It ain’t over – Sony solicits license partners at European Licensing Expo

While 2009, the 25th anniversary year of Ghostbusters, is almost over, Sony isn’t planning on dropping the franchise any time soon – appearing at this week’s Brand Licensing Expo in London.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. SPCP generates and extends the branding potential of an individual film, film franchise or television series through the development of licensed merchandise and retail promotion. It leverages opportunities worldwide
that include, but are not limited to, toys, video games, publishing, apparel, electronics and collectibles. A selection of properties for which it seeks licensees and/or retail partners includes Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid, The Green Hornet, and Spider-Man 4 (retail only).

Sadly, the franchise is being listed broadly as “Ghostbusters”, with no hints of “Ghostbusters 3”, though some have jumped to that conclusion. It’s not an insane thought – it’s to Sony’s benefit to cultivate relationships now, regardless of whether there is an official go-ahead on a third film. If nothing comes of it, they can still make Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 merch, and if something does come of it, they’re ready to go.

Hopefully we’ll see something more concrete at next June’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

[VIA /Film]

Replica Vigo and Fettuccini Ghostbusters canvas prints for sale!

[UPDATE] Glen Eytchison, who is the painter of credit on the Vigo painting, has expressed unhappiness with the prints and to that end, I’m pulling the links. They are still out there for you to find, but as one of the makers of the original, I’m going to have to leave you to your own devices regarding them, rather then directly link to them – I will be closing the comments, but leaving those already posted, for everyone to read.

I have no information if Mr. Eytchison has his own plans for the design, or is just protecting his interests in general, but I’m not inclined to dismiss the wishes of someone that worked on the film.

As you were.

Hotshot, over at the message boards, and partners have produced high quality canvas prints of the Vigo painting and Four Ghostbusters with Oscar painting from Ghostbusters 2. The prints (which have a slight painting quality to them, having been printed on canvas rather than paper) are created from high quality images of the original and digital touch-ups.

The pair can be purchased for $160USD, shipping included (if I understand correctly – their post details trumps mine) and stand 2.5×5 feet – not to movie scale, but are far easier to display around home – you’ll recall Ray had to climb a ladder to reach Vigo’s head. Of interest to note – the “one of the Fettuccini” paintings, having been taken from the original, shows more than is seen in the film!

The thread has a couple of people successfully buying the prints. And the comments has someone charging the makers with past theft (though, without details, how can I make a judgment?) – As always, BUYER BEWARE! Check your PayPal terms of service and make sure you understand any buyer protection they might offer in this situation, then act accordingly.

Art Asylum – more packaging, more Minimates in 2010 and Scoleri Brothers?

The Art Asylum blog is alive with Ghostbusters, both in their weekly Q&A and sneak-peaks at packaging.

Slimer Bank packaging!

Ecto-1 License plate replica!

Jacob Bartlett
I love the Ghostbusters Minimates! Thank you for bringing these awesome new things to fans! If you plan on doing a series three, I would like to see: Janine, the Rookie (from the game), the Scoleri Brothers from the 2nd film, and Vigo. Thanks again for making something great for GB fans!

DSTChuck: Some of the ones you list are VERY high on our list as well, so I think you’ll be happy but I think as far as the game goes we’re most likely going to keep it to that one box set.

Ethan Williams
Great work on the Ghostbusters Minimates! Do you have any plans for Real Ghostbusters Minimates? Also, why does the Slimer in the Louis/Slimer 2-pack have a painted on nose? I thought Minimates lacked noses as a matter of principle (the other Slimer figures lack noses as well)?

DSTChuck: Right now our license does not allow for Real Ghostbusters – but that could change. For now Sony and DST want to concentrate on more adult oriented collector product and the animation in some eyes skews the property younger. I keep meaning to ask the guys in NY about that nose, I’ll try and remember to ask next time we have call.

Gary Tabar
Is there any possibility of more Ghostbuster Minimates sets, since many of us are buying the Toys R Us exclusive sets, and don’t want additional figures to obtain the boxed only figures, like Dana and possessed Louis. Also, the Toys R Us exclusive sets are selling out everywhere as soon as they arrive… will series I and II continue to ship for any foreseeable future? We drove 250 miles the other day JUST trying to complete both series, and we are still missing a few sets. (Since we also have real life full uniforms and gear, we even picked up a Battlestar set, so we could make Minimate Ghostbusters of ourselves! They have been very popular with the biggest Ghostbuster fan/prop building web site, since release.)

DSTChuck: Gary, I would say at this point it’s more then possible, it’s probable that there will be more GB Minimates in 2010. I can not say that figures from one outlet will cross over to the next, so if you want to be sure, unfortunately you will need to pick up the comic store sets. I think the sales of GB in some of TRU’s stores caught them off guard and we’re all very sorry fans have not been able to pick up the figures in local stores. For series one we figured sales would be a little less then a Marvel release and for series two we created qty equal to a Marvel release, so in both case it was NTO our intention to short the market.