#3253: Ghost Rider

GHOST RIDER

MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)

“Wielding supernatural abilities and weapons from the back of his flaming motorcycle, Ghost Rider roams the mortal world as the Spirit of Vengeance.”

I don’t review enough Ghost Rider stuff around here.  I probably should review more.  Honestly, It’s kind of crazy how the last two Ghost Rider reviews I wrote were in 2020 and 2019, and were neither one a “standard” rider.  In the fallout of the Engine of Vengence Haslab not making it, there’s at least a tiny glimmer of Ghost Rider hope out there.  Since it’s the character’s 50th anniversary and all this year, we’ve got a few small offerings to tie-in, including today’s focus, which is a Legends release that throws back to Toy Biz’s line from the ’90s…sort of.  I’ll get to that.  Let’s check him out!

THE FIGURE ITSELF

Ghost Rider is a standalone Fan Channel release for Hasbro’s Marvel Legends line.  He was initially slated for a March 2023 release, but like a lot of items recently, he moved up considerably on the timeline, starting to hit in November.  He’s the first figure to sport the retro Ghost Rider packaging, though time will tell if there will be more going forward.  Though the packaging may be retro, the figure in the packaging doesn’t really directly correspond to any particular figure from the old toy line. Instead, he’s kind of an amalgamated sort of design, which ultimately makes him actually more of a throw back to the very first Legends Ghost Rider.  The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation, which still includes that awesome moving jaw.  This guy’s a complete parts re-use of the Rhino Series Ghost Rider, who was himself using a good number of parts from the A.I.M. Soldier.  The whole thing’s been re-used once before, for the first Legendary Riders release of the character.  It’s a very good classic Ghost Rider sculpt, and one that still holds up really well even 7 years after its initial release.  Some of the articulation’s a little bit stiff, but for the character, it all works pretty well.  This release changes up the color scheme a bit; while the last two releases both stuck rather closely to the ’70s color scheme, this one sort of merges that look with Danny Ketch’s usual color layout, by going for a more straight black on the jacket, and grey for the pants.  The skull is now far starker white compared to the flames around it, and we even get the appropriate paint work to show off the bones of his neck.  The Rhino Series Ghost Rider was notably without any extras beyond the Build-A-Figure piece, but this one gets a fair number of extras, adding in the chain whip from the Riders release, plus two flame effects for the arms, and an all-new alternate head and hands (sculpted by Paul Harding).  The new head depicts Johnny mid-transformation, which is a ton of fun, and the new hands show off his skeleton hands sans gloves.  It makes for some really fun posing options.

THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION

I passed on the Riders version of Ghost Rider because I was content with the first release of the mold and didn’t feel like I needed a re-paint.  I was initially planning to do the same with this guy, but then I saw all the new parts he came with, and rethought it.  The prior version still remains my definitive, but boy are the extras a lot of fun on this one.  It really takes him to the next level.  Now, can we please get a proper Danny Ketch?

Thanks to my sponsors at All Time Toys for setting me up with this figure for review.  If you’re looking for toys both old and new, please check out their website.

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