GHOST RIDER & THE FALLEN
Toys and gimmicks go together like…two things that go together really well. Sorry, I’m not much of a wordsmith. (Pay no attention to the fact that I’ve written 1929 prior daily entries for this site). Toys and comics also go together pretty well, as do comics and gimmicks. So, sometimes, you hit this perfect trifecta of toys based on gimmicky comics. Take, for instance, today’s focus, the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC, a very gimmicky concept running in the current Avengers comic from Jason Aaron, which has, in turn, led to some matching gimmicky toys.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Ghost Rider and The Fallen are one of the four two-packs in the standalone “Avengers of 1,000,000 BC” series of Marvel Minimates, available exclusively at Walgreens, starting in the fall of last year.
I feel I should at this juncture clarify something I needed clarified for me: it’s the mammoth that is a victim of The Fallen, not Ghost Rider. The phrasing on the bio’s slightly off, so I got confused, especially since I haven’t actually read the whole “Avengers of 1,000,000 BC story. With that bit of confusion aside, let’s look at the actual figure! He stands 2 1/4 inches tall and he has the usual 14 points of articulation. He’s constructed on the basic ‘mate body, with add-ons for his “hair,” necklace, loincloth, and arm wrappings. The hair is re-used from the Series 50 Ghost Rider; a sensible choice, since it’s not like flame hair’s gonna really change all that much. The arm bands are similarly re-used; they’re the same ones that cropped up on the Best Of Iron Fist, among others. The necklace is new, and it’s a pretty impressive piece. It certainly sells the 1,000,000 BC aesthetic. I *think* the loincloth is new, which is honestly a little surprising, since there’s not really anything all that unique about it. That said, the same piece was also used for the Phoenix from this line-up, so maybe DST just thought it was time for a new standard piece. Whatever the case, it gets the job done. The paintwork on Ghost Rider is solid work. The colors are a bit monochromatic, but that’s true of a number of the designs from this set. The line work is quite sharp, and I do really like the skull face on this one. I may be swapping that onto a more standard issue GR. Ghost Rider is packed with a pair of flame effects to slide over his fists, as well as the standard clear display stand.
Despite their recurrent presence in the Marvel Universe, the Celestials have never been a particularly toyetic bunch. Also known as Zgreb the Aspriant, The Fallen is the first of them to actually been made as an action figure, largely thanks to his presence as the main antagonist to the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC’s first story arc. He’s by far the most divergent of the bunch design-wise, being all futuristic and robot-y. He’s also largely re-used parts, if you can believe it. His torso/head is an all new piece (and a quite nicely sculpted one at that), but the other eight add-on parts are borrowed from the Series 63 Hulkbuster. While not perfect matches for the source material, I’m willing to call the appendages close enough, and there’s no denying he looks pretty darn cool. Also pretty darn cool is the paint; unlike the rest of the assortment, he’s actually pretty colorful and dynamic, going back the classic Marvel color scheme of green and purple. The application is nice and clean, and the metallic finish really looks top notch. His only accessory is a clear display stand, but honestly, I don’t know what else you would give him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’m not overly enamored by the whole Avengers of 1,000,000 BC thing, so for the most part the ‘mates didn’t do much to excite me. However, I came across them after last year’s incredibly lengthy minimate drought, so I was just excited to find *anything* new. While the other three sets still didn’t grab me, I liked The Fallen a fair bit, and if nothing else Ghost Rider had a decent Ghost Rider head. Of course, then they sat on my desk waiting to be reviewed for five months. Yikes.