We are back with our second Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box review! For July, the fine folks at Funko have gone with the theme “Jabba’s Palace”, and this has been one box I’ve been waiting for.
Since these premium style subscription boxes come every other month, they cost more than the typical monthly box at $25 (closer to $33 after shipping and taxes), but, more noticeably, tend to have roughly three times the anticipation built up by delivery. From my experience so far in my membership with the bounty, each time a box shows up, I’ve either been anxiously awaiting it or have completely forgotten about it by the time it arrived. Either way, I’ve been as giddy as a schoolboy when I find it waiting on my porch, and this month was no different.
So, without further adieu, let’s go through what’s inside this month’s box!
Pin and Patch
As always, upon first opening the Smuggler’s Bounty box you are greeted with the month’s patch and pin. While trivial to most people, these items are always the first to establish the theme (apart from the artwork on the box), and these ones do a great job. The pin features a Gamorrean that you may or may not remember as the one being eaten in Jabba’s rancor pit right as Luke made his appearance. The patch displays a bounty hunter by the name of Boushh — or is it Leia in disguise? We’ll leave that up to you.
Jabba the Mug
As we’ve seen in previous bounties (and in the Marvel Collector Corps), a character mug makes an appearance. Donning the likeness of the one and only Jabba the Hutt, this wide mug is stackable with others that you may have, allowing you to make the ultimate totem of coffee mugs!
Personally, I don’t drink coffee, and these mugs are more of a vanity item for me, so I cannot vouch for their qualities as a mug, but it’s good looking and Star Wars, so I like it a whole lot, and so will you, I bet. I mean come on, he’s got his tongue out, how adorable is that?
Star Wars POP TOP
A newer item that Funko has starting put out hats as a part of their growing clothing line. Cleverly named “POP TOPs”, these hats are of surprising quality (sturdy build, nice stitching). This particular one is black and yellow with C3PO and the words “Programmed for etiquette” on the front. ‘3PO’s head is in the typical POP fashion with the exaggerated size and trademark style, but the hat itself looks quite attractive, and is likely to be a hit with hat wearers everywhere. The one downside here is that this hat doesn’t come fitted, and while I can appreciate the fact that snapbacks are coming back into style, I prefer my hats to have a fitted, full back. Hopefully they will offer this feature online at some point in the future, if these take off.
Boba Fett PLUSH
It seems that last month didn’t offer enough bounty huntin’ for Funko, so they gave us a little more. A small plush Boba Fett has found his way into the box this month, and all I can say is keep ’em comin’! Boba Fett is definitely one of the most popular characters in the universe, and including him in the box is a surefire way to please fans. One thing to note is that this doll is actually the first in a new line of plush dolls from Funko called PLUSH. I’m interested in what they do with these, and I’m sure my daughter is going to make my bank account suffer when she is old enough to want her favorite movie characters in the plush format.
There’s not much else to say about this little guy, so moving on to….
So, let’s be honest for a moment here. People subscribe to these boxes primarily for one reason, and that is the exclusive POPs figures. You love them, I love them, they drain our wallets and make us way too happy. This month’s POP is our favorite little R2 unit from Jabba’s Skiff.
Part of the Star Wars line, and numbered 121, this pop shows R2 with some extra adornments. It’s a dang good looking POP figure, and I’m very much glad to have it in my collection.
So, the question begs to be asked — is this subscription worth it for the price.
If you are a diehard POP collector and love Star Wars, this is the place to be. Currently the eBay price for the R2D2 POP is the same as the box itself (although it should settle down soon, as this is likely inflated for timing). However, if the POP figure itself isn’t worth the ticket price for you, the fact is that we are getting two Funko firsts — the Star Wars POP TOP and the PLUSH –which is pretty interesting.
Then again, if you take a look here and aren’t squeeing just a little bit, then you need to – A. reconsider what you are doing with your life because Star Wars is the best, and B. maybe look into a different subscription box, because this is the perfect one for a fan of the series.