On top of all that rests a great skull sculpt. It feels a bit wrong to not have an open mouth or a movable jaw, but it looks great nonetheless. I’m in-between on the flames around the skull though. They’re a separate piece, molded in a rubbery translucent plastic. I like the visual effect that allows for, but it doesn’t quite overcome looking like a separate piece. Some tapered edges might have helped it to look more like the skull was emitting flame instead of the “crown” effect the figure is sporting. It looks great in some angles, but others are wonky.
For articulation, Ghost Rider sports a one-piece ball neck (the head is removable), ball shoulders (limited), hips, wrists, and ankles, swivels at the biceps, waist, and thighs, double hinges at the elbows and knees, and the ab crunch. The neck articulation doesn’t have as great a range as some others in the wave and the arms are blocked by the shoulder pads on the jacket, but I’m getting used to it. I’m still waiting for those rocker ankles Hasbro promised, but otherwise this is a well-articulated Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider is mostly black, but don’t think that made him easy to paint. First, there’s the armor which has a great weathered look throughout the entire figure. I would’ve liked a little more of a dark wash on the belt to match, but the armored parts of the figure look fantastic.
On top of that is the aforementioned flame color which differentiates the variants. I love that Hasbro included the colors as they cascade across the armor, though I think it works better on the blue flames than the orange. The only place the blue looks off is the over-spray on the lower jacket. The upper armor and inner collar look sharp though as does the fade from blue to clear on the flames. I’m not as happy with the paint on the skull itself, I wish a little more bone were showing through and I may take it upon myself to lighten up the wash with some acetone. If I end up opening up the orange Ghost Rider, he’ll need to receive a similar customization.
There’s no accessories for Ghost Rider which seems a little uncool to me. I mean, I’m not expecting a bike or anything, but some chains would’ve come in mighty handy…
Overall, this is a pretty spiffy Ghost Rider figure even if it’s not as iconic as the two previous Marvel Legends. I opened up with the notion that I felt like I was done buying Ghost Riders, but the irony is that I’d still like to see Hasbro release the ML7 Ghost Rider in his classic blue (clothes, that is). While I’m waiting for someone up in Pawtucket to get around that, this pair makes for a fine substitute to tide me over. The reuse is barely noticeable with newly sculpted pieces doing the heavy lifting, the paint effects are sharp, and the articulation is manageable despite the bulky coat – if I could change the coat to be a little less obtrusive I would, but otherwise I’m happy enough with this figure to have bought it and to consider the notion of having it twice in two different colors. That’s points for Hasbro.
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