February 28, 2014
Ghostbusters Ectomobile LEGO Replica
Recently I wrote about the death of Harold Ramis, one of the stars of the Ghostbusters films. It’s a little ironic that this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters film. As a tribute to the film, LEGO is releasing the Ecto-1 replica of the vehicle used in the film.
According to LEGO’s about us page, they announced on January 30, 2014 in it’s review of their consumer inspiration platform (LEGO CUUSOO), they found there were 10,000 fan votes to consider the Ecto-1 for production.
The concept behind the CUUSOO platform is to allow the consumer to submit ideas for LEGO products. If that product receives a quarterly review of 10,000 fan votes, then it is considered for production.
The Ecto-1 is in the final stages of production and will include mini-figures. This item is the 6th product using the CUUSOO platform and will be licensed in an agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products.
The other five products produced from this platform include: NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover; the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine; LEGO Minecraft Microworld; Hayabusa asteroid explorer and the Shinkai 6500 submarine.
Consumers that use the LEGO CUUSOO platform and their product ideas are selected, will receive one percent of the total net sales of that product. Brent Waller from Brisbane, Australia designed the original model to be used.
According to the CUUSOO website, there were two product idea submissions based on the Ghostbusters movie that both reached 10,000 fan votes in the same review period. The designers from LEGO picked the Ecto-1 because it received the 10,000 votes first.
The original Ecto-1 used in the film is a modified 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor. Previous Ecto-1 replicas include a 1/24 scale model kit in 2002; Hot Wheels produced a 1/18 scale diecast in 2010 and another in 2013 based on the Ghostbusters II Ecto-1.
Since the release of the first Ghostbusters film, the Ecto-1 has been used in several different fashions.
The Ecto-1b is featured in Ghostbusters: The Video Game; Ecto-2 seen in cartoons and comics based on the movie, also released as a toy; Ecto-3 is a go-cart-like toy; Ecto-Bomber is an airplane based on the orginal; Extreme Ecto-1 is featured in the TV series Extreme Ghostbusters; a Japanese version that was destroyed when a Godzilla-like monster stepped on it; Ecto-8 is featured in the 2009 video game and is a tugboat that transport the team over water to Shandor island.
Other full sized replicas of the Ecto-1, have also been built. Both original Ectomobiles used in the films are in Sony pictures backlot and have been completely restored. A replica built by a Tennessee man is being featured on Universal Studios “Spooktackular” stage show.
Three other replicas have also been produced. A Universal Studios replica sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction on January 22, 2010 for $80,000; a second replica was made by Peter Mosen and was sold to George Barris; the third replica is currently being showcased at the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Illinois.
Image Credit: Chad Davis