Ghostbusters Anniversary Special: The Toys

Originally published on 9/4/14 at The Nerd In The Box (thenerdinthebox.com)

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). Continue reading

The One That (Re)Started It All

Originally published on 8/28/14 at The Nerd In The Box (thenerdinthebox.com)

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One day, a few years ago, my future roommate and cohort Jack randomly surprised me with the toy pictured above, a set of Ghostbusters Minimates, by the company Diamond Select Toys. The two-pack features Courtroom Pete Venkman and the Washington Square Ghost, as seen in the movie Ghostbusters II. When I was a kid, I had tons of toys…everything from Ghostbusters, to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to Batman, to Transformers. Unfortunately, the vast majority of my collection was broken, lost, or thrown away by my parental units as I lost interest in it for the middle part of my life. Continue reading