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…