It’s normal for Disney theme parks to sell exclusive merchandise to visitors, but, a new Black Panther collectible pin being sold at Walt Disney World has upset fans.
The Disney Pin Blog, which is a website used by the global Disney Pin collectors’ community to keep track of the various pins being sold at Disney’s parks, has reported that the Black Panther pin was unveiled last week, however, there was an image shared by the blog’s Twitter account which showed something wrong with the item. Have a look at the image below.
As visible in the picture, the pin has Black Panther’s face centered on a background resembling a coin and with the words “Made in Wakanda” below it. What has come under scrutiny is the skin tone underneath the mask of Black Panther, which is much lighter than what you might associate with an African king and superhero depicted by Chadwick Boseman in the soon to release movie. In fact, it is so light that a lot of fans feel as if Disney had displayed a white character.
There is no official statement regarding the light color of the pin, but, the other official Disney Parks Black Panther stuff doesn’t have any such problems. Mugs and phone cases with the Black Panther face on them have the right dark skin tone, which suggests that the coloring issue could be due to a production error.
Other photos of the pin do highlight that there might be variations between separate items. Once doubts and questions came up online whether the original images that were shared by The Disney pin Blog had been edited in Photoshop, Polygon contacted the site’s owner and editor-in-chief Ryan Mondics. Mondics revealed that the photo posted on the site was captured using a flash, while the other darker coloring photographs didn’t use flash. At the same time, Polygon also released another image of the Black Panther pins, as an eBay listing, which showed the pins to have an even darker skin tone of the object.
So far, there is no official statement from Disney regarding the pin.