Mr. Nostalgia brings word of Wave 2 for Mattel’s Retro-active The Real Ghostbusters…

Of course we all know that The Real Ghostbusters cartoon is based off the Ghostbusters movie (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (which came out in 1989 and continued with the kid friendliness of the series that the cartoon had started) and not the Ghostbusters cartoon with the gorilla in it, right?  Right.  The Real Ghostbusters ran from 1986-1991, with Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters starting in 1988 following right behind The Real Ghostbusters cartoon for an hour long Ghostbusting-animated Saturday morning.

A toy line was released from Kenner with the 4 Ghostbusters, the firehouse Ghostbusters headquarters, Ecto-1 and of course a ton of ghosts. But in 2010 Mattel began releasing the Retro-Action Ghostbusters figures which differed from the Kenner toys in many ways.  The Mattel figures are 8 inches, and are wearing actual clothes, whereas the Kenner toys were one plastic mold.  The chest of the 4 Ghostbusters is black, as if wearing a black t-shirt, but their jump suits are all fabric.  All 4 characters come with a proton pack that fits on their back and particle wand that not-so-well fits in their hand.  Egon also came with a PKE meter, Winston a ghost trap with foot pedal release, and Ray with a ghost sniffer (that device Peter was using in Dana’s apartment). An Exclusive Peter Venkman figure was also made with a sound chip of his voice from “Citizen Ghost” (Season 1, episode 11) saying 4 lines from the episode and had some “slime” on him like from the movie.

This year Wave 2 was released (well, not really a wave, one figure actually) continuing the line with Janine Melnitz dressed as a Ghostbuster (the costume is fabric as well. Janine appeared as a Ghostbuster at least twice –maybe even more- but for sure in Season 1, episode 12 – Janine’s Genie and in Season 2 episode 12  – Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster). Janine comes with a proton pack and particle wand , ghost sniffer, ghost trap, figure of Slimer and the best villain ever created for the cartoon series the pumpkin-headed Samhain (who appeared in 3 episodes: Season 1, episode 8  – When Halloween was Forever, Season 3, episode 8 –  Halloween II ½, and finally Season 6, episode 10 – Déjà Boo). Samhain comes with a fabric robe, and the package can become the Ghostbuster firehouse.

Here’s a brief rundown of who played who in the films and voiced who in the cartoon series:

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) & GHOSTBUSTERS (1989):

Dr. Peter Venkman – Bill Murray

Dr. Raymond Stantz – Dan Aykroyd

Dr. Egon Spengler – Harold Ramis

Winston Zeddemore – Ernie Hudson

Janine Melnitz – Annie Potts

THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS & SLIMER! AND THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS (1986-1991)

Dr. Raymond Stantz – Frank Welker (140 episodes)

Dr. Egon Spengler – Maurice LaMarche (140 episodes)

Winston Zeddemore – Arsenio Hall (91 episodes), Buster Jones (49 episodes) (Ernie Hudson who played Winston in the films auditioned for the role and was turned down.)

Dr. Peter Venkman – Lorenzo Music (78 episodes), Dave Coulier (62 episodes)

Janine Melnitz – Laura Summer (78 episodes), Kath Soucie (62 episodes)

Samhain – Bill Martin (3 episodes)

FOR SLIMER! AND THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

Slimer – Frank Welker (33 episodes)

Dr. Peter Venkman – Dave Coulier (11 episodes)

Dr. Egon Spengler – Maurice LaMarche (7 episodes)

Winston Zeddemore – Buster Jones (6 episodes)

Janine Melnitz – Kath Soucie (4 episodes)

EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS 1997

(Takes place around seven years later after all the ghosts vanish and the Ghostbusters go their own ways. When the ghosts return Egon calls on new recruits from his physics class.  A two part episode called Back in the Saddle had Venkman, Ray and Winston return).

Dr. Egon Spengler – Maurice LaMarche (40 episodes)

Janine Melnitz – Pat Musik (40 episodes)

Slimer – Billy West (40 episodes)

BACK IN THE SADDLE PARTS 1 AND 2

Dr. Peter Venkman – Dave Coulier

Winston Zeddemore – Buster Jones

Dr. Raymond Stantz – Frank Welker

GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME 2009

Dr. Peter Venkman – Bill Murray

Dr. Raymond Stantz – Dan Aykroyd

Dr. Egon Spengler – Harold Ramis

Winston Zeddemore – Ernie Hudson

Janine Melnitz – Annie Potts

Hope you enjoyed that trip down Memory Lane with the new release of the Retro-Action The Real Ghostbusters.

Mr. Nostalgia

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