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Unboxing: Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty ‘Rogue One’ Subscription Box

We’re getting closer and closer to the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but before we sit back and transport ourselves to the sandy beaches of Scarif, subscribers of the popular Smuggler’s Bounty box first have to enjoy this month’s exclusive contents.

When news of November’s Rogue One theme surfaced back in September, I instantly made an account and placed an order, since this is the first Smuggler’s Bounty box to really capture my attention.

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This month’s offerings include:

  • One pin
  • One patch
  • One t-shirt
  • Two Pop!s
  • One Mini Hikari figure
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Captain Cassian Andor of the Alliance is featured on the exclusive Rogue One patch! (Aurebesh Text: “Smuggler’s Bounty”)

Upon opening the box, you see two objects: the K-2SO pin and the Cassian Andor embroidered patch. While I am very ecstatic to own an exclusive Cassian Andor patch, it’s disappointing that the depiction of the character is far from accurate, especially in skin tone.

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K-2SO is an enforcer droid formerly of the Galactic Empire’s armed forces! He was reprogrammed by Captain Cassian Andor to serve the Alliance! (Aurebesh Text: “Smuggler’s Bounty”)

The enamel K-2SO butterfly clasp pin is one of my favorites from the box, and it makes me wish there was a pin for each main character from the movie.

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Lord Vader is the first Mini Hikari ever made by Funko and he comes in silver, blue, red, black, and gold.

The Mini Hikari figure of Darth Vader is my least favorite object from the box. I know Darth Vader will be in Rogue One, but I would have much preferred if this particular Mini Hikari figure was of another character. Also, since Funko makes other products, it would have been great to have seen a Rogue One character mug or plush, especially since there are two other figures in the box.

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Putting behind a checkered past by lending her skills to a greater cause, Jyn Erso is impetuous, defiant, and eager to bring the battle to the Empire. Used to operating alone, she finds higher purpose by taking on a desperate mission for the Rebel Alliance!

Back in September, StarWars.com spoke to Funko’s Senior Product Designer, Reis O’Brien, about the line of Rogue One Pop!s as well as the two figures included in this box.

Looking at the pictures of Jyn in her costumes, I just sort of got this feeling that she was the type of person that shook things up, maybe had a touch of attitude. So I tried to show that in something as subtle and seemingly unimportant as a lean onto one hip. And honestly, that’s about as much as you’re going to get out of a Pop!, which by nature are very rigidly posed. But we’re starting to push that more and more and experiment with action poses and whatnot, so I imagine that we’ll be able to show more personality in future figures.

Although the interview gave fans a great insight into the design of Star Wars Pop!s, it completely removed the element of surprise.

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The Smuggler’s Bounty exclusive Death Trooper stands in a unique pose and is decorated with an ammunition belt packed with explosives!

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I love the Rogue One t-shirt, but it’s sad not to see Bodhi Rook and K-2SO in the mix. Here’s hoping Bodhi appears in a future wave of Star Wars Pop!s.

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In summary, it’s a box filled with great and not-so-great goodies. I think the patch and the Darth Vader figure were the low points. The Pop! figures would have been a great surprise had they not been revealed in September. Lastly, I love the t-shirt, but it’s only available in unisex sizing and it’s a shame that women’s sizing isn’t an option.

If you’re interested in signing up (currently available only to customers in the United States and Canada), each box is $25, or if you want to go all the way, a year’s subscription is $150.

As for me, I don’t see myself buying another Smuggler’s Bounty box anytime soon, unless it’s Star Wars Rebels or Star Wars: The Clone Wars themed.

Did you get the November box? What are your thoughts on what was included inside? Share them in the comments below.

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Content creator of The Wookiee Gunner and Geeky Bubble. Contributing writer for Jedi News, Fangirl Next Door, and Fashioned for the Geek. Podcasts: @RebelsChat, @GalacticFashion, @Team_Kanan, and @StarScavengers. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

1 Comment on Unboxing: Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty ‘Rogue One’ Subscription Box

  1. My favorites boxes to date were The Force Awakens box and the Jabba’s Palace box. Both came with something unique that was not simply a unisex t-shirt (these have all become overpriced pajama tops for me for lack of anything creative to do with them) or a Pop! Vinyl–although these were included, too. The Force Awakens box came with a C-3PO mug, which was neat! The Jabba’s Palace box not only came with a mug (featuring Jabba’s glorious face and lolling tongue), but a baseball cap! I do understand Pop! Vinyls will be prominently featured as the boxes are a creation of Funko, and the pin and patch are staples that I look forward to with every box, but save for those two boxes out of an entire year’s worth of subscription, I am disappointed. For around $37 (including shipping), I keep expecting the box to have more variety. The past three boxes have all been accidents of my simply forgetting to cancel the subscriptions.

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