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Black Panther – Marvel Minimates (Toys R Us and Walgreens Exclusives)

We are getting ever closer to the next Marvel movie – Black Panther. We know from the previews of Avengers: Infinity War, that the warriors of Wakanda play a pretty major role in battling the evil that comes our way. The figures are out for Marvel Legends, and Minimates. I was able to grab all 5 sets in one afternoon, stopping at Toys R Us and then Walgreens on my way home from work a few weeks back. There are only the five sets between the two stores. Comic stores only got the 4 pack this time around. Really good for those of us who do not have a comic store nearby that will stock the 2-packs. It is really hard to get that one last 2-pack that is an exclusive to the comic shops a lot of the time. Not this time around. For those keeping track the four figures in the box set are:
Black Panther
Powered Up Killmonger
M’Baku
Shuri
So, we have 2 of the figures, Black Panther and M’Baku in these 2-packs. But Shuri and Powered Up Killmonger may just be a pair that will require getting this set as well.

Here we go. We will start with the 2 sets that are at both stores, and then look at the exclusives.

 

First up is Black Panther and M’Baku.

The first pack better have the star of our movie in there. And it does. This is a new armor, or Habit for T’Challa. He comes with M’Baku, who in the comics, wanted to take over Wakanda. So, we will see what comes of this guy in the movie.

M’Baku comes with a long staff. It has a big knot at the end. I am sure he goes around knocking people over the head with it. Black Panther on the other hand, does not use any weapons, so his only accessory is T’Challa’s hair.

The paint apps on BP are really well done. The suit is a really dark grey, and then there are black and silver apps, plus white eyes added.

 

Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue:

Well, isn’t this a pair. This is a set of bad guys to be sure. Killmonger looks like he wants to be Black Panther. Erik Killmonger’s family was kicked out of Wakanda. Erik will come back to exact revenge on T’Challa. As for Klaue, we know him from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Last time we saw him, he was selling missiles to someone before Ultron showed up to make a deal with him for Vibranium. When Klaue started to mouth off, Ultron cut off his arm. It seemed to be an accident, as Ultron could not grasp the idea of how fragile the human body really is.

Since he had Vibranium (same stuff as Captain America’s shield), and the only place on earth to get it is in Wakanda, there was a strong tie of Klaue to Black Panther even before Black Panther showed up in Civil War. Since Klaue lost his arm, it looks as though he got an upgrade of sorts. His prosthetic arm separates into two parts to allow a weapon (sonic device) to be used. This is in connection to the comic Klaw who has a sonic weapon for a hand.

Killmonger comes with a hair piece. This is a great hair piece unlike anything I have seen in the Minimates lines before. Klaue comes with a second arm where the prosthetic is in the closed position with lines that show where it could open.

 

Dora Milaje Nakia and Okoye (TRU EXC):

The Dora Milaje are the bodyguards of the King of Wakanda, and potential wives of the ruler. Nakia comes with a pair of ring blades. She is a spy for Wakanda and travels the world. Okoye is the leader of the Dora Milaje. She come with a spear that is said to be nearly as sharp as her tongue.

So with that, we have 2 of the members of the Dora Milaje. We did not get Ayo, who talked to Black Widow in Civil War and said, “Move or you will be moved.” A tough lady for sure. Hopefully we will get some more Dora Milaje later on, maybe in a Infinity Wars pack or something.

 

Tactical Killmonger and Casino T’Challa (Walgreens EXC):

I don’t know what is going on with Killmonger’s outfit at this point, but I cannot wait to see what transpires to have a guy in tactical military clothes with a crazy looking mask, and two swords. Killmonger also comes with a hair piece. More on the face in a bit. In the meantime, T’Challa is looking sharp in a printed suit coat.

 

Everett Ross and Powered Up Black Panther (Walgreens EXC):

Everett Ross was introduced to us in Civil War, like Black Panther. Martin Freeman was quoted as saying about Ross, “you don’t know whether he’s good or bad, so you’re not quite sure which side he’s on. It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another.” It will be interesting to see what role he plays in the movie. Maybe he is still hunting for Bucky, who happens to be sleeping in a cryotube in Wakanda. He comes with Powered Up Black Panther. We have a regular Black Panther, and now he gets Powered Up. He was a lot for Cap and Bucky to deal with when he didn’t have extra abilities. He is going to be a handful for the bad guys when he gets mad.

There are the three faces of T’Challa. I am really glad they didn’t just give us three of the same heads. The Black Panther head looks placid, while Powered Up looks mad. Casino T’Challa is somewhere in the middle.

And since we are looking at 3 T’Challas, we should look at the 2 Erik Killmonger heads. Unhappy and “What are you talking about.”

This is a great set of figures. There is a nice wide range. A couple of bodyguards to go along with all of the Panthers. A lot of bad guys to play with too. And I will reserve judgement of Ross for which side he is really on.


Nick Fury, Red Guardian, and Giant Man – Marvel Legends: Giant Man Series

Nick Fury:

As we continue to look at the comic book side of the Giant Man Series, we get a look back to the good ole boss of SHIELD, Nick Fury. Back in the day, this guy with grey sideburns was the man. Probably broken a bit by his live action portrayal by David Hasselhoff.

He is a well done figure. Pretty basic body, but really the bodies that are being used now by Hasbro are the best (in the price range). He comes in a great outfit with some great details. It is modern enough to fit in with other SHIELD figures like Maria Hill.

If you want to vary it up, you get a choice of heads. First up, Dirk Anger. Who the heck is that? I didn’t know, but thankfully Wikipedia did. He is apparently a creation of the great Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen, who wanted to use Nick Fury, but couldn’t/ So they turned Fury in to Anger and ran with it. To have it added to this figure’s accessories is amazing and fun.

You also get a SHIELD agent head, which I have seen in droves all over the internet at an army builder. I have only ever seen one in the wild, and it is this one, so no army building for me.

Nick is a great figure. He is a good throwback to the comics, and who better to have in a Civil War line than the man in charge of SHIELD?

 

Red Guardian:

Well, this is a good choice for a comic figure for Hasbro. Basically take a new head sculpt and stick it on a repaint of the comic version of Captain America. They even are able to use Cap’s comic version shield too.

For us, Meh. He is not used since the fall of the Soviet Union, and really we have moved passed the Cold War era stuff. I am a huge fan of WWII, so Cap is great, and so are all of the comics from the 40s. The Cold War just doesn’t do it for me.

 

Red Guardian is a fine figure. This Cap body has been used a few times now, for figures outside of Cap. But since this is supposed to be the Commie version of Cap, it is a natural choice. I just think this is not going to be anyone’s choice of a favorite figure. He will be lost to time at the back of the shelf of more interesting and relevant figures.

Giant Man:

Time for the Big Boy. THIS is what Build-a-Figures is all about!!!! Give us parts for a figure that will end up being half again the size of the next figure.

This time around, you needed to get your hands on all six figures to get the parts to build this guy.

Scott Lang is sporting his outfit from Civil War, of course. It is an updated version of the Ant-Man costume from his first movie. I really liked the first costume, and didn’t think it needed an update, but if you are going to go extreme with size changes, you might want to make sure your outfit can change with you. You do not need a wardrobe malfunction when you are that tall.

I have a feeling that it is no coincidence that the Giant Man figure came out just before the new 12 inch line of Marvel Legends. Hasbro really did a good job of upscaling their line to make sure that this really big figure still functioned the way the smaller figures did.

At 10 inches, he is more than tall enough to take on the baddest of bad guys and make his presence known. The details of his outfit scaled up so well. The textures of the materials are great, and the details get better with different gloss and matte paint schemes.

His face is the best part, as with most of the best figures. He wears a full helmet this time around, so his face is hidden more. So Hasbro went and added clear red lenses on the figure with eyes on a molded face underneath. This is another case where money could have been saved by just painting the lenses red. But they went the extra distance, and really gave the collectors a treat. And the collectors will not forget that. We get the bum end some times, but others are shining moments that we carry with us to the next wave of figures.

The only problem I have with the whole figure is his left hand. It is the open hand of the two (the other being a fist). I feel like the fingers are a little fat, or maybe not long enough. Either way, the hand is a little bulky, and the opening could have been a little wider. As it is, with a bit of a struggle you can get an enemy’s wrist in there for holding.

This is another great line for Marvel Legends, and Hasbro. I like the movie side of the line better than the comic side. It feels like the comic side had to dig pretty deep to fill in three figures. Fury is a natural choice, but Nuke and Guardian are a bit old school, and out dated.

This is by far not the end of the Giant Man Series. There is still Namor (an exclusve to Walgreens), War Machine
and Iron Man Mark XXVII (in a two pack), Winter Soldier and Falcon (who are single packs)
and Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man (beaten to a pulp in a three pack). That is 8 more figures added to the 7 already released. This is the biggest wave ever for Marvel Legends. I am pretty sure the first time we have a repaint (Cap and Iron Man 3-pack) in the same wave.

Well, that is the end of the Civil War’s main lineup. On to other stuff for a bit before we head back to Marvel in a little while. We have so many other things to look forward to here in the near future, so stay tuned!


Marvel Legends – Giant Man Series – Black Panther and Nuke

Today we take a look at the continuation of the Marvel Legends – Giant Man Series.   There were three main characters from the Civil War movie.  We looked at Cap and Iron Man already.  Today we are going to look at Black Panther, before we deviate into the comic book side of the like with Nuke.

Black Panther:

Black Panther was a new character introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this summer during Civil War. In Civil War, it was Team Cap vs Team Iron Man. Then you had that Civil War pull in other people, like T’Challa here, who lost is dad, and wanted to see someone pay for it.

The figure by Hasbro is fantastic. We continue to see the Marvel Legends figures get better and better. Nowhere does it improve as much as in the movie line figures. The detail on Black Panther’s suit is astonishing.  He has great articulation, on a very nice body. He has lots of good movement all over.

His accessory is his unmasked head. Not that Black Panther runs around with any accessories anyway, so it was nice of them to throw in the head. If they are going to continue to have characters in the movies run around with their masks off, they need to continue to give us unmasked heads to go with them…not to mention well detailed heads that somewhat resemble who they are supposed to look like. This one does a good job. I was glad to see that Hasbro has their eyes under control, at least for the moment.

I am really looking forward to the Black Panther movie, to see what they do with this character and the world he lives in. How is he going to fare with taking over his dad’s job, and defending the world?

Nuke:

This is one crazy dude! I didn’t know a lot about Nuke as I saw the lineup for this Series of figures. He is a Nutty-McNutster. There was something strangely familiar about him, and then I remembered he was used in Jessica Jones on Netflix. It was a bit of an origin series for him, and it will be interesting to see if he makes another appearance on that show, or on Daredevil, where he got his start in the comics.

The figure is on the big body buck. He stands half a head taller than Iron Man, which is pretty tall, since Iron Man stands half a head taller than Captain America. He has a body that matches that height. He has muscles for days, probably choosing to go with the vest since he cannot find shirts that can contain those biceps.

He comes with three accessories. A futuristic rifle, a bowie knife, and an alternate head. The gun, as most of the made up guns go, does not look great. It is a bit too bulky, and the figure has trouble holding it with both hands. It would have been better to get something more realistic. It would go better with the Vietnam era outfit too. The knife is really well done, and can be placed in a sheath he wears on his back. I have said it before, and as often as I can that I love getting holsters and sheaths for the figures to hold their own accessories.

The alternate head only goes to make Nuke look even more crazy. With half his face blown off, you can see the cybernetic enhancements underneath. This being caused by being put into the Weapon Plus project where he ended up as Weapon VII. That Weapon Plus program had a way of really messing with the minds of the people that went in there. It seemed like after Weapon 1 (Captain America), the program went off the tracks and messed up some people pretty badly, or at least started with some people that were already questionable.

Nuke is not my favorite of the wave, but stands as a good figure that has all of the necessary articulation and some nice accessories. He was not on my radar as a character, so there is no real draw there for me.

We are going to carry on next with the continuation of the Giant Man Series and finish off the comic book portion of the wave before taking a look a the big man himself, Giant Man.


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