It’s 2017 and Funko has shipped out its first DC Legion of Collector’s box. What better way to ring in the New Year than by looking into DC’s 80+ year history with the DC Legacy box. Let’s see what inspiration Funko has pulled from this long and varied history.
The box is the standard box that we’ve seen so far. This month showcases Batman, because, if you slap Batman on something, it’ll sell. And he is a legacy character, being around since 1939.
Opening the box, we see the patch and pin. The patch features Green Arrow in his classic silver age look he had from 1969 to about 1986. The pin features my favourite Earth elemental, Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing first appeared in the comics in 1971 during rise in popularity of horror comics. Both the patch and pin are pretty good this time.
The comic included is a reprint of Adventure Comics 452, from 1977. In it, Aquaman and Aqualad take on Black Manta to try to save Aquaman’s son. This is a pretty pivotal issue in Aquaman’s history and the outcome affected him for years. I won’t spoil it for those who don’t know Black Manta and Aquaman’s history.
The T-shirt for this month has a variant. You can either get a Krypto the Superdog or an Ace the Bat-Hound ringer t-shirt. The t-shirts themselves are in a retro style, but the art on both shirts seems to be taken from the Krypto the Superdog cartoon from 2005. While both canine counterparts of DC’s biggest heroes are definitely legacy characters, I would have preferred them in more of a retro style. Still, I prefer the Ace shirt.
We also get another item from Funko’s POP! Home line. These Batman and Robin salt and pepper shakers are presented in their classic silver age look and invoke memories of the old T.V. show, though I don’t think there are specifically supposed to be “Batman ’66” items. The openings on the top of the figures are rather large so I do not know it they would be any good if used, but they would look good on a shelf.
Lastly, it is the Pop! that makes the box. This time it is Plastic Man. This classic character first appeared in Police Comics in 1941 and at the time was published by Quality Comics. DC acquired the rights to him and other Quality Comic characters in the 1950’s. The figure’s body is unique for a Pop ad his arms are long and his hands are big. His torso is even twisted and elongated. This is definitely a character that needed to be shown in Pop form.
This box is a good start to the new year. The pop is definitely the best thing about this box. The T-shirt is not as exciting to me, as it shows a version of a character that I don’t consider classic (sure the cartoon was 10 years ago, but it is not a definite version of either characters.) If they were Popified, maybe I’d like it more. It is not bad shirt, though.
I hope you enjoyed the review. The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early March 2017. The next theme is Superman, as show in the pictured card. You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box. The deadline is 1 Mar 17. Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.