#GhostbustersWeek rolls on with a look at some new rides from Hot Wheels…
Earlier this week, we took a look at the Hot Wheels GHOSTBUSTERS Classics based on the original Ecto-1 from 1984’s GHOSTBUSTERS, and the Ecto-1A from 1989’s GHOSTBUSTERS II, alongside the Retro Entertainment version of the Ecto-1 as featured from 1987-1991 on THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS cartoon series. Of course, with Paul Feig’s 2016 GHOSTBUSTERS hitting theaters, the folks at Mattel have given similar treatment to the two rides featured on the big screen this summer – the Ecto-1 Cadillac hearse and Ecto-2 motorcycle, presented together in a 1:64-scale two-pack (available from Amazon and my allies at Entertainment Earth).
Having not yet seen the film, it took a little bit for these to grow on me, but I also didn’t really dislike them, either – a new team needs a some new rides, and here they’ve stuck to that “30-year-old hearse/ambulance” vibe of the first film, so I can dig it.
The Ecto-2 as a motorcycle is a nice touch. If I remember correctly, THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS cartoon (and if not the cartoon, certainly the Kenner toy collection) has several different Ecto’s over the years – one was even a helicopter!
As far as these are concerned, they have a nice “weight” to them – keeping in-line with other Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment/Pop Culture releases. Metal bases with “Real Riders” (rubber) tires gives them a more upscale feel, but I have no problem letting the girls take these for a spin. In fact, the Ecto-1 has already made several trips down the driveway, even picking up a chip or two in the process.
Recommended for Ages 3+, and completely Rock Father-approved!
GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL (2016) Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today – Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!
GHOSTBUSTERS has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for the following reasons: SUPERNATURAL ACTION AND SOME CRUDE HUMOR
Directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Katie Dippold and Paul Feig. Based on the film “Ghostbusters” (1984) Written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and Directed by Ivan Reitman
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