By: Derek Ng
Loot Crate, Nerd Block (and it’s other iterations), and so many others have started this “mystery-subscription unboxing” craze. The Marvel Collector Corps have sought to tap this market by providing exactly what every Marvel fan wants: all Marvel exclusive items. How does the first package stack up? Let’s unbox the mysteries together!
The Package Arrives and it’s huge!
Right off the bat we get two items, a patch and a pin.
Continuing with the unboxing, we reveal the other hidden goodies.
When Marvel and Funko started this service, they announced an exclusive Funko Hulk-Buster. This was the main reason I (and many other fans) subscribed…and this thing is amazing! Just look at the size and detail!
The other teased exclusive vinyl figure is a Dorbz Ultron. Very cute, but pretty small compared to regular Funko figures. An odd choice to have Ultron, too, because he looks so innocent.
The shirt comes in 4 different designs. I got Thor, so I’m assuming that the other options were Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man.
Finally, the last item is the exclusive variant to Guardians Team Up #1 by Art Adams. This cover is great, but this comic had NO BAG OR BOARD! What the heck, Marvel? You’re a comic book company, I expected a bag and board from you! Luckily my comic came in a very fine-to-near mint condition, but I can definitely foresee problems.
Lastly, I just want to point out the beautiful design of the box. It’s covered with comic book panels, which makes me want to keep the box as a storage unit.
So was the Marvel Collectors Corp worth the large amount of money? The Marvel Collectors Corp sells for $25 and, with shipping, cost me $35. The box is advertised to have $50 worth of merchandise. Using list prices for these items, let’s see the value of this box:
- Ultron Patch – $4.50 (average price of Marvel patches of similar size)
- Captain America Pin – $3.99 (average price for Marvel pins of similar size)
- Guardians Team-Up 1 – $3.99
- FUNKO Hulk-Buster – $19.99
- Dorbz Ultron -$8.95
- Avengers shirt – $14.99 (an average between a $10-$20 shirt)
The overall value comes to $56.90 by my estimates. Comics of similar nature can sometimes go for up to $10, so this value could increase depending on the printing of this issue. I wouldn’t expect the value to go anywhere above $10. The Marvel Collectors Corp is definitely worth the value for the FUNKO Hulk-Buster. While I enjoyed every item, the Hulk-Buster definitely set high expectations. Only the future will tell if Marvel and Funko can continue to pump out great merchandise…but I think all future boxes will have very similar items. Don’t expect a whole lot of variation.
Derek is comic book fan like none other. You can follow him on Twitter.