11 Best Ghostbusters Toys of 2018

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Ghostbusters has been a popular franchise among children and adults alike since it’s original release in the early 1980s. The campy special effects, unusual storyline and brilliant mix of characters have been a hit with families for decades. This love was refound in 2016 with the release of the third film in the franchise, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call which was named a reboot.

This new cast of characters introduced the latest generation to the fantastical supernatural world of New York and has spawned a new range of merchandise, including selections specially made for children to get them involved with their new favorite movie, which we think would make awesome gifts for the fans in your life.

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  • Accessories pack
  • Removeable roof for space, storage, and play
  • 2 Ghostbusters figures included
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  • Compatible with other playsets or alone
  • 3 exclusive figures included
  • Highly-detailed replica
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  • Unique playset that mixes technology and toys
  • Free app
  • Exclusive figure included

Being a cult movie, Ghostbusters has a wide range of merchandise available. Using customer reviews and secure sellers we’ve narrowed down the best gifts for the fans in your life.

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1. Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1

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From one of the worlds most popular toy manufacturers, this playset is a replica of Ecto 1. With this playset, your children can truly get involved with ghostbusting and protecting their city from supernatural beings. This legendary action car has plenty of space for all of your busting tools with its removable roof.

This set includes additional accessories like proton packs, ghost traps, and working lights so your little ghostbusters are prepared for action. The Ecto 1 playset also comes with Playmobil figures of Ghostbusters Winston and Janine in their official uniforms so your children can start busting right away!

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Why We Like It
  • Accessories pack
  • Removeable roof for space, storage, and play
  • 2 Ghostbusters figures included
  • Working lights for exciting playtime
Recommended Age
6 – 15 years
Battery Operated
3 AAA Batteries Required
Dimensions
4.9 x 11.2 x 15.2 Inches
Our Verdict

This Ecto 1 playset is awesomely detailed, down to the working lights and silicone green ghost splatters, that will make your kids feel as though they truly are a Ghostbuster.

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2. Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse Playset

Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse Playset

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A wonderfully detailed replica of the firehouse that works as the base for all Ghostbusters, from the movies, animation, and comic books. This is where Spengler works in the lab; Stanz keeps track of the Library Ghost and Jaine is ready to answer your calls. With this set, your children can recreate it all.

There is even space for the Ecto 1 in the garage so the Ghostbusters can be ready to go whenever they get the call! All Playmobil playsets are compatible or can be used alone. This Playmobil set comes with three figures and a pack of accessories.

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Why We Like It
  • Compatible with other playsets or alone
  • 3 exclusive figures included
  • Highly-detailed replica
  • Accessory for every need
Recommended Age
6 – 15 years
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
17.7 x 10.8 x 17.9 Inches
Our Verdict

The Ghostbusters’ firehouse is one of the most iconic bases and this Playmobil playset replicates it perfectly for young fans. The additional figures and accessories are of a great value.

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3. Playmobil Ghostbuster Egon Spengler

PLAYMOBIL Ghostbuster Egon Spengler

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Along with the accompanying app, children can capture even the trickest ghosts! The free Playmobil app projects images of up to 4 different ghosts, as seen in the movie. The clear, hologram center of this playset works with the app to capture ghosts in order to save the city.

A unique playset that mixes modern technology and traditional play, the Playmobil Egon Spengler building set is an inclusive and exciting way to get involved with the action of one of the most famous movies of all time. Comes with a Playmobil Ghostbuster who can stand, sit and move his head.

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Why We Like It
  • Unique playset that mixes technology and toys
  • Free app
  • Exclusive figure included
  • Additional accessories and details
Recommended Age
6 – 15 years
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
2.8 x 5.7 x 5.8 Inches
Our Verdict

This Playmobil playset is truly unique and is a brilliant toy for both you and your children. The accompanying free app adds extra special, true-to-movie elements for even more fun.

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4. Mattel Ghostbusters Electronic Proton Pack

Mattel Ghostbusters Electronic Proton Pack

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This toy is a greatly detailed replica of the gear used by all Ghostbusters from across the franchise. With this playset, children can join in with the action real-time and fight ghosts around your home. A glow in the dark mini-figure is included in the set that will project a silhouette of a ghost onto any surface around your home - bringing real ghosts into your life that need to be busted!

Encouraging imaginative play, this blaster comes with authentic details and is the perfect gift for children. It can be used for hours of fun play or dress up.

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Why We Like It
  • True-to-movie details and functions
  • Encourages kinetic and imaginative play
  • Hours of fun
  • Perfect final detail for dress up
Recommended Age
4 – 8 years
Battery Operated
3 AAA Batteries Required
Dimensions
3.5 x 15 x 13.5 Inches
Our Verdict

An amazingly detailed toy that replicates the exact proton packs used by Ghostbusters in the movie, making your little ones feel as though they are truly apart of the action.

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5. Diamond Select Toys Egon Action Figure

Diamond Select Toys Egon Action Figure

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Based on characters from the animated series and comic books The Real Ghostbusters, this action figure is highly detailed and specifically designed for collectors. Replicating ghostbuster Egon this figure has its own color-coded jumpsuit and cartoon accurate gear. This range of classic cartoon models was designed by Yuri Timing and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios.

The full range of 15 figures from across the 1980s animation The Real Ghostbusters is an awesome collection for older fans of the franchise and any model would make a brilliant, unique gift. The range will be released in 2019 and can be pre-ordered now.

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Why We Like It
  • Unique collector's item
  • Highly-detailed, cartoon accurate
  • From the specifically designed collection
  • Awesome gift for older fans
Recommended Age
15 years +
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
2 x 1 x 7 Inches
Our Verdict

From the classic cartoon The Real Ghostbusters, this Egon action figure is awesomely detailed, unique to the range and an amazing collector's item for serious fans of the Ghostbusters franchise.

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6. Mattel Ghostbusters Action Figure

Mattel Ghostbusters Action Figure

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Inspired by characters from the 2016 reboot of this cult classic, this figure set replicates the female Ghostbusters and is the perfect gift for new fans. The set includes Abby Yates, Jullian Holtzman, Patty Tolan and Erin Gilbert with an additional piece to collect and construct Rowan ghost figure.

Each model comes with a unique piece to contribute to building the antagonist from the 2016 movie and can be either a collector's item or suitable for children’s play. The 6-inch figures are posable with moveable arms and legs to recreate the most iconic scene from the popular comedy-action Ghostbusters reboot.

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Why We Like It
  • Highly-detailed action figures
  • Collect and construct Rowan
  • Collector's item or children’s toy
  • Perfect gift for fans
Recommended Age
4 years +
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
12.4 x 11.1 x 4.7 Inches
Our Verdict

A unique mix of figures replicating the newest Ghostbusters, the additional collection and construct Rowan is a brilliant piece to make it a great gift for fans young and old.

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7. Diamond Select Toys Peter Action Figure

Diamond Select Toys Peter Action Figure

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From series 10 of the Diamond Select Toys range of figure, Peter is a unique gift for older fans of the franchise. This Peter figure models a new jumpsuit, head sculpting design and cartoon-accurate ghostbusting gear and stands at 7-inches tall. The 10 series of The Real Ghostbusters figures are set to be released in March 2019 and is the newest wave of specifically designed collectors figures suitable for display.

With each figure comes the opportunity to build the world of the Real Ghostbusters. Each figure comes with a unique piece of the iconic firehouse doors to collect and construct.

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Why We Like It
  • New range of action figures
  • Unique collector’s figure
  • Cartoon-accurate details and jumpsuit
  • Collectible construction piece included
Recommended Age
15 years +
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
2 x 1 x 7 Inches
Our Verdict

Diamond Select Toy’s range of The Real Ghostbusters action figures are amazingly detailed and are the perfect gift for any fan of the classically animated rendition of this cult favorite.

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8. PLAYMOBIL Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

PLAYMOBIL Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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This awesome playset brings two classic brands together, Playmobil and Ghostbusters, to produce a wonderful gift for young children. The Stay Puft Marshmallow man may look cute however, he is anything but! This figure can be played with alone or can be used with other Ghostbusters Playmobil playsets for a truly epic playtime.

This figure has moveable arms and can be posed to replicate scenes from the movie. This playset also comes with a Ray Stanz Playmobil figure and an accessory pack, including ghostbusting gear like proton packs and Ecto goggles, so your little ones can get busted right away.

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Why We Like It
  • Compatible with other sets
  • Exclusive figures
  • Posable toys to replicate the action
  • Additional accessories pack included
Recommended Age
6 – 15 years
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
3.7 x 7.4 x 9.8 Inches
Our Verdict

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is one of the most iconic ghosts from the Ghostbusters franchise and this Playmobil set ensures that he will remain a favorite with your kids.

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9. Diamond Select Toys Ray Action Figure

Diamond Select Toys Ray Action Figure

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From the 10th series of this unique and specially designed action figures comes Ray. This figure can contribute to a collection or can be a gift for fans of this specific character. Released in March 2019, this 7-inch action figure has a new look with his iconic jumpsuit, ghostbusting gear and stylized facial features in a true to television cartoon style.

The Ray figure also comes with an exclusive piece to collect that will help fans construct the iconic front doors of their base, the firehouse. Collect all 15 figures to have your own exclusive model of the iconic setting.

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Why We Like It
  • New release and exclusive figure range
  • Contributes to exclusive, constructible front doors
  • True-to-animation style
  • Collector’s item
Recommended Age
15 years +
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
2 x 1 x 7 Inches
Our Verdict

For older, serious fans of this cult classic, the range of The Real Ghostbusters action figures is an awesome collector's item with their true-to-cartoon style, features, and additional constructible element.

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10. PLAYMOBIL Slimer with Hot Dog Stand

Playmobil Slimer with Hot Dog Stand

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Prepare for things to get messy when Slimer visits his local hot dog stand in this exclusive playset! Slimer is an iconic supernatural being from the Ghostbusters franchise who has been a hit with children for decades due to his odd appearance and hilariously large appetite. This exclusive Playmobil building set comes with a hot dog stand, Slimer figure, vendor model as well as a range of accessories including food, sauce bottles, and silicone slime splatters.

This playset can be played with alone or with other Playmobil sets for a truly awesome, detailed playtime that will provide hours of fun!

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Why We Like It
  • Highly detail accessories included
  • Exclusive Slimer figure and vendor
  • Children’s favorite character
  • Compatible with other playsets
Recommended Age
6 – 15 years
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
3.7 x 7.4 x 11.2 Inches
Our Verdict

This gift is an adorable and unique playset for little fans of Ghostbusters. This can contribute to their other playsets to make a massive scene to replicate their favorite movie.

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11. Diamond Select Toys Winston Action Figure

Diamond Select Toys Winston Action Figure

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From the first range of The Real Ghostbusters figures from Diamond Select Toys, the Winston action figure fits in with Egon and Slimer from the same range. He can be apart of an awesome collection or used a gift alone for older fans of this franchise. This action figure will be released on January 30, 2019, and models a bright blue color-coded jumpsuit, cartoon accurate gear, and great animated facial details.

Diamond Select Toys have a lot of hype around this unique collection and your older Ghostbuster fans will be so excited to receive their favorite animated characters upon release.

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Why We Like It
  • Specifically designed and modeled
  • Awesome gift for serious fans
  • Hyped release from the brand
  • Collector’s item
Recommended Age
15 years +
Battery Operated
No
Dimensions
2 x 1 x 7 Inches
Our Verdict

This exclusive range of action figures is a truly unique gift for serious, older Ghostbusters fans. The figures are awesomely detailed with cartoon accurate features and represent the animation perfectly.

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Buyer’s Guide

Ghostbusters is such an iconic franchise. It started in 1984 with the release of the first film, Ghostbusters, a cheesy action-packed family-friendly movie that follows a group of scientists who turn to ghostbusting after losing their prestigious jobs at a New York University.

Ghostbusters Plot, Story and Popularity

As for Ghostbusters, the scientists Peter, Ray, and Winston use a mixture of new technology and eccentric devices to wage a battle against the supernatural beings that are beginning to terrorize New York City. Upon discovering a doorway to another dimension, chaos ensues and the Ghostbusters must save New York from this wave of evil supernatural beings.

Released on June 8, 1984, in the United States, Ghostbusters received positive reviews and grossed almost a quarter of a million dollars in the box office. Ghostbusters was nominated for 2 Golden Globes that year, Best Visual Effect and Best Original Song for their iconic theme music.

The original cast of this movie is an awesome representation of the 1980s best actors, including Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis and Erni Hudson to name but a few.

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Ghostbusters was so popular during its release that is resulted in a sequel five years later, in 1989, with the same cast, as well as two animated television series, The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters, several video games and an all-female reboot in 2016.

Nowadays Ghostbusters is considered a cult classic among fans. Its cheesy graphics and the unique storyline are still just as popular today as it was on its first release.

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call Reboot

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call is a 2016 comedy-supernatural movie that is classed as the third in the Ghostbusters series of films. This movie is known as a modern reboot of the 1984 cult classic and stars top comedy actresses of this current time; Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the newest Ghostbusters.

These four women create a ghost-catching company in New York City in the 2016 movie. The third Ghostbusters movie has been in the making since 1989’s Ghostbusters 2 but plans were foiled pretty quickly when Bill Murray refused to be apart of the project and the death of Harold Ramis in 2014.

Sony decided to use this addition to the franchise that they had been working on for decades as a reboot to reintroduce to the franchise to the latest generation. Ghostbusters: Answer The Call cameos many members of the original cast.However, due to the cult status of the original 1984 release, many members of the public did not support a modern, all-female reboot.

Nonetheless, the movie ended up grossing over $200 million and was named the highest grossing live-action comedy in the United States in 2016, the year of release.This reboot and its new cast have brought the delight and joy of the Ghostbusters adventures to the youngest generation and reminded a lot of us why we loved this cheesy, cult classic in the first place.

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The Real Ghostbusters Animation

The Real Ghostbusters is a retro American animated series that was a spin-off to the 1984 film, Ghostbusters. The show ran for five years between 1986 and 1991, spanning over 7 seasons. This animation continues to adventures of paranormal investigators Pete, Egon, Ray, and Winston. These cartoon characters were also used in two ongoing comic book series that were published by Marvel UK and NOW Comics in 1988.

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Diamond Select Toys Ghostbusters Range: The Real Ghostbusters

Based on the late 1980s television and comic book series, Diamond Select Toys are releasing a range of collectible action figures inspired by the classic cartoon characters. Diamond Select Toys are a manufacturer of toys and collectibles for children and adults of all ages. Diamond Select toys are the sister company of Diamond Comic Distributors and were founded in 1999.

This company specializes in pop culture merchandise including Ghostbusters, Marvel Comics, Star Wars and Star Trek to name but a few of the brands they represent. Diamond Select Toys range of The Real Ghostbuster action figures is highly anticipated and is set to be released in early 2019.

The figures representing Egon, Winston, and Slimer make up their Series 9 range with their color-coded jumpsuits and new cartoon-accurate gear. Each Ghostbuster figure from their multiple series comes with exclusive pieces to build the iconic firehouse diorama.

Fans can collect all 15 of the action figures from this range to construct their own front doors to the iconic base. This range of The Real Ghostbusters actions figures is collectible items suitable for older fans of this cult classic series.

The collection actions figures would make an extra special gift for the serious Ghostbuster fans in your life. Diamond Select Toys range of The Real Ghostbusters action figures will be released in 2019. You can pre-order them online now.

Is Ghostbusters Child-Friendly?

The amount of child-friendly toys and playsets we have recommended through this review makes it seem as though Ghostbusters is a family franchise. With the partnering of companies like Playmobil, a popular children’s toy manufacturer worldwide, Ghostbusters has become a popular comedy-adventure franchise among the youngest in our society and remains popular due to its creative storylines, special effects, and hilarious supernatural beings.

The iconic 1980s edition of Ghostbusters is recommended to children up to and around 10 years old due to its innuendo, occasional bad language, and scary scenes. However the themes of magic, fantasy and teamwork have proven to be a hit with parents and children alike for decades.

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call has less innuendo and fear, with more child-friendly gags related to slime and farting. These adjustments to the franchise have made Ghostbusters incredibly popular with our children and have brought back the best bits of 1980s culture to the latest generation.

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These adjustments to the franchise have made Ghostbusters incredibly popular with our children and have brought back the best bits of 1980s culture to the latest generation. Ghostbusters has been a well-loved franchise for decades, with a range of movie, television shows, and comic books.

The creative, sensational and action-packed elements are still enjoyed by children and adults alike all these years later and it remains a cult classic to the majority of the public, resulting in ranges of toys and collector’s items to reach all ages.

Expert Tip

The 2016 Ghostbusters is more suitable for young children due to its adjustments to innuendos and fear in the original.

Did You Know?

The third Ghostbusters movie had been in the making since the late 1980s and went through many changes before release.