EVERETT ROSS & ERIK KILLMONGER
MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“While Everette Ross is assigned to escort T’Challa to American soil, Erik Killmonger threatens the security of the Wakandan borders from which T’Challa hails.”
Despite having to share a year with the merchandising juggernaut that was Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther actually seems to have made out alright in terms of toys. In fact, counting what we saw this year at SDCC, Panther may very well have the most complete selection of Legends figures of any of the MCU films, which is no small feat. Today, I’m looking at our first taste of the continuing Panther offerings, Panther ally Everett Ross and Panther foe Erik Killmonger!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Everett and Erik are another Target-exclusive Marvel Legends two-pack, which hit alongside yesterday’s Falcon and Winter Soldier pairing. Like that one, this set originally began its life as a Toys R Us-exclusive, before finding itself without a home over the summer. Fortunately, Target was able to step-in and make sure these two still made it to us.
First debuting in Civil War (well, in the MCU, anyway), Everett gets his toy intro here, thanks to his rather substantially larger role in Black Panther. Martin Freeman’s no stranger to toys, with multiple plastic versions of his turns as both Arthur Dent and Bilbo Baggins, but I don’t know that any of them have been quite up to this quality. Everett is 6 1/4 inches tall and has 32 points of articulation, and is built primarily out of the suit body first introduced with Agent Coulson. It’s fitting, as Ross is something of a late-game replacement for Coulson, and also just another guy in a suit. It’s a perfectly reasonable starting point. The body’s not without its flaws, but they’re not so bad that they break the figure or anything. It’s all topped off with a brand-new head sculpt, which does a great job of capturing Freeman’s bemused and bewildered smirk. Guy’s got a lot of character in his face, and it’s all perfectly present here. In terms of paintwork, Ross is mostly pretty standard fare. His suit is various shades of grey, which, not terribly exciting, is at leas clean, and accurate to the source material. His head gets a printed face, and it’s definitely another success, resulting in quite a lifelike looking figure. Everett is packed with a handgun, which is actually, like, a real gun, and not some sort of sci-fi contraption. Crazy!
Amusingly enough, our first double-packed character from Black Panther isn’t the title character at all, but instead his main antagonist, Erik Killmonger. Killmonger was, of course, in the main Legends assortment for the film, in this very outfit, even. Tim was kind enough to review that one for me, but I knew this one was coming, so I decided to hold out. Boy am I sure glad I did. Like his predecessor, he stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. Sculpturally, he’s completely identical to the prior release, barring one thing: the unmasked head. The standard, masked head is, of course still included as well, but now you’ve got the option to also showcase Michael B. Jordan’s floppy hair! Can you imagine how cruel the world would be without that as an option? I certainly can’t. It’s an excellent piece, with a spot-on Jordan likeness, and, unlike the equivalent T’Challa head, it actually sits properly on the body, so he won’t look super goofy with it on. In addition to the extra head, another major change to this release is the paint. The standard release Killmonger was somewhat lacking on the paint front, leaving an impressively detailed sculpt looking a little bit barren. This offering fixes some of that, adding back in a lot of the gold detailing that was missing from the prior release. Unfortunately, he exchanges it for the leopard print patterning of the last figure, which I’m a little sad to see missing this time around. Given the darker coloring of the main suit, it’s not the end of the world, though, and it’s overall a net gain in terms of appearance. Killmonger is packed with the same pair of blades as his regular-release counterpart, as well as an extra set of hands just for holding them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Falcon and Winter Soldier, I initially passed on this set. And then, I passed on it a second time, because I really only had the funds for one pack, and I went for the other one. But, as luck would have it, when I made my way back to that same Target, there was still one set left, so yay for me! I don’t think this set quite has the “wow” factor of Falcon and Winter Soldier, but both figures are very solid offerings, especially if, like me, you skipped the standard Killmonger release.