Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Mattel, Inc. announced today the development of a new collectible line of toys based on the world's favorite poltergeist fighting team, the Ghostbusters, including an extensive cast of ghosts and ghostbusters - celebrating the 25th anniversary of the frightfully funny classic film "Ghostbusters."
Mattel's "Ghostbusters" collectible line debuts with 12-inch figures in June 2009, and will be available exclusively at MattyCollector.com. Each figure will feature window box packaging and include authentic Ghostbuster equipment unique to each character. For the first time, Mattel's line will include talent likeness of Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore. Select prototype figures will be on display February 6-8 at New York Comic Con and February 15 at Mattel's New York Toy Fair Collector Preview Night (by invitation only).
"We have assembled a quality group of licensing partners to support and celebrate the anniversary for one of Columbia Pictures' most cherished properties. Mattel's line-up of collector toys is the perfect complement to what will be a great selection of 25th anniversary product," said Juli Boylan, Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Consumer Products Worldwide.
"Ghostbusters" collectors can also look forward to 6-inch figures, with one debuting at San Diego Comic Con in July 2009. Sculpted by Four Horsemen Studios, the team currently working on Mattel's popular DC Universe™ Classics and Masters of the Universe® Classics collectible lines, the 6-inch line will come complete with authentic "Ghostbusters" equipment and ghost.
"There haven't been many comedic blockbusters over the past quarter century as memorable and loved as 'Ghostbusters,'" said Tim Kilpin, GM for Boys, Girls & Games, Mattel, Inc. "We are honored to participate in the celebration of the film's 25th anniversary by creating the most extensive line of 'Ghostbusters' collectibles ever."
Mattel will also create characters and ghosts from the classic animated series, "The Real Ghostbusters," to go along with the classic "Ghostbusters" film.
I'm not the biggest fan of Mattel, I collected a couple of the Superman figures under the DC Superheroes name a couple years back and I picked up Batman and the Joker from the Dark Knight. They seem like a fairly good company...but them tackling a highly-detailed, realistic line of characters like this gives me trepidation...Batman was impressive...the Joker not so much. And I'm excited about them being pretty posable...but I've never liked Mattel's method of 'ball-jointed' hips and the lack of double-jointed elbows and knees. I hope the Ghostbusters will be able to actually pose with their equipment in their hands. I can't imagine them really competing with NECA once they get to Slimer or Gozer.
But, of course, the most impressive aspect is that Mattel has managed to get the likenesses and get the very first movie figures out there. I wish we were getting 6" figures first...but I'll likely pick up the 12" guys too since I'll be going nuts about any GB toys to hit the market. And I'm very excited about The Real Ghostbusters getting figures as well, I was just watching some of the cartoons last week and thinking that it'd be cool to get proper, modern figures of TRG, compared to the goofy 80's-proportioned ones we all grew up on, but I would never have expected any company to think it was a wise idea.
So again, wow! Despite some apprehension about Mattel, I can't deny that I haven't been this excited for a toy line in a long, long time...man, this summer is going to be pretty awesome, they're really going all out for the 25th anniversary of the film.
Commence the excited arm waving!