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Jabba’s Palace Smuggler’s Bounty Subscription Box by Funko

July 22, 2016

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I am not a big-time Funko POP! figure collector, and frankly I sometimes think they’re more popular than they really have a right to be. But I did originally sign up for the Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box, since I thought the idea of an all-Star Wars subscription service sound cool, and it was supposed to include a variety of merchandise, rather than just POP! figures. I reviewed the first two boxes on my YouTube channel (Box #1, Box #2) but I decided after the second box that I didn’t want to continue. They were a bit too POP-focused for me, and I also felt you didn’t get quite enough stuff in each box to warrant the price. But then they announced that they were doing a Jabba’s Palace-themed box for July, so of course I had to sign back up for that one.

Each of these boxes comes with a pin and a patch that match the theme, and this was no exception. The pin is of a Gamorrean Guard and the patch features Leia as Boushh, along with a small picture of Jabba’s Palace.

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The biggest item in the box, and my favorite item for obvious reasons, was a Jabba figural mug. The head is based on the Jabba figure from the Walmart-exclusive 3-pack. They had previously included a C-3PO mug in one of these boxes, and I’ve seen other characters at Target. But I’m glad that they made a Jabba — this is actually the first figural mug of Jabba that has been made.

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Most of these boxes have included T-shirts, but this one included a hat instead. That was disappointing since I had been looking forward to an awesome POP-style shirt with Jabba on it. And I don’t understand why they picked this hat in particular. It features C-3PO and the message “Programmed for Etiquette.” Kind of an odd hat, really, and doesn’t seem to fit with the Jabba theme at all.

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Another item that is a bit of a stretch (theme-wise) is this Boba Fett plush. It’s pretty nice, but there is no shortage of Boba Fett plushes. Why not make something more appropriate for Jabba’s palace?

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Finally, the POP! figure is also a bit of a letdown. It’s specific to Jabba’s Palace, but since it’s R2-D2, I think they could have easily sold it as a normal release. Why not give us one of the more obscure Jabba’s Palace characters that we might not otherwise get? It’s a nice figure, although the name “R2-D2 (Jabba’s Skiff)” is inaccurate. R2 was on Jabba’s sail barge and not the skiffs.

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Overall, I would say it’s a bit of a disappointment, but only because it seems like there were some missed opportunities here. The items they did include are reasonably good, though.

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I also did an unboxing video of this, which you can view below.

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