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Hasbro's Plasma Series Ghostbusters: Afterlife Ecto-1 Review

 By Paul Rudoff on Feb. 26, 2021 at 11:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Toys
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Hasbro recently released the Plasma Series Ghostbusters: Afterlife Ecto-1, the first replica based on the dilapidated Ecto-1 seen in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie. Read on to find out more about it...

The Plasma Series Ecto-1 was first announced in September 2020 at Hasbro's PulseCon online event, where it was introduced by none other than Jason Reitman himself.

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The 1:18 scale plastic vehicle is approx. 14" long, 4.5" wide, and 6" tall with the roof rack (4" tall without it). It comes in a box that measures 16"x9"x4.5", which is much smaller than I was expecting. At this size, it won't fit any of the existing Plasma Series figures, but I don't think Hasbro meant for it to be used as a toy with figures in it. (If you're really adamant about putting figures inside, they'd have to be of the 3.75-inch variety.) Once you open up that box and slide out the cardboard tray, you'll see this.

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As you can see, some assembly is required - though not as much as the Eaglemoss Ecto-1. The car is secured to the middle of the box. The roof rack is secured to the top side.

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Tucked under the front side is a little bag of additional roof rack parts, which includes the RTV (Remote Trap Vehicle).

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All of those parts snap into various holes in the top and sides. There are no instructions provided, but it's easy to figure out from looking at the photos on the box. Once assembled, it looks like this.

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You'll notice that, unlike the Afterlife Ectotron, there is a lot of rust and corrosion present on the car. This looks like a rusted, aged vehicle that has sat in a barn for 35 years. Kudos to the team at Hasbro for making sure that the weathered paint job is consistent throughout. The front bumper is appropriately weathered, but at least the "ECTO-1" license plate is still there on both bumpers.

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The weathering effect isn't just relegated to "rust". The logo on all of the doors, such as the one seen here on the back, is cracked and chipped.

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There vehicle, which has working wheels, features a matte finish, and the iconic roof rack.

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The roof rack includes all of the items you'd expect.

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The right side of the car also features all of the rust and weathering...

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...as well as Afterlife's new gunner seat (or "blaster seat" as it's called on the box). The seat swings out, swivels around a full 360 degrees, and features a mounted proton pack on the back.

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Four of the five doors open, allowing you to get a better look at the interior.

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This includes the back door, where you will find a place to park the "deployable RTV" (as the box calls it).

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The RTV is an upgrade to the ghost trap that allows it to be remote-controlled, which will be featured in Afterlife. This little thing actually has working wheels.

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The Plasma Series Ghostbusters: Afterlife Ecto-1 carries a MSRP of $49.99, which is a good price, but not a great price, in my opinion. It would have been better had there been working lights and sounds. The Plasma Ecto-1 is available exclusively at Target, though if you want to help Spook Central out, you can also buy it from third-party sellers on Amazon. (Spook Central gets a small commission from Amazon sales.)

All images scanned and/or photographed by me or provided by Hasbro. This item has been provided by Hasbro for review on this site.

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