I was at a store last night, when it dawned on me that I was surrounded by Ghostbusters everywhere I looked. Action figures & cars, backpacks & t-shirts, any department I walked into had the No Ghost symbol displayed somewhere. Breakfast cereal. Now the jaded, media aware version of me knew that what I was experiencing was the result of a studio's perpetual marketing machine to promote Ghostbusters: Afterlife - placed in motion before the pandemic shifted cinematic release schedule.
I know that, and I don't care. I love seeing reminders of what was one of my favorite summers ever...everywhere I go. As a kid, I wore so many iterations of that symbol, from my rushed into production light blue t-shirt, to an arm patch on my jacket and more.
Later, my little brother and I "became" Ghostbusters running around with makeshift proton packs on our backs fashioned out of boxes and round Christmas cookie tins. Those were good times, and I hope kids still play like that.
I was thinking of those old packs we made the first time I saw our Legacy Spengler Proton Pack. I wish those scruffy kids could have seen these then. It would have melted their little minds. Between the heft of the thing, the feel of what looks like a prop straight off of Egon's back, the lights, the weathering, all of it. They'd have been amazed.
I mean, I am amazed. What our team has done to bring these things into the physical world is astounding, and I don't even know everything they did to make these. I don't want to know. I want to believe that these came from an old firehouse in midtown.
So, life today is very much as it was in 1984. I'm running around town with our No Ghost patch on my arm, and have haunting dreams of Spengler's own Proton Pack on my back.
Dreams worth sharing, and we're sharing them right now.
John “Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts” Cooley
John is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS
Spengler Pack RETIRED
All good things must come to an end, and as such we’re retiring the Spengler Pack. After March 31, 2021 this product reservation will be permanently closed.
We are proud to close the door on this once-back ordered product and do the same with our next awaited project! So if you missed out earlier, this is your last opportunity to grab this iconic collectible before its gone forever.