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Do These ‘Ghostbusters’ Toys Reveal the Reboot’s Villain?


Amid the avalanche of merchandise previewed over the weekend at Toy Fair in New York City, at least one significant spoiler may have slipped through about Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot.

On Friday, Funko offered a first look at its upcoming Pop! line for the Sony Pictures film, featuring vinyl figures of the for lead characters — Melissa McCarthy’s Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig’s Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon’s Jillian Holtzmann and Leslie Jones’ Patty Tolan — plus Chris Hemsworth’s receptionist Kevin, an angry-looking spirit, and an adorable little ghost reminiscent of the iconic “Ghostbusters.”

However, it turns out that pint-sized phantom may not be as sweet as he looks: The figure is identified in the Funko catalog as “Rowan’s Ghost”; Rowan just happens to be the villainous role reportedly played by Neil Casey of “Other Space” fame. Of course, whether “Rowan’s Ghost” turns out to be the actual antagonist or merely a spirit under his control may remain to be seen. (And that angry-looking spirit? Her name’s Gertrude Eldridge.)

A photo from Toy Fair of a slightly more menacing Mattel build-a-figure figure (here looking a bit more like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man) would seem to add fuel to that spectral fire.

“Ghostbusters” opens July 15.



  • John Plugger Mellencamp

    Ah, of course, they need to explain the patch. Because, you know, “origin story” for everything and all that.

  • JokersNuts

    The large white bowtied ghost is very remincent of the ghost in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon opening theme song

  • Marc Lewis

    Is the main villain ‘The Patriarchy’?

  • FiachSidhe

    No. It’s a ghost.

  • NoFace

    That one just flew right over your head.

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    It they were going to be that on-the-nose about it, it would be Yaweh and Abraham…

  • Broyote

    Am I the only one who thinks the new Ecto-1 is cooler than the original? I love me a hearse.

  • MyersFan1138

    The original movie was an origin story too. Idiot.

  • John Plugger Mellencamp

    The original movie was an origin story for the team, not for every piece of equipment they used. We didn’t get, nor did we need, someone to “explain” to us why the “ghostbusters” had a patch with a “no ghosts” logo anymore than we need to be told in real life why exterminators might have the same thing with a “dead bug” on their jumpsuits. But these days, and I’m not singling out GB here, Hollywood thinks every part of a backstory has to be spelled out.