My wife really liked The Black Panther movie which we saw last weekend. Aside from part of it taking place in Oakland, she especially liked how the film featured so many female characters of color that had brains, beauty and brawn. So I came up with the idea of getting her an Okoye action figure as a decorative piece for her office at work. Yeah good luck with that!
I can't remember the last time I saw any action figure line fly off shelves and toy racks like these Black Panther movie figures. After last weekend the Okoye figure in particular has been impossible to find at any regular retailers and I think I know why. Actress Danai Gurira who plays Okoye also plays what is arguably the most fan favorite character on The Walking Dead series and I don't need to tell you all how popular that show has been for years now. So I think it's safe to say that this figure has become a prime target now for those assholes toy scalpers.
You know who I'm talking about they usually get to the stores first thing on the day of or after shipments arrive and go in and buy up all the cool shit you can never find when you happen to go to your local Toys R Us, Target or Walmart. I mean they pretty much do that shit as a part time job they even have people on "the inside" at the retail locations. To no surprise you then find the item at conventions or comic shops with a 50% - 100% mark up. That figure I have at the top of this posting retails for $20 but go ahead and check it on ebay right now and you'll see even loose ones going for between $35 - $50 minus the shipping charge. That shit really pisses me off more so then usual right now.
On a very interesting side note an article on the origins of the Black Panther character and the history of black and Jewish relations in the U.S. showed up in the Jerusalem Post recently...
It wouldn't surprise me if the majority of the movie goers to this film still had no idea that despite most of the people working in front of and behind the camera for Black Panther are black that the character was actually created during the civil rights era back in the 60s by two white Jewish guys.