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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. You then need to add these parts to the roof to complete the car. You'll need to remove them again and store them back in the poly insert if you want to re-box the model. A lot of attention has gone on the roof rack and subsequent ghostbusting aids stored on it. There are lots of "Danger" and "Hazzard" type labels on the roof equipment, adding that sense of realism. (It should be noted that this model was produced based on the recent restoration of the original movie Ectomobile that was previously wasting away (outside in all weathers) on a Sony pictures owned parking lot. Not on the ORIGINAL movie car! The finished restoration was wonderful and about 95% accurate to the original, but it wasn't exact. But at least they saved the classic movie vehicle and didn't allow it to rust beyond all recognition). True Ghostbusters fans (which I think you'd have to be to shell out for this) will notice the descrepancies, they are minor however. The detailing is stunning throughout. From the guitar string like "Whip-antenna" to the very detailed windscreen wipers. The chrome grill is a work of art (the whole car is), Mattel have done an exemplary job on this area as its so intricate.
All the doors open (its a shame the doors are plastic though, keeps the weight down I suppose) as does the bonnet and rear door. The Bonnet is diecast metal, and if you can take your eyes of that gorgeous 1959 Cadillac front grill, you'll notice a beautifully recreated engine under the hood. All the chrome parts and wires etc that you'd expect from a high end brand like "Danbury Mint". Open any of the doors and you'll view the wonderfully sculpted interior, like the dash and the seats. They look pretty authentic to me. But once you open the rear doors, you see the real attention grabbing detail of the ghostbusting computer technology inside. There are lots and I mean lots of computer consoles and the like adorning the rear interior. Its quite impressive. There is even included the famous stretcher that acts as a storage compartment for Proton packs (not included).
There are lots of intricate and thus breakable parts on this model. Most notably, the Ghostbusting equipment on the roof rack. The light bars are also fragile and wont take kindley to any heavy knocks or bumps. So be advised, if you are going to use this as a toy, then your going to break it! Not to say that a child should not be allowed to enjoy this lovely model, but it would make a pretty expensive choice of toy for a minor I think.
Also of note is the news that Mattel, who make Hotwheels cars (which is what this is), are going to be making a replica this year (2012) of Ecto 1A from Ghostbusters 2. That should be a lovely model and well worth keeping an eye out for, if your a fan!
In conclusion: This is an incredibly cool model, the best there is, but its not worth the money! The high price is the only reason it did not make 5 stars. Albeit this price on Amazon is the cheapest I've seen this model in the UK (and I've seen some selling for as much as £170) you just cannot justify paying that much for it. In my humble opinion, these should not be priced at more than £75 as they are worth that. If these models don't sell out from their vendors within this year, then I'm sure they'll start to drop the price just to get rid of them. BUT HOLD ON! I believe this model will be worth much more in years to come (thats why I bought 2), just like the Ertl Ecto 1 was originally sold for around £40, and is now worth around £100, this model will do the same. So if you can afford it, I would advise buying one, just so you can cash in in a few years time when they will be worth the original price you paid...but don't hold me to that!Read more ›