Long time Ghostbusters fan and recently got into costuming in 2017ish. I discovered the Bay Area Ghostbusters at local events and its great to see the culture alive and well. I've recently introduced my small child to Ghostbusters and she latched on, so I've been channeling my fandom into her. My wife called me out and claimed I was getting the kid interested so I'd be able to buy Ghostbuster props and costumes... she's not wrong, heh, but it's nice to rediscover Ghostbusters with my kiddo. On top of that, Afterlife looks great and having young protagonists will likely inspire and embolden some kind of creative force within her. I'm all in.
I've created a small instagram account that will chronicle my Ghostbuster playtime and prop building journey: https://www.instagram.com/ghostbusters_playtime/
I hope to spend the better part of this year and next working on various items, either the costume or building a prop kit of some kind. I have started chipping away at the Mack's Factory list of goodies and aim to fill that out as a slow collection. Once acquired, I'll sit down and build it with my kid. Big dreams here! Can't wait. I've started looking at other makers and perhaps I'll get in on a build while the Mack pack comes together.
In the spur of the moment, I picked up the Hasbro Spengler wand and it's awesome for an out of the box prop and a choice price point! Are folks modifying these? Swapping out metal parts? I'm familiar with modifying props, so I'd be interested to learn more. I'm hoping to do a Ghostbuster theme for Halloween this year (get the family in on it) since I saw Spirit put out a half decent costume set. I'd shop for quality suits and boots, but the trap and PKE meter didn't look too bad. I'd imagine modifiable as well? A bit of paint and weathering? I'm familiar with costuming and prop weight. The plastic stuff would do the job but who doesn't want a hefty piece on quality equipment?
Great to learn more and hoping to get involved this year.