I have to admit, I was a little worried that the Giant Man wave was never going to hit retail in mass. I’ve only ever found Iron Man, which was sort of fine, since unlike say, the 1000 Captain Americas, Iron Man has a built in excuse for owning 1000 versions, especially different ones. It helps that I like Iron Man and Tony Stark and the whole mech suit concept. It’s not a super amazing wave admittedly, White Nick Fury I could give or take since I prefer Black Fury, Russian Cap seems fun a as a joke level concept so I kind of wanted one. Nuke I could give or take, he was in the Jessica Jones show, but unlike others, he’s not as interchangeable design wise with his comic counterpart. The Cap is… well, he’s yet another Captain America. The real desirable character in this wave is Black Panther (and to a lesser extent, Giant Man).
I had been hoping this wave would get a second push with the Civil war DVD release, since it’s the “Civil War wave”, fortunately, it did. So I managed to snag up a Black Panther to go with my MCU collection.
As a bonus, I’ve also added the much needed Falcon. Cat and Bird, hence, Sylvester and Tweety….
Marvel Legends Falcon
There’s quite a few pretty key players missing from the MCU related Marvel Legends, Falcon has been a favorite since The Winter Soldier. I imagine the main hold up is that his Wings are kind of huge, which makes him hard to fit into the budget of a regular release. Wal-Mart has gotten a couple of exclusives with Falcon and a Bucky with better paint apps, I guess they took the BAF budget to give him wings. Honestly, it’s kind of a good argument for getting rid of the annoying BAf concept entirely for better single packed figures. The Bucky that is Falcon’s wave mate looks much much nicer than Rocket Raccoon Bucky from the Winter Soldier wave.
But I didn’t get Bucky, I got Falcon, and his magnificent wings!
The wing pack is very nice, the wings are definitely nice and huge. I kind of wish they had a bit of articulation, but it’s kind of forgivable since they are removable and can be attached a couple of different ways for either swept forward or swept backwards. It also would be pretty simple to add a few extra holes to let them sweep up or sweep down. Out of the box the pegs on the wings for “top and bottom” are slightly larger and smaller than each other.
He also includes his little bird drone which showed up a lot in the Civil War movie.
Marvel Legends Black Panther
Then there is the Black Panther. Black Panther is quickly becoming one of my favorite Marvel characters. I’d read up on him before, King of his own country, yet also a hero. He’s kind of got this Iron Man thing going on with his panther armor. His position as royalty and a world leader gives him an interesting dynamic in the whole scheme of things.
A few months ago I bought a bunch of Civil War comics through Comixology and read through those, one of which was a Black Panther book. Across these books, my interest in this character was increased more. Early on he’s shown as part of a sort of secret council of the more influential and powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. The book itself later follows Panther and Storm globetrotting around trying to convince all these bad asses like Doom and Iron Man that the path they are on is a bad idea.
It really helped solidify the idea to me that this guy is pretty awesome, despite being a little low on the “on paper” power level. He’s kind of just a really good fighter in armor, he doesn’t even fly or shoot things like say, Iron Man.
The figure itself is nice. He’s got a lot of nice little details and sculpting going on like his neck details, claws, and toes, that make him more interesting than just “Guy in a suit”. The pose ability is good as well, which a character like this really needs.