There has been a ton of news about toys on here over the last few days. It makes sense, the annual toy fair is going on in New York City, and so far we’ve seen looks at items like movie tie-ins for big upcoming pictures like Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers: Age of Extinction, as well the first official Firefly action figures. That’s all pretty damn cool, but maybe even better than all of those, is the new Lego Ghostbusters set.
Gizmodo got to spend some quality hands-on time with everyone’s favorite stackable blocks, and they documented their exploration by taking a crap load of photos. The scope of the play set is a little bit limited, but I do have to say, the finished product looks awesome. You get the four Ghostbusters themselves—Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddmore, complete with appropriate hairstyles, proton packs, and walkie talkies. There’s also a fantastic, incredibly detailed replica of their wheels, Ecto-1. Sure, there could be a Slimer, maybe a Dana Barrett, or even a Louis Tully. And how incredible would a Lego version of their converted firehouse headquarters be? I don’t know what is here is worth the $50 they’ll be selling for come June, but still, this is one hell of a start.
This set originated in the company’s Cuusoo program, which gives fans the chance to submit their own proposals for things they’d like to see Lego take a stab at. Other likeminded enthusiasts can vote on their favorites, and after going through a number of steps and stages of development, Lego may actually produced their designs and market them to the public. The Ghostbusters set was the brainchild of a man named Brent Waller, and the final design is remarkably similar to his initial proposal. This is where a recent Back to the Future set also came from.
Apparently the roof of Ecto-1 comes off and you’re able to place the miniature version of the team in the former hearse, which is always a bonus. I would have exploded over this as a kid, and I’m not far off as a grown-ass man. If I had more discretionary income, and didn’t think my dogs would ingest the pieces, this would be sitting precariously on one of my bookshelves come summer time. As with most toys, however, I’m going to sit this one out and leave it to people who are less likely than I to irreparably damage these badass playthings.