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Monday, May 23, 2016

UNBOXED: Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty - "Bounty Hunters"

Another month, another subscription box as the newest Smuggler’s Bounty arrived over the weekend.  This month’s theme is Bounty Hunters and after a very strong box two months ago, the expectations were a little high for this one.  Was it worth the subscription price?  Hit the jump for my thoughts!

As per usual, the box begins with a patch and pin celebrating this month’s theme.  The pin features Bossk, one of my favorite tertiary characters in Empire Strikes Back.  The patch features Boba Fett and might be my favorite patch so far from Smuggler’s Bounty.  I still have no idea what I’m doing with these, but I’m sure they’ll look good on the back of your denim vests for your nerdy motorcycle gangs.

This month’s t-shirt is very reminiscent of the Villains box a few months ago from the Marvel Collector Corps, featuring schematic type drawings of the various bounty hunters of the Star Wars universe.  The gold printing looks great on the navy shirt.  Unfortunately, for the third month in a row, my shirt was completely missized.  While I know that there will be some slight variation from shirt to shirt, according to Funko’s size chart, this one’s measurements are about two sizes smaller than it should be.  I’ve contacted customer service and hopefully they can resolve this because the shirt itself is pretty awesome.

The main event of the box are the two Pop Vinyls included.  The first is variant of Boba Fett, this time in a flying pose.  The flames from his jetpack hold him up in a launched position, which looks spectacular.  I already have the standard Boba Fett figurine from one of the early series, but this one completely blows that out of the water with its great action pose.  My only complaint is that the usual black base is replaced with an extension of the flames, with the Star Wars logo awkwardly pasted on.  It really isn’t that big of a deal, I’m just a nut for uniformity.

The second figurine is the deadly assassin droid IG-88.  The detail on this figurine and his two blasters is really incredible.  They could have glossed over a lot of his smaller parts without an issue, but instead they present him pretty accurately. The figure itself is a little taller than the standard Funko, but still fits with their design scheme and will look great on any shelf.  

Overall, I have to say that I’m pretty pleased with this month’s box.  The shirt has an awesome design and both of the exclusive Pop Vinyl figurines were awesome.  The back of box art featured an as-yet-unseen 4-LOM figure, so he could be a chase replacement for IG-88 but I have yet to see that surface online nor have I seen any variants for the shirt.  While I’m disappointed that we did not see any Dengar in the Boba Fett-heavy box, there isn’t much that I can actually complain about on the items we did receive.  While this is a little light (only three real items), especially compared to the recent Collector Corps, I’m still really happy with it and I’m calling it a solid win.

Looking ahead, the July theme for Smuggler’s Bounty is sticking with the original trilogy for Jabba’s Palace.  This should be a really interesting box given that there are so many characters in the Return of the Jedi scenes that take place there.  We’ve already seen Pop Vinyls for Jabba (two variants), Leia in both slave and bounty hunter gear, Luke, the Rancor, Gammorean guards, Salacious Crumb, and Bib Fortuna.  If I had to wager a guess, think we’ll either see a member of the Max Rebo Band or Han enclosed in Carbonite as the Pop in this box.  My dream pop would be R2D2 in bartender mode from Jabba’s sail barge, but somehow I don’t see that happening.

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