Smuggler’s Bounty unboxing: Jabba’s Skiff misses Leia


Funko’s second Smuggler’s Bounty box with Amazon is an improvement over the first in terms of quantity of items, but still misses out on a key moment.

The Cloud City Smuggler’s Bounty box from Amazon and Funko came with a decently cool Movie Moment in the form of Boba Fett escorting Han Solo in his slab of carbonite to his ship, but other than that, it didn’t come with a lot of items and felt like a letdown. The second go-round is the latest box, which centers on Jabba’s skiff from Return of the Jedi.

Although it comes with more items, it doesn’t feel like it really captures some of the more iconic bits from the entire sequence, which is an ongoing issue with the Smuggler’s Bounty boxes as a whole.

Let’s dive deep into each item individually. First off, we have a luggage tag featuring Boba Fett:

Boba Fett luggage tag from Smuggler’s Bounty. Smuggler’s Bounty via Funko/Lucasfilm. Photo Credit: Cheryl Wassenaar

Unfortunately, this item is something of a repeat, as there was a Commander Cody tag in the Revenge of the Sith box. That might seem like a while ago, but there really haven’t been many boxes since then. However, this tag does capture the movement of Fett using his jetpack, and it would certainly stand out on a luggage carousel. This writer will be sticking with her Darth Vader helmet tag, though.

Jabba the Hutt Mystery Mini from Smuggler’s Bounty. Smuggler’s Bounty via Funko/Lucasfilm. Photo Credit: Cheryl Wassenaar

What’s a Jabba box without the gangster himself? Brought down into miniature form, the Mystery Mini captures Jabba’s odiousness well, including by having his tongue stick out. To be fair, Funko could have gotten even more gross with it, so we almost have to applaud the restraint here. Jabba is also usually a little darker green on the outside; here, he’s practically neon.

“Toothpick holders” from Smuggler’s Bounty. Smuggler’s Bounty via Funko/Lucasfilm. Photo Credit: Cheryl Wassenaar

Funko would like us to believe that these are “toothpick holders.”

They are also the correct size to be shot glasses. Just putting that out there. Anyway, they feature R2-D2 and Salacious B. Crumb. If you use the latter, you should probably do an impression of his awful laugh while using it. It seems only fitting.

Finally, this box has not one, but two Pop! figurines. Considering that the last box had one large Movie Moment, this is some nice variety. (Also, they’re easier to get out of the box.)

Skiff guard Pop! Smuggler’s Bounty via Funko/Lucasfilm. Photo Credit: Cheryl Wassenaar

Pop quiz: What is the name of this guard?

Answer: It’s Klaatu!

Seriously, this is my main criticism. This is a pretty obscure character, and while I understand that Smuggler’s Bounty prides itself on having exclusives, this is a bit of a disappointment. In the strengths department, though, it has some really good work on the model in terms of texture and paint job.

Lando Calrissian Pop! Smuggler’s Bounty via Funko/Lucasfilm. Photo Credit: Cheryl Wassenaar

Here he is. Lando Calrissian, the man, the myth, the legend, in his disguise as a guard in Jabba’s palace. Is it probably the one thing everyone expected when this theme was announced? Yes. Do we care? Absolutely not. You can still even see his mustache, which helps evoke the sense that this is a terrible disguise, which it absolutely is, even in Return of the Jedi.

Smuggler’s Bounty via Funko/Lucasfilm. Photo Credit: Cheryl Wassenaar

All in all, this is an okay, if not good, Smuggler’s Bounty box. It’s not a favorite, but it does have a mix of items, a few surprises, and some well-done Pop! figurines. The lack of Leia hurts it, since she does play such a role; would we have complained about two Movie Moments in a row, with Leia and Luke swinging off the skiff, perhaps? Probably not.

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