The Toy Chest: Mattel Ghostbusters Egon Spengler

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Welcome to the first post for Ghostbusters Week here at The No Seatbelt Blog! Due to my love for all things Ghostbusters, I have decided to dedicate an entire week to the franchise here in my little corner of the Internet – you’ll read about the movies, the toys and memorabilia, and more! I’m kicking off the week with the story behind one of my favorite action figures, the 12″, fully-articulated figure of Egon Spengler, everybody’s favorite nerdy Ghostbuster. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Dr. Raymond Stantz

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This week, I present another edition of Funko Friday, showcasing none other than the popular toy company’s version of “the heart of the Ghostbusters,” Dr. Raymond Stantz. Played with a signature “aww, shucks” charm by Dan Aykroyd in both movies of the franchise, Ray Stantz was a thoroughly lovable character. Built with equal parts childlike wonder and real world smarts, poor Ray was conned by his partner Pete Venkman into selling the house his parents left him so that the future foursome of paranormal investigators and eliminators could purchase a dilapidated firehouse where they would store the supernatural baddies they snared. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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“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. Continue reading

Funko Friday: Egon Spengler

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Welcome to the first post of what will be an ongoing series involving my favorite new toy company, Funko. The toy maker is known for its line of vinyl Pop! dolls, which now exist for just about every movie and television show ever (except for Indiana Jones, much to the chagrin of my friend and toy consultant Jack), with more properties being released all the time. Each week, I will post a picture of one of the many in my collection, with a blurb, quotes, a story or some other bit of information about these fun, highly collectible (and affordable) toys.  Continue reading