Product Story: Ghostbusters™

Brent Waller's Story

Ghostbusters set

With the thirtieth anniversary of the blockbuster film approaching, Brent Waller, a 3D Environment Artist working in the video games industry, decided to celebrate the event by designing and building his rendition of the film's four ghost-busting characters and their iconic vehicle. Posted on the LEGO® Ideas website (then known as LEGO Cuusoo) in March 2013, it quickly gathered the 10,000 votes needed to qualify for the review process, and was declared a winning model at the start of 2014.

Ghostbusters Creator Brent Waller

"The Ectomobile or Ecto-1 is one of the most famous movie cars in the world, instantly recognizable even to those not familiar with the films. Decked out in all manner of ghost-catching equipment and an overabundance of sirens, I was sure to catch the attention of any person, ghost, or demigod in the vicinity!"

Who you gonna call?

In the early 1980s an inspired film concept was born -- unleash an ultimate supernatural power on the city of New York and call upon the best comedic talent in Hollywood to save the day. Then, throw in great special effects and a talented director. Next comes the blockbuster film that audiences have loved for thirty years Ghostbusters!

When strange paranormal incidents begin occurring at Columbia University, the Paranormal Studies Department began to investigate. Despite their findings, Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Ray Stantz, and Dr. Egon Spengler lost their funding and were thrown out. They regrouped an formed a paranormal detection and elimination service called Ghostbusters. Ray purchased an old ambulance that was transformed into their ghost-busting vehicle, the Ecto-1. Their first assignment called on them to remove Slimer, a gluttonous apparition from the Sedgwick Hotel. After successfully completing the job, the team continued their work and their businesses grew, so they hired another team member, Winston Zeddemore.

All four of them were put to the ultimate test when they had to save New York from Zuul, a paranormal powerhouse. Just when their battle seemed lost, the Ghostbusters made a daring decision to cross the particle streams from their proton packs which resulted in a catastrophic explosion that incinerated the giant Mr. Stay Puft Marshmallow man and destroyed Zuul. Luckily the team survived the blast and the Ghostbusters received praise for saving the city.