I’m all-in on the new Ghostbusters toys, yo. It’s the first line in many years that’s compelled me to spend money recklessly. I’d never go so far to say that Mattel outdid Kenner’s Real Ghostbusters collection, but I think they’re paying it serious homage.
On that note, I’ve been trying to resist these Ghostbusters slime containers for weeks, but I knew I’d eventually cave.
They’re part of the Ecto Minis line, which blend the original and reboot universes together for a series of adorably tiny figurines. Those figures — sold in three-packs or as bagged singles — are fun to collect and have an excellent mouthfeel.
Each slime canister costs ten bucks, which sounds riotously unfair until you remember that stores charge as much as four dollars for one single Ecto Mini figure. Since each slime canister comes with a figure, the prices are par for the course.
…and there’s something historic about this slime, too. Nearly everyone agrees that the best-ever toy sludges were Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Slime and Kenner’s Real Ghostbusters Ecto-Plazm. Both were sold during the mid ‘80s, and to this day, many fans still argue about which was better. It’s like the super berserk version of the Coke/Pepsi thing.
So, if you think about it, this new slime represents a marriage between those old foes. It’s Mattel’s version of Kenner’s Ecto-Plazm. That’s so amazing to me. I guess I’m an easy sell?
Getting slime as part of the reboot’s product push was only natural. Slime — in all of its forms, colors and nicknames — has been a part of the Ghostbusters universe for as long as it’s existed.
Best of all, the new stuff comes in both the famous green and a pinkish purple that’s way reminiscent of the “mood slime” from Ghostbusters II. Every base is covered! In slime!
If I’m being objective, I have to admit that this isn’t Grade A toy slime. Grade B, yes, but not Grade A.
Compared to the slimes of old, it’s too watery and not quite colorful enough. On the other hand, very few people who end up with these canisters will compare the slime to other slimes from thirty years ago. In fact, I may be completely alone on that front. I’m special, so special, and I gotta have some of your, attention.
Check out the figure that came with my purple slime. No, that’s not Slimer. It’s MS. SLIMER, identifiable by her dual penchants for bows and lipstick. I don’t believe that MS. SLIMER has turned up in any of the trailers, but she’s indeed rumored to be a part of the new movie.
My hunch is that everyone will adore her, and not one single person on the entire internet will complain about there being a girl Slimer.
The containers function as playthings, too. A hole-filled extra lid will let you slowly ooze your figures in Pit and the Pendulum fashion, which is wonderful and macabre and gives me the chubs.
That’s a video up there, by the way. Click it to see Ms. Slimer get slimed. My how the tides have turned. I paid ten dollars for this.
All in all, I’m thrilled that toy slime is back in the Ghostbusters universe, even if it should’ve been 10% cheaper, 15% thicker and 20% more neon.
I can’t help but smile at the thought of today’s kids staining the hell out of their parents’ carpets, continuing a tradition — and an adolescent rite of passage — that started decades ago.
For us older folks, it’s just something cool to put on our shelves, and that’s okay, because putting cool things on our shelves is what drives us.
Thank you for reading about replica sneezes.
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