Ecto-Plasma Saber – Inspired by the 1984 movie Ghostbusters

Helloooooo Everybodies!!!!!!!! It is getting near to that time of the year where the Ghouls and Ghosts, Spectres and Spooks all come out to play. And to help protect you all I have joined forces with fellow blogger and friend The Vintage Toy Advertiser to bring you some Ghostbusters themed adverts and a new Ghostbusters themed hilt!

As you may know back in New York of 1984, the city suffered from a wave of supernatural shenanigans and it fell to three Parapsychologists to save the day. Their names were Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler (and later) Winston Zeddemore otherwise known as the Ghostbusters. They were college professors and scientists who built some cutting edge equipment to catch and contain the ghosties. Unfortunately they weren’t politicians and fell foul of a devious city official. As a result they get arrested for operating without a license, just as a big paranormal event occurs and a large gateway to another realm opens above the city…allowing all kinds of spectral beings in!

Luckily this was a film from Columbia Pictures and the apocalypse never happened. The film however was a phenomenon and a range of toys and computer games were produced, and here are a couple of TVTA’s archive pictures of the Ghostbusters toys…

Now where do Ghostbusters and Star Wars come together? Well, they don’t really but after seeing my Knight Rider themed hilt a few posts back TVTA approached me to design a range of TV and Movie inspired hilts and so I thought “OK that’s a challenge”. I had built a saber to look like KITT from Knight Rider….how about building a saber to look like the Ghostbusters’ famous car ECTO-1! This is what I came up with….

Phew! This took me quite a while to construct despite the skills I have learned so far. Hopefully I have done justice to the iconic ECTO-1 which was originally a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance. The emitter is meant to represent the chrome work on the radiator grille so reminiscent of cars from that era…it also sets off the “Slimer-Green” coloured blade quite nicely! The hand grip I attempted to shape as much as possible to look like the body of the car. I was even able to incorporate the famous red and chrome “Streamline” fins, chrome around the windows, a couple of Ghostbusters logos (with one on the roof acting as an activation switch!). You will even find I have included a yellow license plate and rear impact bars! And for the fans of flashing lights…yes I added an emergency services Light Bar on the roof. To see how close I got here is an image of the real ECTO-1 car…Ecto-1 Reference

OK! Some of you will have noticed a glaring mistake! I didn’t make a roof rack full of equipment did I? Well, I couldn’t add one to the hilt as that would make the saber hard to handle. It would be awkward just as it is. So my solution was to make a separate Roof Rack and use it as a cradle to display the saber on! Clever huh? And just as with the saber I tried to cram a few neat details into the roofrack too…take a look….

I think this Roof Rack might have more detail than the car! I made a frame from a rectangular cube but I deleted the panels to form the rack. Then I created the yellow capsule shaped canister and duplicated it so I had four in total. Next I made two “rolled up blankets” one blue, one red and a portable ventilation fan. But the real neat detail is the world famous “Ghost Traps”. I created four of them and arranged them on the rack so the saber can rest suspended on the handles of the traps. Interestingly, the real roof rack was so large that the filming crew had to ship it by air between the studio and some filming locations!

I think that just about covers my Ecto-Plasma Saber design and I have Stephen Dane to thank for the Ghostbusters props (Dane was the Hardware Designer on the film). I also have to give a big thank you to The Vintage Toy Advertiser for laying down the “challenge” to me. I must say that TVTA will be posting an article in a day or two with many more Ghostbusters themed advertising materials and images ready for Halloween so please check his blog out by clicking HERE.

As always thanks to all my viewers and followers you are much appreciated and I hope you all enjoy Halloween safely (should you be celebrating) and please call back to FTSabersite afterwards to see many more new saber designs in upcoming posts.


“Ghostbusters” and “Ecto-1”, “Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore” and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Delphi Films/Black Rhino Productions. Distributed by Columbia Pictures. “Ecto-Plasma Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2018.

13 thoughts on “Ecto-Plasma Saber – Inspired by the 1984 movie Ghostbusters”

  1. Class job FT, I love it 🙂 I had the pleasure of seeing some of the early stages of this design – but how cool to wake up today and see it all shiny and complete, posted and written up and ready to grab ghosties! Plus, you even managed to incorporate the roof rack somewhere in the design – something that is so detailed it could become a saber hilt in its own right. Bravo!

    1. Hello TVTA, thanks so much. I really wanted to push myself with this hilt. I had to balance which details to add and know where to stop myself to make sure it remained a “Lightsaber” and not a scale replica of ECTO-1 😀 I’m really pleased you liked the roof rack though, I knew I had to add it somewhere…I just needed to get creative in finding a place for it. You’ll have to let me know what the next Theme will be.

    1. Hi Dec, so glad to hear you like it – I really went to town on this design. It was really difficult because there were so many other details I could have added but had to stop myself. Thanks for checking it out.

    1. I’m so happy to hear Mr Mei-Mei likes Ghostbusters too, it’s soo iconic. And I’m glad you like the design…I sorta got carried away but ECTO-1 has so many details fans love and remember it was difficult to know what to add or leave out. The front radiator grille however needed to be on it, those 50’s cars were famous for chrome! Thanks so much for the kind words.

  2. Love it, You are a very creative human FT. The merging of 2 items into one object , the car and sabre are very cool indeed. I do love your posts the presentation flows nicely. Good call TVTA. will check your blog out too.

    1. Hello Neo, that is very kind of you to say thank you. I really tried to push the boat out on this design but I know as a fan of Ghostbusters myself I had to do it justice. I do have to say though, that this hilt would be more of a fun display piece than practical! And thanks for supporting TVTA, much appreciated.

    1. Hello Resa, so glad you enjoyed what you found here. TVTA is a great guy (not forgetting Wooof!) and has supported my site for quite some time. Hopefully you will find some other designs that you like here too, Thanks for checking me out.

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