Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The cost for a Month to Month is $25 (plus S/H), or $150 (plus S/H) for a one-year subscription.
You get one box every other month, with SB promising $50 in value and no fluff.
If you choose the Smuggler membership (yearly), you are promised an additional gift on your anniversary. Guess which one we chose.
Sporting a theme of THE RESISTANCE, this box highlights some of the good guys from the mammoth The Force Awakens. BB-8 and Poe Dameron stand front and center with other veterans like C3PO. But you'll soon see, one item in particular borrows heavily from a recent MCC box. And we're not happy. We'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:
Smuggler's Bounty delivers a solid but unimpressive effort, copying many elements from other boxes and only doing some of them well. With fewer items comes greater expectations that those items will deliver. So when we get a C3PO mug that's an obvious rip off from another box, it's hard to consider the whole to be a win.
Still, we'll take it, with several excellent items including a great shirt and exclusive Chewie. But it's clear that the no-fluff promise isn't holding up, which means Funko had better come out with something nasty for March. We still think these ever-other-month boxes are the way to go, but let's see if we feel that way after the next set arrives. In terms of quality and timing, we're still on the side of The Resistance, although The First Order dealt a mighty early blow.
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The Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box sparks familiar (and disappointing) themes.
Review by Matt CummingsAs we've chronicled for you over the past year, geek subscription boxes have been mired in a whipsaw that see quality and timing take a consistent beating. One month it's the extraordinary, the next we're wondering why we bothered. Few have consistently presented their best face, with Marvel Collector Corps and Star Wars rising to the top. But as we saw with this month's Smuggler's Bounty, some contents are starting to repeat themselves. Before diving in, let's review the details: