“It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man,” said Ghostbuster Ray Stanz, in a statement that was both matter-of-fact and loaded with dismay, after he inadvertently conjured up the embodiment of one of his favorite childhood mascots. Towards the end of the classic comedy, the Ghostbusters were asked to choose the form of “the destructor”, which would descend upon New York City to destroy them, along with the rest of the world. While the other three cleared their heads, poor Ray had a fleeting thought about a childhood memory, and it immediately came back to life. “I couldn’t help it…it just popped in there,” he said, knowing that he just screwed up royally. “WHAT?!? What just popped in there?” replied Pete Venkman, furious. “Funny, us going out like this- killed by a hundred-foot marshmallow man!” Stanz continued a bit later, as Mr. Stay Puft was climbing up the building atop which they were staged.
In 2014, Funko released a line of Pop! vinyl dolls to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters. The line included Pete Venkman, Ray Stanz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore (paired with the Ecto-1), Slimer, and several versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The Mr. Stay Puft Pop! doll, logically, is oversized, to show just how massive he was in the movie, in comparison to the Ghostbusters, as well to as the average collectible from Funko. One of the variations, pictured below, is an exclusive from Hot Topic, which despite its unfortunate transition from dark colors to obnoxious pastels over the years, has an increasingly excellent selection of Pop! dolls. This variant of Mr. Stay Puft depicts him from the scene in Ghostbusters in which the foursome start firing at him with their neutrino wands from atop the building, singeing his sugary flesh. This pisses him off just a little bit, and rightfully so.
That does it for this spotlight on the lovable character from one of the greatest comedies (and movies, in general) of all time, who provided an incredibly memorable and quotable scene for fans. The Ghostbusters have always and will always be near and dear to my heart, and I thank Funko for further adding to that love. Until next week, keep calm and collect on!