With the bombardment of Marvel toy news going both into and out of last month’s San Diego Comic Con 2017, time has really flown by, as demonstrated by the fact that the latest Funko Marvel Collector Corps box has now arrived! The October 2017 Marvel Collector Corps Thor Ragnarok box is now up for order and is (obviously) entirely movie-based, so in the August 2017 box, Funko is balacing it out and giving us something totally comic-based–read on for full spoilers, unboxing photos and my Marvel Collector Corps First Appearance Avengers Box Review!
And so, to be fair to the more comic book-inclined collectors out there, this month Funko gave us perhaps our most comic-centric box ever, with the Funko Avengers First Appearance box!
Thor finds himself on the lid of the box, which is the sole place that he appears on this particular box. Thor will have plenty of representation in the “Thor Ragnarok” movie box that’s coming in October, so I’ve got no complaints about him solely being on the box here.
The Marvel Collector Corps Nick Fury pin is a nice depiction of Nick Fury Sr., but I call foul on this one: Nick Fury is not now and has never been an Avengers member, so I’m not sold on him being here. Luckily, that’s my one and only gripe with this box (which is good, since a large number of collectors don’t especially care about these pins at all).
It wasn’t until I fully unfolded the shirt that it registered that the design is a Funko POP Vinyls reenactment of the cover of The Incredible Hulk #1. This is one of the most all-out fun designs we’ve ever seen in one of these MCC boxes, and it’s also quite comfortable and a good fit. Excellent!
Even so, the First Appearance Iron Man armor is pretty essential and appealing to hardcore fans, and I’m really glad Funko found a way to offer this POP Vinyl to us. The figure itself is pretty simplistic–as it should be–and I like him a lot.
Some folks was complain this was a missed opportunity to do a Chase variant with gold Iron Man Mark I, but since this is First Appearance Iron Man from the comic book cover, I don’t think that would fly in this case.
After getting MCC POPs the last few months that have mostly been characters in new poses (Logan, MCU Spider-Man, Rocket and Groot), it’s really nice to get a Marvel Collector Corps Exclusive POP! Vinyl figure that is just completely different from anything that’s been released before for the character. Thus far, this Vision is my Collector Corps POP of the year!
I totally dig the way that Funko out the original comic book covers these figures are based on on the back of their boxes, and I would love to see a subset of continuing First Appearance POP Vinyls like these. Big win for Funko here!
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this August 2017 Collector Corps box, which I consider to be one of Funko’s very finest mystery box offerings to date from any of their various subscriptions. I knocked the ‘+’ off the score because the Nick Fury pin didn’t seem quite in-line with the “First Appearance Avengers” theme, but make no mistake: this MCC box is full of great exclusive items and was well worth its price-tag. The POP Vision and Iron Man Mark I vinyl figures are both essentials for comic fans, and the Funko POP Tees Incredible Hulk #1 shirt is super-fun. Loved this box–great job, Funko.