Marvel Legends have been dominating my figure reviews and I’m nowhere close to being caught up. I think this a good problem (pauses to pre-order X-Men Retro Marvel Legends) as opposed to not having enough quality figures?
Naturally, there’s always a newer release that’s available that cuts the line. When my local comic book store got the Avengers: Endgame Build-A-Figure Hulk in earlier than retail I decided patience was for suckers and had to at least get Shuri. This is ironic of course as I’m still oh so far from completing my Build-A-Figure M’Baku including the most recent Black Panther.
Anyway… Shuri and Black Panther in general proved more popular than the world expected including Hasbro. That meant we needed more than one wave of Black Panther figures. Instead of another Civil War era Black Panther, Shuri probably could have been slotted there, but better late than never. And it’s not like Shuri doesn’t work in an Endgame wave either. At this point it’s not spoiling people!
Packaging: Hasbro keeps the Endgame packaging we saw with the BAF Thanos wave meaning a strong blue accent with the standard black. Instead of an Avengers logo, we get a Black Panther one, which carries through to the insert as well.
The side portrait features a painted take on Shuri, which looks nice. The back is also nice with an action shot and a well thought out bio that explains the character well.
Likeness: I can definitely see the likeness of Letitia Wright even at this scale. The figure captures her smirking and playful demeanor. Hasbro even went with a slighter, less developed arm. Initially I thought it was too small, but Wright is pretty slender and that’s reflected in this scale.
The outfit has some problems I’ll get into shortly, but the sculpting is amazing from the lines and holes in the neckpiece to the main shirt, the arm bands, skirt and pants. Hasbro’s sculptors did impressive work here.
If I could complain about one thing it’s the absence of the chin guard piece. That’s the one nod to Shuri’s time as Black Panther in the comic and is kind of a big omission.
EDIT: To throw me off a bit, Shuri apparently changed her costume since Black Panther and this look complete with lack of braid and neckpiece is accurate to her Avengers: Endgame appearance.
Paint: I’d written this long rant on how Hasbro dropped the ball with Shuri’s colors as this dull brown and black outfit hardly resembles her colorful attire from Black Panther.
Again, this seems to match her Endgame appearance with less purple and blues and more of a brown and black color scheme. That could be a case of lower light, but I’m going to give Hasbro a pass even if I still want a screen accurate Black Panther version of Shuri.
All that said, I’m still not a fan of this dull black and brown color attire as it doesn’t seem to fit Shuri’s style. My preference aside, the paintwork we get is solid without much by way of slop and smeared lines. The paint on her face is amazing considering the small scale.
Scale: Shuri is just about the same height as her comic book counterpart and is right about the same height as Nakia, which seems right from my recollection of the film.
Articulation: Shuri has a good amount of movement. Most ML females needs the bicep articulation, but it really seems like a missed opportunity with Shuri.
The skirt isn’t as restrictive as I thought as there was no problem doing running or leaning poses. She’s thisclose from being able to do an effective Wakanda Forever pose too.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Shuri comes with the gauntlets from her Basic figure counterpart. These look fine and have some solid panther style sculpting and sonic-blast effects. These don’t come out, which is a little disappointing. The gauntlets clip onto Shuri’s wrist so you don’t have to worry about them sliding off whenever you move her.
Shuri also comes with the left leg of the Build-A-Figure Smart Hulk. I wish that featured his look for the final half of the film, but that’s a complaint for another day.
Worth it? Due to my lack of patience, I paid $25 for Shuri. Technically the figure is very good with some incredible dedicated sculpting so I think it’s a fair deal for the standard $20 price tag.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
With her more colorful attire, Shuri could really have been one of my favorite figures thanks to all of the sculpted detail. She’s not bad, just dull, which is what I never envisioned using to describe Shuri.
Where to get it? Shuri isn’t out at mass retail yet, but GameStop keeps putting in good work to help satisfy that retail itch. Entertainment Earth.com has Shuri and the wave available and Hasbro Pulse and Amazon have the BAF Hulk wave set for a July 1 release.