The premiere box for the brand new “Smuggler’s Bounty” subscription was themed around the “First Order” – the successors of the Galactic Empire. Although the box had a little bit of fluff in it (a lanyard…really?) I was more than happy with the stormtrooper t-shirt, the chrome Captain Plasma Pop! and the variant Tie Fighter Pop! The first Star Wars box powered by Funko was great, in my opinion, so I was definitely excited to see what would be in the “Resistance” box. Let’s check that out, shall we?
“BB-8” patch and “Poe Dameron” pin:
Straight out of the gates on these boxes is always a patch and pin set that commemorates the theme of the box. In some of the “Marvel Collector Corps” boxes the design on the patch and pin has been the same, but so far with the “Smuggler’s Bounty” boxes they’ve all been different. This time around the patch features our new favorite little bubbly droid, BB-8, and the pin garners the face of the Resistance’s flying ace, Poe Dameron.
Approximate value: $5 for the patch, $2 for the pin
“Resistance” Funko Pop! character t-shirt:
As I mentioned in the video, I know that some people aren’t into Funko Pop!-like characters being on t-shirts, but I personally think they’re actually pretty cute. This particular t-shirt features a bunch of Resistance characters and a couple of ships, and though it’s a little busy I really like it. I especially love Han and Chewie hovering over the new guys in the background there.
This shirt also could have come in four colors: black, blue, grey, and a kind of bluish-grey. I would have been happy with any color, but I’m glad to have not gotten black just because so many of these subscription box t-shirts come in black and it’s nice to see a little bit of variety.
Approximate value: $15
“C-3P0” Pop! Home mug:
I knew this was going to happen eventually, because I got a Pop! Home mug in my Collector Corps as well, but that doesn’t really soften the blow. These mugs are not awful (although, as I mentioned in the video, apparently not very functional), but they’re just not my bag. Maybe several years go before I had a kitchen full of grown-up dishware I would have made better use of them, but these days they just aren’t my thing.
That said, I will admit that it’s pretty cute how they made the “arm” of the mug red like 3P0’s replacement arm in the movie.
Approximate value: $15
“Chewbacca” exclusive ‘flocked’ Funko Pop! vinyl figure:
And here, as always, is the part of the box that really makes it for me…an exclusive Funko Pop! figure. This month it is our good friend Chewie (side note: my adorable daughter insists on saying “ChewBACCA”) and he is flocked for our pleasure.
Okay, forget I said that last part that way. >.>
Point being, this is a nice little addition to my Star Wars Pop! collection. I don’t have a lot of flocked stuff, and if there’s a Star Wars character that you’re going to want to be fuzzy, it would definitely be Chewie. Other than the furry overcoat, he’s pretty much the same as the basic “The Force Awakens” Chewie Pop!, but the fuzz is plenty for me to be happy. ^_^
Approximate value: $20
Approximate total value of box: $57
Approximate total cost to me: $50
Okay, so as always we have to talk about the value versus the cost, and it’s an annoying part of the conversation at the moment because the Canadian dollar is currently so low. That means, whereas “Marvel Collector Corps” ran me about $40 when I first signed up for it, “Smuggler’s Bounty” is currently costing me about $50 per box, and that obviously makes the overall value of the box feel lower. $57 would feel a lot nicer if the box had cost me $40.
However, you do have to take into consideration that everything in these boxes is exclusive to the box, so the “value” is actually in the eye of the beholder. I always assign everything a standard price based on my experience, but that doesn’t mean that that’s really what the item is worth. For instance, I figure an exclusive Funko Pop! is worth about $20, but depending on how few of them are around and how many people want them, they could be worth less or a lot more. Right at this moment Pop Price Guide shows this Chewbacca for $25. Tomorrow it could be $50. Next month it could be $75. The month after that it could be down to $10. So really, you can’t put TOO much stock in these numbers. Everything has to be worth what you feel it is worth.
And that’s a good thing, because I love Pop! figures and I’m enjoying the shirts, so those things make the high cost of the box a little more acceptable to me. I definitely still wish it was lower, but for a huge Star Wars fan and a Funko Pop! collector, I still think it’s worth it, and aside from the mug I still enjoyed this box.
What do you guys think? Thumbs up, or thumbs down? How do you feel about the shirt? What do you do with all these patches and pins? Please share!