MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Seeking vengeance for his father’s exile from Wakanda, Erik Killmonger returns to challenge T’Challa for the right to the Wakandan throne.”
By far the most glaring omission from most of the Black Panther merch was primary antagonist Killmonger’s tactical gear. Though it was his primary appearance for the film, the dark-panther-reflection design’s presence in the film’s final battle meant that it was the look that all the toy-makers went for. So, for this very prominent look, all we had was a minimate. Our first hint of the second Black Panther assortment was actually the tribal mask from this particular design, because Hasbro knew it was the look most people were wanting. Now he’s finally here, so how did he fair? Let’s find out!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Killmonger is figure 2 in the M’Baku Series of Marvel Legends. He pairs with yesterday’s Kinetic Black Panther as the double packs for this assortment. Given the demand for this particular design, it was definitely a smart choice on Hasbro’s part. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 30 points of articulation. Killmonger is a rather sensible combination of old and new parts. Obviously, the head is re-used from the two-pack version of Killmonger from last year, which is still one of Hasbro’s best likenesses from the MCU. The legs are also re-used, this time from the Netflix Punisher figure. They’re fairly basic combat attire, and again pretty nice pieces from the start. With a new belt and thigh strap, as well as a new torso and arms, it all ends up looking new and unique, and the whole thing jibes together pretty well to make for a very strong, very spot-on recreation of Killmonger’s tactical appearance from the film. Topping off the whole thing is a new mask piece, based on the tribal mask he steals in the film. It fits well over Killmonger’s head, and stays in place surprisingly well. It also fits nicely over a variety of other similarly sized head sculpts too, should you want to swap it around to other figures. Killmonger’s paintwork is pretty decent work overall. The face is printed, and therefore quite lifelike. The uniform has a nice variety of colors, which makes him more eye-catching than his prior figures to be sure. Both the camo on his legs and the brushed metal effect on his armor look pretty cool, and are done nice and convincingly. I was a little bummed by the lack of paint on the belt actually on the figure, but with the add-on in place, this isn’t noticeable. In addition to his removable mask, Killmonger includes a pistol and an assault rifle (both shared with the Punisher figure), as well as the head and staff of M’Baku.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As with most other people, this Killmonger was very high on my want list, so I was happy to see him in this assortment, and was very much looking forward to him. There’s not a whole lot to report on this guy. He didn’t surprise me, because I was already expecting him to be pretty cool, and he certainly lived up to that. As far as single figures go, I foresee him being the most popular in the set, because he’s a nice item all in his own right.
Like yesterday’s Panther figure, I got Killmonger from my friends at All Time Toys, and he’s still available here. And, if you’re looking for other toys both old and new, please check out their website and their eBay storefront.