Black Panther Gifts to Let You Honor Wakanda Forever
Black Panther hit theaters in 2018 and started blowing up movie records immediately. It became a cultural phenomenon, with cross-arm salutes and the words “Wakanda Forever” becoming commonplace around its release.
Since then, we’ve seen the nation of Wakanda stand up as Earth’s primary line of defense during Thanos’ attack on Earth, and the people of Wakanda continue to factor in on major events across the Marvel universe.
With a sequel to the first movie now in production and slated for release in 2022, this is the perfect time to grab up some merch that says “Wakanda Forever” before it all goes back into high demand (and price).
Black Panther Necklace
Of course we had to start with this. King T’Challa’s iconic tooth necklace is the defining feature of the Black Panther’s outfit, and probably the easiest part to wear out in public without making people think you’re heading to a cosplay event…
Believe it or not, this necklace only became part of the Black Panther’s ensemble in the comics starting in 2013, but now it’s hard to imagine him without it.
Just in case you really like the look of the tooth necklace, but you didn’t really want to wear it as an actual necklace, get it custom-printed on a pair of Yeezy sneakers.
Or, hey, get them both. T’Challa’s necklace is cool, and you can wear it on whatever you want. We’re not going to list any more here, but just know that you can basically get this thing screen-printed on whichever piece of clothing you want. Shirts, shoes, hats, you name it.
This one is for the kids, no matter how hard you want to wear it. It’s really just a NERF gun with three foam darts in the shape of a claw, but the style is definitely on point.
If you’re going to gift this to the young Wakandan king in your life, just remember that it IS a claw. Sure, it’s plastic, but it’ll probably still hurt if it’s raked across your back. So maybe set some ground rules first.
One of the absolute most stunning things about 2018’s Black Panther was how it brought a fully-realized view of Afrofuturism to us in an unforgettable way. And a huge part of what made it impossible to forget is the incredible art direction.
From the outfits to the weapons to the vehicles to the nation of Wakanda itself, the art is an incredible part of what makes Wakanda truly “Forever.” And this book is all about how that art came to be.
Okay, so just because you have King T’Challa in your booster seat, that doesn’t mean your child actually has the protection of the Heart-Shaped herb.
But they will have the protection of a legally-required booster seat, and they’ll look really cool. So that’s basically the same thing. Just in case, though, try to make sure they don’t get into any ceremonial fights for succession under giant, scenic waterfalls.
This one is a unique, handmade listing of the Black Panther’s mask, done in a stained glass mosaic.
This one might be sold out by the time you get to it, but even if that’s the case, it might be worth it just to look through the rest of this shop’s awesome stained glass inventory. If this one looks good to you at all, you’ll probably find something you like there.
You pet doesn’t need to have black fur or even be feline to do their own Black Panther cosplay. You can put this harness on a Golden Retriever or any other pet that’ll fit in it, and they’ll still look like a loyal Wakandan hound, ready to guard the palace.
Though to be perfectly honest, you’ll probably want to give them a bath and some grooming before trying to present them to the palace. Just a suggestion.
This one is definitely on the pricier side, but it is also on the quality collectible side. This is a huge, detailed polyresin figure at 1:5 scale from Sideshow Collectibles, and there will only be 1,000 of these things ever made.
The figure is cool enough by itself, but if you’re feeling extra bold, you can add to it. The base of this figure combines with others in the Avengers set to create a huge, sprawling action scene, so if you want to, you can actually make the Avengers assemble.
There are many Black Panther stories in print, but unless you’re looking to go back and spend a mint at auction for 1973’s Jungle Action #6 (the issue where Killmonger was introduced and the beginning of Black Panther’s first major solo run), a good place to start might be A Nation Under Our Feet, the 2016 run penned by acclaimed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Not only is this considered one of the better Black Panther stories, it’s also the most recent run of the comic to come out before the 2018 movie.
There’s two things to feel great about if you pick up this stylish pin. The first is that it looks really good. You can show off the crest of the Black Panther on your shirt, your coat, your bag, or wherever else you feel like putting a pin.
But more importantly, 100 percent of profits from the sale of this pin go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, because Black Lives Matter in more nations than just Wakanda.
Sure, COVID-19 is on the way to defeat with vaccines being distributed, but face masks are still going to be around for a while, and they’re honestly a good public health choice even when there’s NOT a pandemic.
And if we’re going to normalize wearing masks for overall public health, you might as well get yourself decked out with a nice one. There are lots of masks with Black Panther on it, but this one actually looks like Black Panther’s mask.
We couldn’t possibly go through this whole list without mentioning Shuri, the sister of T’Challa and Wakanda’s brilliant young scientist.
Shuri may not get as much credit or recognition as those consistently fighting on the front lines, but her innovations are the reason why Wakanda’s technology is so powerful. And since Wakanda and its technology were ground zero for fighting Thanos, it’s not unreasonable to say that Shuri basically saved the world.
So we can at least honor that by having her stand proudly among the heroes.
Obviously there are countless shirts and hoodies and whatever other articles of clothing you can think of, all adorned with Black Panther. But we had to get at least one thing on here with that iconic crossed-arm salute.
Because saying “Wakanda Forever” out loud and doing the crossed-arm thing all the time might get people looking at you weird after a while, this way you can just wear it around and let the shirt do it for you.
With the new Black Panther film coming in 2022, this is the perfect time to start repping Wakanda again. We hope this provides you with a good starting place on some cool stuff for both you and the Black Panther fans in your life.