The ever vigilant River of Slime has spotted an announcement that Playing Mantis, makers of Johnny Lightning die-cast cars (including an excellent Ecto-1a a few years back) will be releasing a GB diorama 2-pack. The two car set will come with the Ecto-1a (it appears to be identical to the one release on its own as part of the Frightning Lightning line) and a New York City police car (no picture available, but presumably it will match the cars of the era – and by era, I mean 1984). Johnny Lightning will also be releasing a Scooby-Doo diorama at the same time, with the Mystery Machine and a herse (pictured above). Watch for this at toy and specialty stores in May of this year.
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Well, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a cooler playhouse, except for maybe the one made to look like a battlemech. I don’t know who the lucky kid is, but they owe their parents big-time for this one. Besides the swingset, the replica GB firehall comes with a revolving light, “containment unit”, and the GB2 sign hanging out front. Lilliput Playhomes has a number of dealers, so with enough dough you could own one yourself.
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I mentioned about a month ago that Filmforce had a peek at the GB3 script and had a few thoughts on it. Well, not content with that, I’ve gotten a look at it my self. As was originally reported, the script is more premise than jokes, with Aykroyd going into great detail about various science gimmicks and the nature of the afterlife. The inclusion of Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman to help fill out later version of the script and the rest of the cast to help bring their sense of humor to the set (such as Bill Murray’s ad-libbing) obviously played a much larger role in the first two movies than I’d imgagined, as Aykroyd uses the first draft to indugle his love of techno-babble and fringe theory. You can’t judge a book by its cover and you can’t judge a movie by its first draft, but it does make for dry reading.
There a lot in the script and I don’t want to detail it all as frankly that would just spoil the surprise on the off chance the third movie ever goes ahead. You can have a look at the Filmforce link above for Stax’s excellent report. There are only a few things I will add right now (though there may be more I think to add later)
After all these years, Aykroyd has made Ghostbusters a full blown corporation, with dozens of employees, including mechanics to look after the fleet of converted ambulances; one scene echoes the shot of the Ecto-1 driving across the Brooklyn Bridge, only this time there’s a whole line. They’ve also built themselves the Ecto-50, a converted truck with (if I understand correctly) its own containment unit. Winston is in fact a doctor, but it doesn’t feel quite right, as if the normal guy we identified with was now indistinguishable from the rest of the team – having him working on his degrees would have been cool, while still keeping him a tad more down to earth than Egon and Ray. Venkman is noticably absent for most of the movie, a concession I’m assuming to the fact that Murray didn’t want to do another GB installment. If I come across anything else that I think will turn your crank while not giving the story away, I’ll post it here.
So, I go on my first real vacation in, like, four years and looks what I miss. In short, some coy VIPs have been sniffing around the gb.net message boards. As far as anyone can make out, it spells the possibility of a handful of possible Ghostbusters materials. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been enjoying the recent spate of retro-80s comics, such as GI Joe, Transformers, and Battle of the Planets.
The whole deal is summed up best at gb.net, so I recommend you scoot over there to get in the know (if you aren’t already). In the meantime, I have to do some humming and hawwing about what I think about the whole matter. Exciting news, in any case.
[UPDATE] Chad continues to post new updates on the matter.