LEGO® GhostBusters ECTO-1: Hands On Review

Every so often, there comes a set that has the chance to appeal to both older and younger demographics . When a sequel comes along 36 years after the original, you normally have a level of expectation. When the release of the sequel has been delayed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, I have only nostalgia to go on… Join me as I take a close look at the new 10274 Ghostbusters ECTO-1.

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10274: ECTO-1 Officially Announced

Ghostbusters first hit our movie screens in 1984. We were due to see a new film, following on from the legoacy of the original films earlier in 2020. Ghostbusters Afterlife has now been held back to some time in 2021. It might be March, or it might be June/July: Time will tell.

It would appear that LEGO Had a model of ‘Afterlife’ ECTO-1 ready to launch in conjunction with the the new film, but rather than keep it on the back burner, or in the warehouse until then, it is being released on the 15th November.

£179.99, €199.99, $199.99 USD, $299.99 AUD, $259.99 CAD

2,352 pieces

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not LEGO: Playmobil, in Competition or Comparison?

I haven’t only played with LEGO in my life.  Back in Christmas 1974 we received our first Playmobil Knights sets.  We were frustrated by the legs being locked together, and I managed to give one of our figures independently moving legs.  It took quite a bit of force!

First Generation Playmobil Knights c. 1974

I hadn’t ever really considered Playmobil to be a competitor with LEGO as I grew up.  One was for building with, one was for role play/ setting up dioramas. That was easy in 1975, before mini figures with silly faces and moving limbs existed. And that seems to be how it has been culturally in Australia.  LEGO is available in most toy shops and department stores, and large retailers (Thinking target, Kmart, Big W)  While Playmobil has almost exclusively been in the domain of the smaller, independent toy shop.  We have continued to pick up the occasional playmobil set, especially for Grandma and Grandpa’s holiday house, where our children would often play with them.  With the exception of a nurse in 1978, be have basically stuck with variations of the medieval theme.

I knew Playmobil had continued to be a thing, but I hadn’t really worried about it.  Then coming home through Belgium in 2016, I saw an orange Porsche 911 on the shelves at the Duty Free Shop in the airport.porsche

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