Funko sent its latest Marvel Collector Corps mystery box last week, inspired by the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” feature film, in theaters May 6. This may have been the biggest Funko-powered blind box to date, both figuratively and literally, and marks the start of Collector Corps’s second year of service. A new feature also demonstrates how Funko continues to grow and improve its blind box services.
The new feature is an info card that describes the items included within the box. This Examiner suggested something of this nature in the recent past, so shows that Funko is already on the pulse of its consumer base. The card also includes some behind-the-scenes details on the design and production of the items. Some of the items went down to the wire in approving the designs and meeting production needs, including last minute changes to the exclusive POP! vinyl bobble-head figure(s). The card also mentions that this box almost served as the introduction of a new Funko product line, so it will be interesting to see what that line turns out to be, if it has not already been announced elsewhere, and if any items from it will be included in any subsequent boxes. The card also shows that there are no variants to the items in this box, giving all subscribers the same versions of each item. The opposite side of the card spotlights the contents of each of the first year’s Marvel Collector Corps boxes.
The largest and most impressive item within the “Captain America: Civil War” Collector Corps box is the “Captain America vs. Iron Man” POP! vinyl bobble-head figure two-pack. The duo are decked out in their Marvel Cinematic Universe costumes, as this box focuses on the “Civil War” film, rather than the “Civil War” or “Civil War II” comic book stories. The figures are poised against each other with Iron Man ready to fire his repulsor ray right at Captain America and Cap defending against the attack with shield raised. The two-pack is just the latest example of Funko greatly diversifying the poses of its POP! figures. Iron Man is “in flight” with a clear base that raises the figure, roughly, an inch off the ground. Cap is turned to the side with shield at the ready. Both designs come with a great degree of detail, capturing their on-screen appearances. The angle of Captain America’s shield lines up perfectly with Iron Man’s extended hand, making the pair ideal for display purposes and just one more example of Funko’s attention to detail. Even despite the quickened development of this set as described on the info card.
The next item is a black “Captain America: Civil War” t-shirt. The design is a split view of a few members each of Team Cap and Team Iron Man. The figures are in an animated POP! vinyl style. Funko t-shirts have demonstrated to be of durable and comfortable quality.
The above described two-pack is not the only vinyl figure in this box. Additionally, there is an “Unmasked” Iron Man Dorbz vinyl figure. Essentially, it is an Iron Man figure in the shorter, even cuter, Dorbz-style with Iron Man’s visor pulled up, exposing Tony Stark’s face. This Dorbz figure matches well for long time Collector Corps subscribers, who have previously received Dorbz of Loki and Ultron. Not to mention the non-“Avengers” related “Cowboy” Deadpool Dorbz figure from the last Collector Corps box.
The comic book in this Collector Corps box is rather appropriate. Keyed to the title character’s Cinematic Universe debut in “Civil War,” this box includes a copy of “Black Panther” #1 with an exclusive cover by Funko artist, Amos Maldonado. The issue is written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (national correspondent for “The Atlantic,” “Between the World and Me”) and illustrated by the legendary Brian Stelfreeze (“Batman: Shadow of the Bat”). This issue is extra-sized and, therefore, increases the overall value of the items within the box. “BP” #1 is, also, a timely inclusion, as the standard edition of the issue was just released earlier this month, so subscribers who enjoy the issue can easily continue on with the series when issue two is released on May 4.
Finally, there is a “Civil War” lanyard, featuring Captain America and Iron Man. Funko mentions this lanyard as a place for one to store all of one’s Marvel Collector Corps pins, which was another recent suggestion by this Examiner. Speaking of the pins, this box includes a Black Panther pin. As always, the Funko-powered pins are of great quality and this features the iconic mask design of the character. The actual villain of the “Civil War” movie makes an appearance with the Crossbones patch. Crossbones is one of Marvel’s most visually compelling costume designs, so this patch showcasing the “skull” of Crossbones’ mask is most welcome.
Marvel Collector Corps subscription service is a bi-monthly mystery box service featuring Marvel characters. The included items, generally ranging from apparel, comic books and vinyl figures, are all exclusive to Collector Corps subscribers and produced by Funko. The service ships items with a minimum total retail value of $50 directly to one’s door for $25, plus applicable shipping and taxes.
If one missed out on the “Captain America: Civil War” Marvel Collector Corps blind box, they are generally available for order once one becomes a subscriber, while supplies last. The next mystery box is themed “Marvel’s Women of Power” and will feature items showcasing some of Marvel’s most popular female super-heroes, such as She-Hulk, Captain Marvel and Spider-Gwen. To receive the “Women of Power” blind box, head over to www.collectorcorps.com and become a subscriber by June 15.