Ecto-1 & 2

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Suggested Age: 8-14
Pieces: 556
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Dimensions: Ecto-1 – over 4″ x 8″ x 2″ / Ecto-2 – over 1″ x 2″ x under 1″
Brand: Ghostbusters

On seeing the new Ghostbusters movie, one thing became clear. I needed a LEGO Holtzmann in my life. Therefore, I decided to treat myself to the new Ecto-1 kit. This differs from the Ecto-1 that can be found in the LEGO Ideas range as it is directly tied into the 2016 movie.

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For a moderately priced kit, there is actually quite a lot inside this box. Not only does the kit contain the pieces required to make Ecto-1 (the car) and Ecto-2 (the motorbike), but also five minifigures (Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin), one ghost (Mayhem), four proton packs, two traps, a proton sidearm, a PKE Meter and a toolbox.

Here’s a look at the building progress:

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The kit was very easy to put together with the inclusion of numbered bags making this a far simpler kit than the LEGO Ideas Ecto-1. The only thing that made it more complicated were the decals. There weren’t many of these (compared to the Audi that I constructed last time) but the old Ecto-1 didn’t have any at all. If you hate stickers as much as I do, you might want to consider the older kit.

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The finished car is rather brilliant, greatly resembling the modified hearse from the movie. I was pleased to find that it makes a much better toy than the LEGO Ideas Ecto-1. The older kit was clearly designed to be displayed as it was slightly more detailed and didn’t really have any moving parts. The 2016 Ecto-1 is a fantastic toy. The front doors and boot both open and (most importantly) there is room for all four Ghostbusters to ride inside!

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Seriously, you have no idea how happy this makes me. I felt that it was a design flaw that the previous Ecto-1 didn’t fit all of the team! The boot also offers a significant storage space that can easily fit a couple of proton packs. There are also some tiny details that you can’t see in the pictures, such as warning stickers on the nuclear reactor and a bumper sticker on the back, all of which help add to the finished effect.

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The inclusion of Ecto-2 (and Kevin in uniform) was also a great idea. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know how oddly endearing Kevin is and this really comes across in his shabby, obviously handmade overalls. The fact that his outfit is noticeably different to the other Ghostbusters is a nice touch and he also has a second “possessed” facial expression for people who want to act out scenes from the film.

Mayhem was perhaps a slightly odd choice of ghost to include in this set. While his translucent parts are a nice touch, I’m not sure why he’s red. I’m pretty sure he’s green in the film (in fact, I didn’t recognise him right away). Still, I’m glad a ghost was included in the set. Otherwise, the ladies would have nothing to bust.

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It’s not only Kevin that gets a unique style. If you look closely, you’ll see that each of the Ghostbusters has unique elements to their outfit: from Paddy’s necklace to Holtzmann’s bandoleer. I also like the fact that they all have very different builds. The Erin minifigure has a notably slimmer waist than that of Abby, mirroring the different body types of the actresses.

The set also came with a brilliant selection of props which was something really lacking in the Ideas set. For imaginative play, this is just fantastic. You have absolutely everything you need to hunt down Mayhem! My personal favourite thing is the PKE Meter as I was really disappointed to not get one in the original set. Thanks LEGO for resolving that problem!

DSC04449 When you look at the two sets side by side, you can see just how great they look. While the old set is sleek and (frankly) amazing to look at, the new Ecto-1 one is by far the better toy. It’s chunkier and maybe not quite as accurate to the film but it’s designed to be played with, therefore having far more moving parts and a roof that’s much easier to remove.

The new Ecto-1 is definitely one of my favourite kits so far. If only I could afford the Firehouse to keep it in…

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