When it was announced that Funko's Smugglers Bounty box for May would be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, I got really excited. As a fan of these boxes and Funko, my mind raced with the possibilities of what could be included in the box. This had the potential to be the best box they have done or ever will do. They showed off the Pop that would be inside at Celebration, and then teased us with the size of the box itself on Twitter leading up to subs closing on it last week. So, did it live up to the hype? Watch my unboxing below, and then we will go over the contents below:
So, yeah, overall kinda meh. Lets look at the contents in more detail.
The patch and pin this time are not too bad. The Chewbacca pin is cool, who doesn't love Chewy? The patch this time is also a step up from the Zeb patch last time, I love Luke as an X-Wing pilot, so anytime I can get that it makes me really happy. When you open the box, the most curious addition are the pair of Star Wars sweatbands included. I am pretty sure Funko is not introducing a line of athletic wear, and that makes these a weird thing to include in a box of exclusive Funko items. Plus: after I filmed the above video, one of them already stared to come apart. I am not really sure why they went this way.
Next is another inclusion from their line of Pop Home products, Han Solo and Greedo salt and pepper shakers. The quality on these is pretty great, but they are ceramic and I can see them breaking pretty easily. I still use the Jabba coffee mug I got a few boxes ago, but these I probably will never take out of the box again.I don't use a lot of salt or pepper in my house, so I just don't have a use for them. I am sure other people will, but it is hard to get excited about an item you won't use.
Lastly is the Pop for the box. This is the one they showed off live on the Star Wars Show at Celebration, Luke Skywalker in a landspeeder. This is a great piece, I have nothing bad to say about it. The speeder itself is sturdy, has an excellent paint job with the weathering elements, and the sculpt is spot on. It invokes memories of the vintage Kenner speeder just by looking at it. The vehicle is screwed into the desert base as well, so there are no worries if you want to display out of box. The Luke figure inside does not come out, but he also isn't supposed to. It is also a bobble-head, but that does not hamper this thing one bit. The only way this could be any better is if it was even bigger and had Obi-Wan riding next to him.
And that is it. That is the whole box. Look, I get it. the Pop alone at the store since it is a deluxe would be about $40 and this box cost less than that with shipping, so you are getting a great deal on a great Pop here. But, for this being a celebration of the 40th Anniversary and everything, this box sure feels incomplete. I get that the Pop is huge, but sweatbands? When they could have included a new lanyard or more Pop socks? And why no t-shirt? The Pop Home stuff is cool, but for such a big box I was expecting it to be blown out to epic proportions. That being said, the Pop IS amazing, maybe the best they have ever done for Star Wars, and it is a must-own.
The next theme is Droids, and that will be the July shipping box. My box did not include the usual teaser sheet, but you can pre-order that box right here. I would say look for plenty of C-3PO, R2-D2, Chopper, and K-2SO. Hopefully no sweatbands though.