I’m going through these old Marvel Legends while quarantined. The delay in newer product has finally given me the opportunity to focus on figures that have been waiting to get freed from their plastic prison for years like the Build-A-Figure Rhino wave Ghost Rider. Let’s see if this figure sets me ablaze or leaves me fired up.
Packaging: This wave wasn’t consistent with the packaging and since Ghost Rider shared package space with Misty Knight — what a weird pairing —his bio is even more generic than usual.
Likeness: I don’t remember which figure came first — Ghost Rider or the AIM Soldier or the comic book version Star Lord. Regardless, it’s a good choice for Ghost Rider since it makes the most sense with available parts. Ghost Rider has a distinct circular belt that’s accurate to the old school Johnny Blaze costume.
I love the head sculpt as it has just the right amount of translucent flame and a well detailed skeleton head sculpt. The only knock from the old school look is the flared pants and overall detail as Johnny wore more of a skin tight outfit compared to the more leather jacket and pants aesthetic with this figure. It does have a chain across the chest and shoulders to show off his main weapon of choice even if that was more of a Dan Ketch accessory.
Paint: Hasbro tried to incorporate a classic look with the lighter blue lining on the collar and jacket front.
It’s mostly applied well, but it needed another coat of paint as some of the darker paint is still creeping through in some of the areas. The paint work on the skeleton is really well done and retains the shading of the flame.
Scale: This body is one of the taller ones so he stands a little higher than the average figure.
Articulation: Ghost Rider has one of the more fun to pose bodies, which is helpful since we’d want him on a motorcycle. I didn’t get the updated/repainted flame cycle figure set, but this fits the old motorcycle just fine.
The head has a lot of good articulation and range with the added bonus of the jaw being articulated.
Ghost Rider has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Ghost Rider probably should come with something…like a removable chain. This isn’t an issue with the reissued version with the flame cycle.
All this figure comes with is the left leg for the Build-A-Figure Rhino. That’s not great, but this is a while ago and Hasbro definitely has upped its accessory game with this line.
Worth it? I got Ghost Rider for $20. That was OK at the time, but I definitely don’t think this figure is worth the current price.