Hasbro’s Bringing Back Sweet 1980s Ghostbusters Toys

Continuing to capitalize on the fact that it’s easier to get adults to buy toys than try to pull kids away from screens, Hasbro’s tapping into late ‘80s nostalgia with new releases of Kenner’s classic The Real Ghostbusters toys, including the iconic Ecto-1 and the terrifying toilet ghost.

Spinning off from the 1984 comedy classic, The Real Ghostbusters was an animated series that ran from 1986 to 1990, which back then was pretty much forever. “The Real” was added after a dispute with Filmation, which owned the Ghostbusters name and produced its own animated series around the same time, simply called Ghostbusters. The Real Ghostbusters is the show with all the movie clout, following the further adventures of Venkman, Stantz, Zeddemore, Spengler, and the gang. Man, this is a lot of exposition for a post about toys.

The Real Ghostbusters toy line was a delightful combination of cool tech and gross ghosts. Hasbro’s Kenner reissues, which go up for preorder exclusively at Walmart on March 15, represent the best the line had to offer. Take the $50 Ecto-1, for example. It’s so bulbous and cartoony. It’s got a tailgate that opens and closes, a roof-mounted swivel seat, and a ghost claw for grappling with the restless dead. Has a hearse ever been this fun? Yes, but this one is kid-friendly.

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