POWERED UP BLACK PANTHER & EVERETT ROSS
For Black Panther, we had a few returning players. In addition to T’Challa and Ulysses Klaue, there was another, more minor return in Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross. It’s not a shock, since Ross began his comics carrier as a Black Panther supporting player, and all. I have to say, after getting virtually no impression from the character at all in Civil War, I was actually quite pleased by his reappearance. Suffice to say, I was happy to find he was one of the many Minimates offered for the film, alongside a variant of its main character.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Powered Up Black Panther and Everett Ross are the first of the two Walgreens-exclusive Black Panther two-packs. It’s not actually a terrible pairing, since Ross first appears during the sequence that also introduces Panther’s new uniform’s kinetic deflection abilities.
POWERED UP BLACK PANTHER
Our first proper Black Panther variant. Very cool. This is, of course, the same suit as the last one, just fully charged up with kinetic energy. So, the construction is identical between the two. He’s still 2 1/4 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and he still has the mask add-on and clawed hands. Everything works just as well here as it did on the first ‘mate, and the consistency is certainly sensible. The main changes are obviously to the paint. It’s the same basic starting point, but with some additional metallic blue details added to indicate his energy build-up. It’s a subtle difference, but a cool one, and I actually find myself overall liking the look of this one a little more. Under the mask, we get a second expression for T’Challa. This one’s angrier, which makes sense for this particular look. He’s packed with an extra hair piece and a clear display stand.
This is Everett Ross’s first ever figure, but won’t be his last (or, shouldn’t, anyway. His Legends figure was set to be a TRU-exclusive. It’s future’s a bit up in the air at the moment). For a normal guy in a suit, that’s not terrible. Ross is seen here in his suit and tie from the Casino sequence. It’s probably the best overall look for the guy, and it’s the same look he had in Civil War, so there’s crossover appeal. He has add-ons for his hair, jacket, and tie. All of these are re-used from elsewhere, though I don’t know 100% where the hair first showed up. I just know it’s been used on others. The pieces are all perfectly fine for Ross. Generic, but that’s rather true to the character. His paintwork is fairly straightforward stuff. Lots of greys, which don’t excite all that much, but the Freeman likeness is quite good, so that’s a plus. Ross is packed with a display stand. It would have been nice for him to get a gun or something. He just feels a bit light otherwise.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I picked up this pair as the same time as Panther/M’Baku and Killmonger/Klaue, during Walgreens’ recent sale on Minimates. I was impressed by Ross in the film, and liked how the powered up effect looked in action, so I was definitely on board. Sure, there’s not a whole lot of new going on here, but they’re both still pretty solid ‘mates.