Ghostbusters Ecto-2

       
 
Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle
Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle packaging Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle front Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle interior Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle engine Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle corner detail Mattel Ghostbusters Ecto-2 Motorcycle rear

 
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NOTE: Since this site is generally 1/24 scale vehicle-oriented, this review is considering the Ecto-2 to be the primary vehicle.

Background

After the Ghostbusters see some initial successes, their dimwitted-but-decent receptionist Kevin wants in on the action. As a show of his commitment to the idea, he makes his own personalized jumpsuit and outfits a dirt bike with the appropriate gadgets and markings, including an "Ecto 2" vanity plate.

 

Packaging

Like other Hot Wheels sets, this is a wide blister card, measuring 8" (20.5cm) x 6½" (16.5cm) with the top right corner cut out as a design element leading to the hanger cutout. The background has multiple layers of ectoplasm oozing down over a plain dark brown field. The Hot Wheels logo is in the top left corner, the age restriction is in the top right corner, and the movie logo and title are centered just above the blister. The blister itself is 7" (18cm) x 2½" 6.5cm) x 1¾" (4cm), with a single folded piece of cardboard between it and the inner tray. The cardboard has the vehicle names styled like name badges over a high vis stripe. all of which is in front of a yellow and black caution stripe. The back of the package has heavily retouched photos of the two vehicles and all of the legal info, but is otherwise just a reshuffling of the front of the card. The tray holds the vehicles in specially formed pockets, with the Ecto-1 on the left and the Ecto-2 on the right. Since thisi s a blister card, the only way to get the vehicles out is to destroy the package.

 

Casting/Paint

Despite the fancy packaging, this is very much a Hot Wheels "mainline" casting. The front forks, from triple tree to wheel hubs, is all one piece of metal. The frame, engine, exhaust, and rear suspension is a second piece. The gas tank and battery cover is a third. The rear rack, seat, and handlebars are three pieces of plastic, and the wheels and tires are one piece of clear plastic each, bringing the total parts count to eight. They're all reasonably well done, but with that little to work with shortcuts are inevitable. The engine really suffers here, being little more than shallow reliefs on the sides of the silver monolith that is the chassis. Paint is similarly limited: the tank/battery cover is white, the tires and hand grips are painted black, some bits in the carrier are silver, and one other bit and the license plate are orange. There are quite a few small errors, including missed edges, ghosting, and random splotches. On the plus side, the Ghostbusters logos printed on either side of the gas tank are nice & sharp, with no print issues whatsoever.

 

Features/Accessories

Since I got this set for the bike, I consider the Ecto-1 an accessory. It's nicely done, finished in pearl white and semigloss red with all of the correct markings. It sits on a set of Real Rider tires on red and chrome wheels, and is topped with a reasonably accurate roof rack. Most people will be getting the set for this, and will not be disappointed. There is also a black stand included for the bike, since it lacks a kick stand or other means to hold itself up.

 

Accuracy

I haven't been able to find out whether this was an existing motorcycle that Mattel retooled, or if it is an all-new casting. I hope it's a retool, because that would excuse some of the mistakes they made. The biggest of which is the engine, which in an AMF-Harley-Davidson SX 175 Aermacchi should be a single cylinder...this is cast with a V twin. The exhaust is also entirely wrong, both wrong in number and lacking the distinct upwards sweep seen on the 1:1. The other problem is the wheels, which like other bikes are the same size as each other and too small. Adjusting for these, its scale is somewhere around 1/28 - 1/30.

 

Overall

While the motorcycle is not an objectively excellent piece, it's not bad and would be a fun addition to any TV/movie car collection. Most people will be more interested in the Cadillac anyway, which is a perfect compliment to the previously released -1 and -1A.

 

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