And now it’s time to move onto something new…BRAND new, as it were! This is the first ever “Smuggler’s Bounty” box, coming at us from Star Wars and Funko. Just like the Marvel Collector Corps box, this box is powered by Funko and will be filled with nothing but Star Wars items, which is just perfect for me!
I was super-excited to get this first box, so let’s go ahead and check out the big reveal:
“First Order” patch and pin:
Just like with the Collector Corps box, it looks like each Smuggler’s Bounty box is going to come with a collectible patch and pin that is designed around the theme of the box. For this first box the patch features a Tie Fighter pilot, and the pin features Kylo Ren.
Approximate value: $5 for the patch, $2 for the pin
“First Order Stormtrooper” shirt:
There were four different possibilities for the shirt, just like with the first Collector Corps box: you could have gotten a Stormtrooper, a Snowtrooper, Kylo Ren, or Captain Phasma. I would have liked Kylo or Phasma, but I’m still happy with my Stormtooper, modeled after the Stormtrooper Pop figure.
Approximate value: $15
“The Force Awakens” lanyard:
What is it with lanyards? My husband and I were talking about this after I opened the box, and we’re both genuinely confused as to why lanyards seem to randomly pop up in every nerd subscription box. That said, this item does feel like cheap filler to me, but I will use it just because I actually do wear a lanyard at work, so why not wear a Star Wars one?
Approximate value: what are lanyards worth…about $5 maybe?
“Captain Phasma” Pop figure variant in chrome:
I LOVE this Pop, no two ways about it. I’ve got the original Captain Phasma Pop from the Force Awakens line that came out not too long ago, and I love that one too, so it’s pretty sweet that I now also have this chrome-colored one that is exclusive to the Smuggler’s Bounty box. Two thumbs up!
Approximate value: a regular Pop goes from anywhere between $10 and $15, but because this one is exclusive to the box I’ll give it at least $20.
“Tie Fighter Pilot” Pop figure, special 1-in-5-chance variant:
I didn’t know this when I first opened the box, but apparently the normal Tie Fighter Pilot Pop (which is still exclusive to the box, by the way) is flat black, and subscribers had a 1-in-5 chance to get the “Special Forces Red” chase, which has red stripes down his helmet. I’m super-excited that I happened to get the special one, but I’m also kinda PO’ed at the makers of the box for pulling this nonsense again like they did with the Collector Corps. I love the exclusive Pops, and that’s why I subscribe to the box, but it frustrates me that people can be buying the box and still not get the special Pop because they’re doing these multiple versions and “chance to get” things. Not cool, in my opinion, so I just wanted to mention that.
Approximate value: this guy is blowing up in value with collectors because of the fact that he’s rare, but for the sake of valuing the box, I’m just going to stick with the $20 for an exclusive-to-the-box item.
Approximate value of the box: $65
Approximate cost to me: $50
So the value of the box seems to be pretty much on par with the Collector Corps ones, which is good to see since it’s costing me so much with the Canadian dollar the way it is right now. That said, I do feel like the value could be a little higher, simply because the lanyard feels like a cheapy item to me.
Also, while I absolutely appreciate the fact that there were two exclusive Pops in this box (and that one of them is a chase, at that), I do actually kinda prefer when there’s one Pop and a bunch of other stuff in the box, just because it makes it feel like I’m getting more, as compared to this box which is basically two Pops and a t-shirt.
Either way though, I’m definitely happy with this first box, and I think I’m going to enjoy Smuggler’s Bounty just as much as Marvel Collector Corps (at least, I better for the money it’s costing me!).
What do you guys think? Was the first Smuggler’s Bounty box a hit or a miss? What was your favorite item? Least favorite? How do you feel about this 1-in-5 chance at a chase thing? Please share!