Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sony Gearing Up for Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary

It seems like only yesterday the Sony crew shelled out some cash to clean up the ole Ghostbusters ride and, in whispered tones, an un-named rep told me of their hopes that Ghostbusters 3 would soon be in pre-production. Flash forward to 2013, and we still live in the shadow of that massive Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the promise that a third film could kick off any day now.

Any day now.

In the meantime, an anniversary is the prefect opportunity to sling that license around and get us MORE GEEKY STUFF!! We've got a list of licensors lined up for this momentous occasion. Some are not surprising in that they've had the license for some time now, some are new to the game and some reflect companies we thought were leaving this subject all together. The lineup includes...

Mattel, IDW Publishing, World Tech Toys, Quantum Mechanics, Factory Entertainment, Diamond Select, Medicom Toys, Mad Engine, Titan Figures, Uniqlo, Kaientai, BCI, Funko and Underground Toys. Additionally, gaming partners such as Beeline, Ubisoft, GSN, Path, XMG and IGT will create interactive, gaming and slot machines items, and MDI is planning a series of state lottery programs.

Let's run down what we are aware of and what we can speculate on...

Mattel: Has had the license for some time, but it seemed they were exiting with no further talk of action figures. Perhaps there are more props they'd like to explore? Of course, we never did get Gozer or the Terror Dogs in their action figure line, so there's always the possibility of that. Plus Hot Wheels likes to crank out a GB car every now and then.

IDW: Comics..plain and simple.

World Tech Toys: They make remote control cars and helicopters. Who wants a remote control GB car and a flying Slimer ghost? Not saying this is what they are making...but if they were, sign me up!

Quantum Mechanics: Currently have a tech poster set available.

Factory Entertainment: Have a Slimer "Shakems" motion statue (aka bobble figure) with sound, said to (maybe) have released this past Summer, or be on the way.

Diamond Select: They've currently got the most comprehensive line of toys in their Minimates figure line and have added vinyl banks to the lineup. If you are in the market for a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, these guys have a TWO FOOT vinyl bank hitting this April!

Medicom Toys: Now this one is very interesting...could be 12 inch figures..could be block figures..could be vinyl super deformed pieces...

Titan Figures: At the moment they are experiencing great success with their Doctor Who mini figure line, so perhaps Ghostbusters will get some love in a vinyl figure format?

Funko: Pop vinyl figures would be a no brainer!

Underground Toys: Already have plush on the market.

SPCP has also partnered with the pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 to create a traveling art show that will feature top artists’ interpretations of Ghostbusters over the last 30 years. Limited edition screen prints and posters will be available during each stop of the tour, which will conclude in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., in July.

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