While returning from a weeklong family vacation to lovely Onekama, Michigan, we took a pit stop at a Target in Carmel, Indiana to let the kids get out of the car and stretch their legs. (I use the term vacation loosely, as spending a week with two children under the age of three was not very relaxing — I am actually excited to go back to work!)
We hit the Star Wars aisle of course, and I was excited to find the Hasbro’s Playskool Galactic Heroes Ghost — something I have been hunting for ever since I heard it had been spotted in the wild a few weeks ago. For $29.99 retail, it was a no-lose purchase for me for two reasons: my 2 and a half year-old loves Star Wars Rebels, and I had a hunch that it just might make a nice display piece alongside the Hasbro 3.75-inch Star Wars Rebels action figures. Once we got back home, unpacked the car, and put the kids to bed for an afternoon nap, I unboxed the Ghost to investigate that hunch. Here is what I found …
After first unboxing the Ghost, the first thing that struck me was how narrow the ship is. Scaled to 2.5-inch figures, I expected it to be small, but not necessarily misshapen. It is, however, much longer front to back than side-to-side, while the actual ship is more round in appearance. As a child’s toy, I imagine the size was manipulated to allow for a child to hold and ‘fly around’ with ease — as opposed to how I used to struggle with my 3.75-inch scale vintage Millennium Falcon as a small child.
The next thing I noticed was the detail of the actual sculpt and the paint application, which is actually quite good — basically rivaling any of the current Hasbro 3.75-inch scale vehicles in my opinion (from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens line). The forward and slightly lowered cockpit is present, and the front portion of it actually detaches to form a miniature tank-like rover. While a potentially interesting play-feature for a child, it is somewhat annoying that there is no clip or latch mechanism to hold this piece to the main body of the ship, and it falls out anytime the Ghost is picked up/tipped forward slightly. When examining closely, though, there appears to be a screw hole present in the detachable portion and a tall peg also containing a screw hole on the main body. Rather this is purely coincidence or Hasbro providing the customizer a way to attach the mini-tank permanently is anybody’s guess. I plan to attempt installing a screw at some point.
The forward cockpit does however represent the most exciting thing about this find — the fact that the Star Wars Saga Legends 3.75-inch Hera Syndulla fits perfectly while seated, even with the cockpit hood closed. This alone, for me, makes this version of the Ghost worth the purchase. At this point, according to what I have heard from various Hasbro interviews, the ship seems to have sailed on collectors ever getting a 3.75-inch scaled Ghost.
While the Lego version may look better visually, I seriously doubt the 3.75-inch figures can fit inside that particular model appropriately. While I do not have the Lego Ghost and so, I could be wrong with my assumption the Galactic Heroes version is a much cheaper alternative.
In the interest of brevity, here are a few more highlights:
• The Chopper that comes with the Ghost is actually slightly larger than the 3.75-inch version, so naturally the 3.75-inch Chopper fits well with the ship.
• There are foot pegs that are just slightly too large for the 3.75-inch figures, but with a little light pressure the figure can be secured on the peg (one of the pegs is on a swiveling platform, allowing for lightsaber duel simulation).
• The entire Ghost crew can fit comfortably inside the ship once the top is opened to reveal the quasi-playset.
• The top gun is detachable and moveable, as well as the included crane. These can be mounted onto the top of the Ghost, or onto the sides.
• Both the top mounted gun and the forward cockpit mini-tank contain projectile missiles (these things really move- does anyone else find it strange that Hasbro includes the much safer Nerf dart firing mechanisms with the toys for older children, but these hard plastic missiles with the Galactic Hero line?)
• Finally, on the side of the box is shown an interactive Phantom shuttle that, according to the photo, can ‘dock’ with the Ghost. I cannot imagine this smaller version of the Phantom will house a 3.75-inch figure, but it still may work as part of a diorama better than placing this smaller version of the Ghost next to the 3.75-inch scale Phantom (which is roughly the same size as the Galactic Heroes Ghost).
Final verdict- if you have collected all of the Star Wars Rebels 3.75-inch action figures and are looking for a way to cheaply upgrade your display diorama- pick this up. Hasbro will probably not make a 3.75-inch scale version of the Ghost, and although the Lego version is more to scale, it may not interact as well with the 3.75-inch figures (if someone knows otherwise- please let us know in the comments!) Finally, if space is an issue for you as it is for me, having a smaller display piece such as this for the Star Wars Rebels action figures is actually a very practical choice.
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!
Jett, out. *