With Ghostbusters returning to theaters this weekend in celebration of the films thirtieth anniversary this would be as good a time as any to look back at some of the best Ghostbusters themed merchandise ever released.
The Real Ghostbusters Proton Pack (Kenner, 1987) – There are few role play toys that could even compare in terms of screen accuracy when the Proton Pack was released in Kenner’s third wave of merchandise based on The Real Ghostbusters cartoon. I had a Proton Pack and pretty much every kid on my block had one too. Hind sight being 20/20 I wish I would have treated it with care based on the prices it now garners on the secondary market.
Ghostbusters Breakfast Cereal (Ralston, 1986-1989)
There was a period of time where licensed breakfast cereal was king! Everything from Gremlins and E.T. to Batman and G.I. Joe could be consumed in sugary form. The Ghostbusters breakfast cereal was essentially Fruit Loops … but spookier. Ralston went on to rebrand the cereal for Ghostbusters II and The Real Ghostbusters at times with ‘special edition’ hologram boxes.
Ghostbusters Series 1 (NECA, 2003)
Back in 2003 NECA secured the license to Ghostbusters. However, they were unable to secure the likeness rights of the actors. The first and only series of figures consisted of non-human characters from the film: Gozer, Slimer, Vinz Clortho Terror Dog, Zuul Terror Dog, and Stay Puft.
If you ever happen to find any of these figures in a flea market pile … snap them up! They had a short run and their prices on the secondary market are legendary.
MattyCollector’s Ghostbusters Prop Replicas (2011-2013)
While Mattel’s collector specific brand MattyCollector may have bungled the Ghostbusters 6″ Action Figure line, they excelled in the prop replica department. During the run MattyCollector produced a ghost trap, PKE Meter, ECTO Goggles, and Neutrino Wand. While the line is all but dead, there are hopes that someday they will produce a full scale proton pack to round out the cosplay needs of today’s Ghostbusters fans.
Hi-C Ecto-Cooler (Minute Maid, 1986-2001) – In the history of high-fructose beverages there is only one that has truly enjoyed cult status. Starting in 1986 Hi C rebranded their Citrus Cooler by plastering the image of Slimer from The Real Ghostbusters onto the packaging and viola … Ecto-Cooler was born. Ecto-Cooler went on to be sold under two different names until 2001. Unfortunately the only way to enjoy it these days is to home brew your own.