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@FunkoDCLegion Review: May 2016

The first volley fired by DC looks strangely familiar.

Review by Matt Cummings

On our last installment, we introduced you to DC's Legion of Collectors box, an eerily similar Funko every-other-monthly that made a very good first impression. And although the stink of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still in our noses, we're ready to move on to the (much better) television side, as Arrow and his posse arrive.

The Promise
Before we begin, let's look at the deal again: promising a value of $50, the sub continues the tradition of Funko partnering each time to deliver an exclusive figure and t-shirt without the fluff or filter (their words). Joining at the VIGILANTE MEMBERSHIP, members receive 6 boxes every year, with the promise of an exclusive themed collectible gift on the one-year anniversary of your annual membership pf $150 p sh/h. You can also subscribe at the SIDEKICK LEVEL at $25 with $6.95 shipping. That's literally the same deal as Marvel Collector Corps.

DC/Funko promises a similar one-year anniversary item with VIGILANTE, so I'm jonzing to see what they will bring once my subscription is up.

The Delivery
We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:

The Guts
Interior artwork and box division is exactly the same as Marvel Collector Corps, this time with images from Star Labs, and characters like Arrow and Flash that join Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The safety it provides the products is important, and I'm glad to see they're utilizing the same practices as MCC.

In addition to copying the box layout, DC has also offered us a pin/patch collection. The Atom pin is cool, but the Supergirl patch is primary-colored and cheap looking. I know it's not, but there's something about it I don't like. VERDICT: PUSH.

The Shirt
What does excel is the high-quality t-shirt of Arrow. The shirt material is soft and will become another regular item in my wardrobe. VERDICT: WIN.

The Comic
As you can see hidden under the shirt is a variant cover of The Flash #123. I can't tell if this is a variant for a current comic, as they're aren't any creative titles on the cover. But, the item is bagged/boarded, so I'll give this a WIN.

Figure First Impressions
Funko adds a very good Jay Garrick exclusive to the box, while Rock Candy (huh?) gives us Supergirl. Having just cracked on Candy, I do have to say that I like the figure. They excel at the large-eyed figures, and the attentio to detail in Kara's suit is admirable. As you can also see, they do an entire line of female DC figures, including Cat Woman and Wonder Woman. The Garrick figure was a delightful surprise upon opening the box; I thought they would have made an Arrow or Flash, but this works just fine. Of course, Garrick IS The Flash on another Earth, so perhaps that's enough. Either way, count these two as a WIN as well.

The Bottom Line
DC's Legion of Collectors offers us a very good collection of good-to-great items, including a terrific Funko Jay Garrick and t-shirt. The rest are (again) merely good, Rock Candy giving us a nice figure and the variant comic of The Flash. DC is proving that it can hang with the best of them, including Star Wars' Smuggler's Bounty. I can't wait for the inevitable Suicide Squad box, which could be all kinds of cool if May's submission is any indication. As a result, this box and series comes RECOMMENDED.

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