So this is weird. I got an email today from somebody named Gozer. This person claimed to go by a variety of names such as Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, and Volguus Zildrohar. In this email, Gozer asked me to "Choose the form of the Destructor!" I had no idea what Gozer was talking about, so I just replied with the most harmless thing I could think of. Moments later, my doorbell rang and it was the UPS guy with a delivery. After I signed for it, he handed me a package and said, "The choice is made. The Traveler has come!" in a raspy voice. He then hopped into his truck and it flew off into the sky. I opened up the package and found this:
It was an inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! Not just any inflatable either... we're talking about a massive 8-foot tall Mr. Stay Puft. Created by Morbid Enterprises, the box promised that he would inflate within minutes and could be used indoors or outdoors. Look, I love outdoor inflatables during the Halloween season as much as the next guy, but if you had a chance to have a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man standing in your living room, you'd be a fool pass up that opportunity.
Well whaddaya know! Mr. Stay Puft apparently doesn't always stay puffed after all. After pulling his wrinkled body out of the box, I left the lawn stakes aside since I wasn't about to hammer them into my floor. Pretty sure that'd cancel out any hopes I'd have of ever getting my deposit on this place back. Fortunately, his feet have little weighted sandbags in them, so Puft wasn't about to go anywhere.
I plugged him in and the little motor in his feet started whirring. What surprised me is that the motor is actually pretty quiet. I have a spare inflatable mattress, and the motor for that thing gets louder than my goddamned car, so kudos to the creators for not going with a similar motor. I was also happy to see that he was rising faster than a marshmallow in a microwave.
In less than four minutes, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man had reached his full 8-foot tall size. All the wrinkles practically vanished and he looked perfect as he towered over everything in the room. Let's face it, a lot of inflatables have to cut corners when it comes to design due their puffy nature, but Mr. Stay Puft couldn't be more perfectly shaped for such a thing. I've also seen a variety of toys and costumes that never seem to get his face quite right, but they got all the correct details in with this version of him. He even has a few little lights dangling from inside his body to help illuminate him at night which is a real nice touch.
Honestly, these photos don't even do him justice. Hit the jump to see a video of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man inflating to his massive full size!
As much as I love seeing him fully inflated, my favorite thing about this Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is when you let the air out and he falls on his face and looks completely drunk off his ass...
What a lush.
Big thanks go out to my chums over at HalloweenCostumes.com for sending Mr. Stay Puft my way. If you want your own inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (or Slimer) or haven't picked out a Halloween costume yet, head on over to their site to see what they have. And while you're there, if they ask you if you're a god, make sure you say YES!
monster_movie_night on 10/16/2012 7:17 pm
He looks so happy now that he's standing. Now he gets to wreak havoc inside Rog's home.
Genrewriter (Guest) on 10/17/2012 1:42 am
A-bomb on 10/17/2012 7:16 am
Sweet! Now you just need to spread some Ghostbusters toys around him to make a to-scale battle scene.
Kenji on 10/17/2012 9:09 am
As much as I love the rest of this article too, I've got to say that first paragraph is probably the best commercial UPS is ever going to get.
WhiteRoseBrian on 10/17/2012 8:25 pm
I tried to think of the least threatening thing possible.
avoidz (Guest) on 10/18/2012 9:13 am
At least he doesn't require inflation like "Otto".
Starscream on 10/24/2012 4:18 pm
Oh, that is just too great for words.
Makes me wonder if there's a Slimer one out there.
-RoG- on 10/24/2012 5:29 pm
There is! Do a search for Slimer on the HalloweenCostumes.com site and you'll see him in all his slimy goodness.
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