LEGO has officially announced the release of 10274 Ghostbusters ECTO-1, and it’s a beauty.
This is an absolute beauty of a build. LEGO were kind enough to send me an early access copy of it, so I’ve been able to build it already! My review and thoughts are below.
Needless to say I’m not going to go into too much detail here, so read on for more information. Before the review though, there’s the official press release and some images, as well as some more (including mine) dotted through the review.
A LEGEND RETURNS! GHOSTBUSTERS! THE LEGO® GROUP ANNOUNCE THE BRAND-NEW LEGO® GHOSTBUSTERS® ECTO-1
The most detailed LEGO brick Ghostbusters ECTO-1 ever created will be available from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com from 15th November
Ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife film launching in 2021, the LEGO Group have announced the largest and most detailed LEGO brick recreation of one of the most iconic cars from the silver screen, the Ghostbusters ECTO-1.
This buildable version of the classic car is sure to delight Ghostbusters and LEGO brick fans alike, crammed full of authentic details from the iconic converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance which is sure to bring a retro feel to any LEGO brick car collection. This highly detailed set includes a range of tools and features needed by any Ghostbuster to track and catch ghoulish enemies.
The LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is perfect for film fans that want to build their very own piece of the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie. With a moving ghost sniffer activated by the wheels, an extendable rear gunner seat, working steering wheel and a whole host of other paranormal detection equipment on the detailed roof rack, the set ensures you’re ready for any ghost finding mission. The car also would not be complete without printed versions of the Ghostbusters logo adorning the car doors making this the ultimate gift for Ghostbusters fans and movie car enthusiasts.
The new LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is the most detailed LEGO brick recreation of the car ever produced and is the latest in a collection of film-based LEGO model building kits for adults who love building to relax and escape from the stresses of life. This set features two brand new LEGO brick elements including a new 6x14x curved windscreen and a new 5 module steering wheel.
Talking about the creation of the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the sets LEGO designer, Michael Psiaki said “I love creating LEGO vehicles and having previously designed the LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5, I loved the challenge of working on the ECTO-1. This is the largest and most detailed version of this car that we have ever created, It is crammed full of authentic features and easter eggs, that I’m excited for builders to discover as they put this model together.
The LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 contains 2,352 pieces and measures over 8” (22.5cm) high, 18” (47cm) long and 6” (16.5cm) wide. The set will be available from 15th November ahead of the release of the latest film in the Ghostbusters Franchise, Ghostbusters: Afterlife that launches in 2021.
LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1™ will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from November 15th.
Theme: LEGO 18+
Release Year: 2020
Cost: AU $299.99
Pieces: 2,352 pcs
Ghostbusters has been a much loved franchise since 1984 and so much memorabilia has come from the franchise, including LEGO sets. So far we’ve seen the controversial Fire House HQ and two smaller versions of the ECTO-1, but this version is something else entirely.
Weighing in at over 2,300 parts, consider this the UCS of the ECTO-1. This version is slightly different, though. It’s aged a fair bit, being based on the version of the famous vehicle from the 2021 film Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the sequel to the original films.
With loads of fun moving parts, this build was an absolute blast to make. Not only that, there are some exciting parts that are included. A large windscreen is new to the set, plus a few parts I’ve not come across – corner rounded bricks seen in the front corners above the lights, hoses, plenty of large window panels, and stacks more. It’s a good mix.
This is a very long set. The Ecto-1 is based on a stretched 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex ambulance, so it’s a long car already. That said, I was still surprised at how long it continued to get. The main chassis is built, but extra sections are added on that form the front and rear bumpers. When the full length is realised, you know you’re in for a fun build.
There are some interesting mechanisms included in the build too. My favourite is the spring loaded mechanism for the gunner seat that comes out the back right of the car. The mechanism is simply a couple of built brick portions connected by a spring loaded actuator. Push a concealed panel on the lower left side of the car (after opening the rear right door), and the seat will neatly shoot out and spin forwards. It’s rather satisfying to do.
The second mechanism is at the back of the car. You can either slide the silver stud on the left of the car back, or push the rear side seat to the back. This drops the rear hatch down that releases a four wheeled scout buggy out the back. It’s very smooth.
There’s plenty more details in the Ecto-1 that are worth noting – the shaping of the vehicle is beautiful. The sweeping rocket-like tail lights that are so well executed, the rounded corners of the front – it’s just sleek.
The rear door opens at the perfect angle thanks to a couple of well positioned ball joints and the separate windows for each door are added with style, using a separate build portion that clips onto an internal fence element.
I think the only criticism of the set would be that because the doors need to open smoothly, there needs to be a gap, which leads to a slightly unsightly hole in the door. Sometimes the doors can also be slightly sticky to get closed properly.
The ‘rust’ stickers add a certain hint of age to the build, but they do need to be placed just right or they look strange (check the image above as an example – I blame late night building). The good thing is that the Ghostbusters logo is on a printed brick – no large stickers to deal with.
The roofrack is an iconic part of the ECTO-1, and this is a brilliant example of it. Some of these parts also move with the wheels – the ghost sniffer (the red tubes at the top) swivel and the radar dish rotates around.
There’s also steering (although the turning circle is large) thanks to the neatly concealed hand-of-God mechanism at the front. The front of the vehicle is also home to a very cleverly constructed radiator grille, using minifigure roller skates stacked up. The front bumper is one of the best examples of it I’ve seen, and the internal structure of the axle is also one of the strongest I’ve seen – good luck if you ever want to pull this thing apart!
Underneath the hood is a very detailed engine bay, including a fantastically executed battery and wires assembly. It’s superb.
This build was an absolute blast. I’m a big fan of the franchise, so getting this set early was extremely exciting for me! It’s now proudly on display in the living room of the house. I have absolutely no doubt that this set will sell like hotcakes, so get in quick while you can.
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 20/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 8/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.