Growing up, everybody wanted to be a Ghostbuster. It wasn’t just that the gang of paranormal exterminators were the coolest dudes around inside and out of the movies and cartoons, but that they just had the best gadgets to play with. Maybe some of you were lucking in that regard. Maybe some of you got to strap a plastic replica on that used a spinning pool noodle to simulate a stream of protons with which to corral some stubborn phantasms with. Maybe you took your toaster, and pretended that it was a ghost trap. I’m just sayin’.
A new Ghostbusters film this year means a new set of gadgets to gawk at. Gadgets which are reminiscent of the original props, but updated and tweaked for today. And I like some of them. The new Ecto-1 mobile looks flashy, the latest ghost trap looks functional and I hope that one day I’ll be as big a badass as Kate McKinnon is when she whips out a pair of proton pack pistols to bust some ghosts with.
I’m not too big a fan of the proton pack itself though. It just doesn’t look that great for me. Here’s the original for comparison:
And the new updated model:
Now granted, I get that these packs are meant to look like they were cobbled together from spare parts and family puppies. I understand that they’re not meant to look like assembly-line products from a Chinese Apple factory. At the same time, I also know that scientists and engineers do actually take pride in their work, and do make an effort to create neat and well-designed prototypes. But that’s just me.
Inside that first trailer for Ghostbusters, is also a clue for a link to the viral website that goes under the banner of the “Kenneth P. Higgins Institute of Science”. Here’s the clue, that was lurking in a screengrab from the trailer:
Hit that link, and you’re onto a website with some of the new gear available to the paranormal exterminators. Here’s the gallery that includes the new ghost trap, Ecto-1 and PKE meter:
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Along with all of that, there’s a new behind the scenes video explaining some of the science behind the new proton packs. Quite groovy actually:
The rebooted Ghostbusters looks alright, and certainly not like a harbinger for chaos and destruction that most angry people would have you believe. Now to start revamping my classic proton pack, in time for the première. Who ya gonna call?
Last Updated: March 4, 2016