Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty- Death Star (September 2016)

Once again, Funko has released the next installment of its Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box.  This month’s theme is the original bad-ass killer space station, the Death Star.  Will the contents live up to this reputation?  Let’s see.

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The box is what we have come to expect from the line, with its black, white and red colour scheme.  Darth Vader is the featured character  on the box since his memorable duel with Obi-Wan was on the Darth Star.  Maybe we’ll get a new Vader pop to go with the Obi-Wan from a few boxes back?

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Inside the box, we get our standard pin and patch .  We get an awesome Darth Vader patch and an original storm trooper pin.  Both look good and fit in the them of the box..  Nothing surprising, but not disappointing.

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Next is the T-shirt.  After two month of non-pop themed shirts and a hat last box, it is nice to get a shirt with Funko-ized characters.  As you can see it features Vader and Kenobi facing off in a theme designed to look like an old boxing match announcement.  I like the “Battle on the Death Star” announcement.  This has to be my favorite shirt (that I got) thus far.  I doesn’t look like there are variants this month so everyone who got the box will have this one.

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We also get a luggage tag.  It is Death Star shaped with a tag to write you address showing on the back.  It is kind of cool, though it would not go well with most of my luggage I take while travelling.

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And, finally, we get to the Pop vinyls.  As expected, we do get a Darth Vader as well as a Grand Moff Tarkin, who was in overall command of the first Death Star.  Vader is in a new pose, with his light saber lowered and his left hand stretched out, perhaps doing a force choke.  Tarkin (or as I like to call him, The Moff) is standing at ease, with his hands behind his back. The card included with the box noted that the Moff has a unique head sculpt, with sunken cheeks to have him look more like the character.  Both of them are great additions to my collection.

Overall a pretty solid box.  It was like on the extras but it delivered us two solid Pops so it balances out.  It can’t all be Jabba-sized boxes, right.  The shirt is what made the box for me.  Funko has kept my interest with this subscription and I hope they continue to do so.

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Smuggler’s Bounty will ship again this November.  The next box will be based on the upcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One and features a specialized Storm Trooper of some sort on the box.  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for the Rogue One box is 15 November, 2016.  May the Force be with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty- Jabba’s Palace Box (July 2016)

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Funko has sent out the next Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty box earlier this month.  July’s theme for the box is Jabba’s Palace and, befitting to such a…large character, this month’s box is the largest in size so far.  But does the content inside constitute a large haul this month?  Let’s take a look.

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As we open the box, we see the standard pin and patch we get with all of Funko’s subscription boxes.  Keeping with the Jabba’s palace theme, the pin is of a Gamorean Guard, the green pig-like men that guard the palace, and the patch is of the bounty hunter, Boussh, who turned out to be Leia in disguise.  The character for the pin is fitting, but you’d think Bib Fortuna, Jabba’s majordomo, would be a better pick for the face of Jabba’s Palace, but Boushh does look cooler.

This month’s box comes with a card (which I’ll show at the end, as not to spoil the reveals) that shows the concept art and the planning of the various objects in this month’s box.  This month is the premier of two new items that will launch some new product lines from Funko.  The first is…

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….Funko’s Pop Plush!  Boba Fett here is the first of a line of licensed plushes done in the Pop style. I believe Funko may have done something similar in the past (called Fabrikations) but this have more of a “Beanie Baby” feel to them and are (probably) smaller.  Still, two Boba Fett items two months in a row?  I call that a win.

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The next item is Funko Pop Tops, a line of hats.  Taking the place of the T-Shirt this month, we get this back and yellow hat with a picture of a Funko C-3PO head with “Programmed For Etiquette”, you know, since 3PO is a protocol droid and can serve as a translator.  The hat is adjustable and made well.  It is a good change from a T-shirt, but I hope it is just a once in a while thing.

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You can’t have a Jabba’s Palace box without something with Jabba’s slimy mug on it, there’s a Jabba mug (see what I did there?)  We already got a mug in the second box (The Resistance Box) of C-3PO, so another mug is fine.  This can be used for your morning coffee if you wish, just have it on your desk as a conversation piece on why you have so many Star Wars things on your desk. You might convince someone to sub.  Funko should have some sort of referral plan…

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a Funko box without a new Pop inside.  We get a R2-D2 (Jabba’s Skiff) pop of our favorite astromech serving drinks for the Hutt.  The pop is of a all-new design for R2-D2 and will be reused on future astromech Pops.  For those who already have an R2, this might be underwhelming, but for those who don’t have one yet, this would do nicely.

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Martini, shaken, not stirred.

So that is this months box.  I can honestly say, I am not disappointed in this one.  The new products are great and it is nice to get those special items in this subscription.  The aforementioned card tells a bit about each item.  There are no variants in this month’s  box,  so no one got a cooler hat than you this month.

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Smuggler’s bounty will ship again this September with the Death Star box.  The insert in this month’s box shows the box with Darth Vader on it.  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for the Death Star box is 15 September, 2016.  May the Force be with you!

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Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Bounty Hunter Box (May 2016)

Funko has released the May 2016 edition of its Star Wars-themed Smuggler’s Bounty Subscription box. Their newest box celebrate the Bounty Hunters, some of the coolest-looking yet criminally underused characters in the Star Wars movies. Let take a look inside to see what we get this time!

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This month’s box is what we have come to expect from the subscription.  This month, a FUNKO-ized Boba Fett is featured on the box.  Since he is the most recognizable bounty hunter in the Star Wars series, it is appropriate for him to feature on the box.  Who else would they put there?  Bossk?  The Star Wars logo is featured as well, without the “The Force Awakens” subtitle like the last few boxes.  That was a minor nitpick I had with the Cantina box, so it’s good to see that FUNKO is changing things up.

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Under the lid we see our standard club pin and patch, reflecting this month’s theme.  The pin features the reptilian bounty hunter, Bossk, who has all but three seconds of screen time, but was fleshed out in the books and in the Clone Wars cartoon.  The patch is rightly everyone’s favorite clone son of Jango Fett, Boba Fett.  There is even the Mandalore symbol on the patch too.  I’d like to see a Mandalore themed box in the future, perhaps with some characters from the Clone Wars cartoon and Sabine Wren from Star Wars: Rebels.

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The next thing is the T-Shirt.  This time we get some awesome art of various bounty hunters from the Star Wars universe, including Boba Fett (of course).  The art features descriptions of the gear and weapons of each of the featured characters.  It is good to see that the shirts will vary in art style from box to box.  While the ones featuring FUNKO-ized characters are good, some straight-up Star Wars T-shirts is nice to have.

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Now for the main draw of this subscription box, the FUNKO Pops!  We get two of them this time and both are extra special.  We get the killer robot, IG-88 and, of course, Boba Fett!  I’m sure there would have been an outcry if one of the Pops weren’t old Boba here, but FUNKO delivered.

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IG-88 is a brand-new Pop created for this subscription.  He (or “It”) had not had a Pop released up until now.  His unique  look will make the figure stand out amongst your other Pop vinyls as his head is much skinnier.  Still, the sculpt captures the look of the character perfectly.

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Boba is unique too as his stand is built in to the sculpt.  He is in a launching pose, with the fire and exhaust from his jet pack serving as the stand for the figure.  This is a perfect pose for the character, as it shows how awesome the character could be, if only he wasn’t defeated so easily in Return of the Jedi.

This has been my favourite box so far in the Smuggler’s Bounty subscription.  The Bounty Hunters looked awesome to me as a kid and Boba Fett is my all-time favorite, if only for the fact he was a mail-in figure I got as a kid and the comics and books I’ve read and the games I played with him make him seem like a bad-ass.  There was not little item like a pen or lanyard this time around, but the overall awesomeness of this month’s offering made up for it.

Smuggler’s bounty will ship again in July with the Jabba’s Palace box.  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for July’s box is 15 July, 2016.  May the Force be with you!

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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