Hasbro continues its slate of 2021 releases with three more Kenner reissues of Fearsome Flush, Bug-Eye Ghost, and Ecto-1 just in time for summer. Staple parts any child who loved The Real Ghostbusters back in the day to collectors today, Fearsome Flush, Bug-Eye Ghost, and Ecto-1 are a welcome return to store shelves everywhere.
The official description of Ecto-1 from Hasbro is:
The official description from Walmart's website is:
The unboxing process is very easy for the Ecto-1. Just take a sharp blade to cut the tape on one of the side flaps, open the box, then pull out the cardboard. The Ecto-1 is wrapped in tissue paper essentially all assembled. The swivel chair and ghost are packed together in another wad of tissue paper. On one side of box should be the instruction manual and sticker sheet. Just open the manual and follow the guide for the three No Ghost stickers, two Ecto-1 bumper stickers, and rear door window sticker. Installing the swivel chair is as easy as pushing the bottom knob into the hole on the center of the roof.
Much like the original Ecto-1 release, this retro Ecto-1 release has a minimally detailed interior compared to the Plasma Series Afterlife Ecto-1 for example. Also kept the same is the fact that only the two front doors open and not the other two. The front doors also lack window "glass." The rear door is a little loose when closed. The ghost claw works well enough.
The differences are very subtle. The reissue seems to have a minor difference in height and length. The blaster chair seems to be made of lighter plastic material and its knob that fits into the roof is wider. The roof light bars also seem improved in the new version with the gaps in the lines being more sealed up. Hasbro likely improved on the molds with modern technology at some part of the production process. The string for the grabber claw is thicker and shorter and the ghost is a bit more translucent. On the underside, the Ghost Claw mechanism is now covered up, likely for safety issues. The font on the license plate sticker seems to be more flat than the original. The No Ghost logo sticker appears to be an improvement over the original. One issue is the sticker pack that comes in the box might get bent. But the original Ghostbusters figures do fit and it does "fit" inside the original Firehouse set like the original Ecto-1. It is too bad the Ecto-1a "upgrades" weren't included as an option but that isn't a deal breaker. The box also has some subtle changes like on the front, the "Who You Gonna Call?" motto is gone. The wording of the features is also different. The original listed a swiveling blaster seat and reels in ghosts with the ghost claw. The front and back of the reissue instead just lists them as "Swivel Chair" and "Ghost Claw" and their foreign language equivalents. Naturally, there also the removal of any mention of the animated series and how the Ghostbusters Hero figures are sold separately but an addition of GM for licensing purposes as we've seen in the Transformers Ectotron and Plasma Series Ecto-1 releases. This was likely a case of Hasbro covering its bases even though the Ecto-1 designed for The Real Ghostbusters wasn't 1:1 with the movie versions.
I still own the original Kenner Ecto-1 and the white body has faded with the ravages of time and turned into that off yellow so having a new Ecto-1 minus the outrageous eBay resale prices is a win in my book!
These products were provided by Hasbro for free for review on the Ghostbusters Wiki.