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DeAgostini Fanhome Build The Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Model Subscription Review - Issue #35

 By Paul Rudoff on May. 11, 2024 at 3:00 PM , Categories: Toys , Tags:
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This is one of an ongoing series of reviews that looks at the "Build The Ghostbusters Ecto-1" model subscription from DeAgostini, through their Fanhome imprint; also available in the United Kingdom and Germany. (The model was previously released by Eaglemoss' Hero Collector imprint, which is why there are still references to Eaglemoss in this review.) Let's take a closer look at this issue...

When DeAgostini took over the model after Eaglemoss went out of business, they changed the names of things so that they made sense. Eaglemoss' names were very confusing, so much so, that I used my own terminology here. I had been referring to the magazines as "issues" and the four sets of parts that came with each one as "car parts". DeAgostini, pretty much, follows this same pattern, only they call each set of one magazine and related car parts an "Assembly Stage". I will keep my terminology to avoid confusion with my past reviews, but you can think of each "Issue" as an "Assembly Stage" and you'll be on the same page.

DeAgostini also has different pricing than Eaglemoss. I went over the new pricing in this article announcing the revival of the model, so feel free to read it. Be sure to read my review of the introductory package to fill you in on what to expect from the model subscription, though do be aware that the prices listed are no longer accurate (and the links to Eaglemoss' site in my old reviews are invalid).

Okay, now that we're all on the same page, let's look at what is in the latest package.

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Taking everything out of the large box, I find the latest magazine and four Ecto-1 model parts sets.

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The magazine is slightly bigger than 8.5"x11" and contains 30-pages. The magazine contains a parts list (so you'll know what parts accompany that issue) with instructions, followed by a new interview/article. In Issue #35, you get articles about the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, the Slime Scooper, the Ghostbusters Nerd Search books, and illustrator and sculptor Kurt W. Conner's artwork; along with the usual "Ecto–101" section, which provides "a monthly list of all the things that make Ghostbusters great".

It should be stated that the majority of the articles from the magazines included with the model subscription have been collected in the Ghostbusters: The Inside Story hardcover book (reviewed here). So, if for some reason, you want the magazines, but not the Ecto-1 model, you can get most of the content in that book. However, the magazines do have an exclusive "Ecto-101" feature, as well as a few exclusive articles.

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The model pieces are large and heavy due to the fact that this is made of die-cast metal! When finished, it will measure a whopping 31.5" long. That's roughly TWO AND A HALF FEET! The four parts sets included with this issue are:
  • Parts Set #131 - The final parts for the rear lightbar.
  • Parts Set #132 - The first parts of the roof frame, as well as three integral parts of the roof rack gadgetry.
  • Parts Set #133 - More parts for the roof frame, as well as parts for the Modified Marine Radome Antenna.
  • Parts Set #134 - The roof panel, as well as the parts for the T.U. Antenna, aka the "Sniffer".
All parts either snap or screw in place. No glue or paint is needed, though you will need the mini-screwdriver included with the introductory package and your own pair of pliers. Obviously, I don't have the completed model to show you. The most I could do right now is to assemble the parts given to me. My current plan is to wait until I have all of the parts, and then I will post a daily build report for an entire month taking you through the process from start to finish. That plan may change if I run out of physical space to store all of these boxes in the meantime.

You start your subscription (see also United Kingdom and Germany) with the introductory package, which contains the "Introduction" magazine, Issue #1 and Issue #2 magazines, a fold-out poster that shows you the model in full actual size, and the first two sets of Ecto-1 parts. In addition to the 37 magazines and 140 model parts sets, you will also get a beautiful binder in which to store all of your magazines, an Ecto-1 license plate replica, an exclusive baseball cap, and an exclusive t-shirt. If you're willing to pay a few extra bucks, you can upgrade to a "Platinum Offer", which entitles you to a specially-designed display base.

I will continue to review all of the magazines and model pieces that DeAgostini sends me, and once I have them all, I'll build the Ecto-1 and show it off to all of you.

All photographs used in this review were taken by me, Paul Rudoff. This item was provided by DeAgostini for review on this site.

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