Friends, the other afternoon I was just finishing up my shift down here in the Retroist Vault – when the Vault’s head librarian, Preston Griffith, burst into the control room with some incredibly awesome news. It appears that Hasbro has teamed up with Sony Pictures to join forces and create a new Transformers toy that crosses the streams with the Ghostbusters franchise. Starting this Summer you can visit your local GameStop and look for Ectotron – a new paranormal investigator (He has to be an Autobot, right?) courtesy of the new Transformers Collaborative line. Having a transforming version of Ecto-1 is a nice way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of both franchises don’t you think?
Judging by the press release from Hasbro, it appears that Ectotron, besides being a GameStop exclusive comes with a few groovy bonuses. First of all the packaging for this latest Transformers toy will be a G1-inspired box, that of course includes a throwback to those vintage tech specs we cut out and collected in our youth. In addition since Ectotron is part of the Ghostbusters universe, it will naturally come equipped with it’s own proton pack, ecto goggles, and even a Slimer accessory.
As you will see in the press release below, this might not be the only offering from the Transformers Collaborative we will see in the near future. As I’ve already mentioned I assume that Ectotron is an Autobot… so who might the Decepticons receive? I guess we will just have to wait and see for ourselves – but maybe the answer will lie in the pages of the upcoming comic book mini-series by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening from IDW this June? Personally I’m hoping we find out that Ectotron is the culmination of hard work from both Ratchet and Wheeljack with help from Dr. Egon Spengler. I mean, Wheeljack and Ratchet did team up to create the Dinobots in the Generation 1 animated series.
Here is the press release from Hasbro on the announcement of Ectotron:
“PAWTUCKET, RI – Feb. 15, 2019 – Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) and Sony Pictures Consumer Products today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 ECTOTRON, available at GameStop summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at HasbroPulse.com, GameStop and EB Games Canada. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the TRANSFORMERS brand & the original Ghostbusters film.
When fans of the iconic Ecto-1 from the 1984 Ghostbusters movie look a little closer at this nostalgic interpretation of the car, they will be treated with a new “robot in disguise” named ECTOTRON, a converting Paranormal Investigator. The figure is packed in a G1-inspired box featuring classic tech specs and comes with its own proton pack and Slimer accessory, and converts between two modes in 22 steps – a seven inch Ecto-1 vehicle and a TRANSFORMERS robot.
TRANSFORMERS robots have always been more than meets the eye, but now, through the TRANSFORMERS Collaborative, fans can experience these larger than life characters as they team-up, mash-up and meet up with other characters, teams and people. It is a world of constant change where things are not what they seem. A combined world of TRANSFORMERS and Ghostbusters where heroic Autobots, evil Decepticons and now ghosts can be discovered!
The Ghostbusters have a new, out of this world teammate and fans will be able to meet the all new TRANSFORMERS character ECTOTRON in his epic origin story by IDW Publishing. A brand new 5-part series from creative team Erik Burnham & Dan Schoening begins in June 2019.
The ECTO-1 ECTOTRON figure is available at GameStop starting Summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at HasbroPulse.com, GameStop and EB Games Canada. And be on the lookout for other possible TRANSFORMERS and Ghostbusters items. When these two iconic franchises come together – anything is possible!”