I am becoming obsessed with these subscription boxes. So much so that I have been hard at work trying to fill an AFJ Junkie box for you guys. FUNKO continues its play at world domination with both the DC & MARVEL licenses for the DC LEGION OF COLLECTORS & MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS respectively. Their omnipresent POP! Vinyls are still holding water with Junkies everywhere and the excitement of maybe getting a lucky Variant box is palpable on the AFJ pages.
This month's theme for the COLLECTOR CORPS is "Women of Power" so I was prepared for a barrage of Fangirl targeted type merchandise and was not let down. I have gotten used to the layout of the box and it breaks down like this: 1 Patch, 1 Pin, 1 Comic Book, 1 Exclusive POP! Vinyl, 1 T-shirt and then there is kind of a random item or two thrown in. This month it just happens to be two FUNKO Mystery Minis of Captain Marvel & She-Hulk. Let us break it down item by item.
I honestly do not get the fascination with the pins and patches! If I was my childhood self with say a denim jacket in 1986, these would be awesome. Instead, I now have a year's full of pins and patches and nothing to do with them. There really is nowhere to display them unless I put them on a hat or something but I don't think I'm that guy. They make for nice giveaways for you guys because no matter how ornate the pin or how groovy the patch, a time is yet to arrive where I have said, "Yes! I need that."
Next up we have a reprint of CIVIL WAR II with a Variant cover of the characters but POP-ified. Cool, but I already bought my issue of CIVIL WAR so its kind of old news. What I would love is a super exclusive comic book with a running storyline from box to box. The price of comics has become so exorbitant that you would think for what you are paying, they could give you a brand new, never before seen book.
The big draw for most with the MARVEL & DC boxes is the Exclusive POP! Vinyl from FUNKO. However, this month I received Squirrel Girl as my POP! which is the equivalent of Yoko Ono headlining a concert. I was really hoping for a Spider-Gwen since she has become the white-hot character in 2016. However, I was given Squirrel Girl so I was supremely bummed at this POP!. Maybe I can trade it up to another Junkie that is passionate about Squirrel Girl.
Finally, we have the T-shirt which, to be honest, is the item I probably get the most use out of. This is a cool drawing of Spider-Gwen and a great shirt for the gym or to sleep in. Overall, very satisfied with this tee as both a fan of Spider-Gwen and a Junkie. The understated art on the old school grey makes this a must-have tee for fanboys & fangirls who just love that Gwen.
The Mystery Minis from FUNKO are very cool and are like miniaturized POP's. In this box, we get She-Hulk & Captain Marvel. Cool that we get a "two-fer" so you have an instant starter collection. Not my favorite characters but I can definitely make do with them for my budding Mystery Minis collection. Overall, a solid pick for a female-themed box.
Its a definite 3 out of 5 stars for me on this meaning that the box is just slightly above average. I was upset that I received Squirrel Girl as POP! but admit that the kitsch value is there with such a random character. The tee is killer and it can never hurt to have an extra copy of a good comic. I wish I could count the actual cardboard box because it is such a cool, multi-usable box that I actually save each one of them! So that's this month gang and the next box will be in August. See you then!