It's not cheap, but it's a must-have toy for diehard Ghostbusters fans.
Fans of the original Ghostbusters film have something new to ask Santa for this Christmas: a 2,352-piece Lego kit that makes a gigantic model of the Ghostbusters' original Ecto-1 car. It's an especially faithful kit, with Lego going so far as to call it it the "most detailed" model kit they've ever offered, and it does look an awful lot more detailed than the Ecto-1 kit that came out in 2014. At 18.5 inches in length assembled, it's also way bigger.
Why is Lego releasing this kit now? Because the "Ecto-1" which is based on a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura, is making its big-screen return in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" next year.
Rather than picking up where "Ghostbusters: Answer the Call" left off in 2016, "Afterlife" will be more of a direct sequel to 1989's Ghostbusters II, set thirty years after the events of that movie.
The "Ecto-1" is an iconic bit of Ghostbusters lore, and Lego's new kit will bring it to life for fans with features like a working steering wheel, a working hood, an extendable rear gunner seat, and a "ghost sniffer" - a piece of equipment from the original film that is used by the Ghostbusters to sniff out ghosts. We're sure that's just scratching the surface, though; according to Lego Design Master Michael Psiaki, the model is "crammed full of authentic features and Easter Eggs" for builders to discover as they go about assembling the car.
Given its size and level of detail, it should surprise no one that the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 kit from Lego will cost more than your average Lego build kit: $199 before sales tax.
The 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance that the original "Ectomobile" was based on is an undeniably cool car, but we have a certain fondness for what replaced it in the 2016 reboot film, too: a 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood station wagon. At this rate, we expect to see an Ectomobile based on the second-generation Cadillac CTS wagon on the silver screen by around 2040 or so.