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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

@FunkoDCLegion Review: September 2016

Legion's WOMEN OF DC box packs a Wonder Woman punch of bad ass! Review by Matt Cummings
DC's Legion of Collectors box has already proven its worth with a well-appointed SUICIDE SQUAD box in July and a solid series of offerings that are also strangely familiar to Marvel Collector Corps. But the question always remained how the every-other-month sub box would handle periods where no new DC film or TV show was available. I am happy to report that this month's WOMEN OF DC reveals an impressive set of goodies that establishes itself as one of the best superhero boxes of 2016. 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, but with the spectacular failure behind Marvel Collector Corps' Golden Cap figure, I'm not hopeful for a cool reveal. 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 Now this is a box. We start off with an interior box artwork of female comic heroes including Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Hawkgirl in their Golden Age attire. Not bad. Like every month, we get the most excellent pin/patch set. I've stated many times that this is the most consistent part of the Legion Box, and this one is no different. Batgirl is impressive, as is Harley. Both look high quality and might be worth half of the cost of the box. WIN and WIN. The Comic This month's variant comic comes to us courtesy of Batgirl #35 and features many DC honies including Batgirl, Wonder Man, and Supergirl. The colors look great, as are the Funko-inspired characterizations. This is even better than the Suicide Squad comic, which I considered to be the best cover Legion had done to that point. Count myself impressed. WIN. The Shirt Marvel Collector Corps really missed an opportunity to deliver an awesome team t-shirt (imagine a Sinister Six or Heroes of Spider-man theme?), but Legion was smart enough to stick with what works. I love the old-school imagery here, but let me say that the color here was washed out by the camera. It's a much darker tone, which you see on the compilation image above. It's also very soft, which means I can probably wear it right away. WIN BIGTIME. Have Plane Will Travel A recent sub-theme of the Legion boxes is the inclusion of action figures. But they went to another level here with the Diana mini-fig and Invisible Jet. Both look great, but it's the jet which absolutely impresses. According to Funko, they had to redesign the box to accommodate the ship, and it's much appreciated. This isn't a figure that matches up Marvel Legend 6" or DC's Multiverse lines, but we do get a completely original sculpt which works. WIN. Figure First Impressions Say what you want about CW's awesome Legends of Tomorrow show, but the Hawkgirl character (played by Ciara Renée) isn't a reason for its success. Having said that, Funko's Hawkgirl is BADASS. We get a great original sculpt here, and the bright color scheme is old school cool. It's easily one of my favorites of the year, which says a lot because I don't have a lot of love for her. WIN. The Bottom Line
DC's Legion of Collectors WOMEN OF DC is spectacular, and a homerun in every way. Filled with a diverse amount of high-qualuty offerings, including an fabulous Hawkgirl Funko, WOMEN OF DC t-shirt, and a stellar variant comic. I think Legion is 2-for-2 in introducing their lesser known characters to the public, and all of this box is staying with me. That's usually a sign of support, and in this case it's absolute. This box and series comes RECOMMENDED. Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS May June August October December February April June August DC LEGION REVIEWS May July GEEK FUEL REVIEWS September October November December January March April May SMUGGLER'S BOUNTY January March May Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.


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