A few days ago LEGO revealed the first official images of the #75828 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 via their Facebook and Twitter pages. The set is based on the new Ghostbusters movie directed by Paul Feig and scheduled for release this summer. So yes, this is going to be the second LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1. Images and details below. 🙂
There are some interesting differences and even improvements on the #75828 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 compared to the original #21108 LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1 from 2014. While in the earlier Ecto-1 the doors and trunk were not functional (so you had to pretend that the minifigs could get in and out in the normal way), the upgraded version got opening front doors and an opening trunk.
Another major improvement is that now you can sit four minifigures easily in two rows, while in the earlier version that was not possible. This also means that the steering-wheel in the new version is placed properly to the left, instead of being in the middle. The roof can still be removed – like in the earlier version – to get full access to the inside, and the top is full of awesome ghostbusting stuff.
It appears that the pinstripes on the sides are printed, and the Ghostbusters logo and the license-plate are definitely printed as they were printed in the original set. However most of the other decorations are stickers. They don’t appear to be too essential however, so if you don’t like stickers you can probably leave them off.
While the size of the new Ecto-1 looks the same as the original, and the shaping is also quite similar, it will be interesting to see the differences in details and building techniques between the two versions. I really like the original Ecto-1 and I like this one too. They are excellent examples of minifig-scale classic cars, and could be used as a study to build similar vehicles.
The Ecto-2 bike that comes with the set is pretty basic, and unfortunately the Ghostbusters logo at the front is a sticker. There is not a whole lot more to say about the bike, so I will just leave it at that.
The #75828 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 includes in minifigure form the new female cast for the rebooted movie; Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). Just look at those gorgeous new hairpieces! The fifth human minifigure is Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who – it appears – at some point in the movie becomes possessed. And there is also a scary looking red demon with translucent black wings and gorgeous printing. It is already on my list of most favorite minifigures ever released by LEGO. 😈
Of course we also get all the ghostbusting equipment, including ghost-traps and proton-packs with new printing. Notice that the proton-packs include the gold-bar piece in black! There are also other exciting new elements that you will notice from the pictures.
The #75828 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 will be available in July 1st for $59.99. This is $10 more than the first version, however here we get two extra minifigures and a bike, so the price seems fair. If you are interested in the original #21108 LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1, it is still available at the Online LEGO Shop. My guess is that once the new version gets released, the old one will get phased out. So you have a few more months to get it. Also, don’t forget about the ultimate LEGO Ghostbusters set, the . You can find the Ecto-1 under the LEGO Ideas section and the Firehouse HQ under the .
So what do you think? How do you like the new LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set? And how do you think it compares to the first version? Do you have a preference? Or do you like them both equally? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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