Welcome to the Outpost. Today I’m getting into one of the coolest G.I. Joe jets ever made, the Phantom X-19. Not as recognizable as the original Skystriker, or even the Conquest, as both of these were heavily used in the cartoon especially for the intro scenes, but just as awesome as both of them. Phantom X-19 is still a very cool jet, and holds it’s popularity today. My 2 older brothers were well into their teen years in 1988, the year this was introduced.
I was still young enough to get one of these for Christmas and for the most part I didn’t have to share it. So for me this was a special jet. I did have the Skystriker and the conquest but both were my brother’s so all my playtime was only if they let me use it. I also had a Rattler that was my brother’s and I wanted the Night Raven so bad but never got one as a kid. Now back the the Phantom X-19, this was the first jet I had got that was mine alone.
This is an awesome design. I believe this is the first jet not modeled after an existing military jet so this came out looking a little more like a space vehicle then a jet. I think the futuristic look gives the jet its character though. The jet has some nice working features such as the landing gear, air brake system, and a really cool cockpit that slides forward. This comes with one of my favorite pilots Ghostrider, who is not over complicated but he just has a cool look to him and kind of a Snoopy Red Baron feel with his red scarf. Over all this is still one of my favorite vehicles today.
I was able to dig up my childhood jet a couple years ago and it needs some parts but not bad, then a few weeks after that I found another one at a flea market that was complete minus the nose cone. I do have my original Ghostrider figure minus the scarf. I think this jet could have been used more in the cartoon and I think it was used in the comics quite often but I’m not sure about that. Who had the Phantom X-19 as a kid? Who is still looking for one to add to their collection? Sound off AFTER THE JUMP and let us know! Make sure to check back for our next discussion.