Thirty-five years ago, Ghostbusters answered the call for moviegoers seeking a spectacle-driven summertime comedy. The Ivan Reitman-directed feature spawned a franchise that’s expanded beyond theaters to encompass cartoons, video games and all manner of merchandise. The Ghostbusters even have their own day — June 8 — and this year’s edition will presumably feature the release of fresh details about Jason Reitman’s upcoming Ghostbusters 3, due in theaters next year. Yahoo Entertainment has your curated shopping guide for the merch you’ll want to snag with your particle beams this Ghostbusters Day.
It’s hard to pick one favorite Ghostbusters moment, but the team’s pursuit of Slimer — which finally ends with them trashing a hotel banquet room — is right up there. Funko immortalizes that scene in their signature vinyl with this handsome display piece.
The Ghostbusters II version of the Ecto makes its Playmobil debut, complete with detachable roof and four different ghosts to be busted. You’ll also get the whole team in their signature sequel outfits.
If your taste in ghostbusting vehicles runs more vintage, Blitzway has this beautifully crafted replica of the ‘84 original Ecto. It’s even got an embedded digital audio player to sing the car’s siren song.
Everyone knows Ray Parker Jr.’s title track by heart, but Elmer Bernstein’s Ghostbusters score is eternally hummable, too. This 35th anniversary re-issue has been newly mixed and re-mastered from the original tracks, and includes four previously unreleased compositions along with commentary from the composer’s son, Peter. Better still, you can pick it up on multiple mediums: digital, CD or vinyl.
Funko unveiled its new Pop! Town line of figures and their domiciles at Toy Fair earlier this year, and you’d best believe that the Ghostbusters’s signature firehouse was among the first wave. After all, Peter needs somewhere to wash that marshmallow gunk out of his hair.
Let’s face it: Slime is less fun when you’re a grown-up. So this Chia Pet version of the franchise’s green poltergeist is the ideal thing to have in your adult home. It’s got all the green, without any of the mess.
Collect all four of Playmobil’s newest Ghostbusters figures — from Egon to Winston — in one handy collector’s set that also comes up with plastic trap and ghost slime.
You’re never too old to play with action figures... especially when they’re as lifelike as Mezco’s line of 6-inch Ghostbusters replicas. The Deluxe Box Set also includes six interchangeable hands, two different heads and the one and only Slimer.
Want a freaky pair of shoes? K-Swiss and Foot Locker have you covered, teaming up for two sets of kicks emblazoned with the colors of Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
For 21st century kids, a VHS tape is as strange a sight as any ghost. But Etsy’s own NancyJars is putting this obsolete technology to use, transforming old videocassettes into night light table lamps. And the selection isn’t just limited to Ghostbusters. ‘80s classics like Dirty Dancing and Back to the Future are also amongst the back catalogue.
It’s true what they say: you’ve gotta spend money to make money as a Ghostbuster. So while the $3500 price tag may give you sticker shock, this Anovos-made proton pack is worth every penny for the serious ‘buster. Modeled after Egon Spengler’s original pack with the permission of Sony Archives, it comes with working toggle switches and buttons as well as a Neutrino Wand made of fiberglass, resin and acrylic. To complete the look, pair it with a Ghost Trap Prop Replica from the Hollywood Collectibles Group.
Ghostbusters 1&2 and Ghostbusters 2016 Blu-ray
Never forget — this all started with a movie. This 2014 Blu-ray edition of the 1984 original and the 1989 sequel comes with a booklet filled with behind-the-scenes material, as well as retrospective featurettes and extended conversations between Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd. The underappreciated 2016 reboot is available in a separate Blu-ray extended edition that’ll make you eager to see another adventure with that terrific cast.
Ghostbusters Day is celebrated on June 8.
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