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Merchandise Street Release dates (80's- 90's)

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TheSpokesmanReviewJul141987

This Blog will be regularly updated for the time being.

This blog is to map out a timeline for merchandises street releases in the 80's and 90's. This blog is a sister to blog "First Air Dates are Wrong" which was about air dates for The Real Ghostbusters and Slimer.



Issue at Hand

Unlike the air date blog, there never was a strong reference point to work from. Currently, thanks to efforts by google and other archive projects we can now start to piece together and timeline. That being said, one must realize that there will never be a perfect listing. Even the newspaper articles that claim the toys "NEW" may infact mean within the last few weeks.


Notes by Year

I am going to go ahead and include the Kenner toys, guessing the year of release. Due to the nature of this project there will be varying degrees of it being confirmed:

  • (V) Verified and is noted as "New" or "Just Released".
  • (E) This means it is the earliest known date in reference information.
  • (R) Referred to without using the name of product or name.
  • (nv) Not Verified at any degree other than noted info on other related products such as back of packaging.

Noted credits for references and information found:

Background and Factors

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A brief timeline of media releases and other factors that played a part in releases:

  • (June 8, 1984) Ghostbusters-The theatrical release of the first film.
  • (September 13, 1986-October 10, 1991) The Real Ghostbusters/Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters-
    • (December 05, 1985) - Janson/Melville write "Ghostbusters Writer's Bible". Second revision done on 2/18/1986. (source: PDF on bonus disc of DVD Set. Note: Bible gives date as 12/5/1986, but that's surely a typo as second revision couldn't have been done before the first) Credit: "PR"
    • (December 16, 1985) - Promo Pilot produced. Used to sell series. Features unfinalized character designs. (source: Video duplication card on master tape; screenshot given to Spook Central by James Eatock.) Credit: "PR"
    • (February 20, 1986) - Straczynski writes "Writer's Guidelines" for Syndicated season (first draft). (source: PDF on bonus disc of DVD Set.) Credit: "PR"
    • (February 26, 1986) - Straczynski writes "Knock, Knock" (first draft), which is episode script with earliest date of all scripts that have been made public. (source: PDF on Vol. 1 of DVD Set.) Credit: "PR"
    • (September 13, 1986) - First episode, "Ghosts R Us", premieres on ABC. Credit: "PR"
  • (June 16, 1989) Ghostbusters II-The theatrical release of the second film.

1983-1986

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MBRGBboardgameTriCityHeraldDec031986


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Images not used for confirming dates, but still have interest to the overall project.


1987

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Images not used for confirming dates, but still have interest to the overall project.


1988

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  • (E) Fright Feature Hero line that included Peter, Egon, Ray, and Winston (minus Janine) confirmed on Jan 15, 1988.[11]
  • (E) Real Ghostbusters Watch (purple color with Peter on it) was noted on Jun 29, 1988.[12]


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Images not used for confirming dates, but still have interest to the overall project.

1989

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Images used to confirm dates.

Images not used for confirming dates, but still have interest to the overall project.

1990

1991

1992-2002

2003-2005

2006-2012

Things not listed

Help!

References

  1. Tri City Herald - Dec 3, 1986 on Google
  2. The Spokesman-Review - Jan 28, 1987 on Google
  3. The Spokesman-Review - Feb 13, 1987 on Google
  4. Schenectady Gazette - Feb 16, 1987 on Google
  5. Schenectady Gazette - Apr 16, 1987 on Google
  6. The Spokesman-Review - Jul 14, 1987 on Google
  7. The Spokesman-Review - Oct 15, 1987 on Google
  8. Tri City Herald - Nov 17, 1987 on Google
  9. Ghostbusters Toy Archive - Kenner RGB Plan-O-Gram
  10. Ghostbusters Toy Archive - Kenner RGB Plan-O-Gram
  11. The Spokesman-Review - Jan 15, 1988 on Google
  12. Schenectady Gazette - Jun 29, 1988 on Google
  13. The Spokesman-Review - Jan 13, 1989 on Google
  14. The Spokesman-Review - Feb 17, 1989 on Google
  15. The Spokesman-Review - Mar 16, 1989 on Google
  16. The Modesto Bee - Aug 11, 1989 on Google (page 65) (Link Dead)
  17. Schenectady Gazette - Oct 25, 1989 on Google

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