MARVEL LEGENDS VINTAGE (HASBRO)
“With the sleekness of the jungle cat whose name he bears, T’Challa — King of Wakanda — stalks both the concrete city and the underground of the Veldt”
At the beginning of this year, in conjunction with the release of his movie, Walmart offered up an exclusive variant of Black Panther. It was kind of a curious offering, being a fully powered-up, energy-effect ridden version of a costume we hadn’t yet received a standard release of. And, unlike most instances of such variants, there was no confirmation of a standard version anywhere in the pipeline. That is, until Panther’s name cropped up on the list of rumored Series 2 Vintage figures. Since we’d *just* gotten a re-release of the classic Panther, could this possibly be the missing All New, All Different Panther? Why yes, yes it could!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Panther is the second figure in Series 2 of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Vintage sub-line. He uses the aforementioned “All New, All Different” design, which is a pretty solid one. It takes the classic Panther look and just sort of streamlines it. I’m still partial to the classic look, but I can see the appeal of this one. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. He uses the same basic construction as the Walmart-exclusive release, with a few minor change-ups. He’s still built on the Spider-UK body, which I still like a lot for T’Challa. He has the same streamlined head sculpt and necklace add-on. He swaps out the last figure’s Rocket Raccoon Series Panther hands for the Civil War Panther hands. I’m not entirely sure why Hasbro keeps switching back and forth between them, but there’s at least some variety. He also adds a basic belt piece (borrowed from Prowler), to break things up, I guess? Hey, I can’t complain about an extra piece. The main selling point here is, of course, the paint. Since the last one had all the pink tron-lines, this one goes fully powered down. Though, rather than the straight black I think we’d all been expecting, he’s actually an iridescent dark blue, which works quite well, and ends up a bit more striking than if he’d just been pure black. Panther gets the same accessory set-up as the powered-up version, minus the extra head (not really a big loss, there): a spare set of hands, and two energy pieces for the hands, this time in an etherial white.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After being pleasantly surprised by the Powered Up Panther, I was somewhat intrigued by this release. When he showed up alongside Scarlet Spider at Super Awesome Fiancee’s store, she was kind enough to pick him up for me. Ultimately, he hasn’t displaced my classic Panther on the shelf, and doesn’t quite have the pop of the prior figure, but he’s still entertaining in his own right.