T’Challa’s head in the newly revealed2022 Black Panther mech isn’t new, but also isn’t the design from .
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 ( ).
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 inalongside an array of detailed designs in 12 minifigures. You can read our of that series to see more.
It could be that theGroup 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 series may have also limited accessibility considering the exclusive nature of the designs in .
Whatever the reason,will be available on January 1, 2022, with . A will also launch the same day.
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