This month saw the release of the “Cantina” themed “Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty” blind box, powered by Funko. The latest “Star Wars”-inspired mystery box featured items based on the Mos Eisley Cantina scene from “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
The “Cantina” box is the third overall “Smuggler’s Bounty” offering and the first to not be tied into “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The thing about the Funko-powered “Star Wars” mystery boxes is that there are fewer Funko lines with “Star Wars” items than there are for Funko’s boxes featuring Marvel and DC Comics properties, respectively. That being the case, Funko needs to up the ante to put these boxes on par with the “Marvel Collector Corps” and “DC Legion of Collectors” services. Funko did a solid job here, playing off of one scene from the original movie and by offering two Pop! figures this time around. One thing that would have really tied this box to its theme would have been some barware, however. An official “Mos Eisley Cantina” pint glass would have put this box way over the top. Throw in some blue-colored drink mix for some outer spaces beverages, as well. Ah well, maybe for the “Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen Dinnertime” box.
That said, the “Cantina” blind box included the best t-shirt yet, possibly, out of all of the Funko-powered services. It was a Han Solo “Wanted” shirt, complete with an image and description of the smuggler as “issued by the Galactic Empire.” Given that the Cantina is where fans were first introduced to the scoundrel, it is a very fitting high value item for this box.
Recently, Funko has expanded on its variety of poses and they put that to use on the first exclusive Pop! bobble-head figure in this box. It is a robed, but unhooded Ben Kenobi with blue lightsaber at the ready with both hands grasping it. This is opposed to the newly wide released brown robed, but hooded, Obi-Wan Kenobi with blue lighsaber in one hand and down by his side in the traditional Pop! pose. Now, Smuggler’s Bounty subscribers have a Kenobi who is ready to take out Ponda Baba and Dr. Cornelius Evazan right in the middle of the Cantina. But, first, he can take a swing at the character featured below.
Since “Smuggler’s Bounty” Pop! figures are always exclusive, Funko can not only focus on the main characters every time, especially when offering two in one box, as is the case here. However, despite featuring an obscure character from “A New Hope” here, Funko managed to, also, homage some of the infamous history of “Star Wars” toys. That second Pop! bobble-head features Snaggletooth, a briefly seen patron of the Cantina. However, Funko shipped a standard Red Snaggletooth (as pictured in the Slideshow), as well as a limited variant Blue Snaggletooth. While variants in subscription boxes are, generally, more frustrating than fun, in this instance it is highly appropriate, given this character’s action figure history. In the original “Star Wars” toy line by Kenner, the toy manufacturer mistakenly issued the first run of the character’s figure in a blue outfit (as well as being at regular height). Once the mistake was realized, subsequent issuances of the figure featured Snaggletooth in a red suit and at his correct shorter height. And, as one can note here, the Red Snaggletooth Pop! is noticeably shorter than Kenobi. Kudos to Funko for working in this bit of “Star Wars” history into their “Cantina” mystery box.
Rounding out the “Cantina” box is a Funko pen with a very cute Chewbacca topper. Though, it looks like it would be, this topper is not a bobble-head. The pen itself writes pretty smoothly. And, finally, there is the standard “Smuggler’s Bounty” signature pin and patch. The patch features “He Who Was Shot First” Greedo. The pin features one of the members of the Modal Nodes, aka the Cantina band. In this case, it may have been more appropriate to highlight the Mos Eisley Cantina itself on either the pin or patch (though the silhouette is on the patch), however, these characters are certainly identified with this scene from the movie.
Smuggler’s Bounty is a bi-monthly blind box subscription service offering 100% exclusive items based on Star Wars and produced by Funko. Each box is guaranteed to have, at least, one Pop! vinyl figure and a total of, at least, $50 in retail value for $25, plus shipping and taxes. If one missed out on the “Cantina” box, they are, generally, available while supplies last to new subscribers.The theme for the next “Smuggler’s Bounty” mystery box is sure to be a crowd pleaser and has loads of potential: “Bounty Hunters.” Given the teaser image and that the “Cantina” box was from “A New Hope,” presumably, the “Bounty Hunters” box will showcase those, specifically, featured in “The Empire Strikes Back.” One would be hard-pressed to think of a more appropriate exclusive Pop! vinyl figure than a Flying Boba Fett, but that is, of course, speculation at this point. Feel free to share your speculation on the “Bounty Hunters” box in the Comments section below, as well as any thoughts on the “Cantina” box. To ensure one receives the “Bounty Hunter” box, be sure to visit www.smugglersbounty.com and become a subscriber by May 15.