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I admittedly took my time with this review. This figure is so damn nice that I took double the photos I normally take and took my time writing this review. I really felt like doing this review would almost make me move on to the hefty pile of action figures I would love to review but sometimes don’t have the heart to do so. But then I realize even that this won’t be the last time I will see the Black Panther as an action figure. Both Bandai’s SH Figuarts line and of course Hot Toys will be putting out their own version of this character, so we definitely have the chance to revisit him down the line.

Since I have that to look forward to, let’s take a look now at Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Black Panther…

 

 

 

Packaging

!ML-BlackPanther01 !ML-BlackPanther02I really dig sometimes how Hasbro takes the same basic packaging, adds some highlights to it, and makes it look brand new.  I like this because when you see any Legends figures on a peg in the store, you can almost tell from first glance which series you’re looking at, whether it’s a Captain America series or Spider-Man series Marvel Legend, etc.

This time around we get the blue highlights on the packaging. I don’t know if it’s just me, but the blue really brings out the figure inside, especially when the figure inside in this case is the Black Panther. Not very many figures bring me pure joy, but this one did, and I honestly believe the packaging help.

On the back, like most recent waves of Marvel Legends, we get an action shot of the figure itself along with a bio-blurb (which comes in 4 different languages). We also get to see the rest of the figures in the wave including the Build-A-Figure, Giant Man. To note, I really like the fact that 4 out of the seven figures in this wave (that’s including the build-a-figure) are all from one movie (Captain America: Civil War). We haven’t gotten a majority movie-fig wave like this since Guardians of the Galaxy.

Packaging Score: 8.25 out of 10 ★★★★★★★★¼☆ 

 

 

 

Accessories

!ML-BlackPanther03!ML-BlackPanther04While the figure itself is strong, the accessories always tends to sometimes be its downfall.

With the Black Panther figure we of course get the Build-A-Figure part which in this case is Giant Man’s left leg. Can’t really count that one as an accessory, but I thought it was nice to mention since it takes up the majority of extra room in the packaging.

The only true accessory we get is the Panther’s unmasked head. While I consider that great, I feel like that’s just a good start. I understand there are not that many accessories associated with this character, but they could have easily put in an extra pair of hands (maybe closed fists this time). Maybe by the time the Black Panther movie comes out, they’ll have figured out what accessories it should come with…

Jumping over to take a look at the Hot Toys figure and the accessories that come with it, we will get…3 pairs of extra hands…but no head sculpt (at least not announced yet). I’m kind of conflicted which is better or worse.

Accessories Score: 5.5 out of 10 ★★★★★½☆☆☆☆ 

 

 

 

Sculpt/Likeness

!ML-BlackPanther08!ML-BlackPanther05Did I mention that this figure is outstanding? We get an all new sculpt with near accurate details. For not being able to pick out a figure like I would in the store, I am extremely pleased to see that the paint apps are on point and not sloppily done.

The detail in his necklace and the silver highlights against the black costume along with the raised detailing makes for a stunning figure. Hasbro has definitely got the look and feel of this character right. The clawed fingertips have even been painted silver to give them a metallic look to them.

The unmasked head is a really good likeness of actor Chadwick Boseman. Hasbro is usually a hit or miss when it comes to character likenesses, but have been doing a decent job recently. The only thing I would mention is that the head is missing Chadwick’s beard that he sported in the movie. I mean, I know a brother can shave every once in a while, but they missed out on that look. I bet this was designed, sculpted, and painted before they decided to have him sport a beard in the movie. I wonder how hard it would have been to add that on.  If I get a chance to get a second figure, I may try to do one myself.

Other than that, I am pretty impressed and pleased with how the sculpt came out and how close a likeness it is to the character in the movie.

Sculpt/Likeness Score: 9.25 out of10 ★★★★★★★★★¼ 

 

 

 

Articulation

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This Black Panther figure has an impressive (albeit normal for Marvel Legends) amount of articulation. I have counted about 32+ points of articulation. I think this is necessary for characters that are considered “agile” and Panther definitely fits that bill.

I do have an issue and I’m not sure if it was just me or what…the balance seems off and because of that, this figure is very hard to stand.  I was lucky a few times but after awhile, I went and found an action figure stand to help keep him up.  Kind of disappointing because of course I wanted to take like 30 more poses with him and got tired of keeping him standing up so I kept it under 10.  (sound off in the comments if you are having the same issue)

Some pluses to the articulation: a hinge in the neck to let the figure look up and down, a hinge in the wrists to get that “pre-slash” look in, and both an abdomen hinge and waist swivel.

Articulation Score: 8.5 out of10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

 

 

 

Some final Thoughts…

!ML-BlackPanther12Man, I love this figure and it will definitely be in my regular rotation of figures to be displayed. “CA:CW” was a great movie and the introduction of Black Panther to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was near perfect.

BP-SinestroI am actually kind of surprised that Hasbro is not capitalizing on this popularity more.  Yes, they are producing a solid case of 8 Marvel Legends Black Panthers, but I’m speaking of the bigger picture. Where is the Electronic 12″ Black Panther, similar to the Falcon figure I reviewed? Where are the 3.75″ figures? Where is the specialized Black Panther Quinjet that he flew in the movie? Hasbro is definitely missing out on some revenue.  Instead, we get a “Sinestro-corps” reject Panther…which Hasbro exec was on crack to approve this bullshit?

At any rate, thank you Hasbro for putting out a great figure. This will definitely keep me occupied until my Hot Toys Black Panther gets here…

Do you have this figure or maybe want it (and can’t find it yet)? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below…