ORIGINAL GHOST RIDER
GHOST RIDER (TOYBIZ)
Time to take a jump back to the 90s and to ToyBiz’s powerhouse that was the 5 inch Marvel line. Sure, they had the X-Men line, and the Spider-Man line, and they did a few waves of Hulk, Iron Man and Fantastic Four to tie in with the cartoons. But they wanted to do more. They wanted another character to devote a whole line to. And seeing as it was the middle of the 90s and being oh-so-90s was the big thing to be, they needed someone who just bled 90s. Someone who screamed “X-TREME!” With chains, and leather jackets, and skulls! And what do you know, Marvel had a character like that: Ghost Rider! And so, Ghost Rider was given his own toyline! To ToyBiz’s credit, the Ghost Rider line is easily one of the highlights of the many toylines they produced in this time period.
Today, I’ll be looking at one of the variants of the main character from the line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
“Original Ghost Rider” as he was dubbed was released as part of the second (and last) wave of the Ghost Rider line. In spite of the name, he’s actually based on the second Ghost Rider, Danny Ketch, who was the main Ghost Rider at the time. I’ll be honest, the name makes no sense. Like, at all. So, I’m just gonna overlook it and just review the figure on its own merits. Ghost Rider stands just over 5 inches tall and has 13 points of articulation. For the record, that level of articulation was phenomenal for the time, which just goes to show ToyBiz’s commitment to the line, which was odd, given there wasn’t a Ghost Rider cartoon or anything. The sculpt on GH is actually really good. It’s quite detailed, and it’s well-proportioned for the time. The figure’s covered in flames, that all look to be well handled, if perrhaps a bit odd looking, give that they’re opaque. Originally, the figure had an action feature where, when you pressed a button on his back, the front of his chest would pop open, displaying his fiery torso. However, the chest pieces didn’t stay on very well, and I lost mine over the years, leaving my Ghost Rider with a permanently exposed chest. That sounds awkward. The paint is pretty good, though some stuff, like the glow in the dark gimmick on the head, leaves the paint under-detailed, which is a bit of a disservice to the sculpt. Ghost rider was originally packaged with a set of glow in the dark chains to be clipped onto him, but child-me seems to have lost that piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Ghost Rider was part of a large subset of figures that were purchased for me by my dad what a nearby comicbook store called Ageless Heroes went out of business. The store had a large stock of the various 90s 5 inch figures, and they were being sold for quite a discount. I know this was my go to Ghost Rider for a while, and I really thought the chest thing was pretty cool. Of course, I only bought Ghost Rider because I felt my Champions display needed him. Yeah, I was that kid. And for all of you who went “who are the champions?”, go look up Marvel’s Champions. Be amazed at my obscure references!