Kenner The Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1A Box Original Artwork

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArtThis is the original artwork for the main box image on Kenner’s The Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1A vehicle.  The art is a combination of air brushing, hand brush work, and marker.  The overall dimensions for the piece are 22″ wide x 15″ tall.  The actual artwork portion measured from the crop marks is 19″ wide x 10″ tall.

Outside protective cover:

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

Close up of the Lipson Alport Glass & Associates sticker on the outside cover.  This is the design firm that was responsible for creating the outsourced artwork for Kenner.

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

Folding the cover over, the next layer is a piece of transparent paper:

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

The next layer is a clear plastic overlay to protect the art:

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

The art with all of the layers lifted:

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

It’s hard to see in the pictures, but there are several pieces of art that were painted on a different sheet of paper, and attached over the bottom car layer.  As an example, the windshield and also several of the pink slime areas are painted on separate layers of paper.  This is a great example of the design process artists would go through in the days before art was scanned in and manipulated easily with photoshop.  The design firm and Kenner would sometimes go back and forth several times until the finished piece was exactly what the folks at Kenner had envisioned for the toy’s packaging.

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

The orange ghost in the ghost claw is another good example of a separate painted image attached to the main car art underneath.

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

The back of the artwork shows the light gray protective cover sheet attached, and folded over to protect the front.

Kenner Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Box OriginalArt

The ECTO-1A box art was also used on the first page of The Real Ghostbusters section in the 1990 Kenner Toy Fair catalog:

Kenner 1990 Toy Fair Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A

The ECTO-1A product entry from the 1990 Kenner Toy Fair catalog:

Kenner 1990 Toy Fair Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1A

And finally, here is an image of the final production toy box.  Image property of Final Frontier Toys:

KennerCollector Real Ghostbusters Ecto-1a Box Final Frontier Toys

 

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2 Responses to Kenner The Real Ghostbusters ECTO-1A Box Original Artwork

  1. I live in Cincinnati and a lot of talented people I know have made their living doing this type of work …
    I still work in this industry and it would have been sweet to paint a picture of the Ghostbusters for a living … Love to see this “final art”

  2. Aaron says:

    Holey cow!! Two questions… who owns this, and how much do they want for it?!

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