I never owned a Kenner Ecto-1A as a kid. As previously talked about I was older and was into other franchise properties and their toys. While I may have seen Ecto-1A in Kay-Bee stores. by then the only Kenner The Real Ghostbusters toy produced I wanted and would own is the Ecto-Charger.
A really younger cousin who I probably got into Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters received one. Probably because I was at his then house and I was the resident Ghostbusters authority I helped him “assemble” Kenner’s ECTO-1A. and maybe apply some of the decals. I may not have expressed it out loud, I was disappointed that a new toy looked like the old one. It may have been about this time I began to get marketing and business.
When I was collecting Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters toys during 2011 I came upon a eBay listing and bought an Ecto-1A. That was one of those times I should have been patient knowing eventually another better Ecto-1A will come up for sale. Mine was mostly complete, some of the contents had seen better days. The instructions in particular were really aged. You probably wouldn’t notice it 100% if I hadn’t brought it up. I’ve cleaned each page up and went over the illustrations where needed to clean them like brand new. It isn’t perfect, considering what my original looks like, I’m pleased with the results.
The slime decals were another issue, the original seller had been honest about them. Something happened with them, almost like a run off, second impression kind of thing. It was very noticeable with Slimer, pink slime spots, and rear “glass” window decals. They were also aged. I’ve cleaned them and somewhat restored the originality of this decal sheet. I’ve said this before, I would need a graphics tablet to make sure I didn’t completely ruin my sheet. Except for the Slimer impression I like the “double” pink slime spots.
I’ve taken my original 6 page Ecto-1A Instructions, scanned them, and made them into 4 PNG files. I’ve also scanned and included the two cleaned up/restored as possible decal sheets.