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Giant Man Series <Br>Marvel Legends Black Panther Review

The Black Panther has been the protector of Wakanda for generations. A mantle passed from warrior to warrior. And now because your friend murdered my father, I also wear the mantle of king. So I ask you, as both warrior and king, how long do you think you can keep your friend safe from me? -T’Challa, Captain America: Civil War. 2016.

The pictures tonight aren’t quite up to par due to a technical glitch. I figured I’d go ahead and post the review anyway, my apologies. This review also won’t feature any real spoilers that I’m unaware of… as I still haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War. Oops! I know, I should turn in my nerd card. My wife & I have just been bad about getting a babysitter for the Sam-bug and going out to the theater. I think we’ll be making a more concentrated effort during Giant Man Week. Seems only right.

Since I haven’t seen the film, I can’t really speak to much about T’Challa in the film. I do know that he seems pretty accurate to the comics and that he nearly steals the show. More importantly for a toy collector, I also know that he’s got a kickass costume that’s well translated to action figure form here by Hasbro for their Marvel Legends line. The cinematic figures have become a favorite part of the ML line for me in recent years. We’ve been running quite a deficit on some characters, so I’m extra happy that Black Panther was selected right out of the gate.

Black Panther has had a couple of comic figures in the line before, but I ended up selling both. The first because it was done on this weird sandpaper textured body and the second because of the white/blue highlight overspray (though the sculpt was fantastic). This Black Panther surpasses both of those easily. The detail work to get the costume right is amazing. The texture on the base costume is so fine that you have to almost strain to see it. And the layering and piping up from there appears to be pretty accurate to the film. He looks just as sharp as the character in the movie and that already puts it up pretty high on the list of my favorite Marvel Legends.

The figure is even striking despite being basically mono-chromatic color scheme. The silver highlights could be a little less sloppy overall, but the figure looks good cast in all black with the just the little bit of paint to get it right. Maybe I’m just beyond thrilled that there isn’t an overspray for effect. It gives me more hope that the next eventual Black Spidey won’t have that either. Continue to Page 2…

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5 comments to Giant Man Series
Marvel Legends Black Panther Review

  • This figure is awesome! Definitely one of the coolest I’ve seen in quite some time from Marvel Legends! I’m still looking for one so my hunt is still ongoing.

    And I totally understand the babysitting conundrum! No more just darting off t the theater for us (although we tend to plan ahead for big event movies like TFA, BVS, and Civil War).

  • Tim H

    Y-you haven’t seen Civil War yet????

    I hear you about Marvel Legends not matching the articulation to the character. The new wave women bucks, beginning with Black Cat and her “thunder thighs” and extending to the spider-girls–my grandpa can kick higher than they can (which is saying a lot because he’s been dead for years).

  • JHndz

    Lovin’ the return of reviews! Love your stuff, sir!

  • J. Lee

    Have yet to even see this wave in my area. Seen film, knew of character so an easy buy as missed the RR wave (saw once though and snagged a Wrecker)

    As always my fav go to reviewer and a great set of shots.

  • you_will_forget

    Ah yes, the joy of missing films because of a small child. We saw a dodgy cam of Civil War in the end just so we knew what happened. It was great until the guy started rustling his sweets – I’m assuming it was Robert Downey Junior as opposed to the guy sitting in front of the camera with the big hair and teaspoon-sized bladder, but I could be wrong.

    I’ve basically removed ‘going to the cinema’ from my list of hobbies now 🙁

    That said, thank you for another great review – I’ve tended to gravitate towards yours as we seem to share similar thoughts about figures as opposed to some of the review sites that would be considered better in a technical sense.

    Either way,

    Take care,

    Jo