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on October 29, 2012
Fright Rider is a new character released for the Skylander GIANTS world. He is an Undead Type knight of sorts and rides upon an undead steed of some variety (perhaps an Ostrich?). This mechanic is completely new to the Skylander universe and I personally welcome any and all differentiation in the characters. The design works well although I feel he should have more defense being a mounted unit. Fright Rider turns into a formidable combatant with entertaining special moves and a good mix of close and ranged attacks. Spinning spear strikes are especially effective.

He does tend to have a slight pause between attacks which leaves him vulnerable after a combo. On 3DS he is moderate jumper.

From a toy/collectible perspective, this is one of my personal favorites. Fright Rider has a neat name, unique design and is well painted and posed.
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on December 1, 2012
Fright Rider is not only an interesting looking Skylander, but one with a neat backstory! Rider and his ostrich Fright were once the best jousting team in Skylands, but when a rival sent Rider to the underworld, Fright turned himself into a skeleton and journeyed there himself to rescue his longtime friend. They are now dedicated to helping others all across Skylands. An added cool factor is that they're one of the two Skylanders that are actually composed of two characters, the elf and the ostrich.

Speed: Average
Fright's movements can be a little awkward, but I wouldn't call him slow. If you still don't find him fast enough, I'm sure a hat would fix the problem quickly.

Primary Attack
As a jousting team, you can easily guess that the attack one button is used for spear related melee attacks. If you press attack one three times in a row, Fright will lash out and bite at enemies as well. The spear is eventually upgraded first to a powerful Ghoul Glaive, then to an even more powerful Halberd of Horror; both upgrades cause your spear to change in appearance. If you choose the Sir Lance A Lot upgrade path, your melee attack becomes more powerful, you gain the ability to hold in attack one and release several small undead ostrich heads to attack your enemies from underground, and you get much better combos. Attack one, attack one, attack two gives you Spear Vault, where Rider will vault off the back of Fright and slam into enemies. Attack one, attack one, attack three gives you Skull Slam, where Fright will rear up and slam his head down.

Secondary Attack
Also related to their way of life, Fright Rider's secondary attack consists of them jousting forward in a short, fast charge with the spear. It's eventually upgraded to be more powerful, and lasts a bit longer. A lot of people don't seem to like this one, but I use it quite frequently. It's especially good for the Arena Battles where your enemies are invincible and need to be pushed off or into things. If you choose the Joust Jockey upgrade path, the attack becomes more powerful and even faster, the spear can be swung at 360 degrees while charging, and while charging you can press attack three for a downward strike.

Tertiary Attack
My favorite of the three main attacks! Fright burrows his head underground (the direction of which is controllable) and once the buttom is released or the max amount of time for the attack has run out, Rider will be dragged underground and pop up where Fright's head has ended up. This is good for getting away from smaller and slower enemies quickly, and for getting out of places where you've gotten yourself stuck. The best part of this is the Soul Gem ability, which will be addressed below.

Soul Gem:
Another great Soul Gem attack! When you burrow underground, instead of Rider just traveling underground the spear remains above ground and drags down enemies that get caught in its path. It's very effective if you start getting swamped. The only downside is that large enemies, like crystal golems or Blaze Brewers, cannot be dragged under.

Overall:
Definitely a worthy Skylander. I was a little leery about purchasing a Skylander that does their melee attacks from the back of a steed, but it actually opened up the windows to some interesting attacks.
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on June 20, 2015
Another undead knight to go with my Sky Knight collection. As long as you level and max figures they will be powerful. Magic Skylanders for whatever reason (with Exception of Spyro and Enigma) are weak in all areas no matter how much I raise them. They can go down in one hit! even the Special (Giant, Swap , Trap Master) Skylanders are weak. Their Special abilities may sound cool but it's nothing If they can not keep up with the other Skylanders base stats.
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on September 26, 2014
My daughters had a list of figures they wanted for their skylander giant game. As many of you know they are not all easy to find in stores. This was a great price and my daughters love playing with the new figures.
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on February 11, 2015
Toy: 5/5 Great Personality, a sort of two in one package, they look amazing!

Attack: 4/5 He's got a wide variety of excellent attacks all around. No matter which path you choose it will be a sure win

HP/Defense: 3/5-A little below average, he's gonna need hats/challenges/charms.

Speed: 4/5 he's fast when he's moving and his birdy can give you bursts of speed.

I highly recommend him
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on December 28, 2012
My 9-year old grandson has MANY Skylanders and I added this one to his collection for part of his Christmas. He loves all things Skylander and plays with them constantly in one capacity or another. I personally feel the products are rather expensive for what they are, but all the kids seem to love them.
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on April 29, 2013
Product arrived on time in good packaging and works as expected. This character was at the top of my son's list to add to his collection. While it can be a 'costly' investment with all the special editions and such, much like baseball/football cards when I was growing up, I do find a fun and cool spin on video games for kids. It is just a matter of trying to keep it in control....
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on January 4, 2013
My son had a very large amount of these on his Christmas list and as many of you know they were not all easy to find. This was a good price to help fill his list and he love playing with the figures with or without the game.
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on March 18, 2013
My daughter and I started collecting skylanders a few months ago. We went from having a goal of getting one of each type to having the complete series one and two collection. Be careful. This game is dangerously addictive.
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on June 27, 2013
My son LOVES this game! I'm a world of violent video games (which he does play), its nice to have a fun, age appropriate game that he looks forward to playing. He loves all if the characters and looks forward to new versions of the game.
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