Mattel Addresses Fans About the Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand Wiring Colors
August 28, 2013

Amid all the buzz of the 2014 subs order window closing and MOTUC going forward and DCSC in limbo for several months, there has been another Mattel controversy brewing.  This time it was over the upcoming Ghostbusters Neutrino Wand prop replica that was first shown at SDCC.  Specifically the issue was on the color of one wire on the prop.   You see at Comic Con the prototype of the prop had two wires on the prop, one of the front and one on the back.   Both the wires shown were the same color green.   Post Comic Con no one seemed to notice (at least nowhere I was reading) and all seemed well in the world…


 But at some point last week as the MattyCollector subscription windows were wrapping up someone noticed that the front wire on the wand should have been RED and not green.  At that point the MattyCollector forums lit up with pages and pages of Ghostbusters fans loosing their minds about Mattel not getting this wire color correct on the upcoming prop.

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!


Mattel’s answer was that they had an actual screen-used prop on loan from Sony and that both wires were green.

Then fans pointed out that even on Mattel’s Ghostbusters action figures through the whole line the wires were red:

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 Mattel still stayed steadfast on the green wires for a few more days, and then finally on Friday issued the following statement.

Ghostbusters Fans,

We checked on the wiring color for the Neutrino Wand and here’s the deal: The wiring for our upcoming Epic Creations model was designed in green to be accurate to the film prop we have on loan from Sony. As it turns out, some props had red wires and others green, and both were used. At fan request, we’re changing the front wire to red and the back will stay green.

Please note that as far as we know, the ability for this toy to capture ghosts is 100% unrelated to the color of the wire. However, it is Ghostbusters and, well, stranger things have happened… Wink


Now all is right in the world.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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