MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“With the safety of Earth threatened by the powerful titan, Thanos, Black Panther joins forces with the Avengers to protect the world from certain destruction.”
There was a time not that long ago when an MCU movie was lucky to get *any* 6-inch coverage. Heck, Thor: The Dark World had literally none before the 10th Anniversary sets hit. Black Panther was actually pretty fortunate in its first go, with four movie based Legends in its main assortment, plus a two-pack to augment. However, that wasn’t enough for the fanbase, and so, for the first time, a solo MCU movie is getting a second series, a year after the movie no less. I’ll be kicking things off with the main guy himself!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Panther is the first figure in the M’Baku Series of Marvel Legends. Though the whole series is based on Black Panther, Hasbro decided to mix things up when packaging the figures, so Panther’s packaging actually lists him as hailing from Infinity War, and he’s got a bio to match. Since the Panther costume was the same between the two film’s, it’s a perfectly reasonable choice. This guy is wearing the same costume as the last one, but this one shows it fully charged up with kinetic energy, so he’s all fancy and purple. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 32 points of articulation. His sculpt is, unsurprisingly, completely shared with the previous figure. It is the same suit, after all. While I have some slight reservations about the design, and its implementation (still not crazy about those shoulders), I will admit that it’s grown on me. The new paint definitely helps in that respect. In addition to the slight bit of silver accenting, this one also gets a bunch of funky metallic purple, which I feel better frames the sculpt, and helps to distract from some of the odder aspects of the articulation. Panther is packed with an unmasked head and two sets of hands. The hands are the same as the prior figure, but the head is an all-new piece. The last head wasn’t stellar, and definitely work with the body, but this one actually gives us a pretty spot-on Chadwick Bosman as seen in his solo film, and it looks pretty solid when placed on the body. Not bad! In addition to the character-specific items, Panther is also packed with the right arm of M’Baku.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I loved the Civil War Panther, and I was left sort of luke warm by the solo film release from last year. When this assortment was first shown off, I was more focused on the other figures within it, so I wasn’t eagerly waiting for this guy. But, since I wanted an M’Baku, I was in for him no matter my feelings on the figure itself. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this figure. The new kinetic detailing gives him a much needed pop, and I really dig the unmasked head. There are certainly worse figures to release.
As with most of my recent Legends purchases, Panther is from my friends at All Time Toys, and can be purchased here. Or, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.