The new "Ghostbusters" is coming out in July. The current crew sports redesigned uniforms, an updated Ecto-1 car and revamped proton packs. But some fans might prefer to kick it old-school and revisit the go-go days of the original "Ghostbusters" film with a classic proton pack kit from Anovos.
Anovos makes high-end supplies for cosplayers, offering everything from Han Solo's belt to Star Trek uniform shirts. The kit part of the proton-pack offering means you're going to need to do a lot of the work yourself when it comes to assembling and finishing the prop.
The components are made from fiberglass, metal and plastic. A vinyl decal set is included to get you started, but you will need to handle the gluing and painting on your own. Prop builders will relish the challenge and the ability to control the final look. Neon colors? Sure! Battle-scarred? Why not! Fans just looking for a quick proton pack solution for the convention next week might want to look elsewhere.
As far as accuracy goes, the Anovos proton pack looks pretty darn good. It's officially licensed and the design is based on screen-used props from the 1984 movie. The Neutrino wand has working toggle switches and buttons to give you something to fiddle with while you're in costume.
Anovos says it will offer an optional light-and-sound electronics package at a later date. This upgrade will feature sound effects from the film and will no doubt be more convincing then you making zapping noises with your mouth.
The proton pack kit is available to preorder for $600 (about £415, AU$812). The backpack-like frame is sold separately, but you're going to want to spend the extra $40 (about £28, AU$54) to actually be able to wear your proton pack. Otherwise, all the ghosts will laugh at you as you haul your gear around like a hand purse.