MARVEL MIGHTY MUGGS (HASBRO)
While I have come to tolerate Funko’s Pop! line in recent years, and even put together a sizable collection, there’s no denying that they’ll always be my second choice for pseudo designer vinyl media tie-in figures. Number one will always go to Hasbro’s sadly under-appreciated Mighty Muggs. Fortunately for lovers of the Muggs, they’ve made a comeback this year. I’ve looked at one of the Star Wars ones, but Hasbro’s also launched a Marvel line alongside them, and I’ll be looking at my first of those today with Black Panther!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Panther is figure 07, the second figure numerically in the second assortment of Marvel Mighty Muggs. Panther’s design is based on his appearance from Captain America: Civil War. A movie design allows Hasbro the chance to offer some more detailing, and of the two film designs, I’m still pretty partial to the original design. The figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall and has articulation at each shoulder. Panther uses the same standard body used for Luke, with a different head piece depicting Panther’s mask. Only the actual “face” of the mask is left uncovered. It works with the natural lines and breaks of the mask, so the changeover from the sculpted headpiece to the painted face is fairly subtle, and doesn’t look to jarring. The sculpted details of the headpiece are simple enough to fit the style, but still plentiful enough to add some nice depth to the overall design. As I discussed in my review of Luke, the new Mighty Muggs all feature an action feature, allowing for changing facial expressions. As a masked character, his expressions have to be a bit more inventive than Luke’s, I suppose. It all comes down to the eyes. There’s wide-eyed, squinty-eyed, and a mix of the two. There’s a lot of variety offered by those different eyes, and it’s an impressive handling on Hasbro’s part. I think the basic wide-eyed is my personal favorite, but all three are a lot of fun.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After being so impressed by the Luke figure, I was definitely on the lookout for some of the others. Panther certainly looked cool, and Super Awesome Girlfriend ended up picking him up for me one day while she was at work. My excitement for this line has not subsided at all; Panther is just as well handled as Luke, and I’m definitely on board with both currently running Mighty Muggs lines.