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Hasbro continues its roll out of new merchandise in fall 2021 leading up to the theatrical release of the Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie on November 19. The Ecto-1 Playset takes its inspiration from both the classic movie Ecto-1 car and the version that that appears in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie, complete with the R.T.V., blaster chair, and projectile. The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Playset is a welcome addition to the toy collection any Ghostbusters fan, young and old alike.

The official description from Hasbro is:

(Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: August 2021)


Inspired by the iconic Ecto-1 as seen in updated form in the new GHOSTBUSTERS: Afterlife movie, this GHOSTBUSTERS Ecto-1 Playset has multiple, movie-inspired features. This Ecto-1 vehicle is compatible with all 5-inch scale GHOSTBUSTERS Fright Feature Figures, so kids can imagine all their favorite Ghostbusters cruising down the streets, ready to bust some ghosts! (Fright Feature figures sold separately. Subject to availability). Available at most major retailers nationwide.

The official description from online promotion is:

GHOSTBUSTERS ECTO-1 PLAYSET

Available to ship on January 01, 2021.

Product Description:

A new generation of Ghostbusters take to the streets for some serious ghost busting. Kids can imagine joining the Ghostbusters on their next ghost busting mission in the Ecto-1. From retro action figures to premium collectibles inspired by the Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie, gooey ecto-plasm to figures and playsets, Ghostbusters toys from Hasbro are a spooktacular treat for kids and fans of all ages! Ghostbusters figures fit inside the Ecto-1 to play out fun scenes from the Ghostbusters 2021 movie. Collect Ghostbusters figures to build the team for ghost busting adventures (each sold separately, subject to availability).

  • Ecto-1 Playset: With moving wheels, doors that open, and a blaster seat that swings out, the Ecto-1 lets kids imagine the Ghostbusters racing into action
  • The Ghostbusters Car: The reliable Ecto-1 has been with the Ghostbusters through thick and thin, always carrying the team and their gear on their ghost busting adventures
  • Compatible With Ghostbusters Figures: Keep your eyes peeled for Fright Feature Ghostbusters figures that fit in the Ecto-1. Each sold separately. Subject to availability.
  • Includes Ghostbusting Accessories: Comes with a blaster, projectile, and mobile ghost trap accessories. Blaster accessory attaches to chair and can shoot projectile
  • Don't Cross The Streams: Ghostbusters have been making ghosts run for the hills since 1984, and the adventures continue with toys, roleplay items, and collectibles from Hasbro

Specifications

  • Ages 4 and up

The "unboxing" process for is fairly simple and some minor assembly is required. This Playset is more geared to children so no tools are required aside from a pair of scissors to trim off the cardboard binding the Ecto-1 components in the box. Peel, cut, or tear the tape of either side of the Ecto-1 box then pull out the inner cardboard case. You should see Ecto-1, the roof rack, the chair, two bags of accessory pieces, a sticker sheet, and black instruction sheet. Use your scissors or blade to cut the two plastic straps on the back and front of Ecto-1's two halves. There's 13 steps laid out on the instruction sheet. Assembly will take a good 15 to 20 minutes. The first step is to take the gray blaster seat and find the rear passenger door. Follow the guide and push the door down into the crevice connecting it to the blaster seat then they will snap onto the area where the rear passenger door goes. If done correctly, the blaster seat faces towards the rear. Now look for the rear door and the R.T.V. hatch piece. Follow the image and press the rear door down into the crevice to connect the two. Then connect it to where the rear door fits in the spaces right above the bumper on both sides. Take the top half of the car and press the pieces into each of the slits located around the bottom half. Attach the red rear fins. There's three slots to press them down into. The dual blue electrical loom tubing has two slots below the red fin on the rear drive's side nearest the bumper and two holes are on the roof rack for the other ends of the tubing. The ladder also has one slit right above the rear drive tire closer to the rear driver side door and the top slit is on the roof rack right above the blue "glass."

For the blaster, the orange projectile just has to be pushed in. The skinny end will stick out the back. To launch it, just press against the skinny end and watch it go flying. The blaster has three places where it can be pushed in. On top of the roof rack, there is a tube to place it into. The second place is on the side of the blaster door. The third is on top of the R.T.V. itself. Open both doors outward on the passenger side. The rear door is designed to open further so the blaster door comes out. Then push the blaster into the side of the seat. A five inch figure from the Fright Features line can sit on the chair but has to be purchased separately. There is a peg on the back rest to secure the figure on the chair with. As for the rear door, pull it down and the R.T.V. is designed to roll from the cubicle and right down onto the ground. On the other side of the instruction sheet, is the sticker sheet guide. If you have steady hands, this should less tedious for you than the rest of us but where each of the 18 stickers goes is crystal clear. It will just take time and patience to do it all.

The Ecto-1 Playset is more geared to children, thus likely accounting for why the exterior is more akin to the classic movie version and things like the roof rack are less detailed (and "dangerous" to children) than compared to the Plasma Series Ecto-1. In essence, it's in essence like shorter and slimmer version of the Kenner Ecto-1 reissue. No frills and some fun toy accessories. It was a pity that not all the doors open and there are there only two seats, the driver and blaster seats. There are still great little attention to detail here and there like the back of the blaster seat or the fact that the tire comes with white wall stickers. Although with the lower $29.99 MSRP, this release could also appeal to the Ghostbusters fans eager for Afterlife merchandise, hardcore fans, and collectors who wouldn't fret over buying another Ecto-1. This playset has the advantage over the Plasma Series Ecto-1 in that there is a complimentary figure line that fits with it. It was too bad that none come with it nor a limited edition release with an exclusive figure like Phoebe in her blue coveralls. Also notable for collectors is there are two variants of the box the playset comes in. One features Phoebe in a flightsuit on the front and back and the other features her in her blue coveralls on the front. The flightsuit version is more limited in release numbers and also features imagery Phoebe, Trevor, Lucky, and Podcast's Fright Features figures whereas in the wide release, there's the Afterlife No-Ghost logo instead. The Ecto-1 Playset is a recommended purchase.

This product was provided by Hasbro for free for review on the Ghostbusters Wiki.

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