M’Baku ended up being one of the big surprise characters from Black Panther. This take on Man-Ape worked well and he’s become a fan favorite I can’t wait to see in Black Panther 2. With no other viable options for a Build-A-Figure character, Hasbro went with M’Baku even though he’s not the same massive scale as say a Caliban or Wendigo. Let’s take a look.
Packaging: There’s no packaging for Build-A-Figures so nothing on that end for M’Baku.
Likeness: M’Baku sports another incredible likeness thanks to the face printing technique. It looks just like Winston Duke from the slight bags under his eye and indention around his cheeks.
That’s good, but the attire is really what makes M’Baku such an amazing figure. Hasbro outdid itself here as the figure features all of the detail from the gauntlets with the fur underneath. The chest armor has all of the patterns and adornment details. The shin guards are also magnificently done right down to the sculpted lines.
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Paint: Hasbro can take another victory lap with the paint applications. Everything is neat without any big issues. The chest plate even has some shading to reflect its metallic nature.
M’Baku has tattoos on his right arm, which are missing on the figure.
I’m not sure how Hasbro could have done the straw skirt paint applications differently to be a little lighter, but that’s about it. Considering all of the washes, shading and lack of slops making this another contender for one of the better painted figures in this scale of 2019.
Scale: Winston Duke isn’t a wide dude, but he is pretty tall as he’s about a head taller than average size guys like Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. The figure is right on point with the scale.
Articulation: M’Baku is more of a tank brawler and as such doesn’t need to crouch or kneel down. His skirt limits much of his leg articulation, but it’s not a problem with him. Hasbro set up more of a rocker joint for his torso allowing M’Baku to hit his victory pose and he can hold his staff with both hands.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: M’Baku comes with his staff. Hasbro got the curved portion of it properly and while it looks plain, the source material version is just as smooth. It’s not at all consistent with the film, but it would have been a cool bonus to get his mask from his challenge fight with T’Challa.
Worth it? There’s some random figures in this wave I would have swapped out for others but now that I’ve assembled M’Baku it was worth it. Some of the figures in this wave aren’t $20 any more so you could get this set for under $99 if you pick and choose. With at least five worthwhile figures in this wave this was an easy recommendation.
Rating: 10 out of 10
M’Baku wraps up a very solid Black Panther wave. There are a few more characters I’d like to see, but he is one of the better BAFs despite not being as massive as some others this year.