World’s Finest: The Collection is a quarterly geeky DC Comics mystery box full of officially licensed DC collectibles and gear. For $48.99 per quarter, each box will have a specific theme and deliver exclusive items - including a brand new World’s Finest: The Collection vinyl figure.
This is one of the most impressive subscriptions, in my opinion, because it is well packaged, well planned, and completely exclusive. You can't buy these items on a shelf.
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World's Finest: The Collection always makes brilliant use of their intellectual property and creates a box that is a real show stopper when it arrives on your doorstep. I could see these boxes being displayed in a collector's room. This quarter's theme is "Batman Villains" and the box features an image from the Batcave of Batman's surveillance system as it watches the baddies. Inside, as usual, the box is filled to the brim with new exclusive items. There is an information card that details the items inside.
Inside the World's Finest: The Collection "Batman Villains" Box
Batman Bane T-shirt
This quarter's wearable features the cover of the Knightfall. It shows Bane breaking Batman over his knee. I haven't read the comic, so I have no idea why there is a dinosaur involved. But it is an icon cover and it looks good on a black shirt. I think it's an excellent choice for the theme of this box.
The Penguin Vinyl Figure
This quarter's vinyl figure is The Penguin. This is likely an era or variant of The Penguin that distinguishes him from other versions of himself, but I do not know what is it and I wish this was information World’s Finest: The Collection would include in its boxes. The figure is 6 inches with the base and shows The Penguin tipping his top hat and holding his iconic cane. He is one of my favorite Batman villains. So it stands to reason this is one of my favorite figures I've received.
Poison Ivy Planter
I thought this was a clever idea. A small planter that is shaped like the hand of Poison Ivy. I really like that it's a functional piece, but also makes sense, because she is a botanical babe. However, while the idea is cute, I was disappointed with its size. It's 3-1/2 inches from the index figure to the base and the hole is just over an inch wide. I'd like to see this same item a little larger, but I still, really like it. Also, my item had some random chunks in the bottom that I couldn't easily remove. Not a big deal, but noted.
Killer Croc Decal
Killer Croc is not a villain I am very familiar with, but I remember him from the Batman: Animated Series. This decal measures 6x8 inches, so it will be quite noticeable wherever you place it. I think it'd look sweet on a guitar or something. To be honest, I have the hardest time committing a sticker to something. I'd rather just collect them. This is one is huge and of a character, I don't know or identify with, so I'm going to pass this on to another fan and save myself the anxiety of deciding where to put it.
Arkham Asylum Tin Sign
Here is a tin sign made to look like a weathered sign for the Arkham Asylum, where the patients are criminally insane and often adversaries of Batman. It measures 10x7 inches and is pretty sturdy. I'm thinking about hanging this above my kids' playroom. If you don't have a permanent place for such a sign, it would also make a good Halloween decoration.
Clayface GCPD Evidence Vial
I hesitated to even open this one. It is a vial of green slime that they say is evidence from Clayface. I would think something like Play-doh would be more "clay-ish", but who am I? I will say, as a parent who occasionally has to manage kids playing with slime, I liked this one because it stayed together and wasn't sticky. On a personal note, Clayface was another favorite villain of mine from the animated series. Of all the episodes, I remember his the most for some reason.
The Joker Enamel Pin
This enamel pin is the perfect calling card. It features an old Joker logo on a playing card. It measures 1-3/8x2 inches. I like that it's on the larger side, but not too heavy. Plus it has two clasps in the back so that it stays upright. I like that it's simple, yet distinctive. Sometimes pins try to do too much and become too busy or too detailed. This one is just right.
Batman & Villains Tapestry
This tapestry is 2 feet wide and 2-1/2 feet tall and has eyelets on the upper corners. It features a very unhappy Batman surrounded by some of his most infamous adversaries. They include Poison Ivy, Two-Face, The Riddler, The Penguin, Harley Quinn, Professor Pyg, and, of course, The Joker. If the fish that the Joker is holding is notable, I am unaware. I really like this tapestry, but I have to say this would have made an absolutely killer shirt. Or maybe a nice throw blanket.
This month felt like the items were to help subscribers represent their affinity for the villains. The tapestry, the sticker, the pin, and the sign are all things you would display for others to see to let them know where your allegiance lies. I love the imagery in this box, although I could say that about each one. I enjoy the tapestry most of all. I love the image of the grumpy Batman surrounded by smiling villains. I also really dig the Joker pin and Bane shirt. I appreciate the idea of the planter but wish it were bigger. The sticker, sign, and vial did not move the meter for me but were still good additions to the box. The vinyl figure is sweet and a great addition to my growing collection. I thought this was a great theme with great items since a lot of fans identify or sympathize with the antagonists.
Let's Talk About Value
At $55.99 ($48.99 + $7 shipping), you are paying approximately $7 for each of these eight 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, I think the total price for all these items 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.
To Wrap Up
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the Winter 2021-22 box, which ships in December.
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