I just got the latest DC Legion of Collectors subscription box from Funko today. This month’s theme is Batman: the Animated Series, the modern classic that kicked off a wave of superhero cartoons that prized good storytelling over selling toys. I have been looking forward to this box so lets takae a look.
The box features the silhouette of the Penguin (from his 1997 redesign when the series was revived on the WB) done in blue. The box is rather large this month. Other than that, it is just a box.
Opening the lid, you can see the box’s interior is decorated with art done in the DC Animated Universe style, which Batman: The Animated Series started.
On the top flap are the pin and patch, as always. The patch features the Joker (in his original design for the series). As you can see, it is a nice looking patch. The pin features Catwoman (again in her original design) on top of a diamond-shaped background.
Under the flap we have the comic book. It is a reprint of The Batman Adventures #1, which tells stories in the style and set in the BTAS universe. This was originally published in 1992 and I remember actually having this issue. It is a self contained story written by Kelley Puckett with art by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett.
The T-Shirt this time features a Pop version of the Batman the Animated Series logo. Done in black, white and red, it looks awesome on the black t-shirt. I think I have a new favourite shirt.
Next is the Pop! We get a Mr Freeze pop vinyl, which was the most requested pop for the BTAS pop line. Mr Freeze’s colours are cartoon accurate and even has a dome over his head. The body is well done, if in the standard pop stance, but there is some nice detail with his gun, and the tank on his back. This definitely the Pop to have for any Batman fan.
Finally, we get to… the Dorbz Ridez?. We get a Dorbz Batman along with a little Batmobile for him to ride in. The Batman can be taken out of the Batmobile easily enough, but the tires to not roll. I think it is great. I like Dorbz well enough, it is just I am running out of room with my Pops and this…this isn’t helping. Oh, the trial of being a collector…
That is all for this box. There was a lot of awesome stuff this month. My favourite has to be the T-shirt, though. The next DC Legion of Collectors box ships late August and will feature DC’s Most Wanted, centering on the villains. If you wish to get the next box, you can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ . The deadline is 1 August 2017. By subscribing, you can order boxes from previous months like this one. (supplies are limited.)
This Review is for entertainment purposes only. I have not received anything from Funko, DC, or Warner Bros for doing this review. The item was purchased with my own funds. All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.
Once again, Funko has shipped out the next box in its DC Legion of Collectors line. After January’s DC Legacy, Funko has narrowed the scope down to one superhero; in fact arguably the first “superhero.” This month’s box presents the Man of Steel, Superman. Let’s get into it.
We see the standard box here, with a silhouette of Superman featured prominently on the box, with his S-Shield visible. Not much to see here.
Inside the box, the inside has comic panels featuring Superman in various action poses. I can’t really tell whose art this is. I want to go with John Byrne for some of them, maybe Dan Jurgens as well. The art gives me a post 1986 vibe to it, with the size of the S-shield. I could be wrong, though.
Now to the actual content. Here we see the standard pin and patch. The patch has the classic “It’s a bird! It’s a Plane!” line from the comics (can’t they tell?). and the pin has Superman and the Legion of Collectors logo.
Under the flap we have a comic. It is a reprint of Superman issue 1 from 1939 (not to be confused with issue 1 from 1986, 2001, or 2016). This issue itself was a reprint when it first came out, reprinting the first Superman story from Action Comics #1. So it is a reprint of a reprinted story. No other story from that issue was included, but you do get the Pop! cover, which is nice, I guess.
The shirt is next. We get a light blue shirt featuring a Pop! Superman flying from the Daily Planet. As always the shirts are super soft and is done well. There is no variant with this month’s shirt.
Next is a Funko Pop! key chain. This little Superman is in a flying pose. I have seem the Pop! key chains around but I have never gotten one before. It is now my default key chain for my car keys.
The next item is my favourite item in the box. We get another 3 3/4 Funko DC action figure. This one is of Superman as he first appeared in Action Comics #1. The front of the card features the iconic art from that issue with Superman smashing a gangster’s car. The back also features art, but not from this issue, but from one from the silver age that I assume would be featured on the Superdickery.com website (seriously, he can be a dick sometimes!). I like these figures, having two Suicide Squad figures from a box last year and two more from retail. Funko, I want more.
Finally we get to the Pop! To no one’s surprise, the pos is of Superman in is classic outfit. The body sculpt is all new, with a more dynamic pose than previous Superman Pop Vinyls. He stands really well and looks awesome. The way the cape is hanging off to the side is a nice touch.
So, considering the theme, there was no real surprise that everything in here was Superman. Some have suggested it would be nice to get a Lois or a Jimmy Olson (Turtle Boy version!) But maybe in a future Friends of Superman box?. I love the action figures and having figure of Superman as he first appeared is awesome. I am not disappointed in this box. It promised Superman and it delivered.
That’s it for this time. The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early May 2017. The next theme is Wonder Woman, based on her upcoming movie. You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box. The deadline is 1 May 17. Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.
I got an surprise email from the fine folks at Smuggler’s Bounty a few week back. It said that, due to my loyalty and sticking with the sub for over a year, they were going to send me a box from one of the other Funko subscriptions for free. My first thought was, “Yeah, I like free.” but them it turned to “Oh I hope is isn’t one of the DC boxes I already have.!” But I lucked out and got one from their other superhero subscription box, the Marvel Collector’s Corp. I received the Spider-Man box from last August (didn’t think they send me the latest box, anyways), which came last week. Let us take a look at the contents.
The mailer box is a brown box with the Marvel Collector Corps logo and the month’s theme clearly labelled on it. You get a picture of Spider-Man’s mask on top in full colour. The box is nicer than the DC Legion of Collector’s box in that regard.
Opening the box, we see the patch and pin for the month. No surprise the patch has Spidey’s face and the pin is of his spider symbol. They both look nice and is what we have come to expect from Funko.
Underneath that flap we get to the rest of the goodies. First is this comic, a reprint of The Amazing Spider-Man (the latest run, cover dated October 2016, so released in July 16) and is the prologue of the Dead No More story line which they bring back…dead characters. That happens a lot in Spider-Man books, in particular. I still think it was cheap for them to bring back Aunt May all those years ago (let her and her wheat cakes rest in peace!) If you don’t follow Spider-Man or haven’t check in in a while, you may be lost (yes, May married J. Jonah Jameson’s father so he and Pete are step-brothers and Peter’s is like Tony Stark rich) so good luck to you.
Next is another of Funko’s Pop! Tops. This grey and blue baseball cap features a Funko-ized Spider-Man logo. It is adjustable so it should fit up to the most massive of heads. The underneath of the visor even has a pattern of Marvel and Pop! logos on a red background.
Next we get a Funko Frabrikations. These dolls are done in the Pop style with the large heads and small bodies. The head can rotate and the bottom of the feet are flat so they can stand up unassisted. They are made pretty sturdy, too. They are a bit large, so they would tower over your pops.
Finally we get to the Pop!, which is. surprise surprise, of Spider-Man. Forgoing the typical Pop! pose, Spidey is posed as he is jumping, ready to spin a web. He has a clear stand that attacks to his back to keep in up. He is also a bobble head.
There you have it. I like all of the Funko boxes that I have got and the Marvel one is just as great. I am trying to spend less lately, though I probably won’t be getting another sub ( I have a hard enough time letting one of my other subs go!). But I would wholeheartedly recommend this subscription to Marvel and pop vinyl fans.
The next Marvel Collector Corp box will ship in February 2017. The new theme will be Super Hero Showdown. You can subscribe by going to https://www.collectorcorps.com/ . The deadline is 15 Feb 17. Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited. I hope you enjoy this review.
The next Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box is out now. This month’s theme is the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The movie tells the story of a group of Rebels who set out to steal the plans for the Death Star before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (the original movie). Will this box help to build the excitement for the movie?
The box have the same over all look as the other boxes we’ve gotten. This month has the title Star Wars: Rogue One on the top flap, with a picture of a storm trooper variant of some kind. While not as large as some of the last boxes, it is a bit longer than a standard box.
Opening it up, we see the pin and patch for this box. They are of… characters from Rogue One I guess. The pin is of a droid (K-250) that has been featured in some of the Rogue One trailers. He is an enforcer droid, so he’ll be doing more than C-3po has even done. The patch is of Cassian Andor as best I can tell. I think the likeness is a bit off. It looks like David Tennant in a beard (David Tennant is NOT in Rogue One) than whoever plays Cassian.
We also get a shirt. Seen above is the image on the shirt, with the characters from Rogue One done in the Funko Pop style. It s cool shirt and I’m sure I’ll like it more after I know more about the characters. Most of what I’ve read or seen have been focused on Jyn Erso. The image of Darth Vader’s helmet reminds me of Darth Stewie from the Family Guy parodies.
We also get a special collectible vinyl this month. It is from the min-Hikari line of Japanese style vinyl figures. Darth Vader came in 5 different colours randomly inserted in the box. There is black, while, gold blue or red (seen above). The paint is also a bit sparkly. It is different but I probably won’t actively seek out more.
Finally, we get two Pop vinyls this time. One is the Imperial Death Trooper, the fierce new flavor of Storm Trooper featured in the movie. We als get a vinyl of main heroine Jyn Erso, in a helmet and poncho outfit echoing the rebel outfits on Endor, Both a new to the line so they definitely would be new to your Pop collection and they look good.
This was a good box. Great on value if a little light on content. Like the Force Awakens box from last year, we are going on hype whether or not the movie will be any good. There hasn’t been as longa as a build up for Rogue One than Force Awakens, and there is no new bad guys to hype (we get some Imperial dressed in white and Darth Vader is kicking around. We got Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) and she’s hot and the promise of delving into the history of the Star Wears universe. I have high hopes ans so far I haven’t seen a Jar Jar or equivalent in the trailer.
The next Smuggler’s Bounty box will ship in January 2017. January’s theme is The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars movie released. The ad above promises an exclusive Han Solo on a Tauntaun in every box. You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/ You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited. The deadline to subscribe for the Empire Strikes Back box is 15 January, 2016. May the Force be with you!
Once again, Funko has released the next installment of its Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box. This month’s theme is the original bad-ass killer space station, the Death Star. Will the contents live up to this reputation? Let’s see.
The box is what we have come to expect from the line, with its black, white and red colour scheme. Darth Vader is the featured character on the box since his memorable duel with Obi-Wan was on the Darth Star. Maybe we’ll get a new Vader pop to go with the Obi-Wan from a few boxes back?
Inside the box, we get our standard pin and patch . We get an awesome Darth Vader patch and an original storm trooper pin. Both look good and fit in the them of the box.. Nothing surprising, but not disappointing.
Next is the T-shirt. After two month of non-pop themed shirts and a hat last box, it is nice to get a shirt with Funko-ized characters. As you can see it features Vader and Kenobi facing off in a theme designed to look like an old boxing match announcement. I like the “Battle on the Death Star” announcement. This has to be my favorite shirt (that I got) thus far. I doesn’t look like there are variants this month so everyone who got the box will have this one.
We also get a luggage tag. It is Death Star shaped with a tag to write you address showing on the back. It is kind of cool, though it would not go well with most of my luggage I take while travelling.
And, finally, we get to the Pop vinyls. As expected, we do get a Darth Vader as well as a Grand Moff Tarkin, who was in overall command of the first Death Star. Vader is in a new pose, with his light saber lowered and his left hand stretched out, perhaps doing a force choke. Tarkin (or as I like to call him, The Moff) is standing at ease, with his hands behind his back. The card included with the box noted that the Moff has a unique head sculpt, with sunken cheeks to have him look more like the character. Both of them are great additions to my collection.
Overall a pretty solid box. It was like on the extras but it delivered us two solid Pops so it balances out. It can’t all be Jabba-sized boxes, right. The shirt is what made the box for me. Funko has kept my interest with this subscription and I hope they continue to do so.
Smuggler’s Bounty will ship again this November. The next box will be based on the upcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One and features a specialized Storm Trooper of some sort on the box. You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/ You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited. The deadline to subscribe for the Rogue One box is 15 November, 2016. May the Force be with you!
Legion of Collectors, Funko’s DC comics-themed collector’s box has released another installment. This month’s theme is “Women of DC,” celebrating the sensational heroines and perilous villainesses of the DC Universe. Funko did a similar theme with their Marvel box a few months back and delayed this one for a bit. Let’s see if it was worth the wait.
As expected, the box features art that reflects this month’s theme. As it is Women of DC, what better character to feature than DC most iconic and longest running female superhero? Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary so it is fitting she is on the box.
Inside we get the standard pin and patch. The patch features Batgirl, depicting her cowl and her bright blue yes. The pin is of Harley Quinn, in her classic costume. Fans of Harley Quinn will appreciate that, as there has been much division over her current comic getup and her movie outfit (featured in the previous collector box). Both look great and, with Wondy on the box, all three DC women from the preview have been featured.
Moving under the flap, we get this month’s t-shirt. There are two versions: one featuring Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman and one featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. All the shirts come in a dark grey colour. The art has a classic 80’s art look (I can’t place the artist. George Perez, maybe?) and almost looks like a stamp. I got the Heroes shirt, but I think the villains one could use less Bat-Villains. Really, no Cheetah?
Next is the comic. We get a copy of Batgirl #35, the first part of the Batgirl of Burnside story arc. The cover features Pop version of several DC heroines, including Batgirl, Katana and Wonder Woman. The comic itself is pretty great, too, as Batgirl has been one of the better parts of DC’s Nu-52 reboot. You can find it collected in Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside.
The next item is what they delayed the box for. It is a Wonder Woman Invisible Jet. Inspired by the classic 1970’s TV show and the 75th anniversary of the character, this set invokes the classic 70’s and early 80’s era of Wonder Woman (before they decided Amazons having invisible jet technology was too ridiculous) The jet is made of clear, durable plastic .The figure is tiny, with only four points of articulation and, although Funko says she was inspires she from the TV show, she features the later double “W” symbol, not the eagle on her bustier. Minor nitpick. Though I wish she was the size of the Suicide Squad figures from the last box.
Finally we come to the Pop vinyl. Funko did not have to loo far for a female character that they did not do a Pop of and they chose Hawkgirl. Based on her classic comic book look, not the TV version, Hawkgirl has the wider stance of the male figures and is pretty easy to get standing. Collectors of comic accurate pops will appreciate her look and she will fit in their collections. I think Hawkgirl was a good choice, as she is getting some exposure, both on Legends of Tomorrow and in DC Super Hero Girls.
So this was a solid box for me. The shirt is good, the pop is good and the extras held the them together. I’m a bit disappointed in the size of the Wonder Woman figure, after last box debut of their new action figures, but then the jet would have been too expensive to make. Still, as it is, you can’t deny the value you get in the box.
The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early November. The next box’s theme is Batman villains. You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box. The deadline is 1 Nov 16. Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited. I hope you enjoyed this review.
Gal*Gun: Double Peace is a Japanese first-person on-rails shooter developed by Inti Creates and published in the West by PQube. It is a sequel to the original Gal*Gun game published in 2011. The game is available for both the PS Vita and the PS4 video game systems This review is for both versions.
Note: This Review is not a paid review and only is my opinion. All screenshots were taken with either the PS Vita or PS4.
Gal*Gun: Double Peace puts you in the role of Houdai Kudoki, an ordinary, rather unremarkable student at the Academy (which I’m sure is some college or something…). When Ekoro, a student angel assigned to bring love to one of the students, accidentally hits Houdai with 32 love arrows, he finds himself the target of affection of all the girls. Ekoro explains that, because of her mistake, he has until the end of the day to find his one true love or be alone forever.
Houdai’s best chance for love resides in two sister he had known since childhood, Shinobu and Maya. But they are both demon hunters, unaffected by the effects of the love arrows and are both emotionally aloof when around Houdai. They are also busy trying to hunt down a novice demon, Kurona, who is causing more mischief. Houdai has until dusk to get through to one of the sisters to show their true feelings and find true love. He only have to avoid love-mad students and teachers, and any other trouble Kurona unleashes.
In order to fend off the love-sick mobs of girls, you have to shoot the girls with pheromone shots from your… well, I don’t know where they come from. Do you use a finger gun? Shoot them with a sexy look (Blue Steel!) or do you point at them with an…appendage or some sort? Well, anyways, you shoot them with your love gun (heh) until they collapse in euphoria. That’s what the game tells you but it just another way of saying that it’s an orgasm gun.
One you have satiated enough ladies with your pheromone shots, you build up enough energy to go into Doki Doki Mode. This stuns all the girls on-screen and you can select up to three girls for a mini-game in which you can shoot pheromones at specific parts of their body until the org-… achieve euphoric bliss. If you do this in time to at least one girl, when the time ends, her euphoria will explode knocking out all of the girls on-screen.
Additionally some of the girls are under the demon’s influence and want to abuse poor Koudai. These girls are stronger and more resistance to the pheromone shot. You have to zoom in and find the mini-demon that is controlling the girl. Take out the demon and then you can euphoria the hell out of her.
Of course, throughout the game you have to win over one of the sisters. Both love you, but each has a reason to deny that love and not get involved with anyone. You have to say the right things to her to raise her affection rate. Say or do the wrong thing and it could lower it. You can also improve it by helping them out in a mini game. These mini-games usually involve you shooting demon bugs off their bodies and help them out in some way. You could be helping Maya get herself unstuck from a demon trap or bide your time looking for a way to free Shinobu from the demon’s control while she…steps on your junk while in her underwear. Oh Japan…
The game adds replay value by having multiple paths and multiple girls to woo. At first only Maya and Shinobu are available, but as you beat the game multiple times, options to woo them both at the same time opens up. You can aso take a path to win over the angel, Ekoro, the demon, Kurona, or have them both. You can also chose another path to find a random girl, if you unlock it. There are multiple ending for each choice, too.
Other modes are a time attack mode for all the levels you played and a speed one for each of the different paths that you beat. There is alos a dressing room, where you can change the attire of any of the girls in the game with outfits you have unlocked or purchased through the DLC. There is also a collection mode where you can see so stats in the game, what endings you have unlocked and view art from the game.
Another option in Collection mode is the Student Roster. Here you can see the names of all the students and teachers that you encounter. As you play the game, you unlock more girls and you can find student hand books to tell you more about them. You can also zoom in on them in the game to unlock information like their height, measurements (B-W-H) and weak spots which is handy in Doki Doki mode. Unlock enough and you can even get an option to ‘fantasize’ about them, in which you view their 3d model, pose them and change the background. You can even poke them on the Vita’s touch screen, if that is your thing.
The versions of this game for the PS Vita and the PS4 are exactly the same, but each has their drawbacks. The Vita version is slow to load, taking over a minute until the game actually starts up. The PS4 version loads much quicker, but there are parts in the game in which the screenshot and video recording is disabled, such as when Shinobu is humiliating you while in her underwear or during the end scenes. You can still screenshot in the PS Vita during those spots. While both games have a good translation overall, there are no subtitles during the mini-games and, unless you speak Japanese, you don’t know what they are saying, though the games does tell you what to do.
The graphic are good, if not spectacular. It has a solid anime feel to the art design and you could be excused for not knowing it was make with the Unreal Engine middleware. The graphics are bight and crisp and I did not see any glitches or slowdowns in either version. The graphics are a bit better on the PS4, however, but that is how is should be.
This game features a cross save functionality. You can upload your PS4 save and download it to you Vita and vice versa. All of the DLC are cross buy as well, meaning you get it for both versions. Currently the DLC is mostly costume for the girls. You can buy them individually or in sets of four. There are two sets available for purchase with one costume, the ripped uniform being only one not included. There are also DLC for reducing the girls’ breast size (Angel’s Cutting Board) or increase it (Demon’s Meat Buns.) Then there is the Pheromone Z DLC, which allows you to see through clothing (which you can already do, if you keep your reticule on the girl long enough.) This one cost $90!
Let me rant here. This is the worst case of nickel and diming people ever and that’s including horse armour and anything EA has ever done. Now, there is no nudity in this game. You can already see through their clothing if you zoom in and look at them long enough and you see their underwear. If they are in swimwear or the ribbon DLC, there are hearts covering where the nipples would be and they still have panties on. This DLC just makes it that the clothes disappear when you look at the girls through the site. The developer, PQube, said that it was meant to be a joke and nobody should buy it. So, why bother selling it? Seems like a bad joke for a slightly lewd game. You can get more value in a Season Pass for another game like Fallout 4 or Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.
Overall, this is a okay game. Gal*Gun: Double Peace is bit of an ecchi (sexy or dirty) game with the ability to see through clothing, some of the dialogue choices if you want to play it at a creep and the questionable age of some of the girls, offset by the fact they are only anime characters and hey, Japan. But, at it’s core, it is about childhood friends admitting their feeling have grown into love, if you play it that way. The fact it is a on-rails shooter where you are pretty much along for the ride with the occasional choice turn giving you the illusion of choice takes away from it a bit. But it is a fun ride and the multiple paths and collectables add replay value.
Gal*Gun: Double Peace is only available in physical release through online shops or as a download on the PlayStation Network. Check online for pricing.