If you want to find out about Ghostbusters collectibles, who you gonna call? Matt MacNabb would be my pick. In his new book, Ghostbusters Collectables, MacNabb compiles an exhaustive list of items that were produced in conjunction with the Ghostbuster movies and television shows. I think Dan Ackroyd says it best in the book’s Foreword:
“Here now, for everyone and especially for the serious collector, is the definitive compendium of Ghostbusters merchandise produced …”
The book is filled with color photos of toys, action figures, and promotional items. The majority of the book focuses on the Kenner line of Real Ghostbusters toys. These photos are an invaluable reference to any toy collector who has a box of colorful plastic parts and is wondering which accessory goes to a particular figure.
While the book covers Ghostbusters toys, it also does an admirable job of showcasing some of the lesser known items and ephemera that are available. These are the kinds of items that make reference books essential to collectors — when you see an item that you have never encountered in your eBay searches, it’s pretty exciting.
An unexpected portion of the book is devoted to Filmation’s Ghostbusters cartoon. There’s no Stay Puft Marshmallow Man or Slimer in sight, but these toys actually look pretty fun!
The book covers everything from 1984 to the present, including recently released items from Funko and Diamond Select Toys, among others.
If you call yourself a Ghostbusters fan or collector, you will want to add Ghostbusters Collectables to your library. Books written by collectors are always the best ones, and this one definitely shows the passion that the author has for his Ghostbusting pals.