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!


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.


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!


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.


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


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!



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?)


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!


Here are a couple of final pics, with comments.


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…


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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


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 Legacy Collection Magic the Gathering “Liliana Vess”


I go on and on about Liliana.  Maybe I have a problem…I made a deck and did spectacularly moderate at the Friday night magic on January 2…based on Liliana Vess.  I really wanted to show off the card from the Dual Decks Anthology…And I was given the opportunity several times.

I spent virtually all monetary Christmas gifts I received on Magic cards.  And I decided to get a figure for my final few dollars. Lilliana was there, and now she’s here.  Here for you to see, oh Hub City geeks.

So how does the figure of Liliana stack up to other figures?  Read on for more details!


In the picture above, you see Liliana Vess in her packaging.  It is a nice package.  I already talked about Funko PoP! Nicol Bolas, and how his packaging was really great.  Unfortunately, this licensed product went with the Magic the Gathering 2015 Core Set styling, which isn’t bad, but isn’t as good as Funko could do.  However, they may have been restricted in what they could do for licensing purposes.  (who knows?)

Here is the back and sides of the box.


Liliana is the fifth figure in this line.  I have seen the other figures.  They look good too.  Especially Ajani Goldmane.  Oddly, the Garruk is labeled “Garruk Wildspeaker,” but it depicts “Garruk Apex Predator.”

But this isn’t a review of their figures, is it?

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One side is a continuation of the window…Not showing you that.  The other has this cool image.

But what is interesting is the bottom of the package.  There are all kinds of warnings here.  The one that sticks out the most to me is “This is not a toy!”  (In three languages)

Mint-on-card collectors will enjoy Liliana in her packaging.  Fans of 2015 Core Set might decide to keep it around.  I personally think all core sets have fallen sort of flat since Core Set 2013.  Oh Well!  (M15 IS BETTER than M!4)


Liliana was tied into the box with bread tie things.  They weren’t that hard to remove.  I was surprised to see that the cardboard backing behind her was removable and meant to be a background display for the figure, if you so pleased.  (I guess that was on purpose…)


I unwired her, and photographed her right away, so you can see what you have.  She is propped in this photo, for your information.  But this is literally her right out of the box, no bent joints or anything.


As always, I spent some time playing with Liliana before reviewing her…to kind of see how “playable” she is.  She is really stiff.  And I had a REALLY HARD time making her stand.  She seems to have rocker ankle joints, but her “pantsline” (not really pants)  impedes her foot movement at the ankle.  She has double jointed knees, but really you only need one knee to move.  Her legs have to be “just right” in order for them to allow her to stand because of her feet issues.  After awhile, I figured it out…you need to be sure the side of Liliana with the skirt hanging down gets most of the weight.


Lillian’s arms at first had me fooled.  I didn’t think there were elbow joints.  But then, after playing for awhile, I saw that they were there, but were expertly hidden!  Lilliana’s elbows bend just fine!  Here arm movement is hampered a little by her clothes, though.  She has these draping cloths hanging from her sleeves.  She has what I believe to be the Chain Veil over her left shoulder, and this hampers that arm.  Neither hand can move except at the wrist.  This is fine, as Liliana is casting spells and not wielding weapons.

I really appreciate how good the shoulder straps hang correctly loose at the top…just like in the art on the card.  Lilliana doesn’t have a waist twist.  But instead her torso rotates at the bust, keeping her belly static so she matches the art on her card all of the time.

Like most figures with sculpted hair, Liliana’s head articulation is totally hampered.  You CAN rotate her head, but whether or not you should is the question.  It doesn’t look right, and you risk breaking something.  Fortunately, the hair is soft enough where nothing breaks.  Unfortunately, Liliana is forever staring sort of down.


Liliana is sculpted really well.  At first I thought maybe the bodice was too modest, considering the art.  But after really spending time with the figure, it seems right.  Her clothes are what are most impressive.  The draping pieces of cloth look extra “witchy.”  Her headdress is also dead-on-the-money.  As much as I dislike the way the ankles work, the shoes/boots whatever they are look fantastic.

Her skin is a pleasant tone, marvelously tattooed with purple designs.  Lilliana is depicted showing these tats when she is working magic.  Other times, she just has regular skin, so it seems.  These tattoos figure into her storyline, which I am informed of just a little bit.  I need to spend some time reading MTG fiction to really get it.  I understand there are some good stories out there.

As good as the tattoos look, there is a little bit of paint slop on one of her hands…(sadness)  And it seems like the chain veil could have been handled differently.  Maybe as a separate item.  Maybe even some kind of shiny mesh.  Instead, it is sculpted in plastic and painted gold.  (I thought the veil was silver?)

Thoughts on and Rating of Liliana Vess

I don’t know what to say here.  I am genuinely torn.  Funko Legacy Collection Lilliana Vess has lots of upsides, and just as many downsides.  If the figure is meant to be an action figure, she is sort of like Marvel Select Thor, but not quite as bad.  But as a statue, she is really good, but not as good as a full on statue.  A figure like this isn’t sure what it is aiming at.  It is an adult collector action figure.  And as that goes, it isn’t as good as a Masters of the Universe Classics figure.  And is miles away from Marvel Select Deadpool, (which is the gold standard)  But it doesn’t fall apart and have the problems that D-Arts Cloud Strife and Vincent Valentine have had.  But then the figure has ZERO accessories.  Which has to be a mark against it, considering that Chandra has a fireball, and Ajani has his battle axe.

I don’t think I should rate Liliana Vess at 2/5.  She isn’t that bad.  But she doesn’t get to be a 4/5 either.  The SpartanNerd ranks Funko Legacy Collection Magic the Gathering Liliana Vess at a humble 3/5.  (kind of like that deck I played last night.)

I am going to leave you with some various pictures and a few more thoughts.  It has been a good Christmas Break, reviewing all kids of things, from toys to Dual Deck matchup.  Keep reading, Hub City Geeks!

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Liliana is one of the few female figures I have.  She makes vintage Evil Lynn feel really outdated.  And Battleground Tella and Liliana Vess must shop at different clothing stores.  Lilliana is of a smaller build, and Teela is “big boned.”


Here is a match made in…heaven….


Funko made both of these.  PoP! Nicol Bolas is great.  They don’t feel like they belong together, though.



Oddly, Liliana stood very well on Thor’s rock.


This is TOTALLY the kind of thing we see Liliana doing in the cards…




Here I am, showing off my cards again!  Above you can see the card, “Liliana Vess” in it’s M15 printing and it’s Dual Deck Anthology foil printing.  The bottom picture shows off the other Liliana card I have…Unfortunately, I don’t have Liliana of the  Veil.  (That’s a $70 card!)

The SpartanNerd ranks Funko Legacy Collection Magic the Gathering Liliana Vess at a humble 3/5.  Do you agree or disagree?  Let me know in the comments!