LEGO has already done Ecto-1, and even Playmobil, and last year Hasbro released an Autobot called Ectotron. This year, as the Ghostbusters hype started building up with the newly introduced Plasma Series action figures, followed by the 1:1 scale Spengler’s Neutrona Wand, and the newly released Tully’s Terrible Night 2-Pack, GB fans have been waiting for a Plasma Series Ecto-1 to get announced.
Hasbro recently unveiled an all-new 1:18 scale Plasma Series Ghostbusters: Afterlife Ecto-1 vehicle that features a rusted, aged vehicle from having sat in a barn for 35 years. According to Hasbro, their designers managed to study the actual camera-ready movie model and thus were able to nail every last detail of rust and paint-peel to make it as movie-accurate as possible. Fans of the OG Ghostbusters will be disappointed to know this one’s based on the upcoming movie and not the 1984 original. But I’m pretty sure there will be a future re-paint of the original if there is enough demand for it.
Unfortunately, based on its scale and size as shown during the Hasbro PulseCon stream of the actual vehicle, it won’t, we repeat, it won’t fit the existing 6-inch Plasma Series figures at all. Instead, it looks like it is meant for future Ghostbusters: Afterlife 3.75-inch figures (yet to be announced).
But hey, at least this version includes that nifty cool pop-out “gunner’s seat” as seen at 2:09 in the movie trailer:
Another somewhat unfortunate thing is, the vehicle is currently only available exclusively for pre-order on Target at US$49.99, and ships on 1 January 2021. This means not many folks will be able to get their hands on it.
For GB fans in Singapore, you will be happy to know that it will be hitting store shelves on 1 January 2021 as well, and you can pre-order it for S$99.90 soon from Robo Robo and The Falcon’s Hangar. As for the rest of the world, we’ll have to wait a little more to find out its price and availability in the near future.