Subscription Box Review: Star Wars: Smuggler’s Bounty: Cantina (March 2016)

FUNKO has released the newest installment of the Smuggler’s Bounty Subscription Box.  This installment’s theme is the Cantina, the space bar in the “most wretched hive of scum and villainy” of Mos Eisley,  from the original Star Wars movie.  Here is a run down of all the Star Wars goodies you will get in this box.

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The Cantina box

The box itself is the standard Smuggler’s Bounty Box that we’ve gotten so far.  This time the box features Greedo ,who is best known for his confrontation with, and untimely demise at the hands of Han Solo.  The box still says “The Force Awakens,” even though Greedo (or anyone like him) doesn’t appear in that movie.  That’s okay because I remember as a kid, they’d reissue old figures from the previous movies on a card with the newer movie’s logo.  So, precedence?

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As with all of the FUNKO subscription boxes, you get a pin and a patch matching that box’s theme.  We get a patch, featuring cover alien (and murder victim) Greedo  and a small picture of Mos Eisley.  The pin features and alien the Cantina  band, known  by Star Wars die-hards as Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes.  Also note the message on the top has been changed, no longer saying this is you first share.  It’s a minor thing, but shows attention to detail.

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Next in the box is a pen.  FUNKO has a line of pens featuring Funko-ized characters from their various licensed properties.  As you can see in the picture, we get a Chewbacca pen, with a little Chewbacca Funko Pop! at the end.  The mini-POP is not (easily) removable, at least without destroying the pen.  I like this better than the lanyard we got in the first box.  I actually have use for a pen.

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Next is the shirt.  There are four shirts going around featuring Imperial wanted posters for various smugglers.  The best of these (in my opinion) is the Han Solo one, because is the most recognizable.  Other’s include, Ponda Baba, a.k.a the Walrus Mna, a.k.a. the alien that Kenobi crippled in the cantina, a Hammerhead alien (Ithorian, according to the Star Wars wiki) and Muftak, a Talz pickpocket and burglar.  As the picture shows, I got Muftak.  All the shirts are black  with each design having a different colour.

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Now for the real prize of this box, the POP! bobble heads.  We get two this time and we did see them in the cantina in Episode 4.  First is Ben Kenobi (using the name he used while hiding from the Empire because, apparently, “Kenobi” is the Star Wars equivalent of “Smith.”)  He is different from the previous release of Kenobi, with the light-sabre at the ready.  The second POP! is called Red Snaggletooth, referencing both the character in the movie (you see him reach up and get a drink at the bar) and the characters toy in the Kenner toy line.  There were two versions of Snaggletooth:  The first was in a blue version of its outfit and was as tall as the human characters, which was inaccurate.  They released a corrected version in the next wave, shorter and in a screen accurate red outfit.  Whether or not there are subscribers who got a Blue Snaggletooth, or FUNKO plans to release a blue version, I don’t know.

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So this was a good box in my opinion.  I like the shirt and that they didn’t make the characters look like their POP version.  Those shirts are good, but it’s nice to know that they won’t all be like that.  I can see me using the pen (at home because I don’t want to lose it)  and the POPs are displayed with the rest of the POPS my wife and I have.

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The Smuggler’s Bounty subscription page is www.smugglersbounty.com.  You can still order the three boxes already released or sign up to get the next one, scheduled for May 2016.  The next theme is Bounty Hunters, so chances are , there will be at least something with Boba Fett on it.  Deadline to subscribe is May 15, 2016

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Author: xcalibar25

One man on a never-ending quest against mediocrity.

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