Hotwheels Elite 1:18 Ecto and plush Ghostbusters!

A little old and little new.

A couple of weeks back, fans started spotting plush Ghostbusters, along with plush Slimer and Stay Puft, in claw machines – more often than not, these are found in the games rooms at your local Wal-Mart. They are not available through regular retail. You will actually have to find a claw machine and try your luck.

The toys are made by The Toy Factory, who specialized in plush prizes for claw machines, party arcades, and fairs. Their catalog does confirm they have the Ghostbusters license, but contains no pictures – not to worry though, people have been posting them up and sending them in a lot.

From what we can tell, they appear to come in two different sizes (as you can see in this picture by GBFan poster, hawaiiangb.

And Hot Wheels has finally posted pictures of their 1:18 scale Elite Ecto – as cool as the ERTL die-cast Ecto was, this car takes the cake.

[VIA GBNews]

Hot Wheels Collector reveals exclusive 1/64 scale Ecto! On sale next week!

Mattel owned Hot Wheels have unveiled an exclusive 1/64 scale Ecto-1 – the car, which is the same scale as the San Diego Comic Con Ecto-1 or the carded retail Ecto-1 from last year, actually goes on sale next Tuesday. This car is not to be confused with the Hot Wheels Elite die-cast Ectos that are coming up soon as well.

But there’s a catch; You have to be a member of the HWC Red Line Club. That’s a premium club, but that exclusive sale period only lasts 24 hours, then it’s open to regular members, and that’s a free membership.

The car will only be on sale for the week, buyers are limited to two cars at $14.99, but the cars themselves aren’t limited in number, just by the orders made during the week-long sale. So you can’t miss really.

What makes the care unique is below, along with sale details – it’s pretty sweet.

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?, of course, because we’ve got everyone’s favorite demonic destroyers’ trusty ride, the Ecto-1! It will be offered first to Red Line Club members for a 24-hour Priority Window beginning Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 9:00 AM PT, earning one RLC Rewards Point for each one you purchase with your membership during that period. Availability will continue after that for ALL HWC members through May 3, 2011, at 8:00 AM PT.

Based on a casting only seen once before in the mainline and once at Comic-Con, our version features a newly formulated pearl finish that has flakes of green and red, and, for the first time ever, Neo-Classics wheels. Add a hand-polished chrome-plated chassis, metalflake gray interior, silver-colored roof rack and clear windows, Ghostbusters logos on the sides and back door, yellow and black license plate with “Ecto-1” and “New York,” and you’ve got a ride so rad, even Gozer will want one!

-Special pearl finish
-Ghostbusters logos and deco
-Neo-Classics Redline wheels
-Full-metal, hand-polished, chrome-plated chassis
-Metalflake gray interior
-Clear windshield

Production car may vary from the photo shown. Mattel reserves the right to modify the color, decorations and wheel type.

The HWC Neo-Classics Ghostbusters Ecto-1 will be produced in the quantity of the orders we receive during the one-week ordering period. Don’t be scared… it will be safely hidden inside special packaging featuring the Ecto-1 on the front and shipped in a Hot Wheels Kar Keepers case. You can possess one for just $14.99 plus S&P (shipping & processing) each, and there is a purchase limit of TWO vehicles per membership.

Remember, Red Line Club members get 1 point for each vehicle purchased during the Priority Window. Not a member? The 2011 Red Line Club is sold out, but watch for details about next year’s Red Line Club!

Offer available to RLC members only for a
24-hour Priority Window: 4/26/11, 9:00 AM PT
Offer available to ALL HWC members: 4/27/11, 9:00 AM PT
Offer ends: 5/3/11, 8:00 AM PT


Mattel reveals ComicCon exclusive Ecto-1!

The San Diego Comic Con website has listed all the exclusives that exhibitors will be making available at the show, later this month, and Mattel, in addition to its Retro-Action Peter Venkman (and his haunted uniform doppelganger version), Mattel has listed an exclusive Ecto-1 Hot Wheels car – the car comes with a lot more paint detail than the retail version (especially on the roof rack equipment) and comes in its own display case, and more. Cost? $20!

The Hot Wheels version of the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 has been one of the most hotly sought after castings in the 2010 main line at retail. As a result, Hot Wheels decided to create the most detailed 1:64 version of the Ecto-1 to date and sell it at SDCC. Featuring a die-cast body, die-cast chassis, Real Rider tires, and a box that looks like Ghostbusters ghost trap, it’ll be sure to sell out fast. While supplies last.

No number on how many they will be making available has been made, nor if they will only be made available on a particular day.

Similarly the Retro-Action figures are listed at $20, but without details on when they will be made available or what numbers they are limited to.

[VIA] posts 4th Mattel Q&A

GBFans has submitted your questions and posted Mattel’s answers in a fourth round Q&A with the toy maker.

Short version! SDCC exclusive will be awesome, but no hints until April. 12″ Peter (snicker) comes with the basic accessories, but Winston will come with paperwork and brand name spongecake snack. Hot Wheels Ecto-1 will continue to be produced and shipped throughout the year (Mattel makes Hot Wheels, y’see?). And someone suggested a Barbie line of Ghostbusters, or at least her as a secretary – I say make her a Ghostbuster.

Hell, if they’ll make Mad Men Barbies, then then a Barbie suited up to bust some heads in a spiritual sense is totally doable. And shouldable. Secretary is so 1962!

As always, good answers need good questions by YOU, so contact GBFans with yours, today, for round five.