Hasbro has recently been on a spree of reveals for their ever-popular Marvel Legends line of six-inch scale action figures. The toy line, which celebrates its twentieth birthday in 2022, has always been predominantly comic-focused in its plastic offerings. But more and more, MCU-themed figures have taken the spotlight as the biggest franchise on Earth only gets bigger. Always a strong seller for Merchandise, in general, have been the characters from the 2018 hit, Black Panther.
Starring the late Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa, the film broke boundaries and box office records and as such, there have been several representations of the character in action figure form released by Hasbro since the character's initial appearance in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.
For some time, collectors have been calling for Hasbro to introduce a sub-category of Marvel Legends figures that focuses specifically on characters as they appear in the MCU. Well, it seems as though Hasbro just made that happen.
Introducing The Marvel Studios Legacy Collection
Without much fanfare, Hasbro has put a wave of Black Panther figures up for pre-order. This set is composed entirely of older figures that are being reissued with slight updates on their paintwork and sculpting. And in the upper left-hand corner of the packaging reads "Marvel Studios Legacy Collection" indicating that these releases are to be the first in a new sub-line of Marvel Legends. Check out the figures below!
First off, the King of Wakanda himself, T'Challa, as portrayed by the dearly departed but irreplaceable actor Chadwick Boseman. The figure comes packed with a pair of alternate, swappable hands and two heads-one that's helmeted and one unmasked, featuring a likeness to Boseman that utilizes Hasbro's proprietary PhotoReal technology. Pre-order here.
Next up, there's T'Challa's kid sister, the brilliant inventor Shuri. The head of the Wakandan Design Group includes two vibranium arm cannons, modeled after the ones she uses in the films. This version of the figure also includes far more accurate colors and paint when compared to the original release. Pre-order here.
And then there's the antagonist of the piece, Erik "Killmonger" Stevens decked out in his own set of vibranium armor. He comes ready for battle with the two Wakandan blades he used in Black Panther's climactic battle scene, plus two heads: One with his helmet and one with a Michael B. Jordan likeness. A pair of alternate hands round out the set. Pre-order here.
This figure of T'Challa's one-time flame, the War Dog operative Nakia actually features an all-new head sculpt featuring fan-favorite Lupita Nyong'o's likeness. Additionally, she comes packed with twin circular blades and a screen-accurate recreation of her borrowed Dora Milaje uniform. Pre-order here.
Now, witness the might of the Jabari firsthand! This figure of M'Baku, the leader of the mountainous Jabari Tribe features movie-accurate detailing and his African Knobkerrie weapon.
Will The Legacy Collection Continue?
Certainly, these can't be the only figures planned for this new banner of Marvel Legends. The Marvel Studios Legacy Collection will likely continue on after this starting line-up of Black Panther characters and will likely grow to encompass heroes and villains from other MCU projects.
One thing does stand out as slightly curious, however. The name "Legacy Collection" almost implies that this sub-line will mainly center on adding figures of characters from older MCU films and series. Will the newer material eventually be included as well? Also, will each wave capitalize on just one property at a time or will Hasbro mix and match? Could fans see a Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy alongside say, a Ghost from Ant-Man and the Wasp released in the same wave?
Judging by the already-revealed figures, this collection will probably consist mainly of reissues and figures with minor improvements, but that's not to say that wholly new MCU characters couldn't be added into the mix as well.
As for the Black Panther crew, the nation of Wakanda will be seen in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in theaters on November 11.