way comparable to practical effects in a 30 year old movie. The Neutrino Wand will also shake. At “full power” the motor seems to really shake. I don’t know if Matty tested this, I feel like continuous use for long period of time will damage it in some way. I could also just be over cautious. “Going full stream” changes the main barrel lighting to a bright white. Again, hard to see the inside particle stream.


Most people probably wouldn’t do this and I don’t think Mattel warns too curious ghostheads, when you are pressing and holding the intensify button, DON’T look into the end of the wand barrel. I accidentally did it for you, so your eyes don’t have to hurt for 11 seconds.

“Cross The Streams…”


One of the features a certain Matty Collector guru was a little too excited over was the ultimate feature of the Neutrino Wand. When its “paired” (like Bluetooth) with another Neutrino Wand, both wands can “cross the streams.” It has a built in sensor (which is a lot better then the echo locator from the Ecto-Goggles) to accomplish this. I don’t have a way to currently test this, when two ghostheads are holding $260 worth of memorabilia streams turn white, their is heavy shaking, and general mass hysteria occurs.

“You Have A Lovely Singing Voice.”

I don’t have an exact picture for it, as Matty/Epic Creations at least has had a thought a pack could be in the future, they left a line input jack (where the split loom hose connects from the Nutrona Wand to the Proton Pack) that can play audio. It’s possible that somehow they plan to or a ghosthead prop builder can modify it for their own pack build.

Complaints or For Looks?


Like with their P.K.E Meter, Matty Collector/Epic Creations weathered and distressed the Neutrino Wand. Because of this, some of the imperfections may have been done on purpose. I don’t know if it can be seen with the handle grip, their appeared to be a slight dent and scratches. Even if the mark happened by accident, no one is really going to see it. I’m not bothered by it. The grips are probably hollow enough. I’m sure enough pressure could cause damage to the grips.


Anyone else notice what I called a blemish in the underside of the Neutrino Wand barrel? “A couple of wavy lines.” Their’s this one area where basically it looks scuffed, they do appear like wavy lines. Again, this could have been done for normal use going into 30 years as a Ghostbuster.



If you’re a collector or may need a reasonably priced Nutrona Wand with most of the necessary functions for a Proton Pack build this makes for a good starter kit. If you feel differently about these kinds of prop toys and already have or are planning to build a Nutrona Wand, then that is a better option. Either way kids, teens, and most ghostheads will really enjoy the Neutrino Wand from Matty Collector/Epic Creations.

Admittedly holding this Neutrino Wand and enjoying it feels somewhat incomplete without a Proton Pack. Which ghostheads have known and enjoyed for most of our lives. It’s good Mattel may be considering one. Hopefully with the 30th Anniversary in 2014, fans will see that kind of major announcement.


Matty Collector Neutrino Wand Un Boxing


I ordered my Matty Collector/Epic Creations Neutrino Wand on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. It was suppose to ship through UPS, actually shipped through USPS (which I usually prefer) on December 19, 2013. It was delivered by my regular mailman yesterday, December 27, 2013. I took around 40 photos last night and have been editing them.

I created a Matty Collector Neutrino Wand page to share an un-boxing experience with you. Hopefully I was able to capture most of the details. I’ll be working on a lengthy review as well. I’ll have it up sometime this evening. I also want to film at least one video when I’m able to.


Matty Collector First Impression: Ecto Goggles


Intro: Three days ago I had a chance after about half a day to un-box my new Matty Collector Ecto Goggles. I got to experience what Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Ray Stantz did during the Hotel Sedgewick scenes. I was going to give a first and second impression. I felt my impressions might be a little out of place with the un-boxing. I decided to write my own review.

Shipping: This is the second Matty Collector prop toy I’ve bought straight from Mattel. The first was during the original P.K.E Meter run. At the end of 2010 Mattel had a more normal shipping method. In what I can only imagine had to be a cost cutting measure (this was also before shipping rates went up) Mattel began using an unheard of shipping company to most of us. To this day Mattel is the only company I’ve done business with which uses Cornerstone Logistics. Since buying the P.K.E Meter, I’ve bought just about every Matty Collector Ghostbusters figure from Mattel. Cornerstone Logistics in Ontario, CA would send my figure to three shipping hubs before USPS would deliver to my doorstep. Although I don’t prefer Cornerstone Logistics, their tracking system gave basic information and I could reasonably see when I’d have my items.

For the first and hopefully last time Cornerstone Logistics failed not only me, enough ghostheads. Maybe it was really bad timing, except for one update that the electronic information had been received, there tracking system (Newgistics) never updated afterwards. Even after delivery. I know the hubs, still I and others who were checking everyday shouldn’t have to wonder if our packages are in limbo. You can’t even check with them as their website tells you to call the retailer. I didn’t call Mattel, I wasn’t under the impression that a customer service rep (hopefully in the US) could access the Newgistics system. If you’ve experienced buying from Matty Collector, you understand this isn’t continued good business strategy. Nine out of ten times Mattel has these different fan bases over a barrel. They’re not going back to how other global companies ship, there is almost no point in sharing my opinion. Because of my experience it has me second guessing if I’ll buy the Nutrona Wand from them, if I buy it at all.

Cost: Originally Mattel priced the Ecto Goggles at $110 USD. Then for a brief period (either misinformation or greed) they were priced at $130 USD. A response came from Matty Collector after fan backlash. The price was confirmed around San Diego Comic Con at $110 USD before shipping and applicable taxes. I’m sure there was a bottom line as to why the Ecto Goggles cost $110. The P.K.E Meter was $60 USD, the Ghost Trap originally cost $130 USD. The Ecto Goggles fall between the two different kind of prop toys. Even the 22” Mr. Stay-Puft was around $80 USD. Let’s be honest, I know Mattel doesn’t think this way, in terms of the equipment pecking order and what this does, it should have been around $85 USD. Of course $84 USD should have been the magic number.

Mailer: Like the previous Matty Collector prop toys, the Ecto Goggles comes in a white mailer with a cardboard tab to open the box.

Box: Mattel continues the “crate box” tradition with fun “warning labels.” And after opening the lid is the standard thick styrofoam to protect the inside contents. Usually this stuff is strong, almost unbreakable. For some reason (could it be the single piece of brown paper?) as I was beginning to lift the styrofoam, it began breaking and crumbling in spots. This has never happened with the Ghost Trap. I can still protect the Ecto Goggles with or without it. As I usually don’t transport the box or item, storing these Ecto Goggles would be fine either way.

Prop Toy First Impression: Even before purchasing Mattel’s version of the goggles, ghostheads knew they weren’t screen accurate. It only marginally bothered me. I think it was built that way because of how it “projects” the animated ghosts. Could be a cross between both movie versions. Wearing the Ecto Goggles for the first time I could really only see out of the left lens with “stereo” vision. This is partially because of the distance with the lenses. Safe bet Dan couldn’t see that well out of them either. It’s also because of my eye sight. I don’t currently wear glasses, probably should again. I use to because of normal vision issues. The one lens I can see through has a curved piece of “glass.” This may be to help the wearer see better and also reflect how the animated images are projected. You can turn the oculars to “adjust” and play with them. I took my pictures before adjusting them for the “look.”

The Ecto Goggles have an attached rubbery adjustable head strap with a “sewn” in nylon material where needed. Mine without adjustment fit well enough. I’d rather the Ecto Goggles be a little loose then tight and “suction cupped” to my face like a pair of swim goggles. Tip: Make sure your face isn’t oily as you’ll see your skin on the hard inside plastic.

There is a dummy knob that should be flush to the side of the goggles. Mine was loose, not by much. Perhaps without a tool it couldn’t be tighten. The bottom and side of the Ecto Goggles has two battery compartments for the 3 AAA batteries. I personally chose Duracell Quantum batteries because who wouldn’t want quantum batteries running their fictional ghost detecting equipment? Plus you can check the battery life for up to 10 years. To access the bottom battery compartment, twist off the circular knob.

Accessories: The Ecto Goggles includes this other knob which is I believe is a receiver. Without recently looking at the prop Ecto Goggles it looks odd. Trying to attach (if its even necessary) the circular knob to it is awkward. It doesn’t look right at all, which is why I didn’t keep it attached for more then 11 seconds.

The main accessory is the “echo locator” which looks like a piece of junk. If you saw this just laying around your house and didn’t know what it was you would want to throw it out. It doesn’t look like one, it’s either an external drive of sorts or its a tiny microphone one plugs into a Matty Collector PKE Meter. When the two are used together you can see/hear the library ghost and confinement streams. The PKE Meter doesn’t need to be on, just near by for the library ghost and confinement streams.

The Projections: Its great to have a pair of Ecto Goggles where you can actually see ghosts in it. I understand if one or the other would have had to go if it was even considered. I would have liked to have been able to see the visual workings of the Ecto Goggles, like in Ghostbusters. Mattel lead us to believe that they couldn’t show us the animations before the Ecto Goggles went on sale. I like others used our cell phones (it isn’t the early 2000s) to record the animations from the phone through the inside of the goggles. They could have filmed there computers with the 3D images. It would have been a lot better.

That’s why when I actually saw Slimer appear three different ways I was pleasantly surprised. The images seem “high def” and remind me of images you might see on electronic signs, say high up in Times Square. I know this isn’t Kenner’s GhostZapper, unless it would have raised the cost, why just Slimer and the library ghost for the ghostly images? The confinement streams are fine, how great would it have been to see and hear the Scoleri brothers or a jogging ghost? I would have paid at least $5 more for another “memory card” for either of these prop toys to see and hear these other ghosts from both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. That’s what our imaginations are for.

Manual/Decals: Prior to taking my pictures the broken styrofoam crushed/crinkled my manual and decals. That’s why mine look a little abused. Matty Collector chose to leave the stickers off the Ecto Goggles so ghostheads could individually choose whether they wanted to apply them or not. Unless I wear them much with the costume I probably won’t apply mine.

Overall: I really like how Mattel creatively designed and made the Ecto Goggles. Sure they could have been a little more screen accurate. For the price the Ecto Goggles seem like they should do more. If you like/love Mattel’s previous Ghostbusters prop toys you should enjoy this too.

Matty Collector Ecto-Goggles Un-Boxed


On August 15, 2013 Mattel’s adult collector brand Matty Collector began selling their Ghostbusters™ movie style Ecto-Goggles™ to the rest of us. I ordered my pair and waited pretty patiently with other ghostheads across the United States and sometimes the world for them to arrive. I know I chose regular mail. Still I didn’t know why the tracking system Mattel’s shipping supplier uses only worked at the beginning.

I wasn’t sure at first if my chosen shipping method meant my delivery would take that much longer and tracking updates would be further delayed. Then I found out ghostheads who chose UPS experienced the same tracking issues with Mattel’s shipping supplier. When I found out a ghosthead one state away had received his on August 21 I figured mine would arrive the following day. And so it did! I trust my mailman, knew the package would be safe, and that is a reason I chose regular mail.

With my schedule and later on an unexpected traffic detour at a highway intersection I didn’t have much free time to “play” with my new Ecto-Goggles. Although other ghostheads have already shared pictures and videos I also wanted to share un-boxing pictures and videos.

More of a review may be posted in a separate update.

Photo Credit: Star shaped image free from PSD Graphics.

Sold Out Matty Collector Figures Shipped To Big Lots


Most ghostheads know by now that US retail chain, Big Lots! has and is selling “left over” Mattel/Matty Collector stock. This inventory is original and second run Ghostbusters and MOTUC items which Mattel over produced and later sold as part of a cyber deal last year. Regardless whether these items actually sold out during the sale or Mattel decided to end the sale after that day or week, at some point the inventory went to the few Mattel stores in the country. Then later was sold to Big Lots! where they’ve been and are showing up this summer.

A reason this is important to ghostheads is because Big Lots! have been receiving the once expensive Ghostbusters II 12” inch 2 packs. Up to today, ghostheads have been finding the Egon/Ray set. Depending on the inventory a particular store is getting, other once sold out 6” figures are being found. Like slime Peter Venkman, Vigo, Vince Clortho, and even rare Retro-Action Citizen Ghost Peter Venkman.

Many stores have received this inventory, it’s possible a location hasn’t yet and maybe, just maybe your nearby store will receive more inventory. Up until yesterday, their was a link on Big Lots! web site which informed customers if a particular location received this weekly deal. Best to call a store or check your nearby locations.

After last month and more financial obligations this month I was finally able to visit the Toms River, NJ Big Lots! Unfortunately at the time the Toms River location didn’t have any of the 12″ Ghostbusters II sets. I spoke to a cashier who told me when a shipment had come in, someone bought 3 of them. Hopefully it was a ghosthead and ghostheads will own them without a markup. She didn’t think they would be getting in any more as MOTUC had starting coming in. In fact that shipment was put on the shelves yesterday.

The only and I mean the only Mattel Ghostbusters item for sale was a Retro-Action Peter (without mailer) from Citizen Ghost. I didn’t buy it as I already own all the Retro-Action The Real Ghostbusters figures. I thought of getting it to sell, honestly I have other things I should be selling and thought like back in the day, maybe a parent might buy the figure for a kid. I like to be hopeful.

“I thought it was going to be He-Man.”

Big Lots! had 6 MOTUC figures, which included some 2 pack sets and two of the same 12″ inch figure.

“I don’t want to grow up…”

Like others (which had nothing to do with Ghostbusters) I also went to Toys ‘R US in Toms River and was a bit surprised to see 7 Matty Collector Retro Action Janine/Samhain 2 pack sets. They’re sorta on clearance for about $30.

I’m trying to find a ghosthead or family member who if they have or do find a 12” Ghostbusters II Egon/Ray set and would be willing to sell one to let me know. I’m definitely interested in buying one, I may have to wait until September to purchase. In the meantime I may go back to Big Lots! this week.

Matty Collector Ecto-1 Pre-Order Deadline May Be Cut


Ever hear of the crop tool Mattel?

I didn’t see this posted on a lot of websites, now that I have the time I wanted to pass along what Mattel posted on their Facebook page, which was later updated to suppress an already niche collector market.

“At this time, both of the 2014 subs and the Ecto-1 pre-sale are quite below our expectations. We want nothing more than to see both clubs and the amazing Ghostbusters vehicle move forward. But we can’t do that if we don’t hit the bottom level of sub holders. This is very similar to “Kickstarter” campaigns. Only for the subs and Ecto-1, due to the logistics of the toy making process, we need to lock in our quota and customer base early before we start spending on tooling and other fixed costs.”

“Because of this, Aug 19th is the DEADLINE for both subs and hitting the bare minimum on the Ecto-1. While we hope to keep the Ecto-1 pr-sale open longer after Aug 19th to gain additional pre-sales, if we don’t hit the minimum by Aug 19th, the Ecto-1 will also close down.

I don’t know if Mattel will actually make good on their scare tactic, as the Ecto-1 pre-sale page still reads November 5, 2013 as the deadline. I understand the pre-ordering and gauging interest to see what it may cost to produce Ecto-1, which no ghosthead thought Mattel would even attempt to make with an understanding that Ghostbusters™ more or less is a dead (no pun intended) franchise to them.

And what they’re trying to do is nothing like a “Kickstarter” campaign. Did they even look to see how Kickstarter or similar web sites actually work? We have no idea how many customers are pre-ordering their Ecto-1 or the new 6” figures most ghostheads don’t need. That is a difference between Kickstarter and similar sites to Mattel’s business strategies. None of us really know how this Ecto-1 will turn out, we’ve barely seen a model of it. They cut the deadline to try to increase pre-orders and try to reach their goal in less then 4 months.

Yes it take times to create and make these expensive, quality collectors toys. Their could have been a 4 month pre-order earlier in the year so Mattel would have the time for the “logistics” in “the toy making process.” Then their would have been plenty of time before Matty Collector would actually sell them and at this years comic con we could have seen an early prototype, not some cardboard graphic and a “foam” block.

Unless something changes I won’t be pre-ordering the Ecto-1 and I don’t need 6” figures with removable packs just so they can sit nicely in the car. I’m a real Ghostbuster, I don’t scare easily.

Retro-Action Firehouse


No one could expect Mattel to come with their own molded plastic version of the firehouse separately. The expense alone would be cost prohibited. The “Retro-Action” Firehouse comes as mostly folded cardboard and when open stands at 22 inches. It’d have to be tall to display the Retro-Action The Real Ghostbusters.

While the firehouse is meant to be a facade for display or possible play time, Matty Collector went the extra mile. Printing the first floor of The Real Ghostbusters firehouse interior. The red doors open revealing a graphic of Ecto-1 in the garage bay. You can also see into the rear office area.

To provide further realism, the “Retro-Action” Firehouse has a “no ghost” logo sign that hangs off the building, like its cartoon counterpart.

On a related note has anyone else ever wondered why there are snowflakes around the window packaging?

Matty Collector Retro-Action Samhain


Samhain is one of the few The Real Ghostbusters ghost characters who remains popular among ghostheads. Besides appearing in an episode and a special during the series, he was seen five other times, including the title sequence from season 4 onward. Samhain was featured in both NOW c o m i c s Issue 17, Chanted Evening and IDW Publishing Ghostbusters. In The Box Part I & II Samhain appeared in video game form, well, the ghosts resembled him in appearance. (New Ghostbusters II) Despite never having a regular episode about Samhain during the Extreme Ghostbusters, Samhain appeared in both the introduction and ending titles. Toy company, Trendmasters even made a Samhain figure in the late ‘90s. Something Kenner never did a decade earlier, despite the character’s massive popularity.

When I first heard about and saw this Janine & Samhain Retro-Action 2 pack in pictures i thought it would have made more sense based on how the set is presented overall if Mattel had given us The Sandman instead. Although it was a dream state Janine dreamed about being a Ghostbuster in Mr. Sandman, Dream Me A Dream. Obviously it doesn’t take long to see that the odds are in Samhain’s favor over Mr. Sandman in just about everything ghost related.

Matty Collector Retro-Action Janine


Note: I decided to treat Matty Collector’s Janine & Samhain 2 pack like they had been packaged separately. Because of length too, I’ll be writing about Retro-Action Samhain and the diorama firehouse in a separate update.

I never really knew if Matty Collector’s Retro-Action The Real Ghostbusters were successful on a financial level for the company. If you believe Mattel (outside of ghostheads) the most popular figure was a 6” Peter Venkman. Unfortunately almost at any given time I saw the Retro-Action The Real Ghostbusters at my local Toys ‘R Us long after I probably shouldn’t have. Which is why when Mattel announced at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con a Retro-Action Janine & Samhain 2 pack I was :::dramatic pause::: taken back and thoroughly surprised. And also to include Slimer and a firehouse diorama, wow! Someone at Matty Collector was thinking outside the firehouse.

Up until this set was announced the only impression we had from Mattel about Janine was based on the promotional art work featured on the card back of the Retro-Action The Real Ghostbusters. The artwork shows Janine’s new look from season 6 Janine, You’ve Changed and continuing.

I thank Mattel/Matty Collector for not being lazy, basing their Retro-Action Janine on the promotional artwork and the later seasons.

Matty Collector Retro-Action Citizen Ghost Spectral Peter


The uniforms worn during the Gozer battle had too much ectoplasmic radiation and needed to be destroyed. Peter (ironically?) was suppose to take care of this, but didn’t. By the time he realized he still needed to the ectoplasmic uniforms had absorbed more PKE from the new Ectocontainment Unit because of a small leak. The PKE imprinted on the Ghostbusters uniforms, becoming green, ghostly versions of The Real Ghostbusters. They even copied the proton packs!

Matty Collector Retro-Action Citizen Ghost Peter


For some semi good reason Mattel decided to make a slightly different Retro-Action figure, a Peter Venkman from the first season episode Citizen Ghost. Citizen Ghost is a cartoon sequel episode to the Ghostbusters movie. It’s also an unofficial pilot of sorts to how a Ghostbusters cartoon became known as The Real Ghostbusters. A flashback shows The Real Ghostbusters coming back to a badly damaged firehouse wearing their Ghostbusters uniforms with marshmallow “stains” still on them. Fortunately before the guys went off to fight Gozer the new colorful uniforms had arrived.