Ghostbusters Anniversary Special: The Toys

Originally published on 9/4/14 at The Nerd In The Box (

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, two amazing toy lines were released earlier this  year. The first of which was released by the company Funko, a personal favorite of mine.  Funko is known for its primary line of Pop vinyl dolls, which are short figures with large heads and smaller bodies, modeled after fictional characters and real celebrities. Funko put out their much anticipated line of Ghostbusters Pop dolls in April, which included Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler, Slimer, two different oversized versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and the Ecto1, (the Ghostbusters’ tricked out hearse, which comes with Winston Zeddemore behind the wheel). There are several variants floating around, with the Ghostbusters covered in either slime or marshmallow, which I have not acquired yet.

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The second line was released by none other than Lego, which put out the Ecto1, with Minifigures for all four Ghostbusters. The set was conceived and launched through the Lego Cuusoo crowdsourcing platform, which enables fans to vote on ideas for new lines. Once 10,000 votes are tallied for an idea, Lego considers it and in this case, pulled the glorious trigger. The set was released in May, to the delight of Ghostbusters fans all over the world.

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