Catering to the enthusiasm from the 2014 “Ghostbusters Ecto-1” set, The LEGO Group gave fans the release of the “Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters” set on January 1, 2016. This is set number 75827, recommended for ages 16+, and it has 4,634 pieces, costing a total of $349.99.
I bought this set from the LEGO store at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Sunday, March 11, 2018. (Though it had been out for two years, I never quite had the money until now.) I eagerly drove back to my house to get started. At 1:30 a.m., after about three hours of work, I decided it was time for a nap. I awoke promptly at 6:30 a.m. to finish what I had started. All in all, the set took around nine hours to complete. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. However, my thumbs hurt for a few days after due to the 1x1 tiles that are required to “snap” onto a 1x1 modified brick with one stud on the side (these create the “brick” effect on the building).
The set itself looks amazing. Two of the sides are all windows, the front has two large windows over a garage, but the back sadly is a jumble of random colors and pieces. There are nine minifigures included: Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Lewis Tully, Dana Barrett, Janine Melnitz, a zombie driver, and a librarian ghost. In addition, there are three ghost figures: the infamous green Slimer, a pink ghost, and a blue ghost. The detail on each of these characters is exquisite and neatly done. The sidewalk has oozing pink slime, as does a toaster in the second floor from the second movie. Pictures of Vigo the Carpathian hang aflame in a third floor black room next to a fire extinguisher. Details like the bed sheets are mirrored to the movies. In fact, as I was watching the movies while putting the set together, I noticed things in the movies I had never seen before, like the arcade games next to the bedrooms.
I would highly recommend this set to any experienced LEGO lover or Ghostbusters fan. Though a bit pricey, it is a great way to pass the time and display one’s love of the movies.