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.

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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.

 

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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.

PS4 Review: Disney Infinity 3.0- Star Wars Saga pack

Disney Infinity 3.0
Disney Infinity 3.0

Disney Infinity is an open world/sandbox action-adventure game developed with Avalanche Studios and published by Disney Interactive.  It is a sequel to the original Disney Infinity game and Disney Infinity 2.0. The game is available on multiple platforms  including PC and iOS devices.  Like the other two, it required the purchase of figurines and “Play Sets” to gain more characters and levels..  I am reviewing the PS4 Saga Starter Bundle, which included the game, the Twilight of the Republic and Rise of the Empire playsets and a exclusive Boba Fett figurine.

Twilight of the Republic follows the Clone Wars cartoon.
Twilight of the Republic follows the Clone Wars cartoon.
Boba Fett takes on all comers!
Boba Fett takes on all comers!
Rise of the Empire tells a very abridged version of the Original Trilogy
Rise of the Empire tells a very abridged version of the Original Trilogy

The basic game has been improved from 2.0.  The game starts with several quick scenes from the various properties (Star Wars, Inside Out and a racer starring Mickey Mouse) and leads into the new and improved Toy Box Hub.  Here you can  use any Infinity character to go through tutorials and challenges such as racing, platforming combat and, how to use your sidekick.  Sidekicks are AI characters that follow you around and help out in combat.  You can use them to get to certain areas or you can equip them with weapons and items that grants them abilities to hep you, such as healing or invisibility.

Side kicks can help you in you Hub and your Toy Box adventures
Side kicks can help you in you Hub and your Toy Box adventures

Once you open up all the areas in the Hub, you can go back and play different challenges.  The Hub doesn’t stay quiet those as enemies send to spawn and come out of the combat zone, attacking the townsfolk.  Occasionally, a Star Destroyer will appear and you will have to get in a X-wing and destroy a wave of TIE Fighters.  You also can build your own personal space called an INterior, decorating it with various picture and items you’ve unlocked.

You can create a home  in the Hub called the INterior.
You can create a home in the Hub called the INterior.
Sometimes you will need to take to the skies in an X-wing to defend the Hub from the Empire
Sometimes you will need to take to the skies in an X-wing to defend the Hub from the Empire

The Playset work the same as the last two games,  Old playsets do not work on the new game and only characters the setting of the playset will work wit them.  Only Anakin, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan and Yoda will work with the Twilight of the Republic set and only Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie work in the Rise of the Empire.  Cross over coins are back, allowing other Star Wars characters play in those levels, but, unlike last time, all characters in the franchise can play in either Playset as long as you find their particular cross over coin (Boba Fett’s is located by the Saarlac in both playsets, by the way.).

You will need to find her cross over coin to allow Sabine Wren to play in either Star Wars playset
You will need to find her cross over coin to allow Sabine Wren to play in either Star Wars playset

There are additions playsets as well.  In addition to the Inside Out set currently and the Force Unleashed set coming out in December, there is something called the Toy Box takeover playset, where Syndrome (from the Incredibles) stealing Mickey’s magic wand and taking over the Magic Kingdom.  Every character is playable in this Toy Box as you fight bad guys from the various properties, including Marvel and Star Wars.  There is also a Toy Box Racer and a 4 player Marvel Battle Arena coming out later.

Boba Fett vs. Pirates in the Caribbean.
Boba Fett vs. Pirates in the Caribbean.

Of course, there is the Toy Box itself, an sandbox in which you can create your own level.  Community created content is back and toy boxes created in previous versions and uploaded can be re-downloaded again.  You can create levels that allow any character or ones that only a specific one  There is tons of levels available and once you unlock different building sets with blue sparks earned in game

Some user created levels are for specific characters.
Some user created levels are for specific characters.

All previous Disney Infinity characters are playable in the Toy Box.  With the exception of all the Star Wars characters (who are unlockable, if not immediately playable in/ both sets) and the Inside Out characters in their set, all the new figure are only usable in the Toy Box or Toy Box Takeover.  I would have like to see a Playset for the Star Wars Rebels characters or one for Tron 3.0, but I’ll have to settle for ones created in the Toy Box

Boba Fett!
Boba Fett!

Disney Infinity 3.0 is a definite step in the right direction.  Having more to do in the Toy Box lets players use their favorite character, even if they are from different properties (which would be great for kids)  The Toy Box takeover was good idea, but I feel it should have been built into the game  With LEGO Dimensions promising (and delivering) crossover between various brands, 3.0 seems a bit lacking, but still offers a decent, all-ages Star Wars experience to tide you over until Episode 7.  Or Star Wars Battlefront, at least

4/5

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Let it go.

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