LEGO launches the Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Today, The LEGO Group officially unveils its limited-edition LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1. The world-famous motor has been replicated into brick form in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.

Complete with Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore minifigures, the LEGO Ecto-1 consists of 508 LEGO pieces and boasts a full set of paranormal detection equipment, cool Ghostbusters logo decoration, removable roof and tracking computer. With only a limited number of sets available worldwide, the model has an RRP of £44.99 from select stockists in the UK including Toys 'r' Us, Smyth's Toys and of course LEGO stores nationwide.

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The set idea was presented to LEGO IDEAS (formally Cuusoo) by fan and creator Brent Waller to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film. The proposal was approved by LEGO earlier this year after bloggers and LEGO enthusiasts alike voted for the new range, helping it to reach the requisite 10,000 fan vote threshold.

The LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 has been produced for sale under a licensing agreement from Sony. The item is the sixth user-designed and submitted product to be manufactured from the Cuusoo/ LEGO IDEAS platform.

LEGO IDEAS brand manager Andrea Wilson commented on the launch of the new LEGO IDEAS Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set:

“With the 30th anniversary this year, it was perfect timing to not only launch the Ghostbusters set, but to use it as the first product for LEGO IDEAS. What makes the set so memorable is the fact that everyone recognises and identifies with the movie and its core characters. As the movie is so ingrained in popular culture, we felt that this set would highlight the core values of the LEGO IDEAS brand – the ability to create something iconic, creative and fun!”

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She continued:

“In the past with Cuusoo, LEGO were able to listen to its customers and create memorable and marketable toys, such as the Back to the Future DeLorean and the Shinkai 6500 submarine. This tradition will continue with LEGO IDEAS and we are very excited to hear from consumers what the next project and product will be. Watch this space!”

We for one can't wait to get our hands on this set and build Ecto-1 for ourselves! Fingers crossed for some more unique sets from the LEGO IDEAS range in time. If you want to pitch your own idea, why not visit the LEGO IDEAS site here for more.