LEGO Marvel 76215 Black Panther life-size bust revealed

The LEGO Group has officially revealed 76215 Black Panther, a life-sized bust of the iconic Marvel superhero launching later this year.

Designed to celebrate the upcoming release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the 2,961-piece bust of T’Challa represents a first for the LEGO Marvel theme, taking the concept of its buildable helmets to the next level – and then some. The final model can be displayed either with or without the bust’s hands, which are crossed to represent the character’s iconic ‘Wakanda Forever’ pose.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in cinemas on November 11, and does so with the weight of Chadwick Boseman’s sudden passing on its shoulders. The star of the first Black Panther film tragically died from colon cancer in August 2020, aged just 43, and the sequel has subsequently had to move forward without him. Marvel Studios opted not to recast T’Challa, and will instead pay tribute to the character in Wakanda Forever.

76215 Black Panther therefore feels partly like the LEGO Group’s own tribute to Boseman and T’Challa, while also tapping into the character’s inherent popularity and appeal – not least through the original 2018 movie, which was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, but also through his deep-rooted history in Marvel comics.

“The Black Panther character first appeared in 1966 in the Fantastic Four comic book, and was made ultra-popular with the release of the 2018 mega-hit film Black Panther, which truly solidified his place in popular culture, and inspired millions with his honour, pride, and courage,” the LEGO Group shared in a press release. The final model stands 46cm tall, 52cm wide and 29cm deep.

76215 Black Panther will arrive on shelves on October 1, a month and change ahead of the premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The 18+ set contains 2,961 pieces and will retail for £299.99 in the UK, $349.99 in the US and €349.99 in Europe.

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Chris Wharfe

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