The ultimate case for the ultimate super-hero franchise: The Avengers! This is the start of an epic (and no doubt lucrative) silver screen journey by Marvel Studios, sure to span a few decades. I was already a fan of Iron Man and the Avengers as a child in the 1980s. I was extremely excited when Iron Man finally made it to the big screen, and even more so when the 'after-credit teasers' hinted at all these heroes coming together for an unprecedented team-up! I must say that Kevin Feige (one of the masterminds behind Marvel Studios) is a genius. Now on to the box set itself. The actual case is of a decent design. A bit more cartoony and gaudy compared to the original design used in the movie. The original case being designed by that greedy luggage company that should remain nameless. Needless to say, I have never bought anything from that company, and now will actively avoid them. There is a little button on top of the case that makes the SHIELD logo light up when pressed. The interior lights up as depicted in the picture when you open up the case, then automatically shuts off when closed. The LED lights are powerful and give off an eerie glow. Well done in the effects department. The Tesseract is cool but a little cheap-looking. I would have preferred something a little more translucent to mimic the object in the movies. This one is opaque-white. It has two levels of flashing when you tap it against your palm. Note: you need to tap quite hard! I thought it was broken initially because I was tapping too gently and nothing was happening. The fake circuitry and buttons in the case also looked a little cheap, but it's adequate for the money. The reproduced 'classified files' on each of the characters is where I am impressed. They contain near-perfect replicas of newspaper clippings, ID badges, photographs, research documents, drivers licenses, schematics of the various heroes in all 6 movies. They are a perfect compliment to the movies! I especially enjoyed the application forms, rejection letters, sketches and photos of Steve Rogers from the Captain America movie. There is even a 'top secret' special sealed package for the latest SHIELD recruit (that would be you) to open up and decipher. If and when you figure it out, you will have the privilege to uncover additional classified data! Not too difficult to figure out, so I won't give it away. I thought this was a neat touch. And they didn't include instructions to spoon-feed it either. It's a genuine find-the-clue exercise. For those who complain about the quality of the materials used for the actual case: this is where the money was spent. And it was worth it. Many more hours of enjoyment beyond the movies. My only gripe is that the blu-rays are housed in cardboard sleeves. The artwork and designs on the sleeves are actually well-done, but I would rather the discs be protected and secured in proper plastic cases. It feels kind of unfinished that so much effort was put into designing and producing all the various pieces for the set, only to have the discs in cardboard. Overall I would still have to give it a 5 star rating due to the impressive extras, but if the discs had proper cases and the Tesseract were better-designed, it would actually be PERFECT!
- How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Nice overview of the product.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate enough. Could use a bit more detail as to the extras included in the set.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Overall quality is high. The only complaint being the cardboard sleeves used to house the blu-ray discs. They could use actual plastic cases.
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes