Just joined the forum and saw this article. Glad I didn't see it before I purchased.
I'm UK based so my pack options were limited, spirit packs aren't really available unless you're willing to part with scalper eBay prices. Then I saw this pack from Halloweencostumes.co.uk or fun.com (look identical ) at £289 plus postage, this was so close to what I could find spirit packs for from 3rd parties. I know eBay has buyer protection but anyway (cue a load of links now to better deals lol).
I found that with this pack from Halloween costumes.com I could get 10% back from topcashback, plus I bought it when they had a 10% offer on and stuck it on a cashback credit card via a pay in 4 offer. So I tried to shop smart. The pack looks 'ok' that's subjective I know as I don't have any others in had. I'm happy to post photos or answer questions or do a little writeup if anyone is interested or considering buying it.
I see it as a base for modding though, as im part way through 3D printing my trap and about to start on the ecto goggles. So I wanted a pack that was good enough to start with that I could add to or change over time. And that is mission accomplished as my 4 year old saw me in it and now thinks I'm a Ghostbusters so that's all I could really want.
What I'm interested in is how compatible this pack might be with the other packs in terms of buying upgrade parts for it. 3D printing bits to fit shouldn't be an issue as I can measure and scale.
I will from the start say the it's solid and robust. Lots of it seems to be from some kind of dense rubber / silicone though rather than rigid plastic/ABS. The red cyclotron lights, the lenses are a bit naff but they do light up and cycle nicely. THe battery, electronics and speaker is in the wand. The speaker is quiet! But there are 4 real metal toggle switches, one of them powers it on/off so that's 3 spare to use when I inevitably open it up! There are no lights in the wand or on the cooling/overheating guage on the pack, just the cyclotron. The ribbon cable looks good and do all the other pipes and cables. When I was comparing it to some of the spirit packs it seemed to have more. Probably not much if you could get either easily ie you're in the US but, if you're in the UK or EU this seems like a good option.
Thanks all. I'm looking forward to joining in on here