At first glance I figured it was no contest.
Johnny Lightning definately made the best version of the Ecto but as I compared the two closer I could see The Hot Wheels version was indeed a much better recreation.
The top rack on the Hot Wheels Ecto is closer to the movie version than the top rack on the Johnny Lightning Ecto 1A, that should have been twice as tall.
The Johnny Lightning Ecto 1A top rack is painted in orange, blue, silver and red, whereas the Hot Wheels Top rack is all black.
The Hot Wheels version is both longer and wider.
The Johnny Lightning version sits higher than the Hot Wheels version and it has over sized Firestone rubber tires where the Hot Wheels version has hard regular size plastic tires.
The rear bumper design is different on each car.
These things make Hot wheels the better copy.
In addition to the above, the Hot Wheels version has a fully detailed interior and the top rack is removable which allows you the view the inside of the rear through a window in the top of the car.
The top rack has two small hooks that snap into each side of the Ecto to hold it on. It is a secure fit but a child could work it off and swallow it.
I won't knit pick the little things because for a retail price of .99 Hot Wheels did an excellent job on this 1/64 scale model
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