Oversized mechs and oversized motorbikes are a staple of the LEGO Super Heroes theme, but in 2023 these two tropes have been combined to form a new revolutionary idea… a mech riding an oversized motorbike!
Enter 76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike, a mid-sized Marvel set released in January this year. Let’s find out what this set has going for it.
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76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike Set Details
Set number: 76244
Set name: Ghost Rider Mech & Bike
Retail Price: US$34.99 / AU$49.99 / £29.99 / €24.99 / CAD$44.99 – also available from Amazon / Amazon Australia
Theme: Marvel Super Heroes
Release Date: 1 January 2023
76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike Unboxing
The front of the box shows an action-packed shot of Ghost Rider’s mech riding his bike, complete with extra fiery graphics to grab attention.
The back of the box shows the minifigure, the bike, and the mech all separately, plus a logo of Ghost Rider in the bottom left corner.
Inside the box is one instruction manual and two numbered bags – no sticker sheet is always a plus. Bag 1 builds the mech while bag 2 builds the bike; it’s pretty straightforward.
76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike Minifigure
There’s only one minifigure included in the set, Ghost Rider himself, which isn’t ideal for a US$35 set. The flames are attached to the head mould, which has been in use since 2016’s 76058 Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-Up, but still looks good.
The head and torso prints themselves are rather cartoonish, but that makes sense as the set is likely targeted at a younger age range.
The back of the head has more of the fiery details, while the chain and leather jacket printing continues to the back of his torso.
Ghost Rider’s accessory is a light grey chain with a spike at the end. I’d have preferred it to be translucent orange like past variants, but this can actually be attached to the builds as well which is likely the reason for its duller color.
76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike Builds
The first build in the set is the mech, which follows the template for all the new 2023 Marvel mech sets. It has a black, orange, and grey color scheme that matches Ghost RIder.
The core of the model uses two special moulded pieces for this style of mech, the front of which folds forward to give you access. Ghost Rider can sit inside, and when the mech cockpit is closed he looks pretty snug.
The chain accessory from the Ghost Rider minifigure can also be used on the mech – the instructions suggest wrapping it around the mech’s chest like this, which is actually quite a nice look.
The joints use mini ball joints but the arms and legs use a specialised mould in their construction, which means no elbow, wrist, or knee articulation.
The specialised moulds for the limbs reduce posing options, but actual make the mech more playable as too many joints on a small mech can sometimes make it tricky to play with.
It’s really easy to get the mech into a dynamic pose, which is also helped by the rotating waist that utilises one Technic pin.
The mech uses new elements for the fingers, of which there are eight in total. They look alright but unfortunately the design of the hands means they don’t grip things well.
The mech is also well finished around the back, and there’s a clip on the bottom to connect the mech to the bike.
The bike itself is a fairly sizeable build, measuring around 30cm (11″) long. It has a light grey color scheme, and uses a printed 4×3 curved slope on the front and a few angular elements to create a skull-like face behind the front wheel.
It wouldn’t be a Ghost Rider vehicle without lots of fire, and so this bike features four dual-moulded trans-red and yellow flame pieces out of the exhausts behind the rear wheel.
The wheels themselves also have trans-orange pieces for embellishment, but strangely they’re only on the right side of the bike.
One of my favorite sections is the engine portion behind the skull face of the bike, which uses a Technic piston element, telephone pieces, and a shoulder pad for realistic motorcycle engine detailing. The blue Technic pins are rather distracting though, and disrupt the overall color scheme.
Time to place the mech on the bike. It clips on to a bar at the rear of the seat, and the feet can rest on the footrests.
Unfortunately, the design of the mech’s hands means it doesn’t actually grip the handlebars securely, which is one of my biggest pet peeves in the set.
The handlebars are also built using clips so it’s very easy to dislodge them from the hands, which breaks the immersion.
There’s also no easy place to grab the bike apart from the front forks, but when you pick it up the handlebars come straight out of the hands which is quite irritating.
The other issue is the stance. Due to the design of the mech, it leans really far back which doesn’t look very intimidating for such a mean-looking bike. The minifigure cannot even look straight ahead at where he’s going!
There’s also no convenient place to push the bike once the mech is on top – pushing the rear mudguard is awkward, while pushing the mech isn’t ideal as the mech is only connected to the bike with one clip.
It’s quite a shame as I like the mech itself, and I like how the bike looks, but unfortunately their integration leaves something to be desired.
76245 Ghost Rider Mech & Bike is definitely unusual when compared to other LEGO sets at this price point – it’s not often you see a US$35 set with just one minifigure, depicting a mech riding a motorcycle.
The Ghost Rider minifigure itself is good-looking, and I find the mech a really fun build, but unfortunately there are several playability issues when you try to play with the bike and mech together.
The build is fairly sizeable but having just one minifigure included is really low for this price bracket.
For older LEGO fans there are definitely better sets out there, but I can see this set appealing to younger LEGO fans who will probably get a lot of fun playtime from the mech and the flashy bike, and might not be as worried about some of the criticisms with the integration of the two models.
Build  – The mech is pretty fun and the bike looks good, but unfortunately they don’t work well together.
Minifigures  – The Ghost Rider figure looks fine but could have a bit more detail, and including just 1 minifigure for $35 USD definitely does not feel like enough.
Real Value  – The model is sized decently, but the number of figures and the potential play value is not very high in relation to the price.
Innovation  – Combining two arguably overused LEGO concepts (mechs and motorbikes) into one model is admittedly quite innovative, but unfortunately this model doesn’t do it very well.
Keepability  – Unfortunately, I don’t see this being a very iconic set, especially considering there have been better LEGO Ghost Rider models in past years.
Rating and score: 2/5 ★★✰✰✰
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