Funko’s “Batman v Superman” mystery box arrived this week, so it is time for the unboxing of the first ever “Legion of Collectors” blind box. “Legion of Collectors” is the new mystery box subscription service featuring DC Comics-related products powered by Funko. The theme of their initial box was “Batman v Superman” to coincide with the release of the much anticipated movie next week.
Funko’s subscription service ships every other month and contains 100% exclusive items totaling over $50 in retail value for $25, plus shipping and taxes. Those who sign up for an annual subscription will receive a bonus item at the completion of the term. Items generally found in Funko-powered mystery boxes are Pop! vinyl figures, apparel, comic books and other Funko-produced items. “Legion of Collectors” will contain items showcasing DC Comics’s vast library of properties as seen in comics, TV and film.
With the details of the service all sorted, let’s take a look at the items from the “Batman v Superman” box, as it included some cool items. First up is the highly promoted and exclusive Armored Batman Pop! vinyl figure. The armored Batman design from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns,” which the film version, and, therefore, this Pop! version, is modeled after, is one of the most compelling Batman designs ever. Which explains why DC rushed to get it into their big cinematic universe launch vehicle. The design has endured from a single appearance thirty years ago. Now, that is classic. While the Armored Batman Pop! is not over-sized or chrome-plated like the Pop! figures from the initial Marvel Collector Corps and Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty boxes, respectively, were, having such an iconic design for “Legion of Collectors” is a worthy launch exclusive. Funko’s design captures the essence of the look in their own style quite well. Even the raised fists show that this Batman is ready to throw down. Though, it would have been a cool touch if the eyes glowed in the dark.
Probably, the highest ticket item is the Batman vs Superman retro boxing poster t-shirt. Let’s be honest here. There is no way to go wrong using character designs from Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s 1982 DC Comics Style Guide and that is what Funko featured here. These are the iconic looks for these characters and are always a pleasure to see. Funko, you are highly encouraged to use these designs whenever possible. Speaking of, Funko, feel free to produce “Super Powers Collection”-inspired figures as part of the ReAction line at any time. This would be a great way to commemorate Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary.
Regarding the shirt, the overall design for the shirt could not be more fitting for the theme of this box, even if it is in Spanish for some unapparent reason. The shirt itself is a comfortable cotton and the light blue color looks good. It is always nice when one can get away from the default colors of black or white. Be advised that Funko shirts run a little big, so keep that in consideration when selecting one’s shirt size.
Next up is a Dorbz two-pack featuring all green versions of the movie incarnations of Superman and Aquaman. These figures live up to their name and are quite adorable, even though the significance of them being cast all in green is not apparent. Is it for St. Patrick’s Day? The Aquaman one does appear to be sea green. Maybe Superman is Kryptonite green? Alright, well, maybe it was apparent, after all.
The latter two items bring up one suggestion for how “Legion of Collectors” could improve their service going forward. Some sort of description of the items should be included with each box. It does not need to be a whole booklet or mini-magazine. Just an info sheet or even printed on the back of the included comic book would be sufficient. That way, subscribers do not need to guess the intent of the items and they would be able to see any variant items from that box, as well. Though, it is appreciated that there were no variants in this box and all subscribers received the same items.
Back to the items, the blind box also included a copy of “Batman/Superman” #5 published by DC Comics with a new cover by Jonboy Meyers (“Spawn”). This issue is written by Greg Pak, pencils by Brett Booth (“Stormwatch,” “Backlash,” “Teen Titans”), inks by Norm Rapmund and colors by Andrew Dalhouse. This is clearly a new printing of the issue as the original publication was over two years ago. Regardless of that, this issue acts as a solid introduction to the Batman and Superman dynamic. And any comic that features one of the greatest Superman villains, Mongul, is worth having. Since it is a new printing it will be interesting to see how the issue impacts the comic book sales chart for the month of March. The nice thing about this being a new printing is that Funko and DC Comics were able to tailor it a bit for inclusion in the blind box. The credits now include Meyers’ name, which is excellent and helps address part of the need for the items descriptions mentioned above. Artists on blind box variants, generally, go uncredited in the book itself in order to maintain secrecy as the general release of the issue is before the shipment of the mystery box. The issue also has few ads in it and the remaining ones are Funko- or DC-specific, including the back cover which reveals the theme for the next “Legion of Collectors” blind box: DC TV. Meyers nails the cover here and it would not be at all surprising to see him named as the artist on one of DC’s upcoming “Rebirth” titles. Since this is a Legion of “Collectors” box, it should be noted that the comic arrived bagged and boarded. In fact, it arrived in better condition that if one would have gotten it new on many comic shop shelves the day of release. Excellent consideration for collectors.
Lastly, the “Batman v Superman Legion of Collectors” mystery box contained a “Superman” pin and a “Wonder Woman” patch. The all silver Superman bust is a nice way to commemorate the first ever “Legion of Collectors” blind box and the Funko pins are always high quality, sturdy material. It is also great that the patch features Wonder Woman, so now all four major known super-heroes who will appear in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” are represented in, at least, some capacity in this box.
Overall, “Legion of Collectors” is off to an excellent start and shows that Funko continues to improve their service. “LoC” has the potential to be the strongest of all the Funko-powered mystery box subscription services and is so far on its way to meeting that potential. If one missed out on the “Batman v Superman” blind box, one can generally order past boxes once one completes registration as a new subscriber. The next “Legion of Collectors” box is due in May and is themed after DC TV properties such as “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” Sign up by May 1 on www.legionofcollectors.com in order to receive the “DC TV” mystery box.
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