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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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#MarvelCollectorCorps Review: April 2016

It's a month of Marvel Movie Ass Whoopin', as Marvel Collector Corps delivers another exceptional sub box.

Review by Matt Cummings

With Loot Crate long gone and our faith in Geek Fuel going ebbing and flowing from month to month), we're really enjoying the Funko runs of DC, Smuggler's Bounty, and of course Marvel Collector Corps. This month's CIVIL WAR theme is ready for next May's superhero throwdown, filled with excellent items but a couple that give us slight pause.

The Promise

Before we begin, let's look at the deal again: promising a value of $50, the box would keep the "fluff" (their words) to a minimum with Funko partnering each time to deliver an exclusive figure. Joining at the Founders level would get you an 8" exclusive figure on your one-year anniversary, but you can also subscribe at the Collector level at $25 with $6.95 shipping.

With Year One Founders receiving a Captain America statue, it's clear that a long-term commitment to MCC might be the best play yo can make in this market.

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
Of course, it goes without saying that this month's box is one of the best we've seen. Let's start with the fabulous Crossbones patch and nicely crafted Black Panther pin; MCC has gotten really good at these. We've gotten such a rich diversity of characters that it's impossible to to ignore their importance to the overall success of MCC. WIN.

The Shirt
We loved February's Funko-themed Deadpool shirt, but April's offers us the best one yet. It elegantly displays the divisions between Team Iron Man and Team Cap, doing so with true Funko style. It's such a completely solid shirt that I might not ever wear it, just because it's such a terrific piece of art. WIN.

The Comic
First and foremost, Marvel is a comic book company. So, it's always exciting to see which variant cover we'll receive with each MCC box. This month, it's perhaps the best cover we've ever gotten: Black Panther #1 shows off a crucial scene from Civil War, pitting The King of Wakanda vs Captain America. The original concept showed Cap fighting Iron Man, but this is Panther dude. So, an adjustment was made, and it's for the best. WIN WIN WIN.

Accessories 'R Us
Every month, MCC gives some sort of interesting surprise; this month it's a CW necklace to display all of your pins. At least that's what they want you to do. But we're a rebel, so it might find its way onto my work ID, because everyone should see my comic geekiness on display. It's not the Guardians scarf or the Deadpool doll, but it works although it's probably something I could have picked up at my local Hot Topic or Spencer's. PUSH.

Two New Figures
For better or worse, Dorbz has become another mainstay in the MCC box. I'm not a real fan of them, as they seem like a cheap competitor to Funko. But for all my complaining, Iron Man looks pretty good. However, I'll be adding this to my monthly eBay store, as it's just not good enough to keep or start collecting.

The Pop! Vinyl on the other hand is exceptional. Based on the last minute struggles they encountered in its production, it's incredible the figures - which were supposed to be a Falcon Cap and a new line from Funko - made it in the box at all. But, they're truly amazing, with great detail in eahc figure. Funko does it right, and these exclusive figures at not likely to be opened by yours truly any time soon. BIG WIN.

The Bottom Line
Marvel Collector Corps' April Civil War theme is very good. Filled with a rich diversity of high-quality swag, the shirt, comic, and Funko figs are amazing. And while the lanyard and Dorbz aren't our favorites, MCC is still the best geek subscription box available. And while Dorbz doesn't fit into our long-term goals, someone out there is going crazy for them and should love Tony Stark. Plus, our plan to make a shadow box of patches and pins gives us a chance to use the lanyard in other ways; but its submission still feels a tad cheap. Overall, MCC's simple plan to deliver high-quality items that fans want should serve as an industry standard, one in which we've seen copied with Star Wars' Smuggler's Bounty and DC's Legion of Collectors. This box and series comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
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#GeekFuel Review: April 2016

April's Geek Fuel is an appealing mish-mash of geeky goodness.

Review by Matt Cummings

March's Geek Fuel box provided us a bit of relief from the stink of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, mostly completing its mission of delivering high-quality goods to our doorstep. Mostly. And while April's haul is filled with a mish-mash of geeky goodness, it's a mish-mash all the same.

Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $17.90, $16.90/month for a 3-month subscription, $15.90/month for a 6-month tour and just $13.90/month for a one-year subscription.
  • Shipping $6.00 to the US, Canada, and at least a few other countries.

  • 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:


    Winners
    We love the Rockem/Sockem t-shirt. A lot. But it's way big on us...way big. As a result, it's probably going to survive as a sleep shirt, unless we can shrink it. But the concept is awesome: we love the mix of Real Steel and Marvel concepts (Fogwell's Gym), and o course the now-instantly classic throwdown between Captain America and Iron Man. We really like the Bobble Head (even though it's not exclusive) and the plethora of Doctor Who swag (including the variant cover) is also appreciated. Still, I'm not sure I'll be keeping any of it, either due to the sizing and lack of exclusivity. I also owe some ladies out there some favors (if you know what I mean), so maybe a little Geek Fuel Hookup can pay for some of my debts.

    Losers
    Honestly, there isn't much to complain about here. We got a good mix of gear, and even the Fallen A2P Protocol game looks interesting. I guess the one issue I might have is theme: what exactly is this month's theme? Heroes? Villains? Space? Not sure, as the mish-mash feels...well...a little mish-mashy. I also feel that some of this could be purchased at your local Hot Topic/Spencer's (particularly the Bobble Head). But, I can't complain at the quality overall haul, especially with that sweet Doctor Who variant. I don't have a problem if GF raids HT or Spencer's, but I do worry if they hunted only the clearance racks. I don't feel they've done that here.

    We also noticed that this month's box contained a smaller amount of items, established by March's similar numbers. I do like the fewer/better model much more, especially if I can get some great items inside. This month mostly achieved that.

    Back on Track?
    April's Geek Fuel delivers a satisfying haul, complete with another great (but WAY too big) t=shirt, a great variant Doctor Who comic, and a solid (but unimpressively non-exclusive) Star Wars Bobblehead. With two good boxes in a row, I'm hopeful that Geek Fuel is back on track. It's hard to compare such a lot to what Star Wars, Marvel, and DC are doing, particularly when you're getting such a variety of objects. But that's been GF's promise from Day One, and they really deliver it here. Call this one a success or a return to one, but let's see how consistent they remain through the Summer.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
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