When Funko announced a humongous Marvel Collector Corps Year One box last month, I immediately started speculating that the extra $100 the box cost was to cover the cost of a gold Captain America Hikari in honor of the first year Founders Gift and Cap’s 75th Anniversary. One month later and near the deadline to order the Collector Corps Spider-Man box, the Year One box has arrived! Was I right, and do I feel like this box was $125 well-spent…? Read on…
As promised, this box is notably larger and heavier than any Funko subscription box to come before it. But is it with 125 bucks? Let’s take a look at what’s inside and find out…
As you might suspect with an exclusive figure this major, collectors are forking out over $80 for the POP Hobgoblin exclusive on the aftermarket already. Considering that’s almost two-thirds of the cost of this whole box right there, the box is off to a good start with Hobby…
The other Dorbz just might be my favorite item in the whole MCC Year One box: an exclusive She-Hulk Dorbz! It’s crazy to think that in just two months, we’ve got from no Funko She-Hulk figures to having Shulkie as a POP Vinyl, a Mystery Minis figure and now a Dorbz (with the latter two being exclusives)!
Finally, in place of a T-Shirt, the box contains the first-ever Marvel POP Tops Hat! We got a C-3PO hat in the Star Wars Smugglers Bounty box in July, but I think this stylized “I Am Groot” hat is vastly cuter. There’s even a little Guardians of the Galaxy logo on the back!
While they’ve never been my favorite part of the various Marvel Collector Corps boxes we’ve seen released thus far, we have had some pretty cool designs on the pins and patches, like that great Crossbones patch from the Civil War box.
So my heart sunk when I opened the biggest MCC box ever and discovered that the biggest pin and patch ever are just super-sized “Marvel Collector Corps Year One” logos.
If Funko was going to make a “big” pin and patch combo, they should have gone for big characters like Groot or Galactus or a Sentinel or, well… anything but this. I sincerely doubt there are many fans who’d prefer these logos to unique pins and patches of actual characters. Lame.
And finally, we come to the big golden elephant in the room–or rather, the big golden Captain America in the box. Yes, it’s true–as I guessed as soon as the box was announced, a Gold Captain America Hikari figure is included in this box.
I’m one of the biggest Funko Hikari Sofubi fans out there, so I had been really hoping Funko would include a Marvel Hikari in a Collector Corps box to help promote the line. And now they have–at a cost of an additional $100 over the cost of a regular box.
There’s absolutely no way around it: this box is a colossal ripoff compared to the regularly sized bi-monthly Marvel Collector Corps boxes.
Even worse, the Hikari Gold Captain America is one of the few unnumbered Hikaris–meaning it’s likely the highest edition size of any Cap Hikari. As a result, people are selling this poor Captain America Hikari for as low as $20 on the aftermarket. This is a real crying shame and a lose for both collectors and the dying Hikari line itself.
Overall: Most Funko collectors will love the exclusive Hobgoblin POP Vinyl and possibly the She-Hulk and Ant-Man Dorbz–and so do I. Some fans will like the Funko Groot hat–and so do I. I doubt anyone will care much for the pin and patch this time–and neither do I. And while I love Hikari vinyls personally, even I am not happy about effectively paying 100 bucks for a Golden Captain America POP Vinyl that immediately lost 75% of its value by being forced on folks in this way.
Overall, I like everything in this box except the pin and patch, and it would be an ‘A++’ for $25-$50. But at $125, this box really does feel like a ripoff way for Funko to blackmail collectors into paying full-price for a Hikari Captain America with a huge run-size. I’m glad I bought this box, but I totally understand folks who also bought it and feel cheated.