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June 2016 "Women of Power" Marvel Collector Corps Review
Marvel Collector Corps is a bi-monthly subscription box from Funko that includes exclusive items related to different Marvel properties. Because the items are all exclusives, it’s always a mystery what you’ll get and you’re guaranteed to not get a repeat from another subscription box or purchase.
You can see my previous Marvel Collector Corps reviews here:
The June 2016 theme is “Women in Power”. Women are often underrepresented in superhero franchises, so I was excited to see what this month’s box had to offer.
All Marvel Collector Corps boxes come with a collectible patch and collectible pin related to that month’s theme. Following the “Women in Power” theme, this month’s patch features Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, while the pin features Spider-Woman. Ms. Marvel has resurged recently with the appearance of Kamala Khan, whereas I haven’t seen as much hubbub around Spider-Woman. With that being the case, I think this pin and patch set feature a fair combination of a popular character and a character who could benefit from more exposure.
The first item I took out of the box was this neat Spider-Gwen t-shirt. I normally am not too fond of the Funko shirts because the designs aren’t very wearable, but this one looks incredibly cool! The character design seems to still feature POP-esque characteristics like other Funko shirts, but the design minimizes those characteristics in favor of subtlety and aesthetics. The shirt is unfortunately a bit large for me, but I’m still going to try to wear it - as long as it fits decently, I can foresee myself wearing it often. Certainly more than past Funko shirts.
The second item in the box was a Civil War II comic book with a variant cover featuring POP versions of female superheroes such as Captain Marvel, Lady Thor, and Elektra. With the recent success of the Civil War movie, I think having the Civil War II comic with the female POP variant cover was a good way to tie a recently publicized story into the “Women of Power” box. My other suggestion would’ve been A-Force, but I understand that the A-Force story is less commercial at this time. Regardless, the Civil War II comic should be an enticing read.
The third item was a POP figure of Squirrel Girl and her sidekick squirrel Tippy-Toe. I’m a sucker for POP bobbleheads, so I loved that this item was one of them. The little squirrel figurine is an adorable addition to the main Squirrel Girl figure.
I hadn’t heard of Squirrel Girl before, so I did some research online. She spent her early years appearing occasionally in comics for other superheroes until 2015, when she was given a series of her own. I’ll admit that she seems a bit ridiculous as a character, but at least she seems fun. I expect that the inclusion of this POP will garner more interest in her story.
The fourth item was a Mystery Minis vinyl bobblehead featuring Captain Marvel. With her appearance on most of this month’s advertisements, it was nearly a guarantee that she would have her own item in this box. I found it interesting that they still refer to this type of figurine as a Mystery Mini even though the character inside is not a mystery; they’ve simply adopted the name from the Mystery Minis because this bobblehead was molded in a similar manner.
Anyway, I think that Captain Marvel was a great character to include in the “Women of Power” box. This figurine depicts her in a fighting stance with burning fists. I like the detailing on her costume.
The fifth and final item was another Mystery Minis vinyl bobblehead, with this one featuring She-Hulk. She-Hulk is another popular female Marvel superhero, so her presence is well-suited to this box.
I have mixed feelings on the inclusion of two of the same type of item. Seeing the two not-actually-a-mystery Mystery Mini bobbleheads, I think it would’ve been cool if they’d had an actual blind box of female Mystery Mini bobbleheads from which subscribers would get a surprise figurine from the collection, similar to the regular Mystery Minis. This option would’ve stayed true to the Mystery Minis label while allowing for the promotion of a larger selection of female superheroes. This would’ve brought up Funko’s costs significantly, though, so I understand why they didn’t take that route.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Marvel Collector Corps “Women of Power” box. The Marvel Collector Corps box always provides a wonderful value, so it’s difficult to be disappointed in its contents. It’s not easy to pinpoint the product values exactly because all of the items are exclusive to the box, but the shirt can be estimated at around $15 and the POP can be estimated at at least $10. Those two items already account for the $25 cost of the Marvel Collector Corps box, so the other items simply add to that initial value.
Although I wasn’t incredibly enthused about the two Mystery Minis, the fantastic t-shirt design lifted my spirits tremendously. The shirt is not only one of my favorite Marvel Collector Corps shirts, but one of my favorite shirts out of all of the subscription box shirts I’ve ever received. I also thought the Squirrel Girl POP was adorable and I look forward to reading the Civil War II comic book.
Recommended for: Funko and/or Marvel fans
Not recommended for: people who aren’t interested in Funko and Marvel
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review