Monday, May 23, 2022

Action Figure Review: Black Bolt from Marvel Legends Series: Inhumans by Hasbro


There might be spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in this review!   

   So... Black Bolt made his MCU debut, huh? I actually haven't watched the Inhumans show but I was still excited to see the character make an appearance in a very classic looking outfit as part of the Illuminati in Doctor Strange: Strange Harder. Also, of all of the chaos that Wanda caused, I'm pretty sure Black Bolt's untimely end is the most memorable. I mean... sheesh! Like many others who skipped out on this figure previously, I quickly went back and picked this guy up from one of my favorite retro toy shops, Back in Time Collectibles in Gastonia, NC. Black Bolt was originally released in the Okoye Build-a-Figure series which contained the first set of figures released for the Black Panther movie and a few comic based figures as well. At the time I kind of remember Black Bolt being a bit of a pegwarmer. Will his cameo in Doctor Strange: The Strangening be enough to get Blackagar Boltagon and the Inhumans back in the spotlight? Who knows? Let's take a look at this nearly five year old Marvel Legends figure after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double-hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double-hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball-jointed head.

Accessories: Two interchangeable portraits, and the right leg for the Build-a-Figure Okoye.

Original Retail Price: $20 

Year of Release: 2017

The Positives:

* Overall, Black Bolt uses a fairly basic body molded in dark blue. Err, maybe that's really supposed to be black, but it shows up blue like in comics? It's definitely dark blue on the figure, though, with some slick silver highlights to add some pizazz. He's also sporting some larger gloves rather than standard wrists. 

* Black Bolt comes with two portraits with the more exciting one showing off the powers he acquired from being affected by the Terrigen Mist. Black Bolt is letting out one of his screams with energy being concentrated on the tuning fork atop his head. Not only is his portrait pretty cool (I'm digging the whited out eyes and blue mouth) but he also has visible energy collecting on the tuning fork. It's a really neat look.  

* Black Bolt's second portrait is a basic, neutral look that's best for most other scenarios when he's not trying to destroy everything in front of him. Since this is an almost 5 year old figure, there is no head with his mouth sealed shut. Ooohh, that was rough, wasn't it? Not bloody or anything, but still just horrifying and disturbing. 

* Black Bolt's wings are attached to his biceps so they can be posed like show to the left or placed behind the figure for a more neutral stance. They're actually fairly well designed and definitely make this a more interesting figure.

* The articulation is exactly what you'd expect from most modern Marvel Legends: Solid joints, lots of movement, and a sturdy, durable figure you can really pose and play with. He's actually quite fun to mess around with, due in large part to the screaming headsculpt. 

* This series of figures was largely focused on Black Panther and the Build-a-Figure was Okoye from the film. Black Bolt includes the right leg for Okoye. If anyone still needs this one let me know. I'm not planning to build her.

   Black Bolt doesn't come with a lot of extras but his two headsculpts are nice and his wings definitely help him stand out a bit on the shelf. He's a pretty solid figure that definitely gets a Great rating from me. Who knows when Hasbro will revisit Black Bolt again, so this might be the figure to snag if you want to add him to your collection. While I was out picking him up I also grabbed Medusa so he'd have someone to hang around with. I'll probably be checking her out in the next few days, so stay tuned!

   This is the first figure of Black Bolt I've reviewed on the site. For more Marvel Legends Series reviews check out the following:
Marvel Legends Series by Hasbro (2016)

Marvel Legends Series: Avengers by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Black Panther by Hasbro (2017)
Black Panther 

Marvel Legends Series: Black Widow by Hasbro (2020)
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Marvel Legends Series: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Black Panther
Demolition Man (Mercenaries of Mayhem)
Nick Fury 

Marvel Legends Series: Captain Marvel by Hasbro (2019)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Series: Deadpool by Hasbro (2018)
Deadpool (Boxers)
Deadpool (X-Force)
Lady Deadpool 
X-23 (X-Force)
Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange

Marvel Legends Series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) 
Marvel Legends Series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Baron Zemo

Marvel Legends Series: Fantastic Four (2017)
Mr. Fantastic
Marvel Legends Series: Gamerverse
Civil Warrior

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro (2017)
Groot Evolution

Marvel Legends Series: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 by Hasbro (2017)
Gamora (Daughters of Thanos)
Nebula (Daughters of Thanos)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot
Marvel Legends Series: The Infinity Gauntlet by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: The Infninity Saga by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Series: Ironheart by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: Iron Man by Hasbro  
Vault Guardsman

Marvel Legends Series: The Punisher by Hasbro (2019)
The Punisher (Walgreens Exclusive)
Marvel Legends Series: She-Hulk by Hasbro

Marvel Legends Series: Silver Surfer by Hasbro (2018)
Silver Surfer

Marvel Legends Series: Super Villains by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: The Unbelievable Gwenpool by Hasbro (2018)

Marvel Legends Series: Typhoid Mary by Hasbro (2018)
Typhoid Mary

Marvel Legends Series: Venom by Hasbro (2018)
Marvel Legends Series: WandaVision by Hasbro (2021)
Marvel Legends Series: What If? by Hasbro (2021)

Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro (2016)
Kitty Pryde


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  2. This figure makes me laugh, because it looks like he's throwing his arms in the air and yelling because water is leaking on his head.

    1. If you've ever dealt with a major leak in your home you'd do the same! Maybe Black Bolt needs to host his own non-verbal home repair/ remodeling show.

  3. The Inhumans show was....interesting? It definitely wasn't great and not what I'd want from an Inhumans show.

    1. I know I watched it, but I don't think it started moving until like episode 7? Still, I can't believe it's been 5 years on this figure.

    2. I haven't watched it. It's on Disney+ now, right? Maybe over the summer I'll give it a shot.


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