My Ghostbusters Japanese Merchandise

A little about why I like Japan, GB Inc. Ghostbusters Japanese merchandise, and the final ’80s Ghostbusters Japanese merchandise I own for now.

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If you’re a ghosthead and read the comments in my blog post about Universal considering bringing back (GB Inc.) the Ghostbusters Spooktacular this year you would have learned for the first time about my fascination with Japan.

If you’re Japanese or from Japan I mean no disrespect. Yeah, I’m an American. I grew up in a suburb of a small New Jersey city, (compared to nearby cities, such as New York City) which has its own rich history. Something maybe I’ll talk about eventually. Nothing like a country or city on another continent.

I learned a lot in school about US and world history, their never could be enough time to study more of a countries history and culture. Its something I really couldn’t appreciate until after graduating.

This is where no disrespect is intended from an American with Italian, Irish, German, and maybe French (still haven’t proven it) heritage. From a…

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Funko Vinyl Idolz Peter Venkman

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Funko, a slightly smaller evil corporation and Vinyl Sugar, (Twitter) a large evil corporation got together to come up with Vinyl Idolz. What is a Vinyl Idolz? Are one of their employees from JerZey? 😀

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Vinyl Sugar is the illegitimate love child between Funko and some of the best free-wheeling designers from the back streets of London, the boutiques of Harajuku, and the galleries in NYC. Vinyl Sugar – because you crave it!

With the first teaser image Vinyl Sugar shows us a doc, a dude, and a buster. Specifically Dr. Venkman. All 3(D) figures appear to have a caricature type look. Which certainly works well for Dr. Venkman.

We don’t know when they’ll be available for retail. They should be on display at next month’s New York Toy Fair.

Photo Source: ToyArk.com

Ghostbusters Japanese Movie Program Merchandise

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Yesterday I wrote about and shared our Ghostbusters Japanese Movie Program. If you were wondering I don’t have a Ghostbusters II Japanese program to archive and share. Today I wanted to discuss (well talk about) that internationally Ghostbusters merchandise and collecting was ahead of its time (or got the ball rolling…wait, was their a Ghostbusters ball?) compared to GHOSTBUSTERS™ merchandise in the North American markets. Continue reading “Ghostbusters Japanese Movie Program Merchandise”

ゴーストバスターズ映画プログラム Ghostbusters Japanese Movie Program

gbsjapaneseprogramcoverGhostbusters Incorporated’s unofficial Japanese Ghostbusters month continues with a ゴーストバスターズ映画プログラム. Or Ghostbusters Japanese Movie Program.

By the way, if you speak and/or read Japanese and know Google Translate got it wrong, its ok to laugh. We’re just trying something here for Ghostbusters and some level of effectiveness.

I don’t personally know about these days, during the ’80s if you saw GHOSTBUSTERS™ or GHOSTBUSTERS II™ in a Japanese movie theater you’d receive a movie program. Which maybe was or wasn’t meant to be collectible.

The glossy pages Ghostbusters program is more like a magazine. With articles for just about every aspect of Ghostbusters. With great photos overall to accompany the information.

Some of the articles are about what Ghostbusters is, (I think) its story, pages on the cast, and Ghostbusters SFX. Continue reading “ゴーストバスターズ映画プログラム Ghostbusters Japanese Movie Program”

Tsukuda Japanese Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

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After looking at and writing about Hobby Japan magazine which featured Tsukuda’s Ghostbusters produced and prototyped (I think) models I went on an internet rampage (not so subtle reference) trying to find another copy of Issue 1 from 1985. When the results were less than successful I began looking at the known Tsukuda Ghostbusters models. Tsukuda’s Terror Dog and Stay-Puft have been written about by others. It felt like the right time to talk about and show Tsukuda’s GHOSTBUSTERS™ models again. Continue reading “Tsukuda Japanese Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man”

Tsukuda Japanese Terror Dog Model

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After looking at and writing about Hobby Japan magazine which featured Tsukuda’s Ghostbusters produced and prototyped (I think) models I went on an internet rampage (not so subtle reference) trying to find another copy of Issue 1 from 1985. When the results were less than successful I began looking at the known Tsukuda Ghostbusters models. Tsukuda’s Terror Dog and Stay-Puft have been written about by others. It felt like the right time to talk about and show Tsukuda’s GHOSTBUSTERS™ models again. Continue reading “Tsukuda Japanese Terror Dog Model”

Ghostbusters Japanese Hobbies

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Last week while checking eBay for Ghostbusters merchandise I came across Hobby Japan #1 from 1985. I think most ghostheads know after GHOSTBUSTERS,™ prior to The Real Ghostbusters their weren’t many Ghostbusters collectibles, at least in the United States. We (well we as a fan base, not personally because I was 7) had two Japanese Ghostbusters monsters models to choose (no pun intended) from. Either a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man or a Terror Dog. Made to put together from Japanese company Tsukuda Hobby Japan.

What you probably didn’t know is early Ghostbusters models also included Gozer and get this all four Ghostbusters! Continue reading “Ghostbusters Japanese Hobbies”

Radio Controlled Ghostbusters Available Now

At last years New York Toy Fair we wrote about World Tech Toys. An electronic toy company known for licensing popular characters and basically adding a radio controlled helicopter element. It wasn’t clear in February how World Tech Toys could make sense of making Ghostbusters action figures fly. We also still don’t know if they completely created new action figures for this feat. Less then a year later three of the four Ghostbusters, Slimer, and Stay-Puft are ready for take off. Continue reading “Radio Controlled Ghostbusters Available Now”