Collector's Corner - Ghost Rider

Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:08:00 Europe/London

Welcome back to Collector's Corner, this week we'll be taking a look at the Johnny Blaze incarnation of Ghost Rider!

With vehicles being the next big thing in Heroclix it was only a matter of time before we saw a new version of Ghost Rider and his iconic fiery motorcycle. Zarathos, the demon that gives Ghost Rider his powers, has possessed numerous hosts over the years but Wizkids plays it safe by giving us the fan favourite Johnny Blaze, a character you'll be familiar with if you've seen the Nic Cage Ghost Rider movies.

Set: Amazing Spider-Man (2013)
Number: 046
Rarity: Super Rare

Ghost Rider

Sculpt: Zarathos is in a classic Ghost Rider pose on his motorbike with an expression that looks like he's just about to suck the soul out of one of his victims. The motorbike itself has some great details and has to be one of the most accurate small scale replicas I've seen, which will delight any modders out there.

Of course the big stand out features on the figure are the fiery translucent orange wheels and flaming skull, which both look great! There's just the right amount of flickering to make it look like the bike is in motion and the tyres leave a trail behind them which really add a dynamic touch to the figure.

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Ghost Rider 2

 

Paint: Ghost Rider's motorbike features a fairly basic paint job, being mostly silver with a dash of black and yellow for the headlight. I really would have liked to see more detail on the bike with some shading, or even the dashboard painted to separate it from the rest of the metal.

 Ghost Rider himself fares much better than his bike. I'm constantly impressed at how steady handed the people who paint Heroclix must be when I see things like the straight lines on Ghost Riders costume or hard to reach places like his belt painted perfectly.

 As with the sculpt the standout details are the flames again, which although they're not painted they are done in an amazing orange plastic which changes shades under the light to look like fire frozen in time.


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Variants: The last time we saw a Johnny Blaze style Ghost Rider was back in the Fantastic Forces set, so he was long overdue a revival. When put side by side the older figure is amusingly out of proportion and looks tiny, his fiery elements haven't aged well either being a much more muted orange compared to his newer counterpart.

However I am a fan of the older figures pose, which may not look good riding ride the battlefield during a game but he looks excellent on display. I love the detailed painting on his skull as well, which looks like it has been painted multiple times to give it some definition and genuinely makes it look like real bone.

Ghost Rider 3

Overall: Ghost Rider blazes his way back into Heroclix with a better scaled, more detailed and nicer colouring than Wizkids previous attempt. A great figure for fans of the character and one that modders will love due to the detailed motorbike he comes on.

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 Paul started collecting Heroclix over a decade ago when he picked up a Hypertime booster at his local comic book store, he was instantly hooked by the idea of detailed collectible figures that you could also play a game with. Check out his blog where he posts comic book news and reviews here: Impulsive Reactions

Posted in Collector's Corner By

Paul Lightfoot

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DAMIAN THORNTON

posted on Sunday, 19 May 2013 07:57:39 Europe/London
It's definitely great to have a new Ghost Rider figure to take into battle. I agree the older pose is cooler but as you pointed out the scale difference made playing it a little awkward as it just looked so tiny compared to the other clix in use.

I love taking this Ghost Rider for a spin, being able to send him rolling over buildings and hindering terrain whilst carrying another character can lead to a nasty surprise for your opponent and some great imagery in your head! I've had particular success teaming him up with those close combat types that don't start with Charge so are a little tricky on their own. Plus once there you can drop them off, cause some pain with the chains and then (assuming you were careful enough to base only your passenger) you can ride off and repeat the process.

Ian King

posted on Sunday, 12 May 2013 17:56:21 Europe/London
Just discovered Blue Rat's articles page.
Thanks Paul for all the CC articles so far I've enjoyed them.
I love that old E Ghost Rider and really fancied the new one.

Vicente De los Santos

posted on Thursday, 9 May 2013 20:12:48 Europe/London
Great article. I really love this figure. The Move and Attack ability is very useful, but I think that the figure had to feature any ability similar to the bikes of Streets of Gotham (Come on.. a Bike from hell will be always more powerful than a Bat-Cycle, ha ha). Justice is served for this character, after the previous one from Hulk set.

Uh! and it´s not unique. "Comic themed Team" with Danny Ketch and Johnny Blaze on the road!

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