Hasbro’s newest HasLab crowdfunding project was only announced last Friday, and it is nearly at the funding goal. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife Spengler’s Proton Pack had been teased earlier in October and became a reality on October 27th. The funding goal was set at $7k, with each pre-order being $399.
The campaign had until December to meet the requirements needed to be sent into production, but with less than 1,000 backers left to go, this thing will certainly meet the initial goal. Now, will it more than double that amount to meet all the stretch goals?
- – 7,000 backers to answer the call and officially fund the project
- – 9,000 backers to unlock the Class I Unlockable Stretch Goal: THE CLASSIC BUNDLE
- – 11,000 backers to unlock the Class II Unlockable Stretch Goal: THE GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE BUNDLE
- – 13,000 backers to unlock the Class III Unlockable Stretch Goal: THE SPENGLER SPECIAL
- – 15,000 backers to unlock the Class IV Unlockable Stretch Goal: THE SUPERNATURAL STAND
Those are some hefty goals. But, seeing as how it hasn’t even been a week since the campaign launched and enough suckers (myself included) have pre-ordered, odds are some of those stretch goals will be met.
I had thought about covering this story when the pack first dropped on the 27th of October but wanted to wait to see if there would be a strong reaction. Sometimes even the most amazing crowdfunding campaigns can fail. See Mattel’s attempt to get the Ecto-1 made back in the early 2010s.
Well, it turns out that people really are interested in a toy-quality replica of a Ghostbusters proton pack. I’ve seen a lot of packs through the years, both at conventions and twice seeing a screen-used prop thanks to Sony.
A lot of care and craftsmanship goes into these things, and that’s hard to replicate with a $399 toy. However, this will have to do for those of us who cannot afford a $2k-$4k pack. At least it’s better than the Spirit one.
I’m not saying that this pack won’t be quality, but I’m not going to expect it to be something beyond the quality that we’ve seen with Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Series replicas. They’ll look nice from a distance and have some impressive detail, but at the end of the day, you’ll still be able to tell it’s a mass-produced product with some cut corners. That’s acceptable, as long as Hasbro is upfront about it.
I don’t think Hasbro will hide anything from us, but don’t be surprised to find in 2023 many videos surfacing on YouTube with people complaining about production issues of some kind. What I’m most excited about out of all this are the secondary market’s addons and mods.
You may have noticed that there’s no neutrona wand in any of the pictures. There’s a simple answer. The pack doesn’t come with it. Instead, Hasbro is expecting you to pick up the one that’s been on the market since last year. You know, the one that is sold out everywhere and going for crazy prices on eBay.
Thankfully, Hasbro isn’t ignoring the issue, and more throwers are on the way to stores. Entertainment Earth has it listed right now for a February 2022 release.
[Source: Hasbro Pulse]