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 "Teen Titans" and the box features Nightwing soaring through the city. 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 "Teen Titans" Box
If you were a fan of last quarter's box, you may like this villainous hoodie. This wearable features Deathstroke, the archenemy of The Teen Titans. The hoodie is gray with dark gray sleeves, pockets, and hood. There is a logo on the front left breast and a complimentary orange zipper. On the back is an image of the man himself looking down from a rooftop and his name in orange font beneath. I am not well versed on Deathstroke or The Teen Titans at all, but that doesn't change how cool this hoodie is.
Note: As an aside, DC Comics World's Finest Collect has not yet once sent me the same size wearable two quarters in a row. This is my sixth box and I've only ever received my size once.
Nightwing Vinyl Figure
This quarter's vinyl figure is Nightwing. He stands ready holding his twin Eskrima sticks. He looks like he's about to kick some butt. This figure is around 6 inches tall, including the base. This is likely a version of Nightwing from a certain era, which I don't know and I wish World's Finest would include some information with the items of their subscription. For those of you that don't know (like me ten minutes ago), Nightwing is Dick Grayson, who you might know better as Robin, The Boy Wonder. After joining The Teen Titans and to distance himself from Batman, Grayson retired Robin and became Nightwing.
Raven & Beast Boy Art Print
At the bottom of the box is a sick print of Raven and Beast Boy leaping into action. The print is 6-3/4 x 10 inches and on what I am going to call medium stock paper – not super thick, but not as thin as printer paper. The printing itself, however, is incredible. It's crisp. It pops. It's like it's straight from the pages of the comic ... and may well be. I liked that there are plates and utensils flying about, like this moment in action has interrupted their or someone else's dinner ... and that may well be. I'm surprised they don't do more art prints since it lends itself so well to comics. It's something they should look at doing more in the future ... and may well be.
Beast Boy Socks
Speaking of Beast Boy. If you've ever wanted to look more like him, here is your chance. Included in this box is a bright green pair of toe socks. They look like the character's skin with a red and white stripe at the top. I thought having individual toes was a nice touch, considering the character. All in all, a cute idea.
Raven Color Changing Mug
I just got my first heat-reactive mug in the August box from Geek Fuel. I was a big fan and I think this one is even cooler .... er, hotter? This one features Raven leaping away from an explosion. When you pour something hot in the mug, the explosion lights up, which is actually a nice touch, since it rises from the bottom sort of like an actual explosion. Something I always pay attention to is the quality of items like this. No matter how much I like the idea, I still want it to be a good quality mug, which it is. This would be a perfect addition to a comic book fan's morning routine.
Teen Titans Bento Box
It measures 5 x 8 inches and features an image of The Teen Titans jumping into action on the front. Two arms fold up to create handles and flaps that lock the box on each side. Inside, there is a white tray that sits over a container with three compartments. It's pretty standard as far as bento boxes go, but I like them trying to incorporate new and different items. Especially, since I can now use my bento box with my brand new ...
My father's family is Japanese, so I've known how to use chopsticks for as long as I can remember. I was pretty stoked to be getting some new chopsticks. They are 7 inches long and dark blue plastic. They come with a rubber Nightwing logo that holds the chopsticks and helps you use them. My only complaint is that people who know how to use chopsticks don't need the helper, which then negates why this item is cool. And the chopsticks themselves are just OK. I like the idea and there will be lots of people who appreciate it, but in this case, I would have preferred a badass set of nice, Nightwing/Teen Titan chopsticks.
Starfire Gen Pin
Most of the boxes I've received included a pin of some sort. This quarter's pin is Starfire's gem pin. I'm not sure what the gem is, does, or signifies. To be honest, I'm not even sure if she wears it around her neck or belt. Maybe it changes? The pin is more than 2 inches across and has two clasps in the back. It's not very heavy, but it is still unwieldy. Personally, I am not a fan of this pin. It's big and nondescript. Perhaps a Teen Titan fan would recognize it and appreciate it, but I am unfortunately not that person. I am, however, glad they tried to get a different character in the box that wasn't Raven, Beast Boy, or Nightwing.
I am always learning with this subscription, but I was the most out of my depth with this box. I would consider this my least favorite box out of the six I've reviewed, but that would likely be because I know next to nothing about The Teen Titans. Regardless, I think World's Finest: The Collection did another great job that is sure to excite true fans. In fact, I know a guy that will be over the moon to receive these items. So maybe he'll find some in this stocking. While I wasn't the right guy for this box, some of the items still rocked and some fell short. I thought the hoodie, figure, and mug were cool. And the print was my favorite part of it all. The bento box and chopsticks were a nice touch but were underwhelming for me and the gem pin didn't move the meter for me at all. While I wasn't knowledgeable on the source material, I really appreciate DC Comics showing love to all its amazing intellectual property and not just relying on Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. There are a lot of Teen Titan fans gleaming with joy this time around.
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 Spring 2022 box, which ships in March.
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