“Who you gonna call?” It’s a phrase that has stayed in the cultural zeitgeist since the first Ghostbusters film hit the screens in 1984. Since then, the Ghostbusters have returned to the big screen multiple times, with plenty of small screen, comic book and video game appearances too. Plus, you can even create new ghostbusting adventures with your own LEGO Ghostbusters kits. But many fans ask themselves, “Which Ghostbusters should I use in my pint-sized paranormal plays?”
“I Love This Town”: Recreating the Movie & More With LEGO Ghostbusters
There are three LEGO Ghostbusters kits on the market: the all-important ECTO-1 to get your Ghostbusters to and from Spook Central, the iconic firehouse headquarters to house all your busted ghosts, and everyone’s favourite mismatched couple: Peter Venkman and Slimer. Within these kits, it’s only the original 1984 (and 1989) Ghostbusters who feature, and only in the firehouse set.
For many Ghostbusters fans, the original film and its sequel were defining cultural touchstones in their lives, particularly for those of a certain age. Being able to pay tribute to a film that shaped their humour and childhood adventures is important; thus, being able to build a LEGO set with the original Ghostbusters as figures matters.
Thankfully, if you’re a Ghostbusters traditionalist, you’ll find it easy to recreate your favourite movie scenes with Venkman, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddemore. All you need is a little LEGO creativity.
“Hey, We Should Stay Here Tonight!”: the LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse
We suggest starting off your LEGO Ghostbusters journey with the Firehouse Headquarters kit. In it, you’ll get all four original Ghostbusters, plus Louis Tully (while possessed by Vinz Clortho, the Keymaster), Dana Barret (under the influence of Zuul, the Gatekeeper) and Janine Melnitz. But no LEGO Ghostbusters set would be complete without some ghosts! You also get Slimer and two ghostly chums, along with the Library Ghost and the Zombie Taxi Driver.
This cleverly designed set, which can be opened out to easily view the building’s interior, is packed full of features, from the fun fireman’s pole (“You got to try this pole!”) to the all-important ghost containment unit (“Don’t. Shut it. Off. I’m warning you.”). All up, it will take you about 11–12 hours to build the set, but it’s well worth it.
With your firehouse built, it’s up to you which scene you want to pay homage to. Are Egon and Ray busily experimenting with the pink ooze and a toaster from Ghostbusters II on the top floor? Or is Janine helping calm a bemused Louis Tully/Keymaster downstairs? If you want to make things truly spooktacular, try adding a lighting kit to your firehouse. This way, your Ghostbusters don’t have to be afraid of thehttps://superheroes.fandom.com/wiki/Ecto-1 dark!
“Everybody Can Relax, I Found the Car”: Your LEGO ECTO-1
If you want to start saving New York City from Gozer and their ghostly crew, you’re going to need wheels. Thankfully there’s the LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 kit. While this kit doesn’t come with any mini figures, your firehouse crew will comfortably fit. All you need is 6–7 hours to build this classic car.
Of course, if you really want to do the ECTO-1 justice, you need lights and sound. Luckily, you can get your hands on quality light and sound kits so your Ghostbusters can speed through the city streets and get to their next paranormal appointment on time.
Speaking of, you can expand your Ghostbusters universe out with plenty of other LEGO kits. For instance, grab a Statue of Liberty set and get ready to party like it’s 1989. Or, set Slimer loose in the Boutique Hotel kit, before trapping him.
“I Have a Radical Idea. We Cross the Streams”: Getting Creative With Your LEGO Ghostbusters
There’s plenty you can do with the original Ghostbusters, but what about fans of the later films and other franchise offerings? Or what if you want to tell all new Ghostbusters tales to scare and delight like Akryod, Ramis and Reitman’s original?
Whether you’ve been a fan since the 80s or have only just discovered the fantastic world of Ghostbusters with Afterlife, it’s hard to argue with one of the key lessons the films and franchise has always shared: anyone can be a Ghostbuster. You just need to be curious and ready to do good. Throughout the films, comics, tv shows and videogames, we’ve seen countless people take up the mantle of good guy and Ghostbuster, so why should it be any different with LEGO?
“We’re Ready to Believe You”: A LEGO Ghostbusters Reunion
If you’re a passionate Ghostbusters fan, why not start by bringing together the casts of all four feature films? Will Peter Venkman and Abby Yates conduct exciting new psychic experiments together? Or will Janine show Kevin how to answer phone calls in trademark Ghostbusters fashion? What could happen if Egon, Jillian and Phoebe are left alone with plenty of tech to hand?
While there’s the original foursome made for you and ready to go, there’s nothing to stop you from creating your own mini figures to build out the full Ghostbusters universe. You can get creative, adapting mini figures from other sets, or even break out the paintbrushes and create a work of art in the form of a tiny Mr Grooberson.
“Oh, We Have to Get These Two Together”: Taking Your LEGO Ghostbusters Out of Their World
The great thing about LEGO is that the only limit is really your imagination. Therefore, you can start telling some crazy tales or putting together some strange tableaus where the world of Ghostbusters collides with other franchises and realities. Grab your favourite kits from other movies and shows, like Harry Potter or Minecraft, and get spooking! Will the Ghostbusters have their work cut out for them or will they find they’ve got competition in the paranormal pest business?
“How is Elvis, & Have You Seen Him Lately?”: Make Your Own Ghosts & Busters
Be inspired by the world around you to create mini figures and more of your own making! Ever dreamed of becoming a Ghostbuster yourself? Make a mini-you to show the Ghostbusters how it’s done. Or, you want to see the Ghostbusters take on their toughest boo yet: the biggest, baddest monster you can dream of! From ghostly mini figures to haunted mansions, see what you can create to expand your Ghostbusters universe.
“Something I Loved From My Childhood”: LEGO Your Way
There’s no wrong way to build, play with and display your LEGO Ghostbusters. If you want to stick with the original Ghostbusters, go for it! If you’d rather mix and match or build your own spook sleuths, that’s fine too! All that matters is that you have a great time. Get creative and make something that would make the Ghostbusters proud. Your creations will look more alive (or unalive!) with lights and sound. Happy building!