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“The mastermind behind some of Wakanda’s most advanced technology, Shuri designs and distributes Vibranium-powered gear to Wakanda’s greatest warriors and allies.”
As far as Marvel Legends coverage goes, last year’s Black Panther is possibly one of the most fortunate films in the entirety of the MCU. It got two dedicated assortments (one of which was purely movie figures, which pretty much never happens these days), and there was really only one major character missing from those two sets. Said character is T’Challa’s sister, Shuri. She was included in the basic Black Panther line at the time of the movie’s release, but now she’s finally getting her proper Legends due courtesy of Endgame.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shuri is figure 3 in the Hulk Series of Marvel Legends, and she’s the final single-carded movie character this time around. She’s officially branded as an Endgame figure, but thanks to her re-using her battle gear from Black Panther during Endgame’s final battle, she’ll fit in just fine with either collection. The figure stands (or at least attempts stand) 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Her sculpt is brand new, and it’s an immense improvement over the basic figure sculpt, but does have one major issue for me: she can’t stand. Okay, that’s not entirely true; she can stand…for a bit, and then she’s pretty much guaranteed to fall over. She did so numerous times for every single photo that accompanies this review. Not a ton of fun for me, let me tell you. On the plus side, the actual sculpting on the sculpt is pretty impressive. The head’s the best part, with a very strong likeness of Letitia Wright, even getting her proper hair style, which the basic figure didn’t do so well on. Her costume elements are very sharply defined and appear to be accurate to the film(s), and the build of the body they’re on is a much better match for Wright’s rather skinny frame than the prior figure. The skirt piece is a free-floating add-on, and while I’m not super jazzed by that style of implementation, it’s still a rather nice piece, and doesn’t impact her mobility too much. Her paintwork is pretty solidly handled; like a lot of the Panther stuff, it’s not the most eye-catching or flamboyant selection of colors, but it’s accurate and lifelike, and she looks pretty cool. Shuri is packed with her panther-styled gauntlets, which are a slightly different piece from the basic ones, but still very cool. She also includes the left leg of the Hulk BaF.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This figure’s been a long time coming. I’d thoroughly expected to see her in the second Black Panther assortment, and was quite surprised by her absence. Upon seeing her turn up with the same costume at the end of Endgame, suddenly things made a lot more sense, so I was less shocked when she turned up here. The stability thing is a major annoyance, but beyond that there’s quite a bit I like about this figure, and at this point, I’m just happy I can finally retire the basic figure from my Legends shelf.
I purchased Shuri from my sponsors over at All Time Toys, alongside the rest of this series. Amazingly, she’s still in stock here. If your looking for other Legends or other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.