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Sliming is Everything: Playmobil Celebrates Ghostbusters Anniversary with Awesome ECTO-1A Replica

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Playmobil’s 13 inch “Ghostbusters” Ecto-1A replica includes all the bells and whistles.

Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1A Playset (70170)
Recommended for ages 6-12

Ghost World…
When I first read Hans Holzer’s Ghost Hunter back in the 1970’s I never imagined that paranormal spelunking would become the cottage industry of popular media in the next millennium and a staple of cable television programming. In retrospect, and IMHO, one of the prime catalysts for this phenomena was 1984’s Ghostbusters.

Though beaten to the screen by Poltergeist, Ghostbusters updated and redefined the moribund “a-haunting we will go” spook comedy formula for the burgeoning MTV generation. As they did with Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live ex-patriots including Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis applied their inventive spin to the genre and created a unique reboot.

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The gang’s all here. This Playmobil play-set includes all four Ghostbuster figures.

Spirited Occasion…
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters Playmobil has created a toy set filled with goodies based around the ghost battling team’s sweet ride, the Ecto-1A. The car’s classic Miller-Meteor Ambulance/Hearse design exudes a sleek 1950’s Cadillac vibe – gotta love those tail-fins. The nearly 13” replica is meticulously detailed to the specs of the Ghostbusters II 1A updates including the second “no ghosts” logo. Tricked out with its roof mounted ectoplasm tracking apparatus it yields an impressive silhouette.

Like their licensed Dreamworks’ D3 Dragons sets Playmobil’s Ecto-1A comes loaded with extras. All four ghostbusters (Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore and Egon Spengler) are supplied with the kit. They are of course presented in Playmo person countenance and each is outfitted with plenty of removable gear. Yes, there is room for all the members to ride inside the 1A and gear can be packed too. Access to the interior is gained by removing the roof panel and the back hatch opens to fit your ghost trap. Flexible hoses attached to the Slime Blowers and parts of the car are a nice touch.

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The roof array of Playmobil’s “Ghostbusters” Ecto-1A includes lights and sounds.

Don’t be “a-scared” when you first open the box. While there are plenty of bits and pieces to put together, the well illustrated, full color, instruction booklet will guide you through the assembly process in proper order. Building the kit is part of the fun, and as rewarding as playing with the finished toy.

That said, kids may need some help from parental units or an older sibling to get the tires onto their hubs and three AAA batteries must be loaded behind a panel secured by a screw in order to run the electronics. Otherwise the build was a simple snap together method.

I suggest paying extra attention to where the decals/stickers go. They add intricate detail to the finished piece.

Lights and sounds are activated by separate buttons on the upper array of the car. A flashing cherry top, and front and back multi-colored led panels add a nice kinetic touch as you roll along. Alarm sound effects run through one cycle and auto shut, saving battery power. Though not electronically operated the “Ghostbusters” and “We’re Back…for Hire” signs on either side of the roof appear to be scrolling through use of the good old lenticular effect.

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Download the Playmobil App and use your mobile device to “capture” ghosts in the hologram cone.

Ghosts in the OS…
There is also a digital feature to the play-set accessed via the downloadable Playmobil App for iOS and Android. The instructions say there are four different ghosts to capture in the included hologram cone. We’ll be exploring and reporting on that part of the action in the near future.

SkeletonPete Says…
Andy and I have been looking forward to this release since we first spied it at Toy Fair 2019. Overall, I think the appeal of this product goes beyond the age range listed. Fans of Ghostbusters collector’s items should be happy to sit this piece on a display shelf.

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Get Your Wings: Playmobil Reveals Hidden World Dragons Toys

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Playmobil action figures of Dragons heroes Toothless and Hiccup soar into battle.

Dreamworks Got a Brand New Drag…
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Fab Gear: Toy Insider Names Best in Play for 2016

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Adventure Publication’s Laurie Schacht and the Toy Insider team gave Holiday of Play attendees the lowdown on the latest & greatest modes of play.

Andy and Pete Say…
Once again it was our pleasure to join The Toy Insider team for the annual reveal of their choices for best toys for the holiday season lists. The HoliDAY of Play event highlights products in three categories, Hot 20 Toys, 12 Best Tech Toys, and 10 Best S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Toys.

You probably know “Toy Insider Mom” Laurie Schacht from her numerous television appearances demonstrating the operation of those products. The Toy Insider 2016 Catalog can be found nested inside the current issue of Family Circle Magazine, and you can get comprehensive details on each item at the Toy Insider Website link above.

Things to Make and Do….
There is probably no greater satisfaction for youngsters, really for anyone, than building something that works. That appeared to be the major theme this year at The HoliDAY of Play event. As we’ve seen in the past, from Lincoln Logs to LEGOS, the honing of dexterity skills, deciphering of instructions, assimilation of concepts, peaking of imagination and recovering from missteps, all make the final product a very personal thrill. The accomplishment makes the object all the more valuable to the builder.
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