Story by Mitchell Smith

Welcome to the Outpost. Today I’m taking a look at a G.I. Joe figure and character that I think is under appreciated. Ghostrider was introduced in 1988 as the pilot of the Phantom X-19. Ghostrider only had 1 version and I’m not sure if it was because of issues with Marvel’s Ghost Rider or if he really has just gotten the stiff arm. According to joepedia Ghostrider was never referred to by name in the comic, so he wasn’t confused with the other Ghost Rider.

I think the interesting thing is his file card spells it Ghostrider and the stickers for the jet spells it Ghost Rider. Nothing on the X-19 says Phantom, which makes me wonder if they originally wanted the jet to be named the Ghost Rider. I’d be interested if anyone knows the story behind that. Any hoot Hasbro could do a modern release with one of his nick names in the comic, perhaps Ghostwing? I had Ghostrider as a kid and was able to hold onto him, all but his red scarf. The scarf really gave him a Red Baron feel. I pictured him with a nineties v2 flying a Fokker triplane or even a WWII P51 Mustang.

Which I do remember Walmart having Elite Force 1/18 scale Mustangs around 2010, wish I would have grabbed one now, but they were a bit out of my price range back then. I do have my original X-19 but it is in the airplane boneyard. The landing gear still works so maybe I will restore it one day, but I did get lucky one day and found a replacement in good shape at the flea market. Over all this was one of my favorite figures as a kid and it was sad I never got to see him in an animated series. I did make my original figure a new scarf and it works for me. Who had Ghostrider as a kid? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to check back for our next discussion.


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