Black Panther's real name is T'Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals of drinking the essence of the heart-shaped herb, T'Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced Wakandan technology to combat his enemies.
This is the brand new Black Panther movie statue from Diamond Select Toys. This one features Panther leaping over a flaming car, and also has more highlights of the vibraniam.
Lets focus first on the head. It's not a simple white over on the eye hole on the mask. You actually can see the eyes perfectly painted over to give it that battle visor look. There so well done you can feel the stare of a hero ready to do battle against a villain. The mask itself it true to the film as it has a slight color variation from the costume. It's a little more noticeable in this statue as it has the vibraniam markings painted purple.. The markings are etched in and painted to give it the full effect.
Moving on to the torso you can see the Wakanda necklace design is sculpted.to once again look just as it did in the film. The chest and stomach are perfectly done to reflect the anatomy of the hero. Showing each muscle underneath the costume. The costume itself has etchings and designs to show off the detail, as you can clearly see the elements where the vibraniam is infused through out. Using the deep purple colors really make this stand out.
This side shot captured how graceful yet deadly the Black Panther is. From the "V" shaped position of the torso to the quads, which are also molded to amazing life-like detail, you see the hands outstretched, claws ready to strike out at the enemy. The way the body is formed and placed on the base gives it that full 3D effect that I think Diamond Select Toys has set the standard for. Trust me when I say this pic does not do it justice when it comes to looking at this in person. It feels like it's really leaping out at you.
One thing I really want to point out are the Panthers claws in his feet and hands. You can see they are crafted into very fine points. Now when you touch them you can actually feel the tip on them. Nothing overly sharp but to me that's a fine point of detail. Most hands on statues are rounded off and simply painted. Diamond Select always goes above and beyond and this one is no exception. Perfectly pointed, shaped and painted the hands on this design helps set it apart.
Now we come to the base, which is a burning mangled car. I really enjoy the fire elements as the thing really looks like it's burning as the flames wrap around and up. I don't care for the car part though. To me it looks to molded up to be a part of a car. I would have preferred if it was simply a piece of burning building as opposed to a car. It's a large base that takes some attention away from Black Panther himself.
I love the Black Panther just not the base. With that said it's still a great piece. It looks great next to my other Black Panthers and Kilmonger statues. Its a must own for any collector.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars
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