SH Figuarts Black Panther Figure Photos & Order Info!

Ever since Bandai Japan teased some of the characters that would be included in their SH Figuarts Captain America Civil War figures series, MCU collectors have been practically wetting themselves with anticipation of the S.H. Figuarts Black Panther figure. And today, there’s good news for those collectors–and also bad news. The Black Panther SH Figuarts figure will go up for order next week–but he’s not gonna be cheap. The Bandai Black Panther Figuarts figure will be yet another Asian Bandai Tamashii Web Shop Exclusive!

SH Figuarts Black Panther Pre-Order Announcement

Though he’s one of the earliest figures that Bandai Tamashii showed an actual prototype of, Bandai showing a prototype of an action figure is far from confirmation that they’re actually going to produce said figure. Having cancelled well over 100 figures that they’ve displayed at shows and events just in the past half-decade, Bandai doesn’t exactly have a sparkling track record when it comes to “going all the way”.

So it was with great relief that I saw this morning that Bandai Japan had actually confirmed the impending pre-order for their SH Figuarts Captain America Civil War Black Panther figure… which just so happens to be a Japanese web exclusive.

Black Panther S.H. Figuarts Civil War FigureI’ll talk about the implications of that “exclusive” label in a minute, but first let’s take a look at the actual figure. As usual, Bandai has created a 100% new mold for Black Panther, with absolutely no recycled parts from any other figure. And frankly, at the prices they charge, that’s the way it should be.

Bandai Black Panther Figuarts Figure PouncingThe leather-like texture of Black Panther’s costume is intricately sculpted, and you can see that Bandai has loaded T’Challa up with the full complement of articulation, from ankle rockers and hinged toes to double-jointed knees and upper torso ab crunch.

Without having him in-hand it’s really difficult to say whether Hasbro or Bandai have won the articulation battle on this figure, but the two certainly look to be pretty comparable.

Figuarts Black Panther Figure Captain America Civil WarIn a motion pose, I think the SH Figuarts Black Panther has the Marvel Legends version beat, but when he’s standing straight-legged and fully erect, Hasbro’s looks more natural to me.

S.H. Figuarts Black Panther Action FigureMy chief complaint about the Hasbro Marvel Legends Civil War Black Panther figure was the lack of any alternate hands, but we can see from these photos that the Black Panther S.H. Figuarts figure will include at least three pairs of hands: fists, “clawing” and “at ease” hands. But on the flip side, Hasbro gave us a pretty solid unmasked T’Challa head, whereas Bandai is giving us none.

Bandai S.H. Figuarts Civil War Black Panther Six Inch FigureOf course, availability and pricing need to be taken into consideration when comparing the two 6″ Black Panther figures. When distribution has eventually saturated the market, we should be able to snag the Black Panther Marvel Legends figure for around $20 without too much effort (one would hope).

The SH Figuarts Civil War Panther, however, is gonna be a little more tricky and a lot more expensive…

SH Figuarts Black Panther Action Figure Jumping

You might think that since these Captain America Civil War Figuarts figures aren’t available in stores in the United States anyway (Hasbro absolutely will not allow it), their being a web exclusive item in Japan wouldn’t make things any more difficult. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

As Bandai Premium Web Exclusives, Black Panther (and the previously-solicited Black Widow) will not be available via the “usual” import shops like HLJ, AmiAmi and so forth. That means no discounts–sorry. And seeing as how the MSRP on this figure is 6,480 Japanese yen (about $59) to begin with, you can imagine that buying him and having him shipped from a U.S. shop that bought him and shipped him from Japan is just going to make him more expensive.

Bandai SH Figuarts Black Panther Figure RevealedThe S.H. Figuarts Civil War Black Panther figure will be available for pre-order via U.S. importers next week, but as he’s an overseas Tamashii Collectors Shop exclusive, he shan’t be cheap. I’m guessing this figure is going to carry a price-tag of around $100 in the United States–and if Black Widow’s sales are indicator, T’Challa is still going to sell out lightning-fast even at that hefty price-point.

What are your thoughts on the Bandai Figuarts Black Panther figure, Marvel collectors? Are you satisfied with the Hasbro version of this character, or do you prefer the work that Bandai Japan has done on Black Panther?


SH Figuarts Black Panther Figure Photos & Order Info! — 6 Comments

  1. I’m very annoyed that he’s a web exclusive, but I can see the reasoning. He’s not yet a known character over there like Cap, Iron Man, or Ant-Man.

    Do the exclusives tend to sell out fast? I’ll be pre-ordering but I don’t want to wait too long if it means it’ll be snatched up.

      • Where is vision there is no 6 inch vision do you know if they are going to do one and also crossbones would be a badass if they could make that happen ill buy the whole line I have respect for they’re work in action figures