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Monday, September 5, 2016
Action Figure Review: Black Panther from Marvel Legends: Captan America: Civil War by Hasbro
Height: 6 1/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball-jointed hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Alternate T-Challa portrait, build-a-figure Giant Man's left leg.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
*Black Panther's articulation is pretty incredible. Like most Marvel Legends over the past couple of year's he's sturdy, well articulated, and infinitely fun to pose. A guy like T'Challa can be placed in so many cool poses and this figure completely enables you to do just that. Besides the standard joints, Black Panther does have ratcheting shoulders, and a ratcheting waist and mid-torso to help give a bit more sturdiness to poses.
* Second, I love Black Panther's claws! Since he doesn't come with a weapon or anything to hold, these expressive claws really help to give the figure some more energy. The claws just add so much menace to whatever pose you put T'Challa in, don't they?
* Hasbro has been great about including alternate heads with many of their figures lately. It's very cool that Black Panther includes an unmasked T'Challa head since I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've ever received a unmasked version of the character, right? It's a pretty fair likeness to Chadwick Boseman although it does need some facial hair. Still a cool extra, though.
* While I'm probably not going to be building Giant Man, it's always a positive thing for a series of figures to come with a build-a-figure. This looks like a really cool figure, and I'm pretty tempted, so we'll have to see. Of course, if you're interested in the piece leave me a comment and let me know! Maybe we can trade or something?
* The only complaint I have with this figure is that the elbows and knees are a bit rubbery. Not gummy, but just a bit softer than I would like to see. I'm sure it's a balance between making these double hinged joints too rubbery and too brittle, but I'd like to see them a bit firmer. Hasbro is nailing this more often than not, though, so hopefully this problem will soon be moot.
I haven't reviewed any other Black Panther figures before. In fact, the only other one I own is the first Marvel Universe release (the 1/18th scale line from a few years back). I have reviewed plenty of other Marvel Legends figures, though, including:
Marvel Legends: Captain America by Hasbro (2016)
Marvel Legends Infinite Series by Hasbro
Captain Marvel (Maidens of Might)
Doctor Strange (Marvel Heroes)
Guardians of the Galaxy 5-Pack
Hellcat (Fierce Fighters)
Ms. Marvel, Captain America, & Radioactive Man 3-Pack
Scarlet Witch (Maidens of Might)
Spider-Woman (Fierce Fighters)
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Ant-Man by Hasbro (2015)
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Avengers by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Avengers: Age of Ultron by Hasbro (2015)
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Guardians of the Galaxy by Hasbro
Marvel Legends Infinite Series: Spider-Man by Hasbro
Jack O'Lantern (Villains of the Night)
Spider-Girl (Warriors of the Web)
Marvel Legends: Iron Man 3 by Hasbro
Classic Iron Man
Heroic Age Iron Man
Iron Monger Build-a-figure