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Ghostbuster HQ or Disney castle

landolando Member Posts: 96
edited July 23 in Buying & Selling Topics
Can’t decide which one as love the look of them both but can only afford one and wanted it as a stand alone display piece.
only ever seen them in the box so no idea what they look like built in person.

Comments

  • Toc13Toc13 Member Posts: 950
    As a stand-alone, I think the castle has more presence.
    SumoLegomak0137klatu003
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,711
    I think the Ghostbusters HQ is a higher likelihood of retiring sooner for what it's worth.
    SumoLegogmonkey76
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,364
    The Castle is a much, much better display piece. 

    I love the GBHQ, but it is less iconic and is essentially a rectangle building.  (Plus, you have to buy the Ecto-1 to complete the display.)
    mak0137
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,336
    Castle. I'm not even going to try and explain my reasoning. If you agree with me after reading the first word, you already know.
    Toc13
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,290
    GBHQ. It is not infested with mice for a start!
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 504
    I think the castle looks more impressive, but I may have a slight bias as I own it and not the GBHQ...
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,364
    TheFew said:
    GBHQ. It is not infested with mice for a start!
    And ducks and eliteist a-holes!  And little flying insect people.
    Toc13
  • daewoodaewoo TexasMember Posts: 224
    GBHQ for me, though I'm partial to city stuff.
  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 339
    TheFew said:
    GBHQ. It is not infested with mice for a start!
    It’s ghost-infested tho
    pharmjodmak0137
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 2,672
    It's a very personal decision, but I agree on the castle. It's not just an amazing display piece and it's a very fun build as well. The GBHQ is pretty cool though, but looses a lot of volume because the walls are double.
  • blokey9blokey9 MelbourneMember Posts: 69
    i would suggest you attend a lego exhibition. there's a good chance you will see both built and then you can decide which one you prefer.
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 676
    Disney Castle works waaaay better as a standalone display piece. It is immediately recognizable by almost everyone, compared to the GBHQ. It's also quite a bit bigger/taller, so that creates a more impressive presence. Put it on a Lazy Susan so people can see both the front and back when they want to.
    mak0137brickventurescatwrangler
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 477
    I once had the same doubt, but eventually went for the castle and I have no regrets. I think I would’ve regretted not getting it if I would’ve gone for the GBHQ. It’s a very pleasing build and looks fantastic from both the front and detailed interior.
    But if you’re into Harry Potter, I would wait for the reveal of the large Hogwarts Castle and make a decision between the three large sets.
    In the end you need to go for the thing which interests you the most and you need to think about emotional/nostalgic value! 
  • Patrik78Patrik78 Member Posts: 135
    edited July 24

    I bought the castle first, but ended up getting both. Yes, I know, not a helpful hint :)

    I like both of them, castle is a great display piece, GB HQ has superior interior and lot of detail.

  • JRLJRL UKMember Posts: 70
    I love my GBHQ, it’s a very luxurious, and complete, build. 
  • SD449SD449 Norwich, EnglandMember Posts: 39
    I have the GBHQ to build and the castle is on my wish list

    I won't be displaying either, just building for the fun and experience.

    Sorry this doesn't help but wanted to get involved :)
  • kbwkbw NCMember Posts: 339
    SumoLego said:
    I love the GBHQ, but it is less iconic and is essentially a rectangle building.  (Plus, you have to buy the Ecto-1 to complete the display.)
    As a recent purchaser of the GBHQ, I can vouch for the Ecto-1 comment. It’s eating at me that it’s missing. 
  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 715
    Definitely the Castle.  There is such a thing as an AFOD and I am not one, so it is purely a recommendation based on the fun of the build (more variety) and the look of the display.
    davetheoxygenman
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,364
    edited July 25
    klatu003 said:
    ...There is such a thing as an AFOD...
    Yeah, they're called 'parents'...
    davetheoxygenmanToc13
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 193
    edited July 25
    klatu003 said:
    ...There is such a thing as an AFOD...
    Adult Fan of Duplo?! ;)
    dmcc0SumoLegoSD449
  • daewoodaewoo TexasMember Posts: 224
    edited July 25
    kbw said:
    SumoLego said:
    I love the GBHQ, but it is less iconic and is essentially a rectangle building.  (Plus, you have to buy the Ecto-1 to complete the display.)
    As a recent purchaser of the GBHQ, I can vouch for the Ecto-1 comment. It’s eating at me that it’s missing.
    My main issue with GBHQ is the design of the first floor.  The Ecto-1 will not fit in the garage if you build following the instructions.  I left the front desk out and modded a bit so I can fit the car all the way inside.
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 477
    I would go for the Hogwarts Castle... haha!
    Jern92bandit778snowhitieMr_CrossOrmskirkBricks
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 676
    wardm said:
    I would go for the Hogwarts Castle... haha!
    LOL I was just about to say that!
    wardm
  • RecceRecce Tiny Little Red DotMember Posts: 802
    Lol, wanted to come here to add a 3rd choice, looks like already mentioned by above. :) 
  • LegolisLegolis Leeds, UKMember Posts: 176
    Well this thread has put me off the Ghostbusters HQ! :) 
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 1,290
    YEah I am wondering about the GBHQ I have sat in the box waiting to build. Perhaps it is time for me to go to the "what do you regret buying" thread...
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    I own both, and I agree that the castle is the better stand alone set. Having said that, the GBHQ IS the better overall set imo. Better minifigs, better interior, fits into a city better, etc. You can't go wrong either way, but I agree you need the Ecto1 to complete the look though.

    I have one I might be willing to trade btw.
    SumoLego
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,359
    I loved building GBHQ. If you are fan of the franchise, is definitely worth it. 
    CaptainPirateMan
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 532
    I bought GBHQ the month it was released, so the Disney castle wasn't out yet. I'm not sure which of the two I would purchase if tasked to do so now. I do love the GBHQ for nostalgia reasons, but it is kind of blah on display. I have the Ecto-1 coming out the front doors, but if so inclined I would move the desk and chairs out to park it inside. Really not a deal breaker IMO. It was a great building experience, like a modular building on steroids. I'd also give GBHQ extra points for the minifigs - both the number, and the coolness of the ghosts. I'm hoping to save enough to buy the Disney castle eventually before it gets discontinued. But if I can't, I'm happy with my GBHQ purchase.
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    edited September 20
    I would also add the GBHQ does better fan service than the Disney castle does. They both do fan service, and the castle isn't bad at it, but the GBHQ NAILS it. Honestly, one could argue it's the BEST Lego set ever for fan service. Why? The castle or death stars or MF can only sort a "guess" what was in this area or what that area may have looked like. Ghostbusters fans KNOW exactly how the firehouse looks, and what goes where. It's the little things like the photo room from GB2, etc. It's THE BEST Ghostbusters firehouse ever made. The only "complaint" a fan could have is that it doesn't have a basement with the containment unit in it. But the fact they DID include one, just put it under the stairs works for me. 

    I like it if you can't tell. :)
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 456
    Both sets are incredible, I think I'd also have to give the nod to the GBHQ though - assuming you have Ecto-1. The purple ghost lady is one of the best minifigs ever and all the other great minifigs help tip the scale. I also love the fact that it's a complete model and not just a facade and a relatively self-contained compact unit.

    Mine is on display and I had guests over at the weekend so gave it a quick dust. Because it's pretty much a big box in its closed state, its super-easy to dust while all the internal detail is protected from dust. Dusting the Disney castle would be a much more laborious process. I even showed it to a mum of one of my daughter's friends this evening. I never get tired if opening it up and seeing all the detail.

    I bought both of them when they were released but have only built the GBHQ which may also be a sign of which one I prefer. That said, it could also be due to the fact that it would be a lot harder to find a good spot for the Castle as it's so tall - another point to consider. Plus I seem to remember Smyths has some good deals on the GBHQ. Don't remember ever seeing the Castle anywhere other than a Lego store.

    Just noticed this thread is 4 months old now, so maybe you have one or both already.

    This choice reminds me of one of the most excruciatingly delicious decisions I ever had to make as a kid. My dad did a lot of business in the US and while he was away on a trip, he called and asked if I'd like either the remote-controlled sandcrawler or the giant Death Star playset (Both for the 3.5" Kenner figures). Neither of these were ever released in the UK but I'd lusted after them both in magazines. Having to choose between two equally incredible options almost blew my little 8(?) year old mind. Maybe that's part of the reason I never grew out of toys.
    560Heliportcatwrangler
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,079
    So, @Brainslugged : So, which one did you go for? Did you ever regret your choice?

    On topic, I don't have either set but GBHQ is on my wishlist and DC isn't. The subject matter, overall look and attention to detail are what puts it above for me.
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 782
    I'm not a massive fan of what I would call "classic" Disney (put some pants on Donald!) and I am incredibly nostalgic about Ghostbusters (what did you do Ray?). So the Castle has never even made it onto my wants radar. So funds allowing, it would always be GBHQ for me. Although if there's never going to be a Dana's apartment set, we are sorely missing Gozer in it... and the hounds.
    catwranglerLego_Star
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    Mr_Cross said:
    I'm not a massive fan of what I would call "classic" Disney (put some pants on Donald!) and I am incredibly nostalgic about Ghostbusters (what did you do Ray?). So the Castle has never even made it onto my wants radar. So funds allowing, it would always be GBHQ for me. Although if there's never going to be a Dana's apartment set, we are sorely missing Gozer in it... and the hounds.
    I actually had Minifigs.me do a custom Gozer, because it drove me NUTS not having one. As for the Terror Dogs, I just bought 2 dimensions sets.
    Mr_Crosscatwrangler
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    Here are some of my pixs.

    kbwMr_Crossbandit778gmonkey76brickventuresstluxHanzocatwranglerLego_Star
  • AnnaBuildsLegoAnnaBuildsLego IrelandMember Posts: 10
    The Disney Castle is probably a more striking stand-alone display. However --- that castle is, I wager, going to be on shelves for years and years. I'd be surprised if it doesn't end up like the Death Star. So if you ever wanted to have both, I would get the Ghostbusters HQ first, because it's way more likely to retire soon. It looks like a fantastic set too. 
    catwrangler
  • BrainsluggedBrainslugged England (the grim North)Member Posts: 456
    So, @Brainslugged : So, which one did you go for? Did you ever regret your choice?
    I went for the sandcrawler - interestingly enough for partly the same reason I chose the GBHQ. It's a great self-contained unit that you could also open up and play with. And as easy as it is to always want the thing you don't have, I never regretted choosing the sandcrawler.

    @CaptainPirateMan - Love the Stay Puft guy above. Where is that from? I considered getting the Playmobile one to go with the Lego GBHQ but it's probably still way too small.
    catwrangler
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 10,364
    Ooo... I can feel the texture of that wood paneling.

    (Excellent display, as well.  Don't cross the streams!!!!)
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 1,260
    And I see a Dewalt drill in the background. My guess is 18 volts?
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,711
    edited September 21
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310


    @CaptainPirateMan - Love the Stay Puft guy above. Where is that from? I considered getting the Playmobile one to go with the Lego GBHQ but it's probably still way too small.
    I actually have 3, the playmobile one, the "burnt" one and the stay puft bank. I bought the playmobile one first, and you are correct it wasn't big enough for me. It also looked more "cartoony" for my liking. So I gave it to my son. So then I bought the "burnt stay puft, and again he was too small. I liked the look of it though, and he fits on top of the GBHQ rather well. After those two "failed" attempts I searched the internet for one that I would happy with, and that's how I found the Stay Puft bank. Its arms and legs don't move, but it's the perfect size for my display (because I also have a Godzilla and Galactus, so I wanted all 3 of them to be roughly the same size, which they are). So if you are interested in getting one, get the Stay Puft bank, trust me. It wasn't very expensive when I bought it either.

    I also have a custom Vigo in there as well, nobody mentioned him ;)
    catwrangler
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    edited September 21
    SumoLego said:
    Ooo... I can feel the texture of that wood paneling.

    (Excellent display, as well.  Don't cross the streams!!!!)
    Thanks. I take it you like the paneling, lol.
    SumoLego
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    gmonkey76 said:
    And I see a Dewalt drill in the background. My guess is 18 volts?
    Lol, you can also see my brick link store with Lego being sorted in cups.
    gmonkey76
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    Here is my most recent update video on my Lego City, it had all the stuff I just spoke of in it.


  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,712
    I love the custom Vigo, but the whole display is great! The GBHQ is one of my regrets; I just can't justify the price, but it's nice to know it's out there anyway. 
    CaptainPirateMan
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    I love the custom Vigo, but the whole display is great! The GBHQ is one of my regrets; I just can't justify the price, but it's nice to know it's out there anyway. 
    Thanks. After I had the custom Gozer made (which I modeled her after the one from the Dimensions game), Vigo was the only one I felt I needed to have a complete set. Luckily someone already had made a custom Vigo, so I just had to buy him (as opposed to help create like I did with Gozer). Luckily for me it was his LAST ONE. I'm a completionist, and I don't know if I could have accepted NOT having a Vigo. There isn't any other characters from the original films that I feel are "must haves". So I'm pretty happy with my Lego Ghostbusters collection. Even though my Stay Pufts are not made of Lego, I actually think the ones I picked look better than the Stay Puft MOC that's out there. The MOC isn't bad by any means (and if it became an official set, I would buy it). Having said that, I STILL feel the Stay Puft bank is the way to go.
  • RecceRecce Tiny Little Red DotMember Posts: 802
    edited September 25
    While we're at it, I had the small and big Staypufts too. Was thinking of getting the Playmobil version but it looks to be the same size as the small one (or smaller?). 


  • RecceRecce Tiny Little Red DotMember Posts: 802
    Also recreated the Chinese restaurant (not my design) and modified the original ECTO-1 to accommodate all 4 minifigures with space for their backpacks in the back. :) 


    wardmstluxBumblepants
  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 310
    edited September 26
    @Recce
    That's a BIG Stay Puft!!!

    Also correct me if I'm wrong, but the "smaller" one looks like the stay puft bank. The Playmobile Stay Puft is about 2/3 the size of the bank.
  • RecceRecce Tiny Little Red DotMember Posts: 802
    @Recce
    That's a BIG Stay Puft!!!

    Also correct me if I'm wrong, but the "smaller" one looks like the stay puft bank. The Playmobile Stay Puft is about 2/3 the size of the bank.
    I thought you had the big one as well in one of the pics? 

    On second look, could be a perspective issue. 

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