Ghostbusters The Board Game II Gets Real

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Our associates at Cryptozoic Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment let us know about a new add on for the upcoming Ghostbusters The Board Game II. (GBI Blog Post, March 12, 2015)

Ghostheads probably never thought their would be new The Real Ghostbusters game pieces in the 21 Century. If you’re supporting Ghostbusters The Board Game II through Kickstarter it could become REAL

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Ghostbusters The Ultimate History Collector’s Edition

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Who you gonna call?”

This replica of the sculpt of the Gozer Temple doors used in the original Ghostbusters film is based on the actual mold created by special effects legend Richard Edlund and his team at Boss Film Studios. Featuring intricate details that will thrill Ghostbusters fans, this evocative sculpt can be wall-mounted or displayed upright.

The sculpt comes with a copy of the deluxe book Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History, which takes an in-depth look at over three decades of Ghostbusters fun, from the original movies to the animated shows, comics, video games, toys, and other collectibles.

Exclusive to this edition are reproductions of three blueprints used on the original Ghostbusters film to construct the miniature version of 55 Central Park West and the streets below it and the Gozer Temple set.

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Ghostbusters The Ultimate Visual History Is Coming

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We’re not sure why Ghostbusters™ The Ultimate Visual History wasn’t released during Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary. At least it was thought of and is being worked on.

We were aware this book would be happening. We didn’t know the entire contents (even now really in context) of what this Ghostbusters hardcover will contain.

Amazon has provided more insight. Why couldn’t they have waited until Summer? We’re excited already. 🙂

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Save The World In Your 1980s Ghostbusters Jumpsuit

During the ’80s (near the end of an era) I remember a black and white (their could have been color, but why would a mail order company spend the extra dollars?) catalog where you could order at least a kids official Ghostbusters costume. I can vividly remember coming home from school that day and being excited when “the catalog” was in my family’s mailbox. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was starting to overtake Ghostbusters popularity. I remember seeing TMNT being featured before The Real Ghostbusters for example.

I admit my memory’s fuzzy on which part of the franchise you could order from. i.e.: Ghostbusters, The Real Ghostbusters, Other. I’m not entirely sure how I heard about the catalog in the first place. By the time the catalog arrived I already had a short sleeved flight suit. Family members made me at least a “no ghost” patch. Not sure about a name patch. That mail order catalog may have had a few other “no ghost” logo items for sale.

I’ve never seen the catalog since or any ad for these costume flight suits. Yesterday I got a glimpse that some company actually existed to make these and they advertised. Doesn’t everybody?

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Ghostbusters Cereal: At A Premium

GHOSTBUSTERS™ cereal was already pretty awesome. You already loved Ghostbusters, you loved cereal, how could the experience be any better? Two words that went hand in hand with children’s breakfast cereals, Free Stuff. More known by its less fun name, premium. When it comes to cereal and getting stuff their were different ways kids went about it.

  • Its free (once parental unit bought your cereal) when cereal companies put the premium inside the box. If it was a bigger item, it may have been plastic wrapped to the box. As long as a “bad kid” didn’t steal it at a grocery store.
  • Sometimes what the cereal company gave you is part of the cardboard box and you may need adult supervision to cut it/them out. Which was more then fine because we couldn’t imagine Ghostbusters cereal would ever be discontinued. We didn’t even know that word until the future.
  • Sending your lunch money, multiple PoP, (proof of purchase) and maybe mailing supplies.
  • A premium could have been the “get all your hopes up” and “make your dreams come true” by entering the Official Sweepstakes. Continue reading

Ghostbusters Cereal: A Retrospective

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With the blockbuster success of GHOSTBUSTERS,™ Ghostbusters Incorporated slowly began to license company trademarks for merchandising. Oddly enough considering what began to make my employers successful products for consumption hadn’t been considered yet. Until a trip to a supermarket by Drs. Stantz and Spengler. The “cereal aisle” was filled with popular characters of the time. C-3PO’s, E.T., Gremlins, Mr. TG.I Joe, Garfield, Rainbow Brite, and others from a video game console company that may or not have directly ripped us off in years to come. One cereal was missing and it isn’t the obvious one.

After Dr. Stantz accidentally turned a company mascot against humanity the Stay-Puft Corporation almost went out of business. Their business partners had no choice, but to pull remaining stock of all things Stay-Puft, including Ray’s favorite cereal, Mt. Stay-Pufts. A cereal that once contained grains and Mr. Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (Men?) marshmallows which naturally stayed puffy in milk.

Still feeling bad about what happened, my employers were discussing the void in the cereal industry. Winston Zeddemore was skeptical if kids, let alone adults would eat a Ghostbusters™ themed cereal. After Drs. Venkman and Stantz met with Ralston (today Ralston Foods), Dr. Venkman was willing to stake Spengs’ reputation on people starting their days with GHOSTBUSTERS.™

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Now Complete At Ecto-Containment

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Written by: Louis Tully, C.F.O

Photo credit: Ecto-Containment

Hey everybody, its me Louis! I haven’t been able to write for Ghostbusters Incorporated’s website in a really long time. My chief financial responsibilities usually keep me pretty busy at 51 W. 30th St. Um, send a S.A.S.E for an autograph photo. Rich has been pretty busy recently working on important site updates. Since he’s working towards that, he might have said something about a comic update and a website. I thought I could add the next post. I would have done this sooner, I had to um strategically plan it and work on certain computers when not too many employees were around.

I know you’ve all read the blog posts about new Now Comics updates at Ecto-Containment. Pretty cool huh? I don’t think the rest of the issues to be made into Portable Digital Format were planned to be completed this month. That’s what happened!

The issues that weren’t complete were made into Portable Digital Format (P.D.F) files and added to Ecto-Containment yesterday!!! Now ( 😀 :p ) every issue from Now The Real Ghostbusters is available to read for free (Ooh) um now or whenever you want!

Every issue can be downloaded to read off-line on your personal computer running Windows, OS X, and maybe Linux. I don’t know too much about that. All the comics can also be read on-line (some kind of internet connection required) or off-line on your smart phone or tablet.

Rich also has just one issue of that green guy’s comic from Now comics up too. I don’t care for that smelly ghost, Janine told me years ago he’s alright. We try to keep out of each other’s way when its possible.

Beyond The Marquee Interviews Joe Medjuck

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Movie and TV website Beyond The Marquee interviewed Ghostbusters producer Joe Medjuck to talk about Ghostbusters during its 3oth Anniversary. Topics include:

  • Filming Ghostbusters.
  • Working with the cast.
  • Worst filming memory.
  • Los Angeles Firehouse Engine #23 location.
  • Ivan Reitman’s directing “style.”
  • “Lost Footage.”
  • Real “ghostly encounters” during filming.
  • Ectomobile.
  • Stephen Dane. (ECTO-1 designer.)
  • Props.
  • Merchandise.
  • The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Ghostheads.
  • “Ghostbusters 3.”
  • Harold Ramis.
  • Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary screenings.

Beyond The Marquee’s interview with Joe Medjuck!

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Beyond The Marquee Web Series Checks Out Ghostbusters Merchandise

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Thirty years ago Dr. Peter Venkman had a vision of “franchise rights” and pretty much making more money then they could ever imagine. It took time, (less than a year) Ghostbusters Incorporated’s parent company not only franchised Ghostbusters to expand the study and elimination of supernatural phenomenon, also trademarked and licensed all things GHOSTBUSTERS™ for a variety of print, film, toys, collectibles, and so on.

I don’t think it was originally intended, my employers created a lot of stuff which we’re still collecting 30 years later. Undoubtedly beyond as well. While one article couldn’t cover it all, movie, TV site, and Beyond The Marquee takes a look at some Ghostbusters™ merch with our friends at Sony’s Marketing Consumer Division as part of their web series too.

Article: Beyond The Marquee’s article on Ghostbusters merchandise!

SDCC: Matty Collector The Real Ghostbusters Figure Line

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During Mattel/Matty Collector’s SDCC panel it was announced that The Real Ghostbusters figures were coming in 2015. If Mattel was looking to surprise a fan base that generally has grown distant with how one toy company has handled Ghostbusters figures, they succeeded. Mainly because without a complete new movie, ongoing comic, no new current cartoon, and mainstream merchandise in stores I don’t think any ghosthead expected new Ghostbusters figures.

In recent years Matty Collector had made all 4 The Real Ghostbusters in the Mego/Kenner style of the 1970s as part of their Retro-Action figure line. Which was followed up with a Retro-Action Janine/Samhain 2 Pack. As I’ve previously said from a business point of view fans never knew how successful these figures were. Also at the time Matty Collector didn’t seem interested in similar figures to their Ghostbusters lines.

Details seem scarce and Matty seems to have learned their lesson from last year by not showing off something that doesn’t physically exist. I’d imagine they’re also considering leaning towards pre-orders to “gauge interest.” Hopefully if they decide to do that, they’ll give ghostheads and other consumers enough time, unlike the ECTO-1 they wanted to make last year.

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