Hasbro started 2021 down to the second with a new Target-exclusive release from their Ghostbusters Plasma Series line, a 1:18 scale Ecto-1 based on the version of the classic Ecto-1 car that appears in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie, complete with a matching aesthetic and accessories. The Ghostbusters Plasma Series: Ecto-1 collectible is a welcome addition to any Ghostbusters fan's collection.
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The "unboxing" process for is very simple and some minor assembly is required. Using a box cutter or scissors, trim off the tape sealing either side of the Ecto-1 box then pull out the inner cardboard case. You should see Ecto-1, the roof rack strapped sideways, and a bag of accessory pieces at the front of the hood. Use your scissors or blade to cut the two plastic straps on the back and front of Ecto-1, there may be a third around Ecto-1 that you should hold down then cut, and gently lift it out. Cut the strap holding the roof rack then pull the plastic bag of accessories and open it. The roof rack is very simple. Just match the four corner prongs under the rack with the four holes on the roof of Ecto and gently push down and you should hear a click. Adding the accessory pieces will likely take you the most time. There are no instruction books so you will have to rely on the box photos or how to videos posted online. The roof rack ladder goes on the left side. The two points for the flat top of the ladder goes into two holes right above the yellow air tank to the rear of the roof rack. And you should see the horizontal slit where the bottom of the ladder fits in. Pushing the bottom part in make take more effort. Hold the center of the car in either hand with your index finger and thumb against both doors then use your other thumb to push the piece into the slit. You will have to do the same step with the bottom part of the dual blue electrical loom tubing. The top of the piping goes into two holes on the roof rack right by where the ladder points went. Repeat the same step to get the straightest of the three gray antenna into the hole right of the blue electrical loom tubing. The red two barreled TV antenna unit (also known as the sniffer) goes right into the cylindrical base on the roof rack. The marine radome antenna has an angular base. It goes right down in the rear corner of the roof rack, right next to the blue tubing. The curved gray antenna goes into the hole on the right side of the hood and should hang over the blue lightbar. The last antenna should be one with two points. Use the same technique to press this into the slot on the right rear of Ecto. Since it is a short length, you should where it easily fits into, a dark gray box on top of the roof rack. The Remote Trap Vehicle, RTV, goes inside the rear. Use your nail to pop the rear hatch open, the top left corner works, and the door should pop open. You'll see the spot right away where to affix the RTV to. And you are done. Assembly should take a good 10-15 minutes.
The attention to detail in this Plasma Ecto-1 is out of this world! From what we've seen in the trailer and photos from set during filming, Hasbro has done a lot of homework studying the screen used Ecto-1 in order to get things right inside and out, top and bottom. It's always really nice seeing the Cadillac symbol on the hood. The windshield wipers are a great sculpt. The wheels can roll. Even the underside has details! All of the classic accoutrements are there: the half-dome dish, the federal siren, the Texas Instruments Cross-Section Sensitivity Unit, storage tube, spotlight, grill strobes, and even the oscilloscope in the rear interior. The Plasma Ecto-1 also includes the gunner seat that can be pulled out and the sculpt work on the embedded Proton Pack was well done. There is also a RTV included that also has some great detail and sculpt work for its tiny size. Unlike past Ecto-1 releases that are diecast or models, this is plastic and way more playable. The smaller 1:18 scale size makes this Ecto fairly easy to display like on a book shelf. It's bigger than you would think with 1:18 as it is about 14 inches in length and around 6.5 inches in height. Another interesting aspect to this release is that there appears to be two versions of the Ecto-1. The more common version is the one with a really charred hood. The less common version lacks the really charred hood like the one in Afterlife. Also it is much appreciated the box is has so much artwork and photos and an overall design aesthetic that makes me want to keep it, too, instead of ripping it up and tossing it in the trash.
My main critique about the Plasma Ecto-1 is simply about the lack of availability when this was first offered up for pre-order. If you somehow had fast fingers and were able to pre-order an Ecto-1 when it first showed up on Target's website, you have my respect. Scalpers quickly gobbled up the limited supply on January 1, 2021 and there was no official word issued to public when restocks would happen or if they would even happen. As of this review's post, after a month and a half, Target has at last restocked online and in physical stores. There are no official figures yet to add to Ecto like Trevor, Phoebe, and the boy portrayed by Logan Kim. Presumably, and hopefully, Hasbro has a complementary 4 or 3.75 inch figure line in the works that will release at a future date. I am neutral about how functional this Ecto-1 should have been because for example, one thing we don't really know how it is done yet, is the RTV deployment. If that function was built into this Ecto-1, that would make it even cooler than it already is. It was a little odd of all the doors, the driver's side passenger doesn't open. It also would have been neat if the equipment on the roof rack had any kind of mobility to it instead of just being there stuck in place. It is also a bit tedious to open the doors that can be. And granted, likely due to the mass production process, it wasn't possible to get totally 1:1 with the movie version with tiny details like faded lights, aged license plates, or the exact rust spots but it is still fairly spot on. An even more authentic and working 1:12 scale version would likely be better suited to the Haslabs/Hasbro Pulse crowdfunding line anyway. I admit I wasn't as mind blown as I was with the first release on the Plasma Series line, the Spengler's Neutrona Wand, but this Ecto-1 is still amazing and I am looking forward to what else this Plasma Series has in store. I'm still praying for a P.K.E. Meter, Ecto Goggles, and/or a remote control RTV!
This release definitely appeals to the Ghostbusters fans eager for Afterlife merchandise, hardcore fans, and collectors who wouldn't fret over a $50 price tag. For display purposes, this is a no brainer for car and Ecto-1 enthusiasts. This may look really great next to the Hotwheel's Elite 1:18 scale version of Ecto-1. For the completists who own several classic Ecto-1 cars, Ecto-1a cars, Ecto-1 cars from the ones seen in The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters, the one from Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, Afterlife Ectotron, LEGO's Afterlife Ecto-1 and everything in-between, the Plasma Ecto-1 is an instant and recommended purchase.
This product was provided by Hasbro for free for review on the Ghostbusters Wiki.