What I really like about Hasbro is its willingness to go back and fix mistakes to previous figures or simply address collector complaints. The Wal-Mart exclusive Black Panther is a terrific example of this in action.
Hasbro’s earlier Black Panther effort was fine. Sure, Hasbro might have gone a bit too excited with the blue overspray, but it reflected shading from the comic book. But, Hasbro took into consideration, collectors who wanted a Black Panther and not a Black (and Blue) Panther.
Packaging: MOC collectors really can’t complain about the consistency on this line. It’s exactly what we’ve gotten for years with slight alterations and accent colors. Black Panther gets a deep yellow accent color. The top features a pretty sweet Panther logo and I love the portrait of T’Challa on the side.
The bio is useless as always and only worthwhile to those with a deep understanding of Black Panther already.
Likeness: Remember what I said about the earlier Black Panther being fine? Hasbro thought so too and didn’t change a thing with the previous sculpt. Not that there was a need to as it’s perfect. From the furrowed brow and appropriate amount of musculature, Panther doesn’t look like an easy out for any opponent.
Hasbro added a cape for this version. I like the visual of T’Challa with a cape, but prefer the half version that ends above his knees, not his shins. Maybe if I’m feeling especially daring, I’ll try and trim it down, but for now, I’ll leave it alone.
Scale: Black Panther is about regular height and will look eye to eye with other average height characters while looking up to the broader, bulkier characters.
Paint: For the more comic book intended look, Hasbro went with a flat black color scheme with grey accents for the gloves, belt and boots.
In fairness, it’s not as dynamic as the blue shaded version. I like the contrast with the boots, gloves and belt as it provides some distinction from the black.
Articulation: This body has been reused constantly, but it’s fantastic for agile characters like Black Panther and Daredevil.
Black Panther has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
Accessories: In another upgrade over the original release, Black Panther gets a separate set of fists. Much as I loved the claw hands, I appreciate the added posing versatility with a spare set.
Black Panther also has an unpainted version of the necklace that came with Kraven the Hunter. That’s not all BP repurposed as Kraven’s spear makes an appearance here too.
I don’t really love the necklace and with the cape it’s kind of unnecessary. The spear is OK, but I don’t consider that as synonymous an accessory to Black Panther as say Aquaman and his trident or Green Arrow with his bow.
The paint work on it is really well detailed right down to making the longest part shaded like actual wood.
I wish Hasbro could have also included a comic book style unmasked look just to further sell the figure with a new accessory.
Worth it? I paid the standard Marvel Legends price of $20. Whether he’s worth that cost with no BAF is up to you.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I appreciate the ability to have different options. I’ll probably have this as my main shelf Black Panther and pull out the older version to shake things up.
Where to get it? As a Wal-Mart exclusive start there first, especially since they have the best price. If that fails, go to Amazon.com.