We did it! The Ghostbusters: Afterlife proton pack has been crowdfunded … on a website run by a multi-billion-dollar toy company. Yeah, I have issues with this kind of thing, but at the same time, I’m glad people came out in droves to get a 1:1 replica on the market for a reasonable price.
The goal was met today, exceeding the 7,000 backers by 128 at the time of this story. So now it’s on to the stretch goals. One of those goals, the 9,000 backer Class One goal, has me a little irked. The pack doesn’t come with a thrower; that’s fine. However, it doesn’t come with a hose to connect the two, nor does it have a way for the two separate props to interact.
How is that issue solved? Stretch goals! Yup. So, if the campaign falls short on backers, then we’ll be left with only a half-realized prop. At least Mattel had the foresight to include a means of connecting their wand to a pack that never materialized.
Regardless of if the stretch goals are met, here’s what we’ll be getting went he packs ship in 2023:
- We’re making history with this movie-inspired prop replica, scanned directly from the Ghostbusters: Afterlife Proton Pack hero prop! (Yes, Sony Pictures Consumer Products let us play with the real thing!)
- Out-of-this-world tech features lights, sounds, AND a motor for active roleplay and re-creating iconic scenes!
- Two modes of play include lights and sounds from both the 1984 classic film Ghostbusters and the upcoming 2021 Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie. Did we use supernatural sorcery? Nope, we just included a switch!
- Modular and lightweight, this scientific wonder is the closest you can get to strapping a real nuclear particle accelerator to your back (and much less dangerous)!
- Have we mentioned that this Proton Pack is compatible with the Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler’s Neutrona Wand (sold separately)? Because it is! The Proton Pack features a metal V-hook bracket that connects to the metal V-hook bracket on the bottom of the Neutrona Wand. So level up your cosplay game by stowing your wand on your pack. When you’re not actively bustin’ ghosts!
- Scary good screen-accurate details include the booster, power cell injectors, bumper, shock mount, and more! Oh, and yeah, you can open the cyclotron and explore its inner workings for the very first time. Seriously, if you don’t fund this Ghostbusters HasLab project it may be a decision that haunts you forever!
- The Plasma Series Spengler’s Proton Pack was designed to be compatible with the ALICE system LC-1 Field Pack Frame and includes connection hardware.
Another positive is that the motherboard of the pack has holes for an ALICE pack. You can find these things easily at army surplus stores and websites. They’re pretty inexpensive, running about $50-$75.
What are your thoughts on this version of the proton pack? Worth it? Let us know in the comments section.
[Source: Hasbro Pulse]