LEGO is the world’s largest toy manufacturer, and with good reason. The building blocks have a simple and easy design that makes them easy to use and enjoyable for all ages, and they can be adapted for many uses. The company has also been extremely savvy about getting licensing deals with darn near every major franchise in the world, Disney (including Marvel), Star Wars (pre- and post-Disney acquisition), DC Comics, even Back to the Future and The Simpsons have sets. The Danish Brick Builder has also dabbled into other movie franchises, including the ever popular Jurassic Park series and Ghostbusters.
It’s the last one that has everybody the most excited right now, with LEGO dropping a preview in a Facebook post on November 11 of a massive Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters set, available after the first of the year. This is actually the second set in the Ghostbusters line, the first being Ecto-1 last year. Ecto-1 is quite possibly one of the coolest sets ever to come out, so how will LEGO top the 500+ piece set with its follow-up?
Simple: by going big. We aren’t talking making a bigger and better Ecto-1 or even a moderately sized headquarters for the apparition battling four, we are talking a massive, 4,634 piece set that not only includes the Ghostbusters themselves, but also minifigs of several supporting stars as well. Yes, Slimer too.
Along with Egon, Ray, Winston, and Peter come Janine, Dana, and even Louis Tully, as well as a zombie driver and a few ghosts. The building hinges open to reveal a three story building complete with a bathroom, bedroom quarters, and even the containment chamber. It also has the famous firefighter’s’ pole for the crew to slide down when they are needed to combat the supernatural elements infesting the city. Sorry, there is no Zuul.
The biggest problem facing LEGO these days is not a lack of buyers, but that they are so popular they are actually facing a shortage of supplies in order to keep up with demand for the holiday season in Europe. Luckily this set doesn’t actually drop until after the first of the year, as do many of the company’s sets, so it may escape being a victim of the shortage.
The new Ghostbusters set, item 75827, does come with a hefty price tag as well, $350. This is actually a pretty good price for the size of what will certainly become a highly popular item, considering the size and comparing it to other massive sets that can easily climb even higher (we’re talking to you, Millennium Falcon).
So how will the LEGO group top themselves for the next round? We don’t know about you, but we’re hoping for a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.