(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening In Shops: Mar 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures!
It’s PETER VENKMAN’S turn to be interviewed for the Ghostbusters biography, and he proves to be an elusive subject… until he gets to talking about the national news made by the pretty pesky poltergeist that was haunting a fashionable New York dance club! Disco may have died, but that doesn’t mean it won’t come back! Ghostbusters: Year One continues here!
Transformers/Ghostbusters Vol. 1 Ghosts of Cybertron
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Dan Schoening (CA) Nick Roche In Shops: Mar 04, 2020 SRP: $17.99
After years of civil war, the Autobots fled Cyberton, leaving their home planet in the evil clutches of Megatron and his Decepticons. Years later and millions of miles away, the Autobots pick up a Cybertronian distress signal from a mysterious planet called Earth. The ghostly signal shouldn’t exist, and it’ll bring Optimus Prime and his team-including brand-new Autobot ECTOTRON-face-to-face with… the GHOSTBUSTERS!
(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening In Shops: Mar 04, 2020 SRP: $3.99
In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures! Being interviewed for a book on the Ghostbusters, RAY STANTZ will relate some of his earlier days working with Venkman and Spengler, as well as tell the tale of their first concrete encounter with a ghost… and the eventual fate of that spectral librarian that chased them out of the New York Public Library!
As anyone paying much attention knows, Toy Fair International stormed through New York last week. It also doesn’t take much effort to declare Hasbro the big winner. But I did want to take a look at a few fan relevant properties, offer some thoughts, and solicit opinions.
Star Wars: Preview day clearly belonged to The Child, aka Baby Yoda. The toys were all over the media, including Good Morning America. With The Mandalorian a hit and the littlest Jedi its break-out star, this was probably the easiest sell of the show. It makes sense that Hasbro would put effort into the differing scales targeted at kids at this particular moment; the advent of The Child and the return of Clone Wars makes that an easy position to take.
I also think that we expected some kind of Empire Strikes Back anniversary initiative. The rumored Black Series Snowspeeder showed up and looks awesome; I’m glad that Hasbro isn’t afraid to get into the big vehicles. In terms of Star Wars, I only had two let-downs, but they’ll probably be addressed at SDCC and other venues. And those are . . . 1) I wanted to see a new Black Series Ahsoka and 2) I wanted to see more Black Series Mandalorian characters, like The Armorer, Greef Karga, and Kuiil. I have spoken.
G.I. Joe Classified: Again, another rumor comes true as the Joes finally get a highly-detailed 6-inch line. The initial Snake-Eyes offering looks simply incredible. I know that reaction has been mixed on Roadblock, Duke, and Scarlett in terms of costume choices, but I think they look great. Now give me Storm Shadow, please.
Ghostbusters: I love everything they’re doing here. They’re committed to fans of both the films and the cartoons while offering choices for kids and adult collectors. The 6-inch Plasma Series looks outstanding, and the inclusion of a BAF Terror Dog makes complete sense. Well-done all the way around.
Marvel Legends: Again, I’m not surprised that Hasbro didn’t show us the entire year of product. However, they did show A LOT of product. Anyone that’s ever read me for any period of time knows that I’m elated that the First Appearance Storm is happening. That was my big winner, along with Nimrod. Things that the ML line is doing right: the stand-alone deluxe figures, embracing the Fox movie figures, the slow but certain inclusion of characters needed to complete teams (Rage, Mach-1, etc.), the Hasbro Pulse “army builders,” and a commitment to figures from specific eras or stories (Old Man Hawkeye, X-Men Legacy Rogue, etc.). And incidentally, that pinless tech on the sculpts sounds like a great thing. My only real complaints here amount to “What about Figure X?” or “When do see Assortment Y?” Which, really, aren’t complaints.
McFarlane Toys: I feel like McFarlane is back in a big way, even if they never left. The bulk of this, of course, is their substantial roll-out of DC product. From the looks of it, they’re going to continue to lean in with films, comics, and video games for DC, which is wise. I would have liked to have seen some more characters at the show than Batman/Wonder Woman, but there’s obviously a lot of time left in the year. The Mortal Kombat figures looked good, and the upgrade to the original six Spawn figures is a great idea. Not so sure about the Kickstarter component of that, but it WILL get the characters back in the public eye on the back of last year’s massive comic sales spike for the anniversary.
4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Spring 2020)
It’s a (proton) blast from the past with THEREALGHOSTBUSTERS Kenner Classics Figure assortment
from Hasbro, inspired by the classic figures from Kenner. With original Kenner
deco and card backs influenced by the iconic look from the 80s cartoon series,
these retro figures are a must have for any Ghostbusters fan. Each Ghostbuster
comes with accessories inspired by the series: a ghost, proton pack, and proton
blaster with stream.
Assortment includes Peter, Ray, Winston, Egon, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Slimer (Each sold separately)! Available exclusively at Walmart.
GHOSTBUSTERS ECTO-1 PLAYSET
4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: Summer 2020)
Inspired by the iconic Ecto-1 as seen in updated form in the new GHOSTBUSTERS: Afterlife movie, this GHOSTBUSTERS Ecto-1 Playset has multiple, movie-inspired features. This Ecto-1 vehicle is compatible with all 5-inch scale GHOSTBUSTERS Fright Feature Figures, so kids can imagine all their favorite Ghostbusters cruising down the streets, ready to bust some ghosts! (Fright Feature ﬁgures sold separately. Subject to availability). Available at most major retailers nationwide.
GHOSTBUSTERS PROTON BLASTER M.O.D.
(Ages 5 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: Summer 2020)
Kids can imagine busting ghosts all kinds of ways with this modular and customizable GHOSTBUSTERS Proton Blaster M.O.D. (“Made on Demand”) role-play toy from Hasbro. The primary blaster, complete with sound and light effects, comes with two attachments – the Blast ‘n Trap and the Plasma Stream. When kids attach either accessory, unique lights and sounds are activated. Attachments can be placed in three locations: on the front, side, or back of the main blaster so kids can customize their blaster to fit their Ghostbustin’ adventure. Available at most major retailers nationwide.
GHOSTBUSTERS PLASMA SERIES FIGURES
4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $19 .99 / Available: Summer 2020)
premium, collectible Ghostbusters figures that fans been waiting for are here with
the GHOSTBUSTERS Plasma Series Figures
from Hasbro. Inspired by the original Ghostbusters movies, the Plasma SeriesFigures features collector grade deco across multiple points of
articulation, character-inspired accessories, and photorealistic actor
likenesses. Each figure also comes with a buildable ghost component.
The first wave of GHOSTBUSTERS Plasma Series figures features original Ghostbusters characters Peter, Ray, Egon, Winston, Dana, along with Gozerand Terror Dog build-a-ghost pieces (each sold separately)! Available at HasbroPulse.com and most major retailers nationwide.
5 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Summer 2020)
Inspired by the new GHOSTBUSTERS: Afterlife movie, this GHOSTBUSTERS PKE roleplay item from Hasbro is an essential part of the Ghostbuster arsenal! Featuring movie-inspired deco, light, and electronic sound effects, kids can press a button to activate features to find ghosts. Available at most major retailers nationwide.
GHOSTBUSTERS GHOST WHISTLE
(Ages 5 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Summer 2020)
Who you gonna scare off? All the ghosts around, with the new GHOSTBUSTERS Ghost Whistle roleplay item, inspired by the new GHOSTBUSTERS: Afterlife movie! Featuring over 20 spooky and hilarious sounds, kids will have ghosts flying for the hills. By using the dial to select the classification of ghost to scare off, kids can blow into the accessory to activate the ghost-repelling call! Available at most major retailers nationwide.
GHOSTBUSTERS PROTON BLASTER
5 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Summer 2020)
With the GHOSTBUSTERS Proton Blaster from Hasbro, kids can now imagine joining the team with the one piece of gear any would-be Ghostbuster cannot be without! The GHOSTBUSTERS Proton Blaster features a mechanism that lets kids imagine the ever-changing wavelengths of a proton stream, allowing them to play out the fantasy of catching ghosts in the proton blast! Available at most major retailers nationwide.
GHOSTBUSTERS PROTON PACK
5 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $14.99 / Available: Summer 2020)
Strap on the GHOSTBUSTERS Proton Pack toy from Hasbro for fun, ghostbusting roleplay. With design and deco inspired by the new GHOSTBUSTERS: Afterlife movie, kids can imagine gearing up for ghostbustin’ adventures! The Proton Pack can store other ghostbusting role-play accessories (Sold separately. Subject to availability) and features two straps for an adjustable fit. Available at most major retailers nationwide.
GHOSTBUSTERS PLASMA SERIES SPENGLER’S NEUTRONA WAND
(Ages 14 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $99.99 / Available: Fall 2020) The GHOSTBUSTERS Plasma Series Spengler’s Neutrona Wand from Hasbro is inspired by the blaster seen in the all-new GHOSTBUSTERS: Afterlife movie. It features movie-accurate sounds and an LED proton stream that emits from the end of the blaster. Flip a switch, press a button, and change the modes for blasting ghosts. Imagine the awesome power the Ghostbusters hold in their hands with rumble feedback via an internal motor. Premium deco and incredible detailing make this a perfect addition to any Ghostbuster fan’s collection. Available at HasbroPulse.com and fan retailers nationwide.
The annual New York International Toy Fair is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have hundreds of new items on their way to the Big Apple to show off to toy buyers and press. So now it’s time for a sneak peek! New items from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, the Black Widow movie, the Justice League cartoon, Ghostbusters, IT, Predator 2, The Exorcist, The Nun, Annabelle, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and The Mandalorian can be seen below (most shipping this fall), and look for more new items to be revealed at the show!
DC Comic Gallery Dark Nights Metal Batman PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! That’s some heavy metal! Batman dons Tenth Metal armor for his battle against the Dark Nights in this exclusive 1:8 scale PVC diorama based on the epic Dark Nights: Metal storyline! Wielding a sword and shield as he steps over cleaved tentacles, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-grade plastic and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB202413, SRP: $49.99)
DC Comic Gallery Poison Ivy PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Every rose has its thorn, and this one has Poison Ivy! Rising out of a giant flower, a green-skinned Pamela Isley greets the morning sun in this sultry sculpture from the DC Gallery Diorama line. Based on her comic-book appearance, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by James Marsano. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB202412, SRP: $49.99)
DC Comic Gallery Scarecrow PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Scarecrow stalks in this new PVC diorama in the DC Comics Gallery line! Standing approximately 10” tall, Jonathan Crane wields a pitchfork and spreads fear as the latest sculpture from DST. Made of high-quality PVC and featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #FEB202401, SRP: $49.99)
DC TV Premier Collection Justice League Wonder Woman Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! Complete the Trinity! Wonder Woman joins Superman and Batman as the next animated-style statue in the Premier Collection! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this dynamic sculpture shows the Amazonian warrior wielding her golden lasso, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #FEB202402, SRP: $150.00)
Horror Movie Gallery It Classic Pennywise PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! He’s come back! The original Pennywise the Clown, played by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV Mini-Series IT, is now the newest character in the line of horror-inspired Gallery Dioramas. Depicting the clown in mid-transformation, this approximately 9-inch sculpture is made of high-quality PVC, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #FEB202403, SRP: $49.99)
Horror D-Formz PVC Figurines Series 1 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The horror, the horror! Three horror legends unite for the first assortment of Stylized D-Formz PVC figurines! Pennywise, Annabelle, the Nun and Regan from The Exorcist fill out the assortment, along with rare variant Nun and Regan figures! Each figurine comes packaged in a blind box, with 12 boxes in each counter display. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Gentle Giant Ltd. (Item #FEB202404, SRP: $7.99/ea. )
Legends in 3D Movie Ghostbusters Mr. Stay-Puft Half-Scale Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! That’s a big Marshmallow Man! The Villain of the original Ghostbusters film gets captured in his largest scale ever, with this approximately 10-inch resin bust! Sculpted in half-human-scale, this portrait features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Limited to only 1,000 pieces! Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #FEB202405, SRP: $175.00)
Marvel Animated Doctor Strange Statue
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! By the Vishanti! Doctor Strange wields an adorable axe and casts a super-cute spell in this, the latest animated-style statue from the Marvel line! Based on the variant cover artwork of Marvel Comics, this approximately 5-inch statue comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Paul Harding. (Item #FEB202409, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Gallery Jigsaw PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! He’s gunning for the Punisher! Wearing his iconic white suit, the scarred assassin once known as “Billy the Beaut,” now known as Jigsaw, steps over broken glass with knife and pistol in hand in this new Marvel Gallery Diorama. Based on his comic-book appearance and made of high-quality PVC, this approximately 9-inch sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Alterton. (Item #FEB202407, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Gallery Star-Lord PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Who? He’s Star-Lord, guardian of the galaxy and all-around cool guy! Leaning against a wall and listening to his Walkman, Peter Quill is the newest exclusive PVC diorama in the Marvel Gallery line! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this high-quality plastic sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with a fifth-panel flap. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. Formerly a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB202411, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Comic Premier Collection Archangel Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The X-Man, X-Factor member and former Horseman of the Apocalypse takes to the skies in this new statue of Warren Worthington III, a.k.a. Archangel! With his metal wings extended, Archangel stands approximately 14 inches tall, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Limited to 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira. (Item #FEB202408, SRP: $400.00)
Marvel Select Black Widow Movie Taskmaster Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! The long-awaited Black Widow movie is almost here, and the villain is just as cool as the heroine! Taskmaster arrives on the big screen to menace Natasha this spring, and he’ll be on toy shelves this summer, as part of the Marvel Select toy line! This approximately 7-inch action figure includes multiple accessories and 16 points of articulation and comes packaged on display-ready Select action figure packaging. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB202410, SRP: $29.99
Nightmare Before Christmas Select Action Figures Series 9 Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Nightmare continues! Series 9 of the hit Nightmare Before Christmas action figure line brings the music with the Halloween Town band! Three figure sets feature Jimi the Bass Player, Jimmy the Accordion Player (with James the Sax Player), and Snowmobile Jack Skellington in his goggles! Plus, when you collect all three sets, you can build the Snowmobile, sled and gift sack! Each 7-inch scale figures features multiple points of articulation and comes packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging. Sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #FEB202398, SRP: $29.99/ea.)
Predator Gallery City Hunter PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The hunt continues! The Predator line of Gallery Dioramas moves on to Predator 2, capturing that movie’s City Hunter in a moment of triumph! Raising a skull and spine over his head, this sculpture of a masked Yautja warrior stands approximately 11 inches tall with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Made of high-quality PVC, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, hand-sculpted by Eli Livingston. (Item #FEB202406, SRP: $49.99)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Sith Trooper 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has come! The new Star Wars movie introduced the world to Sith Troopers, with their distinctive red armor, and this new mini-bust depicts one wielding a matching blaster rifle. Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this 1/6 scale bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #FEB202400, SRP: $120.00)
The Mandalorian MK1 1/6 Scale Mini-Bust
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! People can’t stop talking about The Mandalorian on Disney+, and now the highly requested mini-bust is here! Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this 1/6 scale bust depicts the bounty hunter with blaster and flamethrower at the ready, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #FEB202399, SRP: $120.00)
We know the story of the Ghostbusters from numerous films, animated shows, and comics. But, what about that first year in business: Ghostbusters: Year One #1 kicks off the untold stories of our favorite paranormal investigators.
Written by Erik Burnham, Ghostbusters: Year One #1 focuses on the “newest” of the original Ghostbusters, Winston Zeddemore. Framed as an interview with a journalist writing a book, we get to learn some details about his experience joining the team.
Burnham adds in details that fit quite well with what we know. It’s a nice “in addition” as opposed to a retcon. We learn about what Winston was doing before joining the team and even get to see some more of the questions he was asked in his interview. But, most importantly, we learn more about him as a person and how he fit into the group and his training. It’s a great example of expanding a known universe.
The art by Dan Schoening with color by Luis Antonio Delgado is unique and stands out. It’s a style you don’t see elsewhere with a cartoon-like quality about it. Schoening’s style is one that you don’t see elsewhere and it’s hard to describe. There’s a slight homage to the cartoon series but at the same time it’s own style. What’s solid is it works for the ghosts. It doesn’t skew to horror but still fits that genre. Delgado’s colors are key with the ethereal popping from the page. Neil Uyetake‘s lettering is also key in giving the ghosts a voice to themselves through the lettering style.
Ghostbusters: Year One #1 kicks off what feels like could be a fun series. I also expect there’s more to what’s presented. The team has a nice grasp of fitting in new knowledge and deliver enough winks and nods for long-time fans. A must for fans of Ghostbusters or want a good chuckle.
Story: Erik Burnham Art: Dan Schoening Color: Luis Antonio Delgado Letterer: Neil Uyetake Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy
IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening In Shops: Jan 22, 2020 SRP: $3.99
In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures! After defeating Gozer and becoming heroes in the city, county, and state of New York, a publisher has decided to cash in with a biography of the Boys in Grey and sends a writer to interview them all for background. He starts with WINSTON ZEDDEMORE, the first ‘buster hired into the supernatural start-up. Winston relates the story of his very first bust, so we can finally know what kind of… ahem, stuff he’s seen that’ll will turn you white!
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Evan “Doc” Shaner, Blair Shedd, Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening In Shops: Nov 06, 2019 SRP: $29.99
When an upstart paranormal investigation and elimination service calling itself the Ghost Smashers sets up shop in NYC, the Ghostbusters suddenly find themselves out of work and out of favor. But the Ghost Smashers are messing with some shaky science, and it’s only a matter of time before their incompetence threatens the entire world! Plus, what would happen if the Ghostbusters were really gone-like, in another dimension gone? A new group made up of some close friends and former foes will have to step up and don the proton packs. Collects issues #13-16 of the Ghostbusters series and issues #1-8 of the New Ghostbusters series.
Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a) • Dan Schoening (c)
OF CYBERTRON,” Part 5! Out of the frying pan and into the
fire! Starscream isn’t the only ghostly Decepticon in the universe—or on Earth.
Megatron has manifested, he’s hungry for vengeance, and he’s not particular
about what he has to destroy to get it! Autobots, Decepticons, and the Boys in
Gray, too! The 35th anniversary celebration of TRANSFORMERS and Ghostbusters