There was one thing that was missing when we played Ghostbusters as kids in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. We had the proton packs. We had the trap. We had gallons of Ecto Cooler. What we didn’t have was a ghost we could actually see.
Fast-forward to 2018, and smartphones are the answer to creating your own paranormal phenomena.
While technology hasn’t made a life-size specter materialize (yet), the closest you can get is Playmobil’s The Real Ghostbusters Playmogram, and trust me, it’s pretty freaky. You know those glowing ghosts that seem to materialize out of nowhere in Disney’s Haunted Mansion? This is kind of like a portable version of that, and unlike those ghosts, these make creepy noises.
The only thing you have to do to get your own handheld haunting is download the Playmogram app by scanning the QR code. Then you can pick one of four ghosts to bust. There’s a dinosaur-looking creature with punky hair, a thing that looks like a radioactive skeleton, Slimer, and a gurgling fish-creature that may or may not be related to the Deep Ones. Remember, there was an episode of The Real Ghostbusters called The Collect Call of Cthulhu.
What’s so cool about these 3D animations is that they don’t just float there. They move strange appendages, turn to look for human victims, and even scarf burgers (at least Slimer does). When you’re ready to trap one, tap the back button and watch it seethe and writhe as it gets zapped by streams of proton energy. Each set even comes with a rubbery splat of pink ectoplasmic ooze. Now that’s dedication.
Science is still working on making actual holograms a reality, but who cares when you’ve got a non-corporeal entity hovering over your phone?
Playmobil was also awesome enough to send me the most badass ride of them all — the Ecto-1. It lights up. It plays the Ghostbusters theme. It comes with green splats you can stick on as if you just got slimed.
If both of these were around when I was a kid, it would have really taken those weekend Ghostbusters adventures to the next level. Too bad they don't come with a time travel button.