MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
With Infinity War pushed up a week, we’re quickly moving past Black Panther, but there’s still a ton of cool toy stuff that I want to look at. While I looked at all of the standard Marvel Legends offerings, there’s one more Legends offering that’s slightly off the beaten path. I talk, of course, of the 12-inch scale Black Panther. I haven’t looked at this line since the first series’ Captain America, but I’m jumping back in for Panther!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Panther is the ninth figure in the larger-scale Marvel Legends line. He’s noteworthy for actually being the very first figure in the line to be movie-based; others have clearly taken inspiration, but this is the first direct adaptation. Of course, the line has generally done slight tweaks to the characters’ designs to add a little extra detail here and there, and if you do that to Black Panther, you pretty much just get his movie design. So, he’ll actually fit in pretty well with the others, is what I’m getting at. The figure stands 12 inches tall and he has 36 points of articulation. In a lot of ways, this figure’s just a scale-up of the Okoye Series Panther. Obviously it’s not the same sculpt, since the articulation scheme is slightly different, but it’s certainly similar. That being said, the additional texturing and slightly more natural proportions make for a figure that I enjoy quite a bit more than his smaller counterpart. Seriously, the 6-inch figure was fine and all, but oh boy does this figure blow that out of the water. The layering and the texturing, especially to the levels of his mask, is truly impressive. I really dig that the eyes are a separate piece; it makes the mask actually look like a mask, which is a rarity on this sort of figure. Panther’s paintwork is generally fairly straight forward, blacks and silvers. There are two different finishes to the black, which breaks up the monotony of the color a bit, and the silver is bright and clean. Panther is packed with an extra unmasked head, three pairs of hands, and a short blade. The unmasked head is a decent enough likeness of Chadwick Boseman; not perfect, but certainly not terrible. The paint could be a little cleaner, but the overall appearance is pretty solid. And, best of all, the head actually sits properly on the body this time, in nice contrast to the smaller figure. The hands come in fists, claw bearing, and gripping. They all swap out pretty easily, and make for a nice variety when posing the figure. The blade is pretty cool, but I don’t actually recall him using it in the film. Fun piece nonetheless, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was actually pretty impressed by the Captain America figure, but for a multitude of reasons (cost of the figures being high on the list), I never got around to picking up any others. I saw this guy in the store a number of times and really liked the look of him. The week after the film’s release, Target was running a 20% off sale on all Black Panther toys, so I took advantage of that to get this guy. I’m very glad I did because he’s the best Black Panther figure out there right now!