Return of the 31 Days of Monsters, Day 4: Pimpin’, I mean, Collectin’ Ain’t Easy!

By Shawn Robare

For all of those joining me for the first time, welcome to the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown here at Branded in the 80s!  I had a blast last year, so again I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  All of these monsters come straight from my vintage animation cel collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.

Today’s monster comes from one of my favorite episodes, #99 The Brooklyn Triangle.  This guy is an ancient imprisoned cleric known as the Collector.  Trapped in an alternate universe where all lost objects are held, the Collector has been looking for the key to his prison for millennia.

Aside from a heartwarming story that introduces the audience to Winston’s Dad, what I really love about this episode and this cel is the exquisite animation that seriously borders on the work Rankin/Bass did with the Hobbit and Last Unicorn cartoons.  For a series that has its animation ups and downs, this is hands down one of the best animated episodes.  I also love the character design on the Collector, which is sort of s hodge podge that reflects his hording nature.  He sort of gives of a weird pimp vibe, as well…


Come back tomorrow for another Real Ghostbusters monster animation cel as I count down towards one of my favorite on Halloween day!

Also, if you feel inclined, I would love everyone to spread the word about the Return of the 31 Days of Monsters countdown, so hit up those social networks and tell a friend (my twitter handle is smurfwreck, and I’m on the Facebook as well.) If you’d like to read more Halloween-y goodness, you can also click on the Halloween Archive link to the left (the banner with King Kong), as well as heading on over to the Countdown to Halloween to check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…

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  • Christopher Tupa

    Another neat one! I like his little un-happy face pin!

  • Paxton Holley

    I think I remember that episode. Yes, it definitely was one of the high points of that particular series’ animation. Great character design and story.