Alex Upton sent along this great ad for the Phantom console system. The only thing that says Ghostbusters is the cartridge. The one, small, blurry shot of the screen shows what looks like a port of David Crane’s original game, but the kid is using a lightgun. So, I’m lost. If anyone is familiar with the system and version of the game, please let me know. Otherwise, have a good laugh. Run, kids! Run!

[UPDATE] I did a little searching, and the Phantom System is essentially a NES, officially licensed from Nintendo, and produced around 1990 by Gradiente (as you can see at the end of the commercial.) While the company did sell unlicensed games, Ghostbusters was licensed from Activision. So, there you go.

Halloween: Here come tha’ pics!

Halloween is still just under a week away, but the costume pics have started rolling in – including Rob, who hits the skins at a party last night, and Keith sent in pics of his son, who was super-hyper from the arrival of his super-keen Proton Charging buttons (still a few left)!

Keep them coming!

“Yes, have some.”

Well, it’s Christmas Halloween time, and that means parties. Now, there’s a growing number of Ghostbuster related drinks out there, mostly for the adults, but a few wise-souls have put their minds to concocting GB drinks for tots and teetotallers.

Courage’s slime green drink*
1 scoop lime sherbert
1 scoop ice chips
1 can Buku Bite energy drink

Blend, then drop a citrus wedge on top for a smile and two Shocktarts for eyes. It’s soooooper sour, so be sure to yell “He slimed me!” after your first belt. Any green carbonated drink can be substituted, but Courage swears by the Buku Bite.

However, given that the people who first saw Ghostbusters are now all grown up, it should be no surprise that there’s a wealth of warm and fuzzy, booze GB drinks.

Non-kid options;
Ecto-cooler (complex)
Ecto-cooler #2 (easy)
Slimer #1 (vodka)
Slimer #2 (rum)
Bill Murray and the Ghostbusters**

Or straight-up, a Dan Aykroyd favorite.

Patron Tequila

*Courage calls it a Slimer, which makes sense. But with two other drinks called a Slimer, I’m thinking it needs a name all its own.
** Basically a Boilermaker with brand name components.
*** He’s the Canadian distributor of the premium spirits.

Halloween: Costume Time

Well, Halloween is nearly upon us – in nice (if too short) timing, Make Magazine has posted someone’s instructions to making a GB costume. The Make Magazine crowd tend to be a bit over-the-top, wiring gadgets into everything. I can’t contend as to how accurate the props are, thought they do look good – and bear in mind, they seem to have moved away from movie accuracy in a few areas to accomodate practical mechanisms. A cool read for anyone interested in GB props. (thanks Ken)

This is an excellent time to direct people to – THE place to chat with other GB prop builders, learn some tricks, find plans, etc.

However, a good GB costume takes time and patience, so both links are better suited to next year’s Halloween. But, as I tend to get a lot of emails about costumes, I’ll resurrect, for the umpteenth year in a row, my Cheap N’ Easy GB costume. It won’t win you any contests, but you can put it together in mere days.