Legion of Collectors Box (March 2017)…SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review

The SpartanWife got me the subscription to the Legion of Collectors box, and I opened the January one without blogging about it.  It was terrific, featuring Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Aquaman, Batman and Robin, and Ace the Bathound.

Just so you know…

  • Green Arrow- A Pin and an iron-on embroidered Patch
  • Aquaman- A vintage comic reprint, which showcased the original origin story of Black Manta (Spoiler…”They don’t call me BLACK MANTA for no reason!”
  • Plastic Man- The Funko POP!  Vinyl figure, (A  POP! vinyl figure is to be included in every box.)
  • Batman and Robin- Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers in the Funko style.
  • Ace the Bathound- a T-Shirt.

Sorry I didn’t photo and review…I was so excited.

And you can tell the wife correctly ordered the DC Comics box!

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March’s box came in this nifty box…itself something you might want to re-use.  I am going to show you as I unpacked it.  This month’s box features only Superman.

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The inside of the box has comic-book style graphics printed all over.  Conspicuously placed is the patch and the pin.  The words “Welcome to the DC Legion of Collectors” greet you as you know you have much more nerdery inside!

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It’s like, I couldn’t wait to see what the shirt was this time!  I wore the Ace the Bathound shirt every week since I opened it in January.  Turns out that the shirt features the Funko POP! Superman.  (Sorry, you don’t get a pic of me wearing it…my identity is a secret, remember…)

You can see the “Classic Superman” Funko POP! figure beside the shirt.  As with Plastic Man, this item promises to be exclusive to the Legion of Collectors box.

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So then you remove those two items, and see this stuff underneath.

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Pocket POP! Keychain!  What a great bonus.  (Says the guy with a Powerpuff Girl hanging on his briefcase!)

And this 3 3/4 inch Superman action figure…stylized as Action Comics #1 Superman.  You can tell from the celebrated “S” design on his shirt!  This is another product that can’t be had except by getting this box!

 

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I intend to keep this figure on-card…I don’t collect 3 3/4 size figures…but those that I have, like the GI-Joe figures, are on display at work.  I will keep in box and feature it prominently!  It looks cool as it is.  (Which is the whole point of the POP! sensation anyway, right?)

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And finally the comic, which I have yet to read.  But it is the original telling of Superman’s origin, as far as I can tell.  64 pages…back in the day, they knew how to do it right!

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Here are a couple of final pics, with comments.

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Classic Superman is just that.  No long hair from the 1990’s.  No blue jeans from the New 52.  Not the animated version.  Actually, maybe the Christopher Reeves version.  Because he represents actually the most iconic version of the character.  I love the detail of the cape blowing behind him!  As with other POP! figures, the only articulation is at the neck.  He feels nice in your hands, and looks good on your shelf.  That’s about it.

The keychain…

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Basically the same figure, but only an inch, and huge head with undersized body.  There is no articulation here.  He is currently on my keyring, but it seems a shame for him to stay in my pocket.  I believe I will hand him on my bag beside Buttercup!

I can’t be anything but thankful to the SpartanWife for her gift, which will ensure I have something every two months to blog about!  I rate this box at 4/5…only because last month had a variety of characters, but this one was all Superman.  But I really like Superman, so that isn’t much to complain about!  The only complaint I can have is the shirt is just about the cheapest material that can be had…It isn’t warm at all, and it is just very thin stuff.  Before the day was over it took a pic from a cat’s claw.

So how do you rate the DC Legion of Collectors box (March 2017)?  Let me know in the comments!

Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar Funko Legacy Collection unboxing and Review…SpartanNerd

Way back in January of 2015, I reviewed Funko’s Liliana Vess.  You can read that review here.  So do Jace and Chandra stack up to my favorite planeswalker?

I received these two as gifts from the SpartanChildren.  I happen to know that they were marked down to $5.00 a piece at Ross (discount store), which tends to happen when a figure warms the shelf at a mainline retailer for over two years.  (Notice I paid $25 for Liliana.)

(I am doing both reviews at the same time for the sake of WordPress memory…as these are largely the same unboxing experience…)

First of all…check out the new PLAYMAT!    Also a Christmas gift…from the SpartanWife!  The art shows none other than Jace Beleren groveling at Liliana for help in dealing with the Eldrazi during the “Battle for Zendikar” storyline.  I will be photographing Magic The Gathering related items on this mat from now on!

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Jace and Chandra both come in the same window style boxes.  The circlular bubble does NOT depict the card Jace Beleren nor Chandra Nalaar.  Jace’s art depicts “Jace, the Living Guildpact” and Chandra’s depicts “Chandra, Pyromaster.”  Not sure the reasoning here…Jace’s figure appears to be “Jace, Telepath Unbound.”  Chandra appears to be “Chandra, Flamecaller”, neither card was released quite yet when these figures first came out.  Maybe some insight into the design process can be found here?

The boxes use the M15 black and white styling for the packaging that you found everywhere when that set came out.  It is striking…a nifty design, really.  M15 was an interesting set…The Wizards talked at length about finding an identity for “the core set.”  M14 was largely a failure…M15 wasn’t much better, and aside from the “flip walkers,” Magic origins was also a little weak.  M15 was the first set to put holofoil stickers on the rare and promo cards.  Not that that has anything to do with these figures.

On the other hand, the M15 story was cool, showing the fight between Liliana and Garruk a little bit more intensely, and detailing how Ob Nixilis gets free.

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The back lists the other figures in this line.  As far as I know, there was only this one series of MTG figures.  Maybe I will be able to complete the collection with Garrk, Ajani, and Nissa someday.  I certainly will if they are this cheap!

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Each figure was wired in with Barbie style bread-tie wires.  It wasn’t too hard to get them out.

I tried to stand each figure up as best I could without “primping.”  These figures do not stand on their own easily, with Jace being the worse offender.  He cannot stand without being stooped over.  This was similar to Liliana, if you will recall I had to put her weight on one side.

Both figures have rocker ankles, that feature some ankle swivel.  But the way their shoes are designed, the articulation is limited.  This doesn’t help with the standing issues.

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Chandra comes with a fireball.  And Jace’s cloak is removable!  Who knew?  Notice, he doesn’t look like his picture on the playmat…must be a different cloak.

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Here are some alternate poses.  Notice that Jace just can’t do that much.

Chandra doesn’t have that much trouble holding that fireball.  She doesn’t “grip” it.  But it is sized correctly to match her fingers.  I love that they included this.  I wish she could have more flames, though.

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Both Chandra and Jace have beautiful, detailed scuplting.  And the paint is very nice as well.  I think Jace’s face could look a little less like a manequinn.

Below is each character beside their deckbox from Duel Deck Anthology….The card art depicted is “Jace Beleren,” known as “baby Jace” amongst players.  (I went and looked.  The original card art does resemble the figure.  The Duel Deck has alternate art.)

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On the other hand, Chandra doesn’t look like either version of her card art.  She looks like Chandra Flamecaller.

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These figures are pretty cool.  I am going to rate them the same as I rated Liliana.  3/5.  The whole issue of not being able to stand is really the problem.  The sculpting and painting are fine.  They are more statue than action figure, though…they look incredible, but their articulation suffers because of the extreme detail.  They could have better accessories.  Jace’s cloak is more of a liability.  Chandra could have more fire.

So the SpartanNerd rates Funko Magic the Gathering Legacy Collection Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar both at 3/5.  They look like who they are supposed to represent.  But they suffer as action figures.  They are really more like mini statues, that have trouble standing.  (Liliana is forever propped up in my office at work.)

Do you agree with my rating of 3/5?  Let me know in the comments!

 

 

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Funko POP! Magic “Nicol Bolas”!

The pop vinyl bug isn’t one that has ever hit me.  Not that I am against it.  It just hasn’t been my thing.  Logically, to me, what is the appeal?  Super deformed figures with very little articulation and cartoony details.  Vinyl pop is kind of the opposite of something like Masters of the Universe Classics or Transformers Masterpiece figures.

I was very surprised to open this gift from the SpartanKid…Funko POP! Magic Nicol Bolas.  Read on to see if I have changed my opinion!

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Clearly the people who make this believe their product should be highly displayable in package.  The packaging is beautiful.  I’m sure the number “12” in the black circle means that Bolas is the twelfth figure in the Magic the Gathering series.  (Confirmed by studying the back some more, which shows off Gideon, Tezzeret, Elspeth, and Sarkahn as well).  The SpartanKid said that they didn’t have a Liliana, and thought I wouldn’t want a glow in the dark Chandra.  (That would have been cool!)  The word “PoP! MAGIC!” is all over the place.  I almost forgot the name of the company was “Funko.”  The package has a nice window where you can see Bolas inside, and you can see him from one of the sides as well.  The other side has an illustration of the figure, as well as the top, which has an illustration of his eyes and above, prominently featuring his horns and the “Gem of Becoming” in between them.

You know, the SpartanNerd just tosses all of the boxes.  Still, I want people to know that this is indeed some of the most beautiful toy packaging.  You’d think someone from Apple Computers might be involved in their marketing or something!

The Figure

Really, I think of this as more of a statue.  It has one articulation point.  Its head.

So I decided I would photograph it with different colored backdrops.  I will be displaying Bolas in my classroom or my office. I expect many other adults who are into Magic the Gathering will do the same.  Maybe different colors might show off how he might look in different display situations.

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First off, red.  Bolas is quite shiny.  Very gold.  He is a gold Magic card, after all!  (Blue, Red, and Black).  His head is big.  As big as the rest of his body, measuring from bottom of the goatee to the tips of his horns.  His head features a cute toothy grin and black vacant eyes.  But these are ALSO cute.  He has a cute nose and goblin-esque ears.  The other pictures show his side views off a tad more.  His wings are not movable, nor his tail.  His hands either.

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Bolas is considered by many to be THE BAD GUY in the Magic the Gathering universe.  So is it wrong to show him in white? I like how the tail curls around the outside of his right wing.  Here I will note that the “vest” that he wears is of a softer plastic than the rest of him.  Not sure what that is all about.

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In blue, he feels extra shiny.  Like some kind of brass idol or something.  Indiana Jones could easily be after this baddy!

As much as I think of this as a statue, it is actually fun to chase around the Spartan-family and pets with Nicol Bolas, and saying something absurd like “Tweet Tweet!” or singing “Cruel Ultimatum…”  I know my students are going to get a kick out of this thing.  Even if they don’t know Magic the Gathering.  And he looks good on my Nerd closet shelf beside Skeletor, the Griffin, Spikor, Modulok, Thanos, or whoever, really.

This is my first ever review of a product like this.  As pop vinyl goes, I think my mind is changed by this guy.  I don’t mind him being the most evil creature in fiction, transformed into something from “PowerPuff Girls.”  I think it is really cute.  Even cool. Maybe I even want some more of these guys.

SpartanNerd’s rating of Funko PoP! MAGIC “Nicol Bolas”

So I am going to give him a 5/5.  My mind is changed.  There is something light-hearted and different about it.  It isn’t as “serious” as MOTUC.  Maybe there is a part of me that like that reaction I am feeling.  Remember my review of the Mixo He-Man?  How about the stuffed Battle-Cat?

The SpartanNerd rates Funko Pop Nicol Bolas a 5/5.  Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!