Since today marks the first day of Black History Month, and the truly wonderful #28DaysOfBlackCosplay, it got me thinking about dearth of black action figures (that goes hand in hand with the lack of black characters), which made me wonder how many I had in my collection. Sadly, this won't take that long...
|Aveline de Grandpré: Assassin's Creed|
This was the first female playable assassin in the game. Some fanbois lost their shit because cooties.
|Domina: Spawn Reborn|
This is a repaint of an earlier figure that is white. The character in the comics also appears to be white. The repaint is one of McFarlane's many reissued, repainted figures for that cash cow.
|Guinan – played by actor/comedian Whoopi Goldberg|
There were a few different versions of Guinan's character. This one is from Star Trek: Generations Basic Series.
|Lily [Sloane] – played by actor Alfre Woodard: Star Trek: First Contact|
On the card, she is merely "Lily, Zephram Cochran's Assistant," but in one Star Trek source, she is DR. Lily Sloane.
I don't know anything about this game. The fandom wiki page says her surname is Lumumba. She looks pretty badass.
|Martha Jones – played by actor Freema Agyeman: Doctor Who|
Character Options, 2013
Martha was available singly and in box sets. The one above is from the Companion Box Set.
|Michonne – played by Danai Gurira: The Walking Dead|
Michonne has a few different iterations of her character, this one is the TV Series 3 version.
|Onyx: Golden Girl and the Guardians of the Gemstones|
This was a "knockoff" of the Mattel She-Ra line. Great figures with real metal shields. The metallic coating on their capes have an unfortunate tendency to shed with age, though.
I have one dude displayed who's black. I don't typically display male figures, even if they come with the female ones, but Ty and Tandy are kinda literally codependent. They need each other, so they're displayed together.
|Cloak: Cloak and Dagger box set|
Toy Biz, 1997
This was a collector's set that came out way before the tv show. This pair has been in another 2-pack, and separately as 6-inch and 3 3/4-inch figures.
If you love diverse media, support it. If you want to see diverse characters, demand them from the studios that create them. Hollywood saw, clearly, that a black superhero movie could succeed, beyond their dreams of avarice. Black Panther shattered records, and good for them! Let's see more of that, please!
For another resource, totally dedicated to this kind of thing exclusively, visit: Black Action Figures.