Monday, September 30, 2019

WWE Ghostbusters!

I've waited months for these and they're finally here. WWE Ghostbusters action figures have hit shelves at Wal-Marts nationwide.

WWE Ghostbusters figures may seem like a cash grab (congrats, Mattel) for two different types of collectors, but when you use just a little imagination, you can create a halfway decent back story.

Ok, maybe not, and yes, these are some of the most unnecessary things to ever be made, but when you combine Steve Austin and a proton pack, you've at least got my attention.

Imagine, the WWE in peril as The Undertaker becomes possessed by the spirit of Gozer and is hell bent on becoming WWE Champion and taking over the entire WWE Universe.

Who do you call?

Stone Cold Steve Austin

The bionic red neck, and world's toughest S.O.B. is out to protect the empire he helped take to new heights in the late 90s.

Shawn Michaels

The former Heartbreak Kid comes ready yielding his proton pack and trap, ready to bury the Undertaker for ending his career at Wrestlemania 26.

The Rock

While not making Fast and the Furious sequels, The Great One seeks to lay the smack down on whatever class five full roaming vapor comes his way.

John Cena

Even though you can't see him, the champ is ready to deliver an attitude adjustment to all things that go bump in the night.

WWE Ghostbusters figures are available now at Wal-Mart for about $15 each. Hurry though as they're limited and scalpers are snatching them up fast, especially the Undertaker.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

3 Random Things: "There's Something You Don't See Everyday" Editon

Since I've recently gotten back into caring about this website after a four year hiatus, I figured that after a couple of merchandise news related posts, I ought to dust off "3 Random Things" which I initially started doing years ago writing small reviews or comments about random items in my collection.

When you have hundreds upon hundreds of items, they can't always get a lot of attention individually, which is why posts like this are great. It gives you the chance to see more of what is in the Mr. Ghostbuster Museum, and it gives me a reason to look through my collection with a closer eye and find things that I might not have shared too often.

Random Thing #1: Stay Puft Watch

About a month or so ago I picked this up on Mercari. I think it ran me about $12 with free shipping. Oddly enough, I didn't already have one, let alone a carded one.

It was a nice thing to come home to after a visit to the emergency room which resulted in coming home on crutches with a torn calf muscle.

Random Thing #2: Vintage Iron Ons

I came across these for the low price of a quarter at a thrift store about 45 minutes outside of town. A whole unused package of vintage iron on transfers featuring the no ghost logo in various sizes.

I remember coming across these at one point close to 20 years ago. We tried to make a shirt with one of transfers and it completely flaked apart after the first wash, so they'd likely be useless for anything other than displaying in the paper envelope in 2019.

Random Thing #3: Scented Ink Pad

I've probably had this is my collection for a good two years now. I'm pretty certain that I bought it from a Facebook group for about $15.

There were a few different versions of this made containing various colors of ink pads and various ghost designs on the stamp.

I believe the guy who sold it to me found it at a thrift store. Definitely not an item that you come across often.

To top it off, in a world where so many Ghostbusters products are now marshmallow scented with a Stay Puft tie in, this 30 year old ink pad may very well be among the first of those marshmallow scented Ghostbusters products.

I plan to do more with the site. I think after my divorce that it just kind of fell by the wayside and forgotten about for a few years. It just never seemed like anything that I absolutely needed to get to or update, until recently when I decided to dust it off and give it a better reboot than 2016 gave the Ghostbusters.

As always, you can follow me on Facebook under "Mr. Ghostbuster", and please be sure to share these posts. It would be great to get more eyes on them.

Real Ghostbusters DVD for just $1!

 While out and about this morning running errands, I needed to stop at the Dollar Tree to get some of those big padded envelopes to ship out some orders from my vintage toy hustle. As I walked in there was a huge bin full of DVDs and Blu Rays. I'm always a sucker for cheap movies, since I live in the cave man ages and am too cheap to pay for the 900 different streaming services.

While never expecting to strike gold, there mixed in with copies of the live action The Tick series and a cheap load of movies that nobody has ever even heard of was this:

For the low price of just a dollar, I scored a Real Ghostbusters DVD!

This particular version is from the big push in 2016 coinciding with the release of the dreaded Paul Feig reboot film.

 For just a buck you get some top notch episodes. "Ghost Busted" , "Beneath These Streets", "Boo-Dunnit", and "Banshee Bake a Cherry Pie?" are just a few of the certified gold hits on this DVD which contains 11 episodes in all.

 And yes, it is three years too late to take them up on the offer for $5 off of a ticket to see a movie that won't make you laugh, but will make you want to absolutely destroy your sense of sight and sound.

If there's a Dollar Tree near you, which there is probably no less than 62 of them within a 2 mile radius, stop in and raid the DVD bin!

Monday, September 23, 2019

New Ghostbusters shirt from Five Below

In our little town, which isn't so little, but pales in comparison to real cities, we finally got a Five Below store.

Tonight marked my third trip in. I didn't really find much the first couple of times, with the exception of decks of Ghostbusters 2016 reboot UNO cards at $5 each. I already have a couple, so I've declined picking them up in favor of things I actually need for my collection.

While I didn't necessarily need yet another Ghostbusters shirt, this one is too cool to pass up, especially for the $5 price tag.

Depicted is the familiar no ghost logo, however the red ring is replaced by a ring on runny slime.

They had a large stack of them available, ranging from small to extra large.

Five Below stock doesn't last long, so hurry in to grab yours.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

REAL Ghostbuster VHS Covers!

Every day that I spend inching closer and closer to 30 years old, I realize a little more that I probably own too many Ghostbusters things that I cannot for the life of me justify having.

That doesn't stop me from keeping them, or buying more, but it sometimes feels like I have them for no reason.

Then I remember that I have this blog thing. Somehow, posting these things here to share with everybody makes the guilt go away just a little.

During the past week, I've had a hoard of Ghostbusters VHS tapes come my way. I already have shelves packed, no, crammed FULL of Ghostbusters VHS, but for some reason or another, I cannot turn them down.

It started lastTuesday morning when a friend, well, more like a guy that I run into quite a bit who knows I'm into collecting Ghostbusters, knocked on my car window in the Salvation Army thrift store paring lot holding up a REAL Ghostbusters VHS tape. 

If that wasn't enough to tickle my fancy for the day, as fate would have it, a friend of mine, who is every bit obsessed with TMNT as I am Ghostbusters, sent me a message with a glorious pic of another REAL Ghostbusters VHS tape and 5 Filmation Ghostbusters tapes that he had picked up for me.

I truly believe that the gods of VHS tapes were watching out for me that fine day.

I decided that since these two fellas were so nice for picking these up, I would semi-reward their thoughtfulness by dedicating a post on the blog to the insanely WONDERFUL artwork found on the front of some of my RGB tapes. 

No, these aren't all of them that I have, these are just the finer examples. Some sleeves are pretty beat up, and some are missing all together. I guess only the best ones make the cut for this post.

A FRIGHT AT THE OPERA may very well be my favorite RGB episode. The reason behind that is that when I was just a few years old and already hooked on the show, I would get a little emotional every day when it was over.

Luckily, we got our very first VCR and my mom decided to record as many episodes as she could fit on to a tape. The episode at the beginning? A FRIGHT AT THE OPERA.

I vaguely remember carrying around a stick pretending to be the conductor of the orchestra from this episode.

Yeah, I was a little odd.

The cover here is AWESOME, perfectly depicting our four heroes fighting the Valkyries. 

Who are you going to believe? Me, or a guy who pulls ropes?

THE REVENGE OF MURRAY THE MANTIS is another classic, as the team prepares to cruise in the Ecto-1 for a parade but the giant ass bug balloon is possessed.

What ever will they do?


As show on the cover, that's just what he did. Stay Puft delivers a mean bodyslam. 

PLAY THEM RAGTIME BOOS is one that I don't mind watching, but not in my top 5 by any means.

The cover here is actually pretty damn cool for an episode that I don't rank too highly on my list of personal favorites. A rock n' roll ghost show, if you will.

And lastly, KNOCK KNOCK. This one I actually do need to go back and refresh my memory with as it's been far too long in between viewings.

I picked this one up off of Ebay a while back. The seller turned out to be somebody who lives about 3 blocks away from me, so when I saw it listed, I just messaged him and made arrangements to head right over.

The art here is something we have all seen before. It, of course, is the shot that was featured in a bunch of promotional junk when the series first came about. It also is the same shot that is on the REAL Ghostbusters metal TV tray.

If you're sitting there thinking that you're now dumber for having read about VHS tape boxes, I really can't blame you, but it's the little things that I enjoy sometimes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue!

If you missed the boat on this WONDERFUL say no to drugs video from 1990, you ought to be kicking yourself pretty hard.

Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue was a promotional video aimed to keep kids off drugs while warning them of the dangers they face falling into the spell of the evil marijuana. Okay, I have some different opinions of reefer, but I'll keep those to myself. No, I'm not a stoner, but I don't condemn those who are.

Anyways, literally every cartoon character from the 80's that we know and love is crammed into this tape.

We're talking Slimer, the Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Michaelangelo, Garfield, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Huey, Dewy, and Louie, Alf, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Winnie the Pooh, among others.

The premise of the film is that a young girl named Cory wakes up to discover that her older brother , Michael, has stolen her piggy bank so that he can go buy some drugs.

The "Cartoon All-Stars" take action to help Cory, but more importantly to show Michael the dangers of abusing drugs and the road he faces, all while trying to rid Michael of his evil new pal, Smoke.

The real highlight is hearing Simon, in his wonderful Chipmunk voice, say marijuana.

Seriously, this video could easily overtake Yo Gabba Gabba as the premier thing to watch if you're stoned or drunk.

I found a copy of this long loved classic this morning at a thrift store. I haven't seen one of these anywhere in about 10 years, so needless to say, I was pretty excited. Almost to the point of jumping and shouting inside of the store, but nobody wants to see that. I get enough weird looks for being a grown man who buys far too many toys.

I thought I would take a minute to share with you, and let you watch this for yourself. Trust me, if it's not a nostalgic slap to your senses, nothing is.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Egon Week: Funko Pop Egon!

Egon week continues today with a look at the Egon Spengler POP figure!

Nearly a year ago now, the folks at Funko issued a whole series of their famous POP vinyl figures dedicated to out favorite movie of all time, Ghostbusters.

The initial set gave us Egon, Ray, Peter, Winston with the Ecto-1, Slimer, and Stay Puft, along with about 6 billion different variants and comic con exclusives of each figure.

While I have indeed reviewed Stay Puft before, I feel a little silly for not having covered Egon. I suppose it worked out for the best, since now I can review it for Egon Week.

Dr. Spengler comes to us all bug eyed, as only Funko can do, equipped with some of his favorite tools of the trade.

Egon is seen holding his walkie-talkie (are those even a thing anymore, or did cell phones kill them too?) and his trusty PKE Meter.

Egon is also equipped with his Proton Pack, a necessary tool to complete any ghost catching adventure.

While I totally get the fact that these figures are supposed to be likened to caricatures as opposed to actual likenesses of the subjects, they have always seemed quite silly to me. I may be old school seeing as I know these things a super popular among collectors, but hey, that's just me.

The one thing I have noticed with Funko's Pop figures is that the overall quality can sometimes be quite lacking. In Egon's case, the no-ghost logo on his right arm is nearly upside down. I have seen many a Pop figure that has paint runs on it, or random spots of wrong colored paint in various places. I suppose that goes for any toy though. They are always susceptible to production flaws.

While I do think they make awesome display pieces, my only major gripe would be the fact that there are indeed way too many exclusives with this line. There was the main line, a Hot Topic exclusive Stay Puft, Marshmallow mess exclusives, and slimed exclusives among others.

While it can be fun to collect so many variants, it can be way too expensive as well, which sucks for people like me who tend to be completists when it comes to Ghostbusters.

I know I didn't devote a ton of time to Funko Egon, but as I have said recently, I just don't have a lot of time to make these things big and fancy. Quick and painless is going to have to be how it is for now.

I will try to write up a few more Egon related posts before the end of Egon week. Meanwhile, don't forget to LIKE Mr. Ghostbuster on Facebook and Follow Mr. GB on Twitter at @RealmrGbuster