Ahhh…Marvel Legends…I have such a love hate relationship with these. Some are fantastic that I can’t wait to own, others are more “crap, I need the build a figure part.” This wave has a bit of column A and B. Fortunately this is a solid A figure! Read on!
Oh where to start…at the time of writing this I have yet to see the movie, but I don’t care. I’ve been a Panther fan for ages, my favorite run was the Marvel Knights series written by Christopher Priest. Go read it. Now…NOW damn it! Anyway…THIS is how I wanted him to look. Hasbro made us a new body that is just feral!
Essentially we have a black body suit with touches of silver. Then we go into the detailing. Man Hasbro gave Panther some love here. With all the sculpted details that enhance the body lines, you have a very dynamic looking character here. The necklace you can tell was added to the sculpt, so I hope we will see this body mold again. The feet have the ninja toes, but with the silver trim just give him a royal look.
Accessory wise, aside from the Build a Figure part, we get an unmasked head.. I really can’t complain about this at all. Great likeness to Chadwick Boseman after all. They must have borrowed the guys from the Starwars line for the assist.
I REALLY like how even with the unmasked head, T’Challa looks ready to fight. That credit has to be given to the hand sculpt.
As strange as this my sound, these are the perfect hands for a figure like this. Semi holding, semi ready to attack, good for all poses and situations. Don’t get me wrong, I would have still liked to have had more hands, or even some Vibranium daggers or something. Still, these guys are great for just about any pose.
Compared to the Toybiz Panther, there is definitely an evolution here. Toybiz had their own stylizing that I know older collectors prefer. Honestly…the ONE thing this figure has over the new one in my opinion…
Would be the cape. Yeah, I know not practical, but he has the cape in the comics man! Aside from that gripe I have zero faults in this figure.
Hasbro could have gone the cheap route and given us another Bucky Cap mold cop out like the last Panther figure, and I know we would have bought it up anyway. The fact we have a new body mold that is light years ahead is just fantastic. We get great articulation, great joints (seriously, nothing gummy on this guy) and an awesome look. While I always will want more for accessories, I am satisfied with just the extra head.
The sad part is that it seems that while Panther is the most sought after figure, alas for some really strange reason he is the short packed guy! You would think he would have been one of the two double packed figures in the case. I will say, it is worth going on a Panther Hunt for him. Just don’t get scalped is all I ask. I am giving this figure a solid A here, so go get him!