Tragedy stuck last week when the February 2017 Funko Marvel Collector Corps box I ordered arrived at my doorstep less than a day after I left for New York Toy Fair 2017. Oh, the humanity!! …Okay, that’s probably a bit of hyperbole, but it was a disappointment to me to not be home to do an unboxing myself for the first time ever when a new Funko subscription box arrived. But as luck would have it, I have a wife, and I put her to work taking unboxing photos last week, which I’m now using for my Funko Superhero Showdowns review, unboxing and full spoilers…
And so, before I get back to talking about the still-massive amount of New York Toy Fair 2017 Marvel toy news that there is to cover, let’s take a look at Funko’s spectacular MCC Superhero Showdown box! (Which, ironically, I ended up retaking most of the photos for myself, post-snow. My poor wife!)
The Superhero Showdown pin this month features both Red Hulk and Green Hulk, but whether or not Funko realizes it, what they’ve actually given us here is a rare piece of Compound Hulk merch (to match the exclusive POP they did a few years back)–neat!
Meanwhile, the Superhero Showdowns patch features Iron Man facing off with Ultron. It’s one of the coolest-looking patches we’ve gotten, though I’m still a wee bit burned out on Ultron from Age of Ultron hysteria.
Under the box flap, we find this month’s comic, which is a Funko variant cover issue of IvX #1. Cute cover and a good choice, as it gives us a “showdown” between two more major Marvel properties: the Inhumans and the X-Men.
My wife declined to selfie herself wearing this shirt, so I did it myself today. Looks great and no bizarre under-sizing problem like the Xavier Institute shirt in the X-Men box! More like this, Funko!
I much prefer characters in new costumes (and an action pose) like this black costume Daredevil to just the straight-up action pose variant POP Vinyls we sometimes get in the Collector Corps boxes. Excellent selection by Funko, as was putting an iconic villain like Bullseye who might flop hard at mass retail into this box as a limited exclusive.
Overall, I’m going to do something I normally don’t here and “give” this Superhero Showdowns box a well-earned perfect score. An all-new character with the Bullseye POP Vinyl, a critical Shadowland Daredevil variant POP, one of the best T-Shirts yet, very fun Pint Size Heroes figures of Captain America and Red Skull, a worthwhile comic book and some of the better-looking patch-and-pin combos. Funko has outdone itself with this box, and I can only hope that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 box now up for order is as good as this one.