A few weeks ago Lego officially revealed that the next fan-designed Cuusoo set to go into production would be Brent Waller's incredibly-detailed Ghostbusters set. And while the brickmasters at Lego made a few tweaks to Waller's design, the results are still definitely worth adding to any Lego collection.
When Lego revealed the Back to the Future set last summer, a few fans were a bit dismayed with the creative licence Lego had taken with the time-travelling DeLorean. While those changes were made to make it easier for the Doc or Marty figurines to fit inside the car, Lego has taken a different route here.
During our brief hands-on with the new set, it appears that Lego has prioritised the aesthetics of Ecto-1 over functionality. There didn't appear to be an easy to way to put the minifigures inside the vehicle, short of removing the entire roof which would have been difficult due to attached cables and other detailing. It limits playability, but Ecto-1 looks like it just rolled straight out of the movie, so it's hard to complain.
The minifigures themselves are also just as wonderful. If you had worried you'd have to wait for a Groundhog Day-themed Lego set to get a tiny Bill Murray to carry around with you, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The four main characters—Peter, Winston, Egon, and Ray—are all included. And each come with tiny proton packs, walkie-talkies, ghost traps, and appropriately terrified looks on their faces. Getting this quartet of minifigures alone is worth the price of the entire set.
It's admittedly a little disappointing that the Ghostbusters' firehouse-turned-headquarters isn't included as part of the set. A tiny version of William Atherton's Walter Peck character would have made a great addition to any minifigure collection. And we'd be doing everyone a disservice if we didn't ask Lego to maybe toss a Slimer figure in there too before the set is officially available this June. Going by the $50 SRP we can expect it to retail at the £30 mark here in the UK.