10 Best Ghostbuster Toys Reviewed in 2020
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, we know who you’re gonna’ call: Ghostbusters! The Ghostbusters have seen many reiterations in media, from the 1984 original movie (starring comedy bigshots Dan Akyroid, Bill Murray, along with Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Sigourney Weaver), to the 80’s cartoon based on the movie, to the most recent female-cast remake. Funny, spirited, and the definition of an ensemble, Ghostbusters are widely beloved, from kids to adults. We’ve gathered ten of our favorite Ghostbusters toys here for you to peruse. Whether you’re young in years or just at heart, we think you’ll love these top picks!
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Easy to hold
Bright and vivid drawings
Great for all ages
10 Best Ghostbusters Toys Reviewed
1. Little Golden Book
Easy to hold
Bright and vivid drawings
Great for all ages
Parents weren't overly thrilled that the reboot of the ghostbusters story was involved
Perfect for night time routine, your little one will love reading about these Ghostbusters' adventures. This book will not only retell the famous Ghostbuster story, but parents will feel nostalgic with this story as well. It’s great for all ages but typically designed for children between the ages of 3 and 7. It’s also great for any child who’s learning how to read.Read more
This lighthearted story is perfect for all ages. It’s great for anyone who loves Ghostbusters and compatible with the Ghostbusters movies. This story will introduce your child to Slimer, Ecto-1 and the famous Ghostbusters adventure as well
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Easy to read and follow this story is perfect for children who are learning how to read. It’s designed for children between the ages of 3 and 7. This has all of the favorite characters where your child will be able to recognize this storyline as well.
Bright and vivid these drawings are easy for your child to follow along with their favorite ghostbuster story. Your little one will love flipping through this sweet novel and parents will love bonding over their favorite characters as well.
2. BOOMco. Sidearm Proton Blaster
Five rubber bullets included
Authentic Ghostbusters details
Compact, easy to carry and run with
Easy to load and shoot
Range of up to 70 feet
These hurt when shot in close range
Ammo is very specific so you can’t buy generic replacement darts
If your family likes NERF guns (and who doesn’t?), this little blaster will thrill them. It has a long range, it’s easy for even young kids to load and shoot themselves, and it’s pretty powerful.Read more
Stop the specters with this mighty Proton Blaster from BOOMCo! Operating with the basic technology of most NERF-like guns, this little guy packs a mighty punch. With five included darts, you can rapid-fire your ammo up to 70 feet! It’s compact and easy to carry, as well as being easy to load, so little ones can handle it by themselves. Be cautious about how close you stand to your target, as this does have some pretty hefty power on it, and shooting close range might hurt.
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The Proton Blaster features authentic movie details and places to store additional “bullets.” The ammo is slim and in short supply with only five darts, so consider ordering additional ones upfront just in case any get lost in the crossfire of fun. Get your kids up, moving, and busting those ghosts with this awesome blaster!
If you’re looking for an excuse to engage in more active play, buy a few of these little blasters and take your fun outside. They’ve got a solid range on them, so you can run and shoot to your heart’s content outdoors. Kids will love getting to play together with family and friends, and these proton blasters will get them up and moving.
3. LEGO Ecto-1 & 2 75828 Building Kit
Can be used with other Lego sets
Perfect for children ages 8 to 14
Boosts fine motor skills
Comes with easy to follow instructions
Some customers didn’t like the Ecto 2 bike logo sticker that comes with this set.
This Ecto-1 vehicle is great for any child to become obsessed with. Not only is there room for all four ghostbuster characters to have room, but it also features a motorbike and a storage box. This is great for your children to use and act out all of their favorite scenes. This lego builder set is great for children between the ages of 8 and 14.Read more
This Lego set is compatible not just with other ghostbuster toys but it’s also compatible with other Lego sets as well. It’s great for multiple children to build. Your child will love building along with their favorite movie.
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Featuring multiple accessories, this Lego set is perfect for children to build and get their fine motor skills working. This set is also great for your child to follow instructions or build at their own pace.
For children who don’t need parental assistance, this set is great for children 8 to 14. It’s important when purchasing toys that parents also pay attention to the age range that the toy might have so that your child can get the most entertainment out of them.
4. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Talking Plush
Plays the ghostbusters theme song
Great for all ages
Can't be machine washed
This ghostbuster plush is so soft that your child will love cuddling this marshmallow. Not only does it say a few phrases from the hit movie, but your child will love carrying this companion around on all of their favorite adventures.Read more
This little marshmallow guy is compatible with other plushies. It’s a great companion if your little one needs a comfort item to sleep with. This character can also watch your child's favorite movie with them as well.
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Completely soft this plushy is easy to use. Your child will love carrying this child around as well. It’s made of super soft material and incredibly durable. This is a great plushie for toddlers to have as well.
This plush plays the Ghostbusters theme song that your little one will be able to sing along with. Not only will your child love how soft this is, but it’s the perfect companion for your little one to travel with.
5. Egon Spengler Action Figure
Comes packaged in a case that is ready to display
Stimulates visual, tactile and auditory senses
Promotes imaginative and physical play
Small enough for kids to easily travel with yet large enough for kids to be able to enjoy
Difficult to build due to the tightness of the joints
While the Egon Spengler action figure is primarily designed for display purposes, it can still be an excellent toy for kids to help them relive the adventures of this famous scientist in the GB world. Hardworking and technically the genius behind the Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler is one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet. Well, that depends on how you define the word “cool”.Read more
He is constantly fascinated with science and is focused on understanding the paranormal activities that occur in the city of New York. He may not be able to articulate his emotions very well but he is generally a very likable person. He is cool-headed, too, and has also shown flashes of bravery more than once. Egon may be serious but he has a unique, almost disturbing sense of humor. He can easily let out a wisecrack and is never immune to anger.
For the fans of Egon Spengler, we thought that it would simply be unjust not to include the 7-inch action figure of this beloved, often misunderstood phantasm scientist. The Egon action figure comes with a very realistic design from the getup to the proton pack to the blaster and even the wrinkles on his jumpsuit.
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Collect Egon as well as Peter and Dana to complete your Series 2 of these Diamond Select Toys. The package already comes with a section of the diorama for the rooftop temple. Collect the three and you’ve got a very fantastic diorama right in your kid’s bedroom.
The details of Egon Spengler and the diorama are very realistic looking and will provide your kid with fantastic ideas for imaginative play. This action figure by Diamond Select comes with two pairs of interchangeable gloves as well as two pairs of interchangeable hands. These additions are awesome so that your kid can adequately reenact movie scenes and create their own. Kids who love the Ghostbusters franchise will enjoy Egon Spengler as he is the most expert architect of ghost containment, trapping, and detection technology. Egon Spengler Select Action Figure by Diamond Select makes seven distinct sounds to stimulate your kid’s auditory senses.
6. Playmobil Firehouse
Comes with plenty of accessories
Easy to build
Three minifigures are included
Stimulates your child’s imagination and social skills
While assembly is easy it is time-consuming
The accessories included and the attention to detail in each piece makes this set even more fun for children. The pieces will provide hours of pretend play, thus aiding in the development of your child.Read more
Are you hearing strange noises coming from your attic? Your child can put those noises to rest with the Ghostbusters gang in the Playmobil firehouse. Your child can help Spengler create a ghost fighting concoction or assist Stantz in watching over the library ghost. Janine will be answering all of the calls and will let the team know when it is time for their next ghostbusting adventure. The fireman’s pole makes it easy for the team to get to the garage quickly when it’s time for their next mission, no matter what story of the firehouse they are on.
Ease of Use
The team comes dressed in their ghostbusting uniform and with their proton packs on their back. The firehouse is equipped with a ghost containment unit, which is stocked with a variety of ghost catching accessories. A proton wand, ghost trap, and silicone slime splatters are just a few of the things inside the containment unit. No ghost stands a chance with your child on the case.
As your child engages in pretend play they will be stimulating their imagination and creativity. The firehouse is big enough for multiple children to enjoy so your child can improve their social skills and play with friends. The garage is designed to hold the Ecto- 1 car, which is a great feature for those fans who already own it. Children between the ages of 6-15 will have no trouble building this set on their own and will gain confidence after they finish.
7. LEGO Firehouse Headquarters
Nine iconic minifigure characters
Builds a detailed three-story replica of the Ghostbusters headquarters
Fire station opens up to reveal multi-level scenes
More than 4,600 pieces for a challenging build
Includes fire pole, containment unit, laboratory, and dark room
Attachments between floors makes for a semi-flimsy structure
It’s incredibly detailed. Kids will love how interactive it is and how many different stations there are to play. Adults and true-blue fans will appreciate the number of movie references included in this set.Read more
This 4,600 piece LEGO set truly has it all. It contains six figures from the classic movie, including Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston, Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, the Zombie Driver, and the Library Ghosts (including Slimer). The set comes with the necessary pieces and instructions to build the three-story firehouse-turned-headquarters of the Ghostbusters
Ease of Use
Open the building to find a darkroom, laboratory, fire poles, and living areas, including a kitchen, sleeping quarters, bathroom, common area, and garage bay. Recreate iconic scenes from the movie, or make new adventures. Just have your phone handy in case you run into any spooky specters on the way.
Construction sets help children to sort, categorize, problem-solve, and follow instructions, as well as develop and fine-tune motor skills. Once this set is built, kids can also engage in creative and imaginative play with their favorite Ghostbuster characters!
8. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Bank
Eleven inches tall
Reusable and easy to empty; doesn’t require you to break the bank
Stands on its own
Cute Ghostbusters-themed bank
Blue highlights/shadowing bothered some customers
It’s a fun, nostalgic way to help your children save up and have somewhere trustworthy (and trendy!) to put their money.Read more
Teach your children the value of saving--the citizens of New York from hazardous hauntings, yes, but also the value of saving money. This 11-inch Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Bank is the perfect way to encourage children to start putting their allowance and holiday money away responsibly
Ease of Use
The vinyl bank features a slot to put in cash and coins. To empty the bank, unscrew the head and flip him over. He stands evenly, so put him up on the dresser or a shelf, and let this cute-but-catastrophic pop-culture icon guard your child’s savings.
Financial responsibility is a lifelong skill, but one that can be implemented starting at an early age. Allowances, compensation for housework, money from selling lemonade or holiday gifts--wherever your child is getting their dough, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is here to make sure it stays safe while they save up.
9. Stay Puft Fun Pack for PlayStation 3
Fun game for kids and even adults to play
Promotes creative and critical thinking skills
Great for perfecting fine motor skills and hand eye coordination
Teaches kids the art of patience as you cannot build the characters all at once while playing the gaming system
Does not come with instructions for assembling pieces without a gaming system
The LEGO Dimensions provides an opportunity for kids to use their creativity and imagination to the fullest. They will be using a host of characters and vehicles that will require their cognitive and logical thinking skills.Read more
A strange and powerful vortex wreaked havoc in several different Lego worlds and swept away many of the people. Lego characters from DC Comics, Ghostbusters, and many more join forces in the game Lego Dimensions to save their friends. Characters from different worlds are able to interact with each other. This particular listing is for the Ghostbusters fun pack, which allows your child to bring Stay Puft and Terror Dog into the game.
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With your purchase, your child will also receive 3D models of these characters that they can build. The 65 pieces are great for children between the ages of 7-14. As you purchase more expansion packs your child can grow their collection and bring up to seven characters into the game.
Kids can expand their creativity as they digitally create LEGO Ghostbusters scenes with this. This game is easy for kids to play with confidence but tough enough for them to feel challenged. The high-quality sound and graphics are wonderful for stimulating your kids auditory and visual sensories as this is a very intriguing game to play. This is an amazing game to have if your kid is a LEGO fan, Ghostbusters fan or a fan of both for the act that it has limitless play.
10. Ecto-1 by LEGO
Each action figure comes with its very own highly detailed proton pack that is very functiona
lIncludes no stickers that can easily peel off as the decals are painted onto the pieces
The instruction manual includes history and lists all the parts used along with their numbers
Promotes tactile sensory stimulation as well as perfecting hand eye coordination skills
All of the action figures don’t fit into the ghost busting mobile
The bags that contain the LEGO pieces are not numbered making assembly a bit messy
Dubbed as the most requested model that members of LEGO Ideas have sought, the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 is a 508-piece building play set that requires superb spatial intelligence, ability to follow directions and an eye for detail.Read more
When completed, the Ecto-1 should measure about 7 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 3 inches high; quite small if you ask us. But, for kids, it’s the opportunity to build the most iconic ghost-fighting vehicle of all time that is really priceless.
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The LEGO Ecto-1 comes with the original Ghostbusters team of Peter, Egon, Ray, and Winston complete with their proton packs, paranormal detection gear, and other tools of the trade. This Cuuso fan-voted play set from LEGO is simply a phenomenal piece of engineering that oozes with absolute realism. The mere fact that kids will be able to build this can be a source of great pride in them, building their self-confidence, and improving their emotional wellbeing.
This LEGO set is incredibly exciting to piece together as it has amazingly detailed parts and is sure to please kids. Each of the specific characters has their initials printed onto them to help with the assembly and character recognition. Even better, each of the characters are so realistically made that they closely resemble the actors from the movie. This amazing Ghostbusters Ecto -1 by LEGO comes with a really nice book that includes history about the film to give kids a better idea of what they are actually building and playing with. This detailed kit provides an amazing way for you and your kid to spend quality time together.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
From action figures to LEGOs and ghost-busting gear, each of these toys can be used in a variety of ways. Your kid will enjoy recreating scenes and making up their own creative scenes with the toys and gadgets listed above. This will keep your kid coming back to their Ghostbuster toy over and over without growing bored of it.
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A few of these toys on our list above are complex such as the LEGO sets, however, they are not too difficult for a kid to assemble. These toys promote confidence as kids can play with them and assemble them without having a hard time or having to ask for help which could be frustrating. Because these toys are easy for kids to play with and use, they will play with them often, which will keep them occupied and enhance their social and imaginative skills.
Toys that are visually stimulating play a huge part in a kid’s overall experience with it. The gadgets on our list are visually appealing and will keep your child enticed for the fact that they are realistically built and vibrantly colored. Realistic colors are very important when it comes to choosing a toy for a kid, however, so is the shape. The riveting outlines of our Ghostbusters action figures and toys encourage hands-on play as they are built on a scale size that’s easy to handle and play with.
Creating a representative list of Ghostbuster toys, gadgets, and gizmos that fit well into our top 10 proved to be quite a challenge. We found out that a great number of the best-selling toys of this character were the Ecto-1 car of the ghost-busting quartet. It would simply be foolish to include four or more toys of the same kind in a list. As such, we had to consider other types or forms of toys and gadgets that we’re sure children will love and have tons of fun playing with.
Everyone knows that children love to play as it is their primary means of learning about themselves and their world. If the play were to be set with rules, then it becomes a game. While there is a very thin line between play and games, children can nonetheless, benefit from both. One of the most valuable types of play activities among children is role-playing. Here are some of the surprising benefits of pretend play or role-play.
When kids role-play, they don’t just simply follow the script from the movie or the animated film that they saw. They will be the ones to create their own storylines including the creation of a character that they think is best suited for the role. All of these will require a bit of imagination as some of the supposed “roles” may not really work in the real world.
For role-plays to be effective, different characters must be brought to life. And because different characters will have different roles to play, kids will have to learn to communicate with other players. Communication is vital in the development of one’s social interaction skills.
One of the more obvious benefits of role-playing is the use of cooperation and teamwork to get the job done. This is closely related to the development of social skills since communication and interpersonal relationships can become the foundation for effective teamwork.
There will always be certain situations in a role-play in which kids will be confronted with a problem as a result of their creativity. The good thing is that the role-playing activity itself will provide the means upon which kids will use their cognitive abilities to work around or through the problem. Their logical and divergent thinking skills will also be greatly enhanced.
The Ghostbusters film franchise had a great following in the 1980s. When the 21st-century version was released in 2019, kids were introduced to the characters that we once adored. You can cultivate this fascination in the same way as our parents cultivated our way back in the '80s by choosing any of the 10 best Ghostbuster toys we have shared with you.
Other Factors to Consider
If you get a new toy for your kid, you want it to last for a lengthy amount of time. Each of the toys and gadgets on our list are made from durable materials to stand up against rough play and the test of time. Even the Ghostbusters edition of UNO cards are made from high-quality, thick paper to stay intact after frequent use.
And since we’re talking about playthings for children, we had to consider the developmental appropriateness of these products as well. It was crucial that we were able to identify the developmental benefits of these products so you can feel much more confident about what you’re giving to your kids.
Company reputation was also considered as this can help establish the quality of the product as well as the safety and integrity of its construction. This is especially true for younger children such as those who are below 3 years of age. Small, detachable components can pose as significant choke hazards for these young kids so it was imperative for us to ascertain that these are safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Could I put the completed set of the Ghostbusters Ecto -1 by LEGO inside an aquarium?
Yes, you could put the completed set of the Ghostbusters Ecto -1 by LEGO inside of an aquarium. This is a wonderful and safe way to display your kid’s hard work. LEGO pieces are safe in aquariums for both the inhabitants and the LEGO pieces themselves. LEGOs are made of durable, hard plastic and it does not consist any toxicity. The pieces will not break down due to being submerged in water. However, it is important to clean the pieces as an entire aquarium should be cleaned regularly to prevent build-up.
q: How can my kid benefit from play with action figures as most are prone to a life in a box or on a shelf?
Your kid can benefit from playing action figures in several ways. In addition to adding to their collection, these action figures are so fun and detailed that you will find your kid constantly removing them from the shelf to play with them. Kids can engage in role-playing, physical play and imaginative play as they re-enact Ghostbusters scenes. Moreover, kids can create their own scenes and even put together their very own version of the Ghostbusters movie as they play with these detailed, realistic action figures on our list above.
q: LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Stay Puft Fun Pack for PlayStation 3 by LEGO be used with the XBox One?
Yes, in addition to the PlayStation 3, these particular LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Stay Puft Fun Pack by LEGO can be used on any console such as the Nintendo, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and many others. It is very important to make sure that you are not purchasing a console-specific Fun Pack if you want to use this toy with any type of console.