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Eaglemoss Hero Collector Build The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Model Subscription Review - Issue #5

 By Paul Rudoff on Jun. 30, 2020 at 2:11 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Reviews & Merch , Tags:
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This is one of an ongoing series of reviews that looks at the "Build The Ghostbusters Ecto-1" model subscription from Eaglemoss, through their Hero Collector imprint. Let's take a closer look at Issue #5...

My review of Issue #3 went over the concept of "issues" and "car parts", so be sure to read that if you need a better understanding of terms being used here. Also, be sure to read my review of the introductory package to fill you in on what to expect from the "Build The Ghostbusters Ecto-1" model subscription. Okay, now that we're all on the same page, let's look at what is in the latest package.

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Taking everything out of the large box, I find the Issue #5 magazine; Ecto-1 model parts sets #11, #12, #13, and #14. (As you can see in my photo, I actually received two sets of Parts #11.)

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The magazine is slightly bigger than 8.5"x11" and contains 30-pages. The magazine contains a parts list (so you'll know what parts accompany that issue) with instructions, followed by a new interview/article. In Issue #5, you get an interview with Joe Medjuck; an article detailing how the pyrotechnic effects were done; and the usual "Ecto–101" section, which provides "a monthly list of all the things that make Ghostbusters great".

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The model pieces are large and heavy due to the fact that this is made of die-cast metal! When finished, it will measure a whopping 31.5" long. That's roughly TWO AND A HALF FEET! The four parts sets included with this issue are:
  • Parts Set #11 - The Ecto-1 had the benefit of power steering, which was made possible by the power steering pump and crankshaft pulley.
  • Parts Set #12 - This stage consists of parts that help keep the Ecto-1's engine cool - namely the engine fan and cooling pipes.
  • Parts Set #13 - In this stage you will assemble the first part of the frame that underpins the body of your Ectomobile.
  • Parts Set #14 - This stage consists of the first front suspension parts of your model Ecto-1.
All parts either snap or screw in place. No glue or paint is needed, though you will need the mini-screwdriver included with the introductory package and your own pair of pliers. Obviously, I don't have the completed model to show you. The most I could do right now is to assemble the parts given to me. I'm going to hold off on doing that, as it would be best to just build it once I have all of the parts.

You start your subscription with the introductory package, which contains the "Introduction" magazine, Issue #1 and Issue #2 magazines, a fold-out poster that shows you the model in full actual size, and the first two sets of Ecto-1 parts for just $1.95 with FREE SHIPPING!!! Further issues are $10.90 per issue plus $2.45 for shipping per issue. In addition to the 36 magazines and 141 model parts sets, you will also get a beautiful binder in which to store all of your magazines, an Ecto-1 license plate replica, an exclusive baseball cap, an exclusive t-shirt, and a display base for your model. If you're willing to pay an extra $1.00 per issue, you can upgrade to a Platinum subscription, which entitles you to a specially-designed crystal case with an amazing lighting kit to add onto your display base.

I will continue to review all of the magazines and model pieces that Eaglemoss sends me, and in a few years, I'll build the Ecto-1 and show it off to all of you.

All photographs and scans used in this review were taken by me, Paul Rudoff. This item was provided by Eaglemoss for review on this site.

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