I love me some Ghostbusters. Be it the classic movies, the amazing-for-its-time Real Ghostbusters Cartoon and toyline, or the fantastic IDW comic books, I am ALWAYS down to bust some ghosts. My son, however, has no clue what Ghostbusters are beyond the occasional reference in another show. At only 7 (“and three quarters,” he would be quick to add), he’s a bit young, in my opinion.
Another thing about my son is that he’s not great with building toys. He loves them, but he hates following directions. He’d rather do his own thing. And yet, when he saw the two sample Ghostbuster sets Playmobil sent me, he was excited. They just looked neat. So I thought I would try a little experiment: I let my son do everything, with no help.
He started with the Ghostbusters II Spengler figure. He had Egon built in about three minutes and was carefully applying every sticker and decal. He built the set so quickly I didn’t even have time to take any photos! He was super excited to see there was an app in the form of the “Playmogram” 3D System.
The Skybike with Stanz was a bit more of a challenge for him, but not on a level where he got frustrated or gave up.
I thought he would have more trouble with The Real Ghostbuster Mission pack. We had the Stantz/Skybike set. The only intervention required from me was to snap one wing in place. He was tickled pink by the included ghost—“Look! He is HOLDING HIS EYE!”—but was not as amused by the “slime darts” the Skybike comes with, which tend to fall out. He quite liked that it was three toys—a vehicle, a Ghostbuster, and a ghost. It actually sits in a place of honor next to his bed.
The selection of smaller Ghostbusters sets is impressive, but the two jaw-droppers are the firehouse and Ecto-1. Friends of mine had the original Firehouse play set from Kenner, a decent toy for the time, but the new one is even better. I went hands-on at a press event and was impressed.
But Ecto-1? That they sent me. The Playmobil Ecto-1 was a finalist for the ToyFair 2018 toy of the year, and boy can I see why!
The Ecto-1 build is significantly more advanced, and my boy needed some help. Also, he seemed less interested in playing with it than the Skybike, for some reason… until he had a chance to sound the siren.
Oh, the lights! The sounds! Like stepping into the movie. Now, the boy may have liked it, but I loved that they chose Janine and Winston as the figures for this set. My wife even played with them a little, noting that it’s annoying to have to take their backpacks off to seat them in the front.
“Well, they’re unlicensed nuclear reactors. You don’t want to wear those, what if you hit a bump?”
“And the back doesn’t bump?”
I married a wise woman.
I’d write more about these sets, but to do that I would have to lever toys out of my son’s hands. So instead, how about I get some into yours?
Playmobil is giving away an Ecto-1 in honor of National Ghostbusters Day (June 8th, in case you were wondering). In fact, we’re going to make it Ghostbusters weekend. Enter your information below, and take a chance. A random number generator will pick a winner, whose information we will pass on to Playmobil (by filling the below out, you give us permission to do so).
The contest ends Sunday, 6/10 at 11:59 PM ET.
Give it a shot. Remember, when someone asks if you want to win a free Ecto-1, always say yes.
Note: Playmobil sent me 3 playsets to review. I’m hoping they do an “Answer the Call” set next.