Hands-On: the official Lego Ghostbusters is awesome and spot on

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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.

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When Lego revealed the Back to the Future set last summer, a few fans were a bit dismayed with the creative licences Lego had taken with the time-traveling DeLorean. But while those changes were made to make it easier for the Doc or Marty minifigs to fit inside the car, Lego's taken a different route here.

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During our brief hands-on with the new set, it appears that this time around Lego has prioritized the aesthetics of Ecto-1 over functionality. There didn't appear to be an easy to way to put the minifigs 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.

Update: It looks like the roof is actually only held in place by four studs in the corners, making it easy to remove to insert the figures and check out the details inside. So it's win-win here.

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The minifigs 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 minifigs alone is worth the price of the entire set.

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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 minifig 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 for $50.

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I've always wondered how it felt when an actor sees a toy (action figure etc) that resembles them. Its got to be pretty sweet/weird right? But I feel that becoming a lego, despite the obvious disparity in general likeness, is so much cooler. I hope the next film does the franchise and its actors justice because although I wasn't even a thought when they came out, they were one of my fav "dad let me watch this when mom ran errands" movies. Then again he also took me to see die hard with a vengeance when I was a kid..prob ranks up there with the power rangers movie for best film I saw in 95. Jesus, cant sleep and Im sharing way too much.