The LEGO Marvel 2022 Black Panther mech reuses a Queer Eye head

T’Challa’s head in the newly revealed LEGO Marvel 2022 Black Panther mech isn’t new, but also isn’t the design from 71031 Marvel Studios.

LEGO Marvel 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor features a new minifigure for the superhero with an alternate head that originates from an existing minifigure, but not any previous iteration of T’Challa. Instead, the head design was also used for Karamo Brown in 10291 Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft (review).

With the head first being used to represent a real person, Karamo might have reason to feel honoured with his previously exclusive design now used for the iconic superhero. The face depicts a smile with a full beard and raised eyelids for a unique, pleased expression.

Notably, an unmasked head for T’Challa already existed which could have been used instead of Karamo’s face. That part featured in 71031 Marvel Studios alongside an array of detailed designs in 12 minifigures. You can read our full review of that series to see more.

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It could be that the LEGO Group chose not to reuse this head due to it depicting an alternate reality version of T’Challa with a beard that cuts off beneath the nose. The availability of this head in a Collectible Minifigures series may have also limited accessibility considering the exclusive nature of the designs in 71031 Marvel Studios.

Whatever the reason, LEGO Marvel 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor will be available on January 1, 2022, with two other mechs for Iron Man and Wolverine. A larger figure of Iron Man will also launch the same day.

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LEGO has been a part of my life ever since I was young. It all started when my brother passed down 7657 AT-ST to me. It’s guided me through my early years, through school and eventually through my degree in journalism. I still have all my collection proudly on display, including my many NINJAGO sets, my favourite of all the LEGO Group’s themes. Outside of Brick Fanatics I am an avid gamer and enjoy a good game of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Jack Yates

LEGO has been a part of my life ever since I was young. It all started when my brother passed down 7657 AT-ST to me. It’s guided me through my early years, through school and eventually through my degree in journalism. I still have all my collection proudly on display, including my many NINJAGO sets, my favourite of all the LEGO Group’s themes. Outside of Brick Fanatics I am an avid gamer and enjoy a good game of Dungeons & Dragons.

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