Sunday, July 30, 2017

What's in the Box?!?: July Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty

Time once again for the Funko Star Wars Smugglers Bounty box! This month’s theme is Droids. I’ve always loved the droids from the Star Wars Universe; some of my favorite characters from the movies and shows include BB-8, R2-D2, and Chopper. Artoo even features on the outside of the box. So this was a theme I was particularly excited about.

Upon opening, we see the pin and patch for this month.

The patch is a nice rendition of C-3PO. It’s not as clear in this photo as I would like, but it’s got highlights in metallic gold thread.

Most fans will probably recognize this month’s pin as a Separatist battle droid. However, my wife and I choose to believe that it’s Roger, from Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, another of our favorite Star Wars TV shows, along with Rebels and Clone Wars.

For the second box in a row, we do not get an insert card. While not a huge deal—that’s not what I’m paying for with this box—it’s kind of disappointing to not get the behind-the-scenes info about the box contents.

I had heard that this box included a t-shirt and two Pops, and that the t-shirt was one of the best ones the folks who do the Funko podcast had ever seen. I think they may be right; it’s a really nice depiction of the Pop! versions of R2-D2 and BB-8 projecting the holographic map to Luke Skywalker’s location. It’s a very detailed illustration, and doesn’t have quite the same cartoony look of other Pop! t-shirts (much as I love those).

Of the two Pops, one had already been revealed in advance: C-3PO (Unfinished). 

Once again, this Pop! shows just how far Funko has come in terms of the level of detail they are able to incorporate into these figures. I don’t know if this version of the character was on anyone's wish lists, except for the most complete of completists, but it looks really cool!

The second Pop! is R5-D4, the droid Artoo sabotaged in order to get Luke’s uncle to purchase Artoo instead. I think the Kenner action figure version of this droid may have been one of the earliest “minor/background character” action figures I added to my collection, which would have been yet another milestone marking the border between fan and fanatic. So this particular droid has a significant place in my memories.

The Pop! version of this droid displays a really nice paint job, making it look nicely weathered. It also—I think—introduces a new innovation for Funko’s astromech Pops: a genuine bobblehead. All my R2-D2 Pops are more like bobble-boddies, with the legs connecting to the bodies with springs. Here, the actual head is the springy part, without it being unnecessarily extended. 

And… that’s it for this month’s box. There’s no card to share, but Funko has announced the theme for the next box will be Jedi. They’ve done Yoda Pops, they’ve done Mace Windu, and they’ve done Ahsoka Tano. I don’t know what to expect from them in terms of Pops this time. Maybe a Clone Wars era Obi-Wan or Anakin? We’ll see.

No Pop of the Week this week, because it’s all Funko this time around. However, I have a giveaway! I have an exclusive chrome Captain Phasma Pop! to give away to the first person who asks in the comments.

See you next week!


    Can it be mine?!
    That unfinished 3PO Pop is just super cool.

    1. Absolutely! I just got the perfect box to send it in, too. (This is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/BG Amanda, right?)

    2. That's me! YAY! I will DM you my address