Okay, after a few days away to try and catch up on my writing (Go, NaNo!), it’s time to come back and finish off the slew of geeky/nerdy subscription boxes for this month. Today is the bi-monthly box created by Marvel and Funko: “Marvel Collector Corps”. If you guys have been watching my YouTube channel or reading these reviews you know that Collector Corps has been my absolute favorite subscription box for the past few months, which is unsurprising since it’s all Marvel stuff and always includes an exclusive Funko Pop! of some kind. Every box has a theme, and this particular box’s theme was “Villains”, so I was pretty darn excited to see which Marvel villains would be featured!
First, please have a look at the unboxing video:
So, my excellent experience with Collector Corps thus far continues this month with a pretty awesome box full of villainy awesomeness. Here’s a breakdown of the goodies. **Note: all “Funko” items are valued based on PopPriceGuide.com
Collector Corps pin and patch:
These little items, which are prominently displayed when you first open the box, don’t add a lot of value to the box, but they’re cute little collectibles that prove you’re a Collector Corps subscriber. This month’s pin features Green Goblin, with the patch emblazoned with Red Skull. Approximate value: $2 for the pin, $5 for the patch
Marvel Villains t-shirt:
My personal opinion of the Collector Corp t-shirts thus far has been really good (even the Ant Man one that most people didn’t seem to like…I thought it was adorable), and this one is no different. It’s a little bit busy for my tastes, but it’s still a pretty cool design, and they chose some of my favorite villains to grace it, so I’m pretty happy. My only real complaint is the size; I’d reduced my shirt size from medium to small because the shirts are unisex and thus run a little big to be able to fit the average guy, and when I originally took the shirt out of the box I was certain that they’d shipped me a medium. I did turn out to be wrong, but honestly, the shirt is hardly any smaller. So take my advice, if you’re a smaller-sized collector: go for the extra small! Still, this is a pretty excellent shirt. Approximate value: $15
“Invincible Iron Man” comic with variant cover:
Every Collector Corps also comes with a comic, which they’ve recently begun backing-and-bagging so that collectors who like their stuff mint can have that option. Personally I’ll be ripping it open and reading it, but that’s just me. The variant cover is pretty sweet and I’m very interested to read about why Iron Man seems to be fighting a bunch of villainous zombies. Approximate value: $6
“Venom” Pocket Pop! keychain:
And now we’re into the Funko-powered stuff, starting out with a Pocket Pop! keychain of my very favorite Marvel villain ever: Venom. I was actually a teeny bit disappointed that the Venom item they chose was the keychain because I don’t collect these and I currently have an Iron Man Pocket Pop! taking up all the room on my key ring, but I can’t say I’m not happy to have him. And since I don’t actually have a Venom Pop!, this little guy will have to do for now. Maybe I’ll stick him to Spider-Man’s shoulder so he can be the “bad angel”. Approximate value: $6
“Loki” Dorbz figure:
Love it! Okay, I don’t really actively collect Dorbz, but I do think they’re adorable (duh), and I’m perfectly happy to get them in my subscription boxes. Plus, of all the villains they could have chosen, they sent Loki, who I love to pieces. The helmet is just awesome, and for something so small and mostly-flat, the paint job is really quite excellent as well. Very happy with this! Approximate value: $10
Exclusive “Zombie Morbius” Funko Pop! figure:
And, of course, my favorite part of these boxes: the exclusive Pop! I’m really quite happy that I got the “Zombie” version of Morbius, but I do have to mention that I’ve confirmed there were two different Morbius’ figures that subscribers could have gotten, which really bothers me. Part of the reason for subscribing tot his box is to get the exclusive Funko Pop! figures, but if they’re going to pull stunts like this it means that people are still going to have to beg, borrow, or steal to get ALL of the exclusives (if that’s your thing), even if they are subscribers. I think that’s a bit of a dirt-bag move on behalf of Collector Corps, myself, so I’m just throwing that out there. That said, I’m happy that if I could only get one of the exclusives, this is the one I ended up with. Zombie Morbius is awesome. Approximate value: $24
Total approximate value of box: $61
Total approximate cost to me: $39
So, right off the bat, the value is definitely there with this one, assuming that PopPriceGuide is accurate. Mind you, I have to mention that the cost to me is a lot lower than it could be, because I paid for a full year subscription up front when the box first came out, and back then the Canadian dollar was a lot closer to parity with the American one. Thus – and I’m just pointing this out – the value would seem quite a bit lower if I’d ordered more recently (it would cost closer to $50).
That said, I love this box, I really do. Awesome Pop!, as usual (although I will admit I’m a bit annoyed that there’s a bit of a strange smudge on his teeth), awesome choices for the Dorbz figure and the Pocket Pop! keychain, and the shirt and comic are pretty sweet as well. Other than the shirt size (which, technically, I guess is kinda my own fault), I really have nothing to complain about. As usual I love everything in the box, which is really what makes it worth it even if the price was a bit higher.
And because of my love for this particular box, I’m happy to announce that I’ve jumped on another “Powered by Funko” box that just recently shipped out for the first time: the Star Wars “Smuggler’s Bounty” box, which will also include exclusive Funko items. The first one should be arriving at my house any day now, so look forward to my unboxing! I can’t wait!
What do you guys think? Is Marvel Collector Corps worth the dough? What was your favorite item in the Villains box? Least favorite? How do you feel about there being multiple exclusives but you only get one? Please share!