I’ve been receiving Marvel Collector Corp boxes from Funko for the past couple of years, and I’m rarely disappointed. Some boxes even induce full on fan squeeing. But there are some boxes that have impressed me more than others as they hit or miss my particular fandoms. This month, the Superhero Showdowns box didn’t have me all that expectant. I thought it might be interesting, but probably not one of my favorites.
After all, December’s box, Marvel’s X-Men, had been pretty great, especially the Logan Ride POP of Logan on a motorcycle which now takes pride of place on my shelf.
But, my expectations have been blown out of the water. This Superhero Showdowns box is simply fantastic. It has a great range of items hitting on classic characters and I’m as happy with it as some of my favorite boxes, like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man boxes.
Here’s the exterior of this month’s box, nicely designed:
Our patch features Iron Man and Ultron, and our pin features green Hulk and Red Hulk:
Peeking out, immediately visible a t-shirt:
Under that an awesome double pop set of Daredevil in black costume and a rather striking design for Bullseye. There are some serious aesthetics at work in this pop duo–including only black, white, and red as colors for the POPs really adds to the appeal of the figures on display, locked in combat.
Here’s a closer look at that t-shirt. I’m enough of a Spidey fan that I liked the theme, but really the whole faded/vintage approach on navy blue really appeals to me, too. And since Peter Parker worked in newspapers there’s a kind of thematic fit in the presentation also.
The comic is a nice choice, too–Inhumans vs. X-Men featuring Wolverine and Sabretooth. And no, I don’t just like this because I own some original X-Men art of Wolverine and Sabretooth fighting, but that may be what drives me to try to get the double set of POPs featuring the two which I believe is coming out this year.
But let’s not forget the little guys. I’ve never owned any of the “Pint Sized Heroes” line before, and I hadn’t particularly considered buying them since I already collect a lot of vinyl heroes, but give these a chance:
And they might impress you. I didn’t expect the level of detail I found inside. Oh boy, am I going to be collecting these too, now? They are adorable.
All in all, a box way beyond my expectations. It seems like a lot of thought was put into making this box as universal in its appeal as possible rather than sticking too closely to only one property that might have left some fans indifferent. A box I wasn’t particularly looking forward to has turned out to be one of the best I’ve yet seen from Collector Corps. Well done, Funko.
The next box, arriving in April, is Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and it would be hard to disappoint me with that property, so look out for my over-the-top reaction to that in the spring.
Here’s a video trailer for the Superhero Showdowns box if you haven’t seen this tiny hero fight yet: