LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Review

Celebrate 30 years of ghost-busting action with the iconic Ghostbusters Ecto-1 car! Selected by LEGO Ideas members (formerly known as CUUSOO), this fun and iconic vehicle from the blockbuster ‘80s movie is fully loaded with all the paranormal detection equipment needed to track down those ghastly ghosts. It also features cool Ghostbusterslogo decoration, removable roof, tracking computer and seats for 3 minifigures. This unique set also includes a fascinating booklet containing building instructions, selected images and behind-the-scenes details about the classic Ghostbusters movie. So if there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, strap on your proton pack and get ready to help Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore bust some ghosts! 4 minifigures with proton packs included.

Ghostbusters, like Back to the Future before it, is a film franchise still holds a certain magic even 30 years later. Lego Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) delivers yet again on its promise with a set Lego fans have been dreaming of for years.

Minifigures: This set was always going to live or die by its minifigures and one of its major successes is the inclusion of a figure stand. When you have such legendary actors represented, you need to put them front and centre. You get 4 minifigures here, each with double face prints and different torso prints. Each figure also has a buildable proton pack which looks surprisingly detailed for such a small scale. The figures are decent interpretations of Bill Murray et al but there is one glaring omission. Where is Slimer? This Ghostbusters set has no ghost! Slimer is one of the most iconic elements from the franchise and his exclusion here is a real misstep, especially for a £45 set.

Build:  This set includes unnumbered bags but it is still a relatively quick build. The proton packs take a little time to assemble and the inclusion of a figure stand makes the building of the minifigures a more important feature than in most Lego sets. The frame of the car comes together almost immediately with only the details such as the roof taking a little more time. There are some clever building tricks employed to recreate the famous Ecto-1 with the tilted side windows being a particular highlight and the generous number of chrome silver pieces which really help the overall look of the car. There are four printed bricks featuring the Ghostbusters logo (not a sticker in sight!) and we also get two printed Ecto-1 number plates. The car is unable to fit all four minifigures in a sitting position but I doubt anyone had planned to display them in this way. The final product looks fantastic and most fans will be happy with how well the set has turned out.

That being said, this should really have been the same price as the Back to the Future set. Yes you get four minifigures but the Ecto-1 really isn’t big enough or detailed enough to warrant the hefty price tag. This is a set aimed squarely at AFOLs who grew up with the Ghostbusters films and as such, Lego probably skewed the price a bit higher.  You do get a gorgeous instruction book which features some great Ghostbusters quotes on several pages as well as a brief look at the movie itself. A few extra details would have brought this set up a little higher. Most fans would have expected Slimer minifigure and even for £10-£15 more, how cool would it have been to include a Lego Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?

Still, you can’t deny Lego have captured at least some of the magic with this set. The Ecto-1 car and the minifigures are both well designed and instantly charming.

3 out of 5.

Billy
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