Ahead of Guinness World Records (GWR) Day 2020 this November 18th, we’re discovering the world of extraordinary record holders each week to build up the excitement for our global celebration of record-breaking. This week in honor of Halloween, check out a jaw-dropping Ghostbusters collection bound to make any fan scream.
Ghostbusters, they are most known for their blockbuster films and catching the ghosts that don’t pass on to the after life.
Well, Robert O’Connor has trapped 1,221 Ghostbusters collectibles, making him the Guinness World Records title-holder of the largest collection of Ghostbusters memorabilia!
He achieved this ectoplasmic record in Elyria, Ohio, USA on 20 June 2020.
Robert is armed with his own set of ghost-busting tools, including an early 90s Ecto Cooler that is still to this day filled with filled with oozing green Ecto cooler.
One of the most valuable and rarer items he has acquired is the full series of the Kenner Ghostbusters Ecto Glows on card un-punched.
He says, “at the time I spent (US) $250 on all five of them, in today’s market they run in between (US) $1000-$1500 for the full set.”
Robert’s first piece of his collection was his Stay Puft marshmallow man made by Kenner.
His favorite collectible from his collection is his Kenner Stay Puft Marshmallow Man plush, given to him from his grandparents, along with his signed Ghostbusters 2 LP soundtrack from actors Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson, who played the iconic characters Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore.
Some of the newest items in his collection is the Ghostbusters Plasma Series Terror Dog Build-A-Figure and the Ghostbusters Kenner Classics figures.
Robert has now recently started collecting new Ghostbusters Afterlife merchandise as well.
He first got his interest in Ghostbusters after watching the movie at four years old.
It was only a matter of time before Robert fell in love with the story and started collecting Ghostbusters memorabilia for his eventual record breaking collection.
He says the movie “allowed me to escape from reality and be that character I saw in the movies. I was able to enjoy being a kid and with Ghostbusters you didn’t need to be strong, fast, or have a super power. You just had to have courage to fight the unknown.”
Though his wife pleads him not to collect any more merchandise, he admits, “I actively look on the internet, local flea markets, local toy shops, and even on rare occurrences I’ll find something at a grocery store.”
He suggests other record-attempters who are collectors to not “collect for a record, collect for yourself. If you happen to break or set a record by doing it, that’s just a bonus.”