So I'd just like to say a huge thanks to everyone who's been following Chase Variant, whether you've been there since the beginning almost exactly 2 years ago, or if you've just discovered the site. Also...
HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!!!
Yeah, I got ya, didn't I? All right, so maybe not. But it was worth a shot. ;P
Well, life has indeed changed over the last year. I've gotten married, moved into my new place, and I have a little boy on the way. But there ain't no way I'm giving up on the reviews! It's always been a passion of mine to write--the problem was always finding the right topic to write about and the right motivation. And this is it! This site, these toys and these photos--something I'd never though I'd be interested in. (The photography.)
All right, you guys can stop giving me the evil eye, that Penance Stare that'll burn right through the core of my being. What? Did someone say Penance Stare? I did! And here's the owner of that very unique power: Ghost Rider!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the "very last review I'll ever do." :P
Just don't stare too hard.
Like: The excellent head sculpt. GR's got molded translucent orange flames, a skull molded in off-white, with teeth, eyes, eye sockets, and nose cavity all done in great, sharp detail. Throw in some yellow-white highlights for the skull, orange paint for flaming eye and nose sockets and mouth, and we've got one heckuva head!
Like: That he's got extra articulation with his waist swivel and my favorite...wait for it...thigh cuts! Some of his regular joints are also better--legs ball-joints allow for 90 degrees movement forward, while his ankle hinges can point and pivot very well.
Dislike: That they're still using plastic balls to fit into leg sockets. These still pop off easily once they reach the end of their range of motion. And while they pop back on just as easily, they tend to be less secure after the first popping. Yes, they've added some small studs to prevent the leg from popping off, but that isn't near good enough. I say they've gotta do 'em like GI Joes, with metal balls secured with small screws. Perhaps they didn't do this because of the thigh cuts, which look like they would have to forego if they used screws.
Dislike: That he's got no flaming bike. Make him a "two-pack" Tag him with a higher price point--we don't care we want a bike! And not just any bike, it's gotta be Ghost Rider's bike, flaming wheels and all!
Like: His Mystic Chain! Molded in translucent orange, partly painted silver. It gives a great glowing hot flame effect because they bothered to not fill in the recessed areas of the chain. Bravo!
Like: That I think he looks pretty darn awesome on Transformers Animated Oil Slick! I was kinda meh about getting Oil Slick until he went on clearance sometime back. I found him to be an excellent TF, as almost all the Animated TFs are. But it looks like I've found his true calling, and that's to be ridden by Ghost Rider till his penance for being a yucky Decepticon is paid! :P
Dislike: That Ghost Rider seems so hard to find. Come on, Hasbro! Where are the refresher cases with GR in them? And while we're at it, why not throw in an all-black Danny Ketch redeco? :P
Aesthetics: 8.5/10 - Head is as good as a head sculpt I've seen on a Marvel Universe figure. Its got the right combo of translucent flames, off-white/yellow and orange paint that make for a fearsome visage. I would have preferred him in Black, though I just read up and found out that black Ghost rider is Danny Ketch, not Johnny Blaze. Perhaps if his blue were a little darker... Yeah I know, this is the right shade of comic book accurate blue. I just dig the black more is all--though Ghost Rider should be Johnny Blaze. Maybe it's the name. Maybe it's Nicholas Cage. Nah, it's not Nicholas Cage. Heh. ;P
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Poseability: 9/10 - I have to confess--I'm really partial to figures that have thigh cuts, especially in the MU line. I've always maintained that the legs are what make or break a figure's dynamic pose potential and thigh cuts up this potential a great deal. It's especially evident in larger figures like the Hulk, Thing etc. Just look at the difference between the first release of the Hulk and the recent World War Hulk. Worlds apart!
But while he does have the chops to be put in a riding position, he doesn't have a ride. Come one! He's Ghost Rider, after all!
Also, not having a bike makes looking for one kind of a fun activity in itself. I find myself drifting over to the 1:18 scale bike section in many a store hoping to spot a chopper or some such so that my Ghost can finally become a Rider.
|It's Jodo...I mean, Johnny Blaze|
Value: 8/10 - Gives us our bikes!!!! Other than the lack of wheel, GR actually is par for the course in terms of accessories. He's got his H.A.M.M.E.R. file, his figure stand, and his Mystic Chain. But the real value comes in the form of his "special" joints--the hinged/ball head, the waist swivel, and the thigh cuts. I'm really more than happy to pay retail for a figure knowing it's not just the standard base MU buck with minimal PoAs. (Ok, I admit, I just paid more than retail for an Archangel. And we know that guy is all flash and a pair of wings...)
|Yes, it's Jodo Cast's head|
As it is, Ghost Rider is still one of the better figures you can find on the pegs. Better but rarer, so you should grab him if you can. :)
|This is why you should always dismount before transformation. Always.|