World’s Finest: The Collection is a quarterly geeky DC Comics mystery box full of officially licensed DC collectibles and gear. Each quarterly box will have a specific theme and deliver exclusive items - including a brand new World’s Finest: The Collection vinyl figure.
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About World's Finest: The Collection
The Subscription Box: World’s Finest: The Collection
The Cost: $48.99 + $7 shipping per quarter
The Products: 8-10 exclusive items including apparel accessories, homewares, and a unique vinyl figure.
Ships to: The U.S. for $7, Internationally for $25-$30
World's Finest: The Collection - Flashpoint Review
The box arrives with an information card that details the items inside. Everything you see in this box was made exclusively for World's Finest: The Collection.
Thomas Wayne Batman Raglan Tee
This quarter's big wearable item is a long sleeve tee with the Thomas Wayne Batman logo. The shirt is mainly charcoal grey with black sleeves in a raglan design. It's 60% cotton, 40% polyester, and feels great. There is a small "World's Finest" logo near the bottom. If you're like me, you're wondering who Thomas Wayne is and why is he Batman. Well, the theme of this box is "Flashpoint," which is the name of a DC Comics arc that takes place in an alternate reality. In this alternate reality, Bruce Wayne – the Batman we know and love – was killed instead of his father, Thomas, who then is the one who takes up the Batman mantle. I've been reading about it and it sounds pretty interesting. I may have to check this series out.
Thomas Wayne Batman Vinyl Figure
If you were wondering what Thomas Wayne as Batman would look like, you're in luck. This quarter's vinyl figure shows us what the t-shirt logo looks like on the man himself. The figure is about 7 inches tall, including the base. His suit is gray with a red utility belt. The gloves, boots, and cape are black, as is the base. Somehow Bruce's father is an even moodier, brooding Batman. According to the Wiki page, he is indeed more ruthless and happy to kill any criminal that gets in his way. One more reason to read the Flashpoint comics.
The Flash Speed Force LED Desk Light
I'm learning a lot this quarter. The Speed Force is the energy field that gives Flash (and all speedsters) his power. In Flashpoint, it is actually Flash using his powers that creates and fixes the alternate reality. Here we have a LED-lit desk lamp of Flash using his speed force. It stands around 8 inches tall, including the base, and is powered via USB. It has an on/off switch in the middle of the cord. I like it but found it curious that it uses a USB connection. I think for most of us that would mean plugging it into our computer and then it just feels like it's competing with the computer screen. It does work while my laptop is closed and using a converter plug to use in an outlet worked too. I think it could also make a nightlight if you tape over the base a little where the LED lights shine through brightly.
The Flash Hat
Unfortunately, my noggin has always been too big to wear ball caps. It's really a shame because I like the logo, the red, and the simplicity of the item. For you normal-size-head, ball-cap-wearing, just-to-keep-the-sun-out-of-your-eyes people, this is a nice item. Although I could do without the "World's Finest" logo on the back, I guess that's what makes it exclusive. I like that the tag on the hat calls it a "dad cap."
The socks are mostly black with gray accents at the top, heel, and toe. Of course, there is a Cyborg logo. It's DC Comic's after all. Over the top of the foot, it is designed to look robotic with some glowing red dots like Cyborg's eye. They are a polyester, elastane, nylon mix and come over halfway to my knee. Kind of like a formal fit. I'm 5'9". I thought these were a cool idea. A clever way to mix the comics with a functional item.
Comic Cover Pin
I'm always a sucker for pins. This one is of the cover of the first issue of the Flashpoint arc. It measures 1-1/2 by 2-1/4 inches and is a little heavy. It's a little too unwieldy as a pin and would have benefitted from a second clasp in the back. The pin itself is well printed and very detailed, but there is so much to see. If someone had this on display, you'd have to squint closely to appreciate the art. I had to search for it to see what was going on and think this would have been better as a poster. In terms of a Flash pin, I think I would have just preferred a simple logo pin but that wouldn't be very exclusive.
I also have a Speed Force. It's called coffee. As I'm writing this, I'm surprised DC Comics doesn't have its own Justice League-themed coffee. Batman would be the dark roast. Wonder Woman would be Amazonian. Flash would have extra caffeine or something. So on and so forth. It writes itself. This mug features images that are printed on a piece of paper that is in the insulation void of the mug. I'm not sure where the images come from, but I think it's safe to assume they're from the Flashpoint comics. The bottom actually screws off. If you are so inclined, you could print your own photos and put them in there. As a mug, it is OK. Pretty simple. It's thinner than most I've had and just barely holds 16 oz. If you're not particular about your travel mugs, this one will fit nicely into your routine.
My education continues. A challenge coin is traditionally given to prove membership and to enhance morale or presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. Think armed forces, but they can be made for just about anything. The coins got their name because members had to carry them at all times and oftentimes there would be a penalty for failing to produce them at a moment's notices when challenged. And here I thought it meant to challenge someone to a game of heads or tails.
The coin is 1-3/4 inches in diameter and quite hefty. Like an Eisenhower Dollar, it seems gold plated (?) and features Aquaman and Wonder Woman from the Flashpoint comics. The box it comes in says Aquaman is heads and Wonder Woman is tails. I've always been a sucker for coins and think this one is really neat. However, I am unlikely to carry this with me at all times. So no challenges, please.
Verdict: When I initially heard this quarter's them was "Flashpoint," I was expecting every item to be Flash-themed. After watching Zach Snyder's Justice League, I was so ready for all things Flash. Little did I know I was in for such an education in DC Comics. I thought this box did a great job in including all the usuals, even though the story revolves around The Flash. I'm having a hard time deciding between the shirt and desk light as my favorite item. So I'm not going to decide. I like both those items the most. I also really like the figure, but all other things being equal, I'll always choose the item that is functional. The socks and hat were cool, but not for me personally. So I will pass those along to someone who will appreciate them. The pin and mug were just OK, but again, at least the mug has a function. Lastly, the coin is pretty cool. I might keep it in the kitchen in case my wife and I need to coin flip for who gets to pick dinner. Overall, I'd have to say this is my least favorite of the three boxes I've reviewed, but I'm still very impressed by the depth of DC Comics' vault and how they incorporate it into collectible items.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the "Justice League Summer" box.
Value Breakdown: At $55.99 ($48.99 + $7 shipping), you are paying approximately $7 for each of these 8 items. Remember these are official and exclusive. So I think that adds some value to the items. If you could buy these items in a store, the price tag would be much higher. So, if you think you'd enjoy a majority of these items, you want DC items that many people don't have, and you like the surprise of receiving a big box delivered to your door every three months, this would be a good subscription for you or the comic book fan in your life.
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