The word slime is a true classic. Toy company Mattel gave new life to the toy slime genre by creating “Gak” during the 1990s. This wasn’t Mattel’s first foray into the toy slime game. The toy company that would eventually manufacture Ghostbusters sold a popular toy slime called (wait for it) Slime in the 1970s. Mattel even had versions of Slime for there MOTU toys and play sets. It’s a bit surprising Matty Collector didn’t bring Slime back to accompany their Ghostbusters toys.
With no Mattel Slime and most us owning plenty of Ghostbusters figures today, what are the toy slime alternatives? We can’t all pay serious coin to own 25+ year old once recently sealed Ecto-Plazm. Other then playing scientist yourself and possibly turning your kitchen into a hazardous environment, what choices do kids and 35 years old have today?
When the years 2011 and 2012 were present day I bought two different types of toy slime. “Glow In The Dark” Slime is about the size of Kenner’s 1.75oz cans of Ecto-Plazm. After receiving a few different colors I immediately knew it wasn’t what I was looking for. Except for the product having slime in its name, it didn’t look like slime. I don’t remember if it actually could glow. Also, the plastic cans are so plain. I believe the same company today makes a glow in the dark slime putty. Which seems to look better then its 2011 slime counterpart.
After the minor disappointment in Glow In The Dark Slime, I took to the internets to see if I could find something closer to Ectoplasm. A search query lead me to Jupiter Juice from Toy Smith. How could any ghosthead not like Jupiter Juice? With the name, silhouette of Jupiter, and at least three of its moons (the white one has to be Europa) one could imagine a race of aliens who drink Jupiter Juice like some cosmic energy drink. “Just one Jupiter Juice will keep you going for 9hrs 56 minutes.”
Unlike the company who makes Glow In The Dark Slime, a creative team at Toy Smith (or just one person) decided their toy slime should look like an oil drum. I don’t know if its because Jupiter Juice isn’t really made on one of Jupiter’s 50 moons, (that I know of) its undisclosed how many ounces of Jupiter Juice one actually gets in a single can. How valuable is this stuff? Toy Smith does publicly disclose that Jupiter Juice is 3.5 inches tall. Jupiter Juice comes in 5 different colors, which has more of an Ecto-Plazm look to it. Depending on what retail site you buy Jupiter Juice from a “neon” slime color may be randomly delivered. Which is the choice I would have had to made if I didn’t order all five of them. Jupiter Juice retails for about $4.99 USD. If you buy more then one, you can save some pennies.
As you can see from the picture above we’ve basically learned toy slime isn’t meant to last a life time. I’m sure a plastic product made in Taiwan can have its flaws. Also it may be the way I store Jupiter Juice. For all my praise, these colorful canisters sit in my non climate controlled garage year round.
Jupiter Juice brought slime toy happiness. So at that point I didn’t feel the need to buy any more toy slime. And that would be it until about the middle of August 2013. I was doing some research about toy slime, writing, and getting more excited about Matty Collector’s Ecto Goggles. I had all the pictures taken, then I discovered something new I didn’t know was still being made. I didn’t own it. I decided to buy it while waiting for the Ecto Goggles to arrive.