Subscription Box Review- Star Wars: Smuggler’s Bounty

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Subscription boxes have been very popular these past years.  Companies like Geek Fuel, Loot Crate and NerdBlox have been selling boxes full of pop culture items, collectables and t-shirts for a reasonable monthly price.  Quite often, these boxes feature items from Funko, a company known for it’s line of collectable vinyl figures.  Funko has its own line of boxes, one being a Marvel Comic subscriptions themed one and the other features Star Wars.

Called Smuggler’s Bounty, it is a bi-monthly (every two months) subscription box that promises to have a exclusive t-shirt, Funko pop vinyl and items unique to the line.  They promise that the subscription is 100% exclusive with “no fluff, no filler.”  Let’s take a look at the box to see if that is true

Open the lid!
Open the lid!

Like the Marvel Collector Corps box, you get a special patch and pin revolving around the month’s theme.  This Month’s box is The Force Awakens, though it mainly focuses on the First Order, the successor to the Empire.  So the patch is a Tie-Pilot from the First Order.  The pin is of Kylo Ren, the Sith-wannabe that seems to be the big bad of the new movie.  Both are pretty cool and are definitely unique to the sub.

First Order Tie FIghter pilot patch
First Order Tie FIghter pilot patch
Kylo Ren pin
Kylo Ren pin

Next is a unique T-Shirt featuring a character in the Funko style.  There are 4 different t-shirts that you can get.  There is Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma  a First Order Storm Trooper and a Snow Trooper.  This is the Storm Trooper:

Artillery Strom Trooper
First Order Storm Trooper

 

The next items in the box is a lanyard.  It has picture of various type of  the new Storm Troopers in the Funko style.  What more can you say about a lanyard?  Take a look.

This is it.
This is it.

Sure it is fine.  Sure it is unique.  It just seems like filler in a box that promised no filler.  I’m okay with it, though.

The dog's not impressed, though.
The dog’s not impressed, though.

 

The real feature of this sub are the Funko Pops.  You get two Pop Vinyl bobble heads in this month’s box.  The come in special packaging indicating the are Smuggler’s Bounty exclusives.

Pops
Oooh, shiny!

The Tie Pilot one have two different versions, one with the red stripes on the helmet, or one without.  How rare one or the other is, I do not know.  The difference is purely cosmetic with the box art reflecting the version you get.

 

TieF
Tie Pilot

 

The other figure is of Captain Phasma, the shiny storm trooper squad leader(?) played by Gwendoline Christie.  The figure is made of a shiny plastic to better resemble her in the movie.  There has been some bloggers that had a defective figure with parts falling off, but I had no issues.

Phasma
Very shiny

The subscription box cast $25 US every two months.  I do think it is a good deal if you’re a Star Wars fan.  My excitement for the box was partially fueled by the upcoming movie.  Whether or not I will feel the same after December 18, only time will tell

Smuggler’s Bounty’s next box will ship end of January.  The next theme is The Resistance  and there are taking orders until 1r January 2016.  There are bi monthly subscription (pay for each box as they come out, cancel anytime) or a 12 Box commitment (pay now, get the box for the next two years!).  Check out https://www.smugglersbounty.com/ for details.

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Author: xcalibar25

One man on a never-ending quest against mediocrity.

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