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Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: August 31st, 2020, 6:23 pm
by kahuna900
Has anyone received theirs yet? I've had mine on pre-order via Hasbro Pulse for months but I checked Game Stop's site today and it now has an "add to cart" button and an expected ship to home date of Sep 3-Sep 9. :)

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Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: August 31st, 2020, 7:42 pm
by hutto
If you check your account, theyve most likely delayed it to the 16th. Im about to order on Gamestop.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: August 31st, 2020, 7:46 pm
by Zander Yurami
The ship date on the site has been moved back. So....not sure when it is gonna ship now

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 12:17 am
by Chicken, He Clucked
Zavvi UK have pushed the release to Sept 30th.

Amazon UK are listing it as temporarily out of stock with no date pending.

It's unclear whether either received or shipped any, but I saw someone claim Zavvi took payment last week so it seems there may have been a tiny allocation for Sept 1st.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 2:00 am
by robbritton
Some UK folks have definitely received them. As yet I’ve no notice of mine being sent from Kapow Toys, who I pre-ordered from way back. Was hoping to hear something today, but if there’s an apparent delay then who knows?

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 2:57 am
by Mercifull
I can confirm that many of us in the UK have them in hand. I got two from In Demand Toys which arrived last week.

Not had much time to really play or explore yet. I have plans to replace some of the plastic parts with more genuine bits such as the banjos, the brass hex tube connectors on the back and a better clippard. Not sure exactly yet how easy some of this will be as the GhostbustersNews chap seemed to imply that drilling out some of the screw covers in order to open it up might be necessary to switch certain parts.

Here is a photo with it next to the one I built out of some resin parts from Nickatron and some scrap.

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Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 3:49 am
by Mercifull
Things of note:

The paintwork isn't bad for mass-produced toy but they went a bit overboard with the silver and it looks a bit naff in places. It could do with a matt/flat spray to make it a touch less shiny. I'm going to try to remove the silver and add my own on as well with either some rub n' buff or dry brushing.

Switches are metal which is good. The intensify button is larger than a normal momentary switch but it's very comfortable to use. It's a shame the switch on the end of the barrel is just decoration. It's fine to be non-functional but they didn't even bother to even paint it to look like a real switch. Should be possible to put a real switch in here but it would require disassembling the front barrel which might be a ballache.

Knobs are metal. Cool to the touch and won't scuff like painted plastic.

Bargraph is just 5 LEDs behind but it looks alright. I don't think anyone is going to look too closely at that part.

The "tape" on the back is a sort of rubber grip. It looks like the only way to remove it would be to cut it off. I presume underneath is a plain black grip but don't take my word for it, they may have cut corners and there's emptiness for all I know.

The shotgun grip is moulded into the front barrel and is non-removable. Hopefully, someone will come up with a moulded grip that can sit over it for a more classic GB1/2 look. Alternatively, you could paint it black or add your own leather wrap grip or something... go wild with customisation. :)

The "Clippard" has a nice metal top which adds to realism but sadly the same care wasn't put into the rest of it. The sticker looks a bit naff and the base is far too shiny. The good news is that its just screwed on to super easy to remove and replace with a real one or a resin replica.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 6:53 am
by yourbigpalal83
I just ordered 2 of them, one for display and one for mounting to my spirit halloween pack, both from gamestop, and when i ordered they said sep 4-8th...and even billed me (i think i even paid for shipping)

I dont mind waiting till the 16th, i dont have a choice, i just hope this isn't another mess up like the Kenner Classics Real Ghostbusters Walmart situation...as that was a living nightmare to get resolved!

I hope and think we will all be ok and come the 16th, we should all get ours in hand...it just sucks they have to delay at the last minute and not tell people in advanced!

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 10:14 am
by hutto
Gamestop is already shipping mine.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 10:19 am
by kahuna900
Yeah, I canceled my order on Hasbro Pulse and ordered from Game Stop yesterday. When I checked the site a few minutes ago, they listed only 4 left in stock. I watched them drop off over about 5 minutes and now they show them as out of stock. Hoping for shipping confirmation soon. :)

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 11:14 am
by yourbigpalal83
Ok its been almost 12 hours since i placed my order at gamestop...they took my money from my account but i dont have an email or anything...

should i be concerned or should i wait a day or so?

I ordered 2 of them and 200 dollars plus shipping and tax is no chump change for me!

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 11:49 am
by kahuna900
yourbigpalal83 wrote: September 1st, 2020, 11:14 am Ok its been almost 12 hours since i placed my order at gamestop...they took my money from my account but i dont have an email or anything...

should i be concerned or should i wait a day or so?

I ordered 2 of them and 200 dollars plus shipping and tax is no chump change for me!

I wouldn't worry about it. They ask for 2-3 days to process before shipping. With the current state of affairs, I would expect a additional delay in shipping.

I also ordered two, one to play with and one to throw n the vault. :)

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 11:56 am
by yourbigpalal83
kahuna900 wrote: September 1st, 2020, 11:49 am
yourbigpalal83 wrote: September 1st, 2020, 11:14 am Ok its been almost 12 hours since i placed my order at gamestop...they took my money from my account but i dont have an email or anything...

should i be concerned or should i wait a day or so?

I ordered 2 of them and 200 dollars plus shipping and tax is no chump change for me!
I wouldn't worry about it. They ask for 2-3 days to process before shipping. With the current state of affairs, I would expect a additional delay in shipping.

I just had to get two. One to display next to my plasma series figures and the other to mount on a spirit halloween pack. I missed out on the matty collectors ones years ago and i just cant swing the 500-1000 for them espically when all the video reviews ive seen so far on this one, its the far superior one! (i think the only thing i dont like about this wand is that you have to manually set back the nozzle and im not crazy about the rubber tape on the handle but i can live with it)



I also ordered two, one to play with and one to through in the vault. :)

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 12:26 pm
by Ectojeff88
I have my 2 from Hasbro Pulse still waiting to be shipped as well. Ordered a 3rd from GameStop last night!

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 6:03 pm
by mrmichaelt
Got an email from Hasbro Pulse telling me about a shipping delay. "There have been some unexpected delays and the new approx. ship date for this item is September 16, 2020."

2 weeks ain't no thing. This coming from someone who's a backer for Cleanin' Up The Town.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 6:08 pm
by Ectojeff88
mrmichaelt wrote: September 1st, 2020, 6:03 pm Got an email from Hasbro Pulse telling me about a shipping delay. "There have been some unexpected delays and the new approx. ship date for this item is September 16, 2020."

2 weeks ain't no thing. This coming from someone who's a backer for Cleanin' Up The Town.
You got that right! And it’s been a 31 year wait for Afterlife! We got this!

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 1st, 2020, 7:13 pm
by gamera1968
I also preordered mine from Hasbro Pulse a while back.
I never received an e-mail about the changed shipping date. That I found out myself after checking my order status on Hasbro Pulse.
So I too ordered mine from Game Stop and then cancelled my Hasbro order. It should be shipping in a few days as the site says 2-3 days for processing and 4-7 days for shipping.
So according to the day I placed my order (Aug. 31st) I should have it in hand around Sept. 9th. I already have plans to add it to my homemade pack I made way back in 2015.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 1:32 am
by Mercifull
Bizarrely the orange hat at the end of the front barrel is a switch, but the momentary switch isn't. It's just moulded in decorative and completely unpainted. Here is a photo of it next to a real black momentary switch.

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And here's my super cheap way of making it look infinitely better simply by sticking a fine profile hex nut over it. I don't think it would be particularly easy to drill/dremel out and actually replace with a real switch because there is a faux washer and nut moulded in as well so the hole would end up being too big.

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Not 100% screen accurate but at least it looks better with a real nut there the same as all the other surface switches and buttons and didn't require any huge effort or expense.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 1:35 am
by Mercifull
The silver bits which are meant to show paint coming off and exposing metal look alright on first impression but on closer inspection, it’s a bit naff. In fact, the paintwork overall is a bit slapdash but you'd expect that on a mass-produced "toy". Thankfully, it comes off really easily with some isopropyl alcohol as I’d rather do some rub n’buff or dry brushing myself for a more realistic look as it’s still rather plasticky and shiny for my liking.

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Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 1:37 am
by Mercifull
I also plan to replace some of the bits with more genuine parts.

Switching out the steel hose barbs with genuine clippard brass ones hopefully is an easy job

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The same with switching out metal banjos I'm just hoping it doesn't require dismantling the front barrel as the screws are covered in plastic which would need drilling out.

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Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 9:31 am
by gamera1968
Does anyone plan on replacing the grips? Especially the rear grip covered in rubber 'duct tape'?
Same goes for the bent trigger on the end of the barrel. How easy would it be to replace any other parts?
Pics and ideas would be grateful. I should have mine in-hand sometime next week.
I already plan on painting over the semi-glossy black parts with flat black paint to make it less shiny looking. :)

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 9:46 am
by Mercifull
I don't plan on replacing the front grip because I quite like it. But out of curiosity, I've modelled something to go over it with my 3D printer. It still has another hour and a half to go and it's only a v1.0 prototype but it'll be interesting to see if it works ok at least in theory. I'm a real novice when it comes to 3d printing.

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I've got no plans to remove the rubber "tape" from the back of mine but I know others that don't like it. I was hoping that it would be clean underneath but in the latest video from Ghostbusters News he reckons he can see a gap underneath when he lifts his (mine seems too tight on to look) so I'd wait for confirmation before trying to remove yours.

My wife is planning to wrap the back and front of hers with pink cotton fabric.

Another friend of mine is just going to paint the shotgun grip black.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 9:48 am
by Mercifull
The bent front bit is a soft rubbery plastic that's all one piece glued onto the end of the barrel. It probably is replaceable with some hard work but you could just cut it and straighten it with some epoxy resin the join would be hidden by the fake welds.

Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand VS. The underside of screen-used prop from Afterlife

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 10:43 am
by gamera1968


As you can see at 13:28, Jason shows the underneath of the screen-used prop and it clearly shows a Dixie cup hook just like on the Hasbro Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand.

So I guess the Dixie Cup Hook is screen-accurate after all. :walterpeck:

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 12:55 pm
by Mercifull
First attempt at some sort of grip cover. 3D printed. Slightly taller than the standard grip but that’s due to 3d printing limitations. It would of course need filler on the existing grip and the join seam (and painting of course) but I think with some more length tweaks this could work quite well for those who really want the classic GB1/2 look instead of the Afterlife grip.

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Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 2:28 pm
by kahuna900
Mercifull wrote: September 2nd, 2020, 12:55 pm First attempt at some sort of grip cover. 3D printed. Slightly taller than the standard grip but that’s due to 3d printing limitations. It would of course need filler on the existing grip and the join seam (and painting of course) but I think with some more length tweaks this could work quite well for those who really want the classic GB1/2 look instead of the Afterlife grip.

Damn, that was quick. First mods before most even shipped. :)

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 3:09 pm
by Mercifull
Sorry it took so long, had to pick up my daughter from nursery 😂

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 3:31 pm
by err404
If you planning to permanently modify the front grip it seems fairly straight forward to just cut it off and epoxy a printed one. It would probably be easier than gluing extra mass on and filling it.
The issue is the rear grip. That one looks very difficult to replace and look clean.

Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 2nd, 2020, 3:53 pm
by Mercifull
Unfortunately it’s not as easy to cut off as you suggest, at least not without extensive reworking and rebuilding of parts.

I assume this decision was to make it easier to mould but the “shotgun grip” butts right up to both the orange hat part and also the back black part. It’s all joined as one single piece, no gaps.

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Re: Hasbro's Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler's Neutrona Wand

Posted: September 3rd, 2020, 1:20 am
by jonogunn
Is there a reason I guys want to make it look like gb1/gb2? Did you guys miss out on the Matty wand like I did years ago? Lol

I sort of do want to as well but I don’t feel like altering it in anyway.

I made an EVA foam pack and plan on attaching this. Can anyone confirm that the extra rope thing is the only differences in Afterlife that we know of so far?


The one thing that bugs me about this wand is the barrel tip. It looks thinner and cheap since it’s white plastic