2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and to celebrate the occasion, everyone’s favorite building block company, Lego, is about to release their Ecto-1 play set into the world. The company has released their first official look at the set, and it looks pretty damn sweet, for fans or novices alike.
The set originated through the Lego Cuusoo program, which has recently been renamed Lego Ideas. This is where fans and Lego enthusiasts who have their own ideas for sets can pitch their plans. Other users vote on whether or not they like the proposed set. Right now there are Back to the Future, Jaws, and Doctor Who sets under consideration. Once an idea gets enough votes, it moves on through a few stages of development. If everything comes together, the company can decide to go forward and actually produce the set commercially, which is what happened with this Ghostbusters set.
These photos show the original set from the Cuusoo next to the product that will soon be available in stores. The finished product definitely resembles the conceptual design. The mass-produced Ecto-1 is a bit sleeker, the outfits of guys are a bit more detailed and complete, and the expressions are a bit different, but for the most part, the two are very similar.
The set comes with all four of the guys—Peter Venkman, Ray Stenz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddmore—and each individual figure has two faces. You have their normal face, but on the back of their heads, once you flip their little plastic hairpieces around, they have a scared expression. If only there was a Lego Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, or a Lego Gozer, you can bet you’d better switch things around, because that shit is terrifying. In addition to that touch, the team also comes with proton packs and ghost traps. And it wouldn’t be much of an Ecto-1 play set without that Ghostbusters’ ride, now would it? The former hearse, rolls, lights up, and has all the accessories.
The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 play set will be released on June 1, and retail for $49.99, which isn’t a bad price at all. Hardcore fans—of the both the blocks and the movie—are going to be pretty happy with this set. Brent Waller, one of the designers of the original Lego Cuusoo set, shows up in this review of the set, and while you probably don’t need to watch the entire 17-minute video, it gives you a good idea of what the set it like, play wise, and how it is to assemble.