Release Year: 2014
This set was the first to be released under the LEGO Ideas branding, after they made the move from LEGO CUUSOO. It was submitted by designer Brent Waller in March 2013, and got to the 10,000 by August the same year. While the original submission included the Ghostbusters HQ, the building didn’t make the cut, Brent did make the design and instructions downloadable on Rebrickable. The vehicle itself did get a few changes, but we’ll get into them later.
Parts & Minifigures
The set contains some very nice elements, some of which were introduced with the set, and haven’t been seen since. These include the four black whips, and a few elements in silver including a round 1×1 brick, a 1×1 cheese block, the grilled 1×2 roof tile, and the minifigure barbell weight. There are some pretty great printed parts too, including four 2×2 slide shoes with proton pack details, two 2×1 ECTO-1 number plates, and four Ghostbusters logos on a 2×2 bowed plate. Other great parts are the dark red 1×1 apollo stud, the lime green 1×1 round tile, the 2×4 33 degree double slope, and the M14 pneumatic hose. There’s a lot in this set, and a sticker sheet is not one of them. Hooray!
One element I’d like to highlight in particular is the CMF stand, the 4×3 plate with four studs in the middle. It’s not a part I would have expected, mainly because of their prominence with the collectible minifigures, but also because they are usually in black. Not only this, but it’s the first time they have ever been in a set. I don’t get why it was included though. It gets hidden away in the build, easily doing what two 2×3 plates could have done. Sometimes during a build I wonder why certain parts were chosen, and this is a doozy. It’s one of those special parts in the collection now!
On to the proton packs – they are brick built, and a pretty snazzy, but I have a problem with the whip element. It’s obviously not meant to be bent in strange positions, so when you take it off, it is completely warped. I will most likely swap this out down the track to something that is meant to be more flexible. It’s just a shame that you get so many, for them to be bent out of shape. There’s also a couple of walkie talkies and the ghost trap.
The build starts with the minifigures and their stand. As I already mentioned, the minifigures are great, and it’s fantastic to see that they also get a nice stand to be displayed on. It’s important as without the stand, the weight of the proton packs would topple the minifigures over.
This wasn’t a repetitive build at all, with my wife and I thoroughly enjoying every step. I also really like the use of the minifigure barbell weights as hub caps. They work really well, and is an interesting element to use – not something I’d have done. There’s also plenty of SNOT parts, especially to make the sides of the vehicle.
The roof detailing is fantastic, with the ladder and hose spilling over the side. It’s been a long time for me with using pneumatic hoses, but pushing the hoses on to the t-bars was pretty tough. If kids are building this one, parental help will most likely be needed. One tiny detail that is a little out – the 1×1 tiles and the green on the roof are slightly mismatched. It’s only noticable when you’re up close though. It’s just a shame that this has happened.