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LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters HQ!

Ghostbusters HQThe 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!

LEGO Ideas Exo Suit promo video

Exo SuitHere is a look at the next LEGO Ideas set to be released later this year – The Exo Suit and to promote the release the LEGO YouTube page has uploaded a cool video animated and directed by LEGO fan Chris Salt.

The set, to be released in August, will include two green Space minifigures along with the Exo Suit and one turtle!

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.

LEGO Ideas Hulkbuster!

Hulkbuster There are a few Hulkbuster projects on LEGO Ideas at the minute but this is by far and away the coolest!

Designed by Valerie Roche, you can show your support for the project by voting here

The Hulkbuster Armor is a heavy armor comprised of 351 Lego bricks. Its size is 15 centimeters high and 9 centimeters wide, it has all the joints in order to give the robot a variety of positions composed of joints to the feet, ankles, knees down, high knees, hips, torso, shoulders, upper arms, elbows, fingers and weapons. The armor opens from the top to release the Iron Man minifigure.

In the World War Hulk event, Stark designed a new Hulkbuster armor, in order to battle the Hulk upon his return from space. He does so in World War Hulk #1, and initially was able to hold his own against his foe. The new armor was built as a large exoskeletal shell which fits around his normal armor and is equipped with rocket-boosted gauntlets, capable of punching the Hulk back several miles. It is also equipped with adamantium-tipped injector needles, which Stark used in an attempt to suppress the Hulk’s power with S.P.I.N. Tech nanites, but the nanites failed due to sabotage (see Avengers: The Initiative #4). With the damage done by the Hulk and the entire Stark Tower collapsing on the already damaged armor, it was unable to continue functioning. It briefly re-emerged as a host body for the demon Zom, who attempted to use it to access S.H.I.E.L.D. technology and destroy New York City by shifting it into the Negative Zone; Zom was defeated by the efforts of the self-styled “Renegades” (Amadeus Cho, Hercules, Angel, and Namora), and the armor was used by Amadeus Cho as a temporary support to shore up structural damage caused in the battle.

Brett Waller’s new LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters project

GhostbustersBrett 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…

UCS AT-AT gaining plenty of votes on LEGO Ideas

AT-ATThis amazing minifigure scale AT-AT is the work of Peter Brookdale!

The iconic Empire Strikes Back vehicle has been built using around 6,000 bricks and weighs 7.6kg!

Peter forwarded his plans to LEGO Ideas for consideration. If the project gains 10,000 votes it will be reviewed by LEGO’s team of set designers and marketing representatives to evaluate the project according to review criteria.

The build is gaining plenty of interest although the official comments from the LEGO team do not fill you with any confidence that the project will see the light of day! Here is what LEGO had to say – “While we welcome projects based on current licenses like Star Wars in the LEGO Review, please keep in mind that a project based on an existing LEGO license has a smaller chance of passing the LEGO Review than other projects.”

To support the project click here

To see more photos of the incredible build on Peter’s Flickr, click here