The iconic New York building featured in the Ghostbusters movies has been re-created in LEGO several times over the last few years!
Sean Kenney was one of the first to build the Firehouse in LEGO form and Alex Jones – better known as Orion Pax has also built an incredibly detailed version influenced not only by the films but also the animated series!
Now Sergio Herencias has re-created the HQ and submitted the idea to LEGO! Currently the project has over 9,000 votes so expect this set to be up for review.
The design looks similar to the one used by Brent Waller, the man behind the LEGO Ideas Ecto-1 set and the Stay Puft projects in the promotional stills for his Ghostbusters projects. It remains to be seen whether LEGO will approve this amazing modular looking build which features lighting as well as hinged wall which opens up to reveal the interior!
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.
LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 is finally here! Available as of today at LEGO stores around the UK or at the online store, priced £44.99.
Other new items of note include
Marvel Super Heroes GoTG Starblaster Showdown (76019) priced £19.99
Marvel Super Heroes GoTG KnowhereEscape Mission (76020) priced £44.99
Marvel Super Heroes GoTG Milano Spaceship Rescue (76021) priced £69.99
Marvel Super Heroes X-Men vs. The Sentinel (76022) priced £44.99
Star Wars Snowspeeder (75049) priced £34.99
Star Wars B-Wing (75050) priced £49.99
Star Wars Jedi Scout Fighter (75051) priced £59.99
Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina (75052) priced £64.99
Star Wars The Ghost (75053) priced £69.99
Star Wars AT-AT (75054) priced £109.99
Star Wars Star Destroyer (75055) priced £119.99
The LEGO Movie Emmet’s Construct-O-Mech (70814) priced £49.99
The LEGO Movie Super Secret Police Dropship (70815) priced £69.99
The LEGO Movie Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP (70816) priced £79.99
Brett Waller’s previous Ghostbusters project won him the honour of the LEGO CUUSOO Fall 2013 review.
Now he has forwarded his idea for a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man set with three minifigures including Walter Peck, Gatekeeper and Keymaster!
The Stay Puft measures 34cm tall, consists of 1,800 bricks and is approximately half scale. If the Marshmallow Man was built to minifigure scale he would measure over 68cm tall! Nonetheless the design still looks impressive!
To support the project over at LEGO Ideas, click here…
Congratulations to Brett Waller and his take on the Ghostbusters theme, one of two Ghostbusters sets under review, which has been proclaimed as the winner of the LEGO CUUSOO Fall 2013 Review Results.
This year sees the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbuster so it seems like the perfect time for LEGO to introduce the ECTO-1 and the Ghostbuster team into their ever growing line.
Pricing and release are to be advised.
LEGO are still looking in to the possibility of producing Altariels Female minifigure set and an announcement regarding that will happen in due course.
Here is the video announcement…
Seven projects have hit the 10,000 votes required for the CUUSOO team to consider for future LEGO sets.
Female Minifigure Set by Altariel
ATLAS Mini Model – Education Outreach Project by SaMe
FTL – Faster Than Light by CrashSanders and GlenBricker
Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary by BrentWaller
Poptropica: Dr. Hare’s Lair by PopCreators
Ghostbusters by TeeKay
The Road to OZ by JeremiahKC
Some great potential sets among the selection. With the popularity of the Back To The Future set, the Ghostbusters sets is sure to be a success but we also like the Female Minifigure Set and The Road to Oz projects.
Next year sees the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters! And hot on the heels of the Back to The Future LEGO CUUSOO set, Brent Waller’s proposal for a LEGO Ghostbusters set has received the required 10,000 votes needed for LEGO to review the idea.
There are several variations on the Ghostbusters Ecto 1 theme, head over to CUUSOO to check them out!