You’ve probably been following the discussion here the last couple of days concerning that offending version of Star Wars Monopoly that didn’t include a game piece of Rey, the hero of the latest Wars movie, The Force Awakens. This comes after last summer’s campaign to get attention for the fact that Black Widow was mysterious absent from many Avengers toys, a campaign that even included the participation of an actual Avenger, Mark “The Hulk” Ruffalo. Perhaps that’s why there’s now a change in the air. At least one big blockbuster coming out this coming summer wants you to know that it will not shy away from having its woman characters well represented in action figure form.
Of course, in the case of Ghostbusters, the Paul Feig reboot of the 1984 classic, if they cut out the main female characters they’d have no toy line at all. Still, Feig came out on Twitter to declare that later this year, fans will be able to buy the action figures based on the next generation of professional paranormal investigators and eliminators: Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).
“Fear not. Action figures of our Busters have already been in production for months,” Feig tweeted on Wednesday. “Several types and sold separately. Mattel, Funko, Diamond Select and others making over 20 figures in all sizes and styles. Tons of other stuff coming too.”
“Fun stuff coming from LEGO too,” he added in another tweet.
Again, for the record, without figures based on the actual Ghostbusters you’ have a toyline made up of Andy Garcia‘s Mayor of New York, Chris Hemsworth‘s assistant to the Ghostbusters, and whatever bad guy Neil Casey is playing, but I digress. Progress! I guess in a time when you have to yell and scream for the legitimate heroes of a film to get their own toys just because they’re women, we salute those that embrace the obvious: girls like playing with action figures, and boys don’t mind playing with women action figures either.
Ghostbusters will be in theaters everywhere on July 15.