Lets get this out there straight away! This is by far the best commercially available model of ECTO 1 you can buy! It totally whipes the floor with the 2004 Ertl version. For one thing, is a lot bigger, a true 1:18 scale model. Finally we have a real solid attempt at creating a replica of the famous ECTO 1 movie car that inspired it. The build quality is just excellent for the large part. I own a Danbury mint "Christine" model(from the Stephen King incarnation) and this model comes very close to the same level of quality. So much so, that I have bought 2! One I'll keep and one I will sell when they begin to go up in price perhaps a few years from now. It happened with the Ertl version, and belive me, it'll happen with this.
The box is basically the same version that was used for the 1:43 scale version. Essentially, a colourful outer cardboard box with 2 polystyrene interlocking halves protecting the car inside, but it worked much better on the 1:43 model! The smaller more compact 1:43 box had some level of rigidity to it, this scaled up box should have been made of much sturdier cardboard materials. A few times in and out of the box and you'll start to see quite a bit of damage resulting. Oh well, its just the box I suppose. The 1st thing that strikes you about the car when you pull it out of the box, is its size. It's massive! I haven't measured it perfectly, but its over a foot long. Then you notice the beautifully painted white exterior. They have done a wonderful job on the paintwork. Theres not a flaw on the 2 that I own. There are a few items that come seperately boxed from the car. The roof rack and the ladder leading up to it are situated in a compartment within the poly box itself. You just need to lift off the poly cover to expose and retrieve them.Read more ›