Another fun toy box adventure of discovery.
– by Joe Gardner –
Greetings! Just a few short days after writing about subscription boxes, I received the latest DC Legion of Collectors box from Funko. The theme this time around was DC’s Most Wanted. With a double meaning to this theme, the box featured villains that have been frequently requested. I considered doing an unboxing video, but I’m not sure y’all are prepared to see my mug. I’m not sure I’m prepared for y’all to see my mug. BEWARE! If you’ve ordered this box and haven’t received it yet, I am about to reveal the contents of said box. Turn away now if you don’t want anything spoiled.
First up out of the box is a patch and . . . a sheet of stickers?!? So, I write my column on subscription boxes and make the statement that the Funko boxes all include a patch and an enamel pin, and what do they do? Apparently, Funko has decided to switch things up a bit, starting with this box. In this box, we get a Black Manta patch and a sheet of stickers featuring stylized art of Manta, Harley Quinn, Sinestro and Deathstroke. I dig the Manta patch, of course, although I still have no idea what I’m going to do with all these patches. Maybe I need to go buy myself a jean jacket and sew them all on there. And the stickers are decent, but again, I’m not sure what exactly I’m going to do with them. In my own opinion, if I had to choose between the patch or the enamel pin, I’d choose the pin. And again, aside from the lanyards hanging from the door of my Nerd Cave, I really don’t have anywhere for the pins. I just think they are cooler than the patches.
Next up is a neat little item. A POP Joker luggage tag. This is something the daughter will possibly use on her Mediterranean trip next spring. Not much to say here, except that we got that wonderful, new toy vinyl smell when I opened the plastic wrap. Not that I got to enjoy it much, because the daughter huffed it all away when I let her take a whiff.
This box featured what may be my favorite t-shirt out of a Funko box yet. All black fabric, with a red hued image featuring Aries, Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Joker, Captain Cold and Black Manta, with the words “Most Wanted” across the top. Yes, this is my new favorite t-shirt.
The first POP out of the box is Bane. This figure is based off the original design by Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan and Doug Moench, for the Knightfall storyline. To be honest, until I read the insert card, I thought it was another version of the Animated Bane. He is perched atop my shelf, ready to break the Bats back yet again.
Finally, we have the figure that Funko revealed midway through the sub cycle, the figure that convinced me to order, Battle Suit Lex Luthor. Outfitted in his green and purple mech suit, ole Lex is ready to do battle with Superman. The metallic paint job makes him look extra nice. I have him placed between Classic Superman and Plastic Man, my favorite trio of DC POPS. So far.
In all, I’m happy with this box. A new favorite t-shirt, a couple of cool POPS, and a new luggage tag for the daughter. My only real gripe is that, like almost everything else DC related, they keep going back to the well with Batman and, to a lesser extent, Superman. I get that Bats and Supes are DC’s bread and butter, but Funko already did a Superman box and a Batman Villains box. Where was the Atrocitus POP? Or Ocean Master? Or comic version Captain Cold? Cheetah? I could go on and on.
And not that anyone asked, but my Most Wanted would be Guy Gardner.
A NEW CHALLENGE HAS ARISEN!
*Acquire Mezco Action Figure*
I have come to the decision that I WILL acquire one of the One:12 Collective action figures from Mezco Toyz. And this may require me to break from my bargain hunter ways, as these figures run $70 and up. Not that I haven’t tried hitting up Mezco on Twitter and Facebook to send me one to review here on the site. Several times. I’d gladly take any of the characters they offer, but I particularly like the Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine figures. Told ya I’m a Marvel guy. I may have to do a little saving. Or sweet talk the wife for a nice Christmas gift.
Something that caught my eye this week was a new offering from Sideshow Toys. Up for pre-order is their 6th scale figure of everyone’s favorite bandaged and scarred Star Wars bounty hunter, Dengar. This wonderful looking figure will only set you back a mere $250. And as much as I love Dengar, I’ll not likely pursue this collectible.
Oh yeah, I finally freed Rey from her packaging.
And finally, we have a non-toy item that has tickled my geek fancy. From my favorite series of fantasy books, the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, and courtesy of Four Corners Forge, comes a replica of Kvothe’s sword, Caesura. Something I’m more likely to spend $250 on than Dengar, but still not very likely. Made of high carbon steel, Four Corners Forge has replicated the sword as described in the second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, when Kvothe selects it near the end of his training with the Adem. Unfortunately, I can’t really tell you more without likely recited the entire story to you. Just trust me when I say you need to read the books. Two of the three planned books are out, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. As far as when the third book will come out, who knows. Rothfuss seems to follow the George R. R. Martin pattern of writing. But that’s okay, because I will be one of the first to order the book when it’s announced.
Goodness! Once again, it looks like I’ve stretched this out just a bit longer than the last one. I may just enjoy the writing “thing”. Hope you all enjoyed!
Until next time, you’ll find me in the toy aisle.
Pictures that aren’t mine were taken from www.mezcotoys.com, www.sideshowtoy.com, and www.fourcornersforge.com. I apologize for not having a proper credit for the Guy Gardner picture, other than the name Nolan Harris on the picture itself.