NECA figures listed for purchase.

This month’s Previews magazine is soliciting orders of the Ghostbusters monster figures by NECA (see below), specifically the 15″ Mr. Stay-puft and two Terror Dogs. Stay-puft is listed at a SRP of $16 and the Terror Dogs are listed at $12 each. While no release date has been announced, being solicited in Previews usually means a release date thre months from now. This being the February Previews, that would be April-May.

[UPDATE] RD, at the Ghostbusters Message Boards, spotted some cool pics of the figures at the Action Figure News website. The Terror Dogs appear to be the same picture flipped and Slimer and Stay-puft are made from the same sculpts as NECA’s Headknocker figures – however, as these are early PR art, it’s unlikely that they represent the final product. More important is the ACN article that accompanies the pictures that says that word at the UK Toyfair (where the pictures were scored) is that NECA has all the character likeness rights from the movie. If that’s true, then hopefully we’ll see other, human, characters, like Louis, Dana, Janine, and the boys themselves.

[UPDATE MORE] My man Duran sent me a link from figures.com, where they provide little info, but some more sweet pictures of the figures, with a promise of more good stuff to come this week.

Comic cover sneak previews.


Welcome to 2004! If you don’t
already know, 88mph Studios has posted some sneak looks at the covers of the first two Ghostbusters
comics. The keen surprise is that the alternate covers (yes, there’s a second alternate cover version for
each issue) is by Dan Brereton of The Nocturnals fame. I’ve enjoyed Dan’s work for a long time, even meeting
him once years back (he drew me a keen Death – from The Sandman – sketch, which I still have.) Each cover will feature
one of the four boys in grey, with Peter, Winston, and Ray the first to be seen, with Egon presumably coming out just before the
first issue is released (Feb. 11th.)
For those of you who had a look at the solicited pages in Previews magazine,
you’ll notice the variant art there, while still by Dan Bereton, is much different, featuring creatures like Slimer and
the Terror Dogs. One has to wonder – it’s unlikely that Dan would go to the trouble of making art that isn’t used, so
are the covers wrap-around perhaps? Time will tell.
Also of note, there’s a extra rare edition of the first issue coming out, an
“incentive UV cover”
. Intended as a perk for shops that buy a certain number of the first issue, the cover is
black with the GB logo on it.
You basically have to promise a comic shop owner some of your internal organs to get one of these, but hope springs eternal, yeah?