Skip to main content

Blindspotting On Blu-ray Combo Pack Now

#StarWarsSmugglersBounty Review: January 2017

January's Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box strikes a win with this month's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!

Review by Matt Cummings

As 2016 ended on the Star Wars/Funko alliance known as Smuggler's Bounty, it was clear the sub box line had learned some big lessons, mixing heavy disappointments with stellar submissions. Even with an awesome November, we were curious to see if January would make it 2-for-2, or whether the line was in for a turbulent 2017. I can happily report that January's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK theme is filled with a very good wearable, a nice plushie, and one of the best Pop! figures we've ever seen.

Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • 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.

  • Again, this month's theme is THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, which Mark Hamill once described as a "gut punch" of a story, revealing a deeply-held secret between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, while Han Solo faces an uncertain future as a prisoner of Boba Fett and Jabba the Hut. In the meantime, check out our unboxing below and we'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:

    Winners
    We had seen the preview of the Tauntaun in November's box, but we weren't sure just how big the box would be. This one is clearly the largest box ever for a Funko/Pop! sub, which immediately filled us with hope. Our enthusiasm was tempered by a distinct rolling sound inside the box, which luckily revealed no damage. Once again, SB provides us with awesome-to-good quality, although the theme is 36 years too late. No matter: we start with the pin/patch set, which includes Lando Calrissian and Yoda. To be honest, this is the weakest part of the box and one of the weakest P/P sets we've seen. The problem here is likeness, with Yoda looking like a hippie and only Lando looking anything like the actor played by Billy Dee Williams. And while there's no shirt here, the socks are wicked cool. I will be immediately adding these to my wardrobe. The Stormtroopers look great, and the black background means that the dye will hopefully last for awhile. Whether they stay up is another matter entirely.

    Once the theme and image of the Tauntaun was revealed, it was clear that we would not be receiving a shirt, unless the socks and plushie were nixed. In some ways I wish that would have happened, but with the arrival of this figure I can certainly forgive them. Quite simply, it's the best figure we've ever gotten from these oft-monthly lines, a stunning reveal that shows just how in command Funko is in bringing these icon figures to life. Although the pictures don't do it justice, the Tauntaun has sculpted fur and sits on a platform to keep it stable. That would have been enough has we not gotten the Han Solo with it. He's just as beautifully sculpted, showing off detail in his utility belt as well as in his fur-lined coat. I can't speak enough about how incredible this figure is, and I doubt anyone will say otherwise.

    Losers
    The Wampa plushie is nice but entirely throw-away. I'll be adding this to my resale pile, not because it's of poor quality but because it's rather pedestrian and therefore not worthy of my time. Maybe my cats would like it...Not a win, but more of a PUSH.

    A Terrific Introduction to the Movie
    Delivering on its promise of TIMING and QUALITY, Smuggler's Bounty ushers in 2017 with a very good EMPIRE STRIKES BACK box, featuring one of the best Pops! we've ever received. Add DEATH STAR and ROGUE ONE to the mix and you see the trend line moving up. And with REBELS on the horizon for the next box, we couldn't be more excited about its prospects.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below:
    MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
    May
    June
    August
    October
    December
    February
    April
    June
    August
    October
    December

    DC LEGION REVIEWS
    May
    July
    September
    November


    SMUGGLER'S BOUNTY
    January
    March
    May
    July
    September
    November January

    Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.

    Comments

    Popular posts from this blog

    Giveaway: @SwissArmyMan Prize Pack

    In celebration of Swiss Army Man opening this Friday, we were provided with an Awesome giveaway for our fans out there.



    See how to enter after the Jump...

    Prize pack will include a large Manny beach towel and a tote bag



    Email us at giveaways@sandwichjohnfilms.com
    Subject-Swiss Army Man
    Name & mailing address

    Outrageously fun and deeply affecting, Swiss Army Man is a gonzo buddy comedy that is the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the visionary “Turn Down For What” video, among many others). Bursting with limitless creativity in both form and content, Swiss Army Man goes from the absurd to the emotional to the whimsical to the profound and back again.

    Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends…

    Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See CREED II In PHOENIX

    Enter For A Chance To Win Pass To See CREED II on November 19th at 7:00 PM in PHOENIX.

    Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.
    Are You Ready?



    CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

    https://www.creedthemovie.com/
    Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/creedmovie/
    Twitter-https://twitter.com/creedmovie
    Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/creedmovie/
    #Creed2

    In theatres November 21

    SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY.

    Enter For A Chance To Win Pass To See GREEN BOOK In ALBUQUERQUE

    Enter For A Chance To Win Pass To See GREEN BOOK on November 19th at 7:00 PM in ALBUQUERQUE.

    Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures' Green Book. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

    When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a …