The Funko Smuggler’s Bounty boxes for May 2017 shipped this week. There was considerable buzz for this 40th Anniversary box among collectors – especially after the big reveal that Luke Skywalker with Speeder was going to be the deluxe POP! included.
My box arrived safely this morning and I couldn’t wait to see what else was included.
First off, the box was supersized and larger than the box for The Empire Strikes Back and the Hoth Han Solo deluxe figure. The artwork of Princess Leia was suberb on the box but sadly that was her only representation in this box. It was a huge missed opportunity. My hunch is that this box was in production much prior to the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher. I’ll give Funko the benefit of the doubt.
Upon opening the box, I was greeted by the traditional patch and pin securely glued to the top flap. I’ll give high marks to both the patch (X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker) and pin (Chewbacca).
After opening the top flap of the box, that is when the disappointment set in. There was the already confirmed Luke Skywalker deluxe POP!, but the other inclutions were underwhelming to honor the 40th Anniversary of A New Hope. That being said, the deluxe POP! makes this box worth the purchase price alone – especially fans of Luke Skywalker.
Who salted first?
The Han Solo and Greedo salt and pepper shakers were a missed opportunity. I would rather have received a coffee mug that I would actually use. And the sweat bands? I really don’t get that at all. I don’t know many people who wear sweat bands period, let alone Star Wars branded ones.
175 Luke Skywalker with Speeder
All else is forgotten though – because this deluxe POP! is top-notch. I’m mostly a boxed collector when it comes to Funko, but even I can appreciate the level of detail in Luke’s landspeeder. It is also nice to see paint weathering on a vehicle from Funko. My hope is that the continue making similar combinations in the future. As I noted above, this POP! is worth the price the box this month alone.
Overall, I’d give this box a passing grade. While I’m ecstatic about the Luke Skywalker, the other inclusions missed the mark. A lot of collectors seem to be let down that there was not more tributes to the 40 years of Star Wars. You can’t always get everything you want, but overall I’m pleased with my purchase this time around.
If you would rather leave the unboxing to the professionals, Yoko & Cameron of Funko did a video here: