I’ve been a bit busy lately with some projects that are non-blog related. But I’m still reading and Tweeting and collecting Random Awesomeness to share…
- ’56 of the month: Andy Seminick [Night Owl Cards]
- Angels No-Hit Tribute to Tyler Skaggs [Cards That Never Were]
- 2020 Topps is here [Cards That Never Were]
- 1988 All Star Game Honorary Captains: Bobby Doerr & Willie Stargell [Cards That Never Were]
- The 1967-68 Player Boycott of Topps [SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee]
- The Baseball Card Olympics [The Lost Collector]
- Joy of a purchased complete set: 1985 Topps Goonies [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- The Family’s All Here #GB20 [Jason Reitman’s Twitter]
- A Junior for All Seasons Part 1: the Kid on the Topps Designs of the 50’s [The Junior Junkie] (JT sez: This is an old post, but Topps’ recent use of Griffey in The Living Set brought it back to my mind.)
- 2019 Chachi #45 Jay Bruce [The Phillies Room]
- 1989 All-Star Ballot [From a 1980s Baseball Card Collector]
- He-wok and skel-wok figures [fortheloveofoldtoys on etsy]
- The Patents Behind Toy Story’s Beloved Characters [Smithsonian.com]
- Optimus Prime Gets a Cool Transformers/Ghostbusters Mashup Action Figure For SDCC [GeekTyrant] (JT sez: Cool? Definitely. $150 cool? Not so much.)
- 5 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block [A Writer’s Path]
How difficult is it to make a good sequel? Not many measure up to the original, but there are a few exceptions. In my opinion, Ghostbusters II is one such exception.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver all return in the sequel, both released and set five years after the initial film. The studio pushed for the sequel against the judgment of Aykroyd, Ramis, and director/producer Ivan Reitman, but fortunately all agreed to work together to bring it to fruition.
The sequel’s soundtrack did not enjoy as much success as the first, but there are still some quality songs from popular artists of the day, such as Bobby Brown, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, and Run-D.M.C.
News of a third installment featuring the original cast first appeared online earlier this year. Rumored for decades, it had been consistently shot down by those involved in the first two films. I asked Hudson about the possibility of a Ghostbusters III about a decade ago; he pointed to a video game and said, “That’s the closest we’ll ever get.” I’m glad he was wrong; I only hope he is involved in the new movie, produced by the original director’s son, Jason Reitman.
Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson teamed up together in the Ivan Reitman-directed classic Ghostbusters, released in theaters on June 8, 1984. The movie was a massive success, the second highest-grossing film of the year, trailing only Beverly Hills Cop.
There was, of course, a sequel to Ghostbusters released just a few years later (we’ll talk about that one in a few weeks), a reboot released a few years ago (we may never speak of that one again), and a planned second sequel to the original next summer. In addition, Aykroyd has hinted at a prequel television series based on the original characters.
There are tons of toys, books, costumes, and even video games. Here are just a handful of the offerings on Amazon, but you can page through several more items yourself…
- Little Golden Book
- Metals Diecast Figures
- Mr. Potato Head
- Diamond Select Action Figure
- Funko POP! Figures
- Video Games
Ghostbusters remains to this day a cultural phenomenon.
(November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014)
Ghostbusters, Stripes, Caddyshack, Animal House—these are just a few of the films from the brilliant career of Harold Ramis. He passed away today from complications from the autoimmune disease vasculitis.
How can someone who is so popular be at the same time so underrated?
If there was a Comedy Hall of Fame, Bill Murray would be in the inaugural class. Or else the Comedy Hall of Fame would be a joke. Which would be sort of ironic, don’t you think?
Murray is 62 years old today. I’m celebrating his birthday over at the new TWJ Cards tumblr page with a series of “fun cards” that will post throughout the day. The first is reposted above, spotlighting his role as Dr. Peter Venkman on Ghostbusters. Be sure to check back throughout the day for more Bill Murray TWJ 2012 cards.
Various candy items
by Boston America Corp.
I recently received a nice little package of assorted candies fro Boston America Corp. featuring Ghostbusters (“Slimer Sours”), Pac-Man (“Power Pellets”), and Nintendo (“Brick Breaking Jawbreakers,” “Superstar Candies,” and “Zelda Mints”) tins, all pictured above. As the candy goes, it is as good as any other candy out there and each person’s taste will determine what flavor suits them (“Slimer Sours” were my personal favorite). The real draw for these are the collectible tins.
Four of the five containers have removable lids, making them reusable for candy or coins or whatever other small trinkets you might like to keep in them. The Pac-Man tin, however, does not have a lid that pops off; it twists, allowing the “Power Pellet” candy to pop out a small hole in the side.
Boston America Corp. produces licensed candies and beverages for several other properties as well: Simpsons, Smurfs, Playstation, Betty Boop and even Star Trek. The collectible candy tins in particular are fun novelty products that last longer than the short time it takes to gobble up the candy inside.