I grew up watching re-reuns of Hanna-Barberra cartoons in the 80s and one of the most interesting cartoons for me was Space Ghost. Not only did this show introduce me to the concept of aliens on other worlds (I was 4 years old) but I thought the idea of a black hooded ghost like being was appealing to me visually.
One of the cool unique ideas that I find fascinating is that One:12 creates these incredible figures of characters that aren’t necessarily popular by today’s standards. Now one may argue that its nostalgia that allows figures like Space Ghost to come to the current market but I believe the One:12 team has a serious love for these characters and it definitely shows in the final product.
Take note that there are two versions of this figure, a Previews Glow-in-the-dark figure that will retail for $80.00 and a regular version which we will be reviewing. Not much difference between the two versions other than the obvious fact that one glows in the dark and the other doesn’t.
The box is a sturdy representing Space Ghost’s color scheme and font that screams of the 1960s when the show debuted.
The side of the box shows Space Ghost’s symbol and the rear displays the figures in different poses.
One of the great ideas that has become a One:12 standard is the fact that you can remove the figure from the package without damaging the box or tray. You can also return the figure to the tray without causing damage.
You can open the outer cover of the box like a book and inside you can see a pencil and inked drawing of Space Ghost that looks as if Alex Toth drew it. (Alex Toth was the HB artist that designed the look for Space Ghost) The other side shows the tray with the Space Ghost and Blip the monkey figures. Also displayed on the top tray is the other changeable head, 3 pairs of interchangeable hands and other laser, ice and fire blast effects that attaches to either his wrists or hands. The second tray underneath; includes a stand and an translucent arm to achieve the best poses you can think of.
Outside of the box this figure is amazing and is another One:12 achievement. (Click on each photo for a full screen view)
The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall. The material on the suit is clean and form fitting and does not hinder or interfere with the articulation. The head sculpts are accurate but more on that the heads later. The white plastic boots blend well with the material suit. The yellow cape is the right size and compliments the white suit as it should.
The paint is clean and applied nicely, the metallic red on the power bands is a cool touch. the only problem I had was my set of pointed finger hands had some chips on the knuckles but that could be just my figure.
The figure comes with two interchangeable heads. One is a serious battle ready portrait while the other is a smiling face. Both heads are sculpted accurately compared to his animated appearance. Although the smiling face looks like its a forced smile and doesn’t really look good for my personal taste.
The head falls on a ball joint for full movement and the suit and cape does not interfere at all.
The articulation comes from the standard male One:12 buck that they use which incorporates all types of mobility including: hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, waist, knees, thighs and feet. All the joints are tight and easy to move. The cape includes a wire inside that allows the cape itself to have incredible articulation. You can get some really great poses using the cape.
The only down side is that the heads come off really easy which is a nice feature but if you are trying to get him to look forward for a flying position it may be difficult to keep the head on.
Space Ghost comes with a great amount of accessories which is another One:12 standard so you can get a variety of options to pose and play with your figure. I just love how you can move the cape to get the best poses especially when you want him to appear flying.
The accessories are easy to apply to his fists or you can connect certain blast effects directly to the pegs on the wrists. (Although you should always use caution when changing hands on the wrists because the peg can break if you apply too much force on the peg. I like to rotate the pieces on the peg until it goes properly into position.)
Blip the monkey also comes with Space Ghost and limited articulation but enough to get some great action poses.
The colors are solid and bright. The facial detail on Blip makes him look like a real monkey and far from his cartoony appearance.
Mezco’s One:12 line has raised the bar once again by creating unbelievable pieces of art. One could argue that Space Ghost walked out of the tv set and into your home with all of the articulation and detail. The playability (if you have time) is excellent and you can really have a lot of fun by creating your own adventures. The poses you can create as he stands or flies on your shelf is enjoyable and the accessories he comes with makes this figure a steal at only $70.-$80.00. I cannot stress enough if you love action figures, please treat yourself to any of Mezco’s One:12 figures.
I highly recommend this figure and if you are incline to, check out Youtube for some classic Space Ghost episodes. However if the 60s aren’t for you try Googling “Space Stars” for 80s Space Ghost.