Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors: Wonder Woman (Movie)- May 2017

Funko’s DC Legion of Collectors have returned once again with a new box in its subscription.  This time, to probably no one’s surprise, the theme is the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.  Will this box be worthy of the Amazon warrior princess?  Read this review and wonder no more…

First we start with the box.  The overall design of the Legion of Collectors’ boxes is still intact, with the featured character’s silhouette on the top, this time being WW.  It is a different outline of Wonder Woman than the Women of DC Box from September of last year, with the tiara looking like the DC Cinematic Universe version.  The inside of the box features pictures of Wonder Woman in various action poses.  They seem to be original drawings (or from design art from the film) and I don’t recognized the art style.

Next, we get to the standard patch and pin.  Of course, both are centered on Wonder Woman this month.  The patch centers around the tiara and eyes of Wondy.  It looks nice and you can tell it’s the movie WW because in the comics, her eyes are blue.  The pin is of the movie logo, with “Legion of Collectors” on the bottom.

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Next we get…socks?  Yes, forgoing a T-shirt or hat, we get these Funko Wonder Woman socks.  They are dark blue with red heels and a picture of a POP Wonder Woman on each sock.  There are WW logos and stars done in a lighter blue.  They are a bit tight on me (I am size 10.5 US in shoes).  I don’t know why they didn’t go with a shirt (I’d unironically rock a cool POP WW shirt.)  Just socks seems like a let down.

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Next we get another Funko product, a Pint-Sized Heroes figure.  These look like tiny versions of their Dorbz figures.  This one comes in a blind bag, but there is only one of Wonder Woman.  It’s cute, but could be a choking hazard to young kids or dogs.

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Finally, we get to the Pops!  We get two this time:  A new Wonder Woman Pop and one of Doctor Poison.  The Wondy one is new, with a more dynamic pose than the one in the Batman V Superman line.  She is getting ready to use her magic lasso with a determined (for a Pop!) look on her face.  Doctor Poison, a character that can be traced to the early stories in the 1940’s, is in a stand-at-ease type pose, similar to the Grand Moff Tarkin Pop for the Smuggler’s Bounty Death Star box, but with her hands in front.  Her outfit looks like the one from the movie and they even gave her the half-face mask she’s been rocking in the trailers.

So, that is all that is in the LoC box for May 2017.  I must admit, I an a little disappointed with the lack of a t-shirt  The socks aren’t really my thing, but they even got a hashtag for wearing them to see the WW movie (#SockItToEmWW).  The two Pops helps to make up for the shirt, and the Pint-Sized Hero WW gives you another Funko item to try.  Still, and I will keep repeating myself, I wish they’d include more of those 3 3/4 inch Funko action figures, like the Suicide Squad ones or the first appearance Superman from March.  A movie WW in that size would have rocked, Funko.  Well, with this subscription, sometimes you get more, sometimes you get less.

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That is all for this time.  The theme for the next DC Legion of Collectors box is Batman: the Animated Series, the classic cartoon from the 1990’s that spawned the DC Animated Universe (Superman: TAS, Justice League, Batman Beyond.)  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 July 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, Warner Bros or the Kingdom of Themyscira for doing this review.  The item was purchased with my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any picture staken are for review purposes only.

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Subscription Box Review: DC Legion of Collectors- Women of DC box (Sep 2016)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Movie Review: Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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When Man of Steel came out, there was talks of how Warner Bros could do an extended movie universe with DC Comics characters like Marvel/Disney was with the Avengers.  With the previous DC film, Green Lantern tanking, they wanted to do a crossover with Superman and, by far the most successful DC Comic character ever brought to the big screen, Batman.  The result is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The movie opens with Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) witnessing the Battle of Metropolis.  As he rushes to the site of the Wayne Corp offices in Metropolis, he is helpless as the rest of the population as the event unfolds around him.  He reaches the building only to see it destroyed in the wake of the fight between Zod and Superman (Henry Cavill).  18 months later, Bruce is convinced that he is a threat and need to be put down.

Superman is having his own crisis of conscience.  With the public divided on how responsible he was for the death toll in Metropolis  and an incident in Africa, he questions whether or not he is doing any good.  He starts to take notice of Batman’s activities in Gotham, as his actions have become more violent.  Both heroes are set on a course that will see them come in conflict with each other.  The apparent mastermind behind all this is the head of Lexcorp, Lex Luthor.  His plan is to play both heroes off of each other and convince the US government that Superman is a threat.  He gets his hands on the Kryptonian ship and the body of Zod  that the government had possession of.  With that, he plans to create a threat that would spell “doomsday” for the Man of Steel, if Batman doesn’t take him down first.

The movie clocks in over 2 and a half hours but it held my attention the whole time.  There are a lot of huge action pieces as the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel come into conflict.  Affleck is a good fit as an aged Dark Knight, dark and brooding after a two decade long battle against crime.  He invokes the Batman of Frank Millar’s classic, The Dark Knight Returns, being more brutal and less likely to care if criminals a killed or injured, but still concerned with saving the innocent.  In fact, there are scenes that mimic panels from the comic, which is fitting because the film is inspired by the fight between Superman and Batman at the end of that series.

Cavill is good as a Superman who is still a man and not a god.  He makes mistakes and in the high stakes role as a superhero, that can cost lives.  He, too is manipulated in fighting Batman, but in the end lets his rage get the best of him (though Batman’s attacks doesn’t help.)  Eisneberg’s Luthor is a bit of a misfire for me.  He comes off a bit whiny, like a spoilt brat, but he does have the cruel streak that the modern Luthor has in the comics and believes that the ends justifies the means because his ego won’t let him be wrong.

The film also features Wonder Woman (Gail Gadot) in a supporting role and what ever misgiving I had about the casting (mostly because she was unknown to me) are gone now.  She plays a vital role in the end and looks amazing in the outfit, which is better than in the porn version, for a change.  Her characterization is pretty much in line with her depiction in the comics since 1987.  I cannot wait until we see Wondy in her own movie next year.

If there is one complaint, it’s that it is too dark in places.  While I like that the Man of Steel did not go for the “gee willikers” brightness of the Christopher Reeves films but felt a bit of levity wouldn’t hurt it.  With Zack Snyder and Cristopher Nolan keeping the overall tone similar to the Dark Knight trilogy,  a lot of the movie is dark and somber.  Only the scenes with Wonder Woman are there a few funny quips (“I thought she was with you?”) to break up the serious tone.  As a movie that has accompanying toy line aimed at kids, it is a bit too dark for that audience

I think that Batman V Superman does what it was intended to do, to set up a future franchise featuring multiple heroes.  Aquaman, Flash and even Cyborg appear in some form or another. with the Flash getting a speaking role, referring to event that, out of context,  may confirm Batman was right about Superman, but I think hints to Superman’s fate beyond the end of this movie.  As a Batman and Superman movie, it does its best to show what would happen if they went head to head.  It pays homage to the Dark Knight Returns series and even has elements from a certain Superman storyline in which he fights Doomsday (I’ll let you guess which one.)  I hope we get a Justice League movie out of this because more Battfleck (now my second favorite Batman after Adam West) and Gail Gadot’s Wonder Woman is a good thing.

4 out of 5

 

PS VIta Review: INJUSTICE: Gods Amongst Us Ultimate Edition

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INJUSTICE: Gods Amongst Us Ultimate Edition is a fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios (Creators of Mortal Kombat) and published by WB Interactive Entertainment.  It is an updated version of the game released earlier in 2013 with all of the DLC add-on characters and costumes included.  It was released for the PS VIta, PS3 and Xbox 360. with verson for PS4 and Xbox One released after those systems launch.  This review is for the PS Vita version.

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The heroes (and Harley) as they appear in game. This costume almost makes Harley’s New 52 get-up look modest.

The games story mode revolves around members of the Justice League being transported into a parallel word in which their counterparts have taken over the world under Superman’s direction.  The heroes must team up with that world’s Batman and his insurgency (including Deathstroke, Harley Quinn and Lex Luthor) to free the world from Superman’s One World Government, even if it means fighting those who, in their own world, would be their allies.

The story is told through fully acted cut scenes.
The story is told through fully acted cut scenes.

The gameplay is similar to the Mortal Kombat series but with some changes.  There are three attack buttons (light, medium and heavy) that do various moves with directional input and well as a power button, which is dependant on what character you are using (Batman summons flying bat drones, Green Arrow shoots a trick arrow, Flash moves fast enough to slow time, etc.) There is a super meter which is filled by doing combos or being hit.  Once charged to a certain point, it can by used to do more powerful attacks or be wagered against the opponent in what is called a Clash.  Instead of Fatalities, Injustice uses a Special attack which can be sued with a full Super meter.  This unleashes a character-specific special attack which are the most devastating attack.

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Scorpion and Lobo square off.

The game also includes S.T.A.R. Labs missions, a group of special character specific challenges.  Each follow a specific story line for each of the game’s characters and range from standard fights, performing specific moves, avoiding taking a hit or little mini-games like avoiding asteroids or shooting down missiles.  All missions start unlocked in the Ultimate Edition.

A S.T.A.R. Labs mission for the Red Son Superman
A S.T.A.R. Labs mission for the Red Son Superman

This version also includes all of the DLC for the original.  In addition to the regular 24 characters, there are 6 characters from the DLC, Lobo, Batgirl, Zatanna, Zod, Martian Manhunter and, from Mortal Kombat, Scorpion.  Each of these characters also get their own set of S.T.A.R. Lab missions.  Also included are the various character skin DLC, referencing different versions of the characters (i.e. New 52 Batman, Earth-2 Flash (New 52), Red Son Superman and Ame-Comi Wonder Woman.)  Only the Red Son inspired versions of Superman, Wonder Woman and Solomon Grundy have their own S.T.A.R. Lab missions.

Previously DLC skins like this ARROW-inspired Green Arrow skins are included and are unlocked.  Bonus for this one:  The voice changes over to Stephen Amell's.
Previously DLC skins like this ARROW-inspired Green Arrow skins are included and are unlocked. Bonus for this one: The voice changes over to Stephen Amell’s.

The game looks good on the PS Vita, although, some times the font is a little small to read on the screen.  The characters look great and the action runs smoothly.  The game controls like the big system counterparts, except that the Quick Time Events (QTE) in he story move and in the S.T.A.R. Lab missions are controlled by the front touch screen.  Again, sometimes the prompts are a bit too small for my taste.

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Green Lantern and Sinestro during a QTE .

Overall, the game works well on the Vita.  Fans of Fighting games and the DC Universe will enjoy this version.  As this is the only version on the PS Vita, it won’t be like your buying the game again just to be a completest.  It is a good choice for those who want a new fighting game for their portable system.

Green Arrow/Arrow enters his Special Attack!
Green Arrow/Arrow enters his Special Attack!

INJUSTICE:  GODS AMONGST US Ultimate Edition is available now on the PS Vita (both physically and digitally) and retails for $39.99 at most stores.  The games is also out for the Xbox 360,  PS3, PS4, and PC.  It is Rated T for TEEN.

4 out of 5