– by Joe Gardner –
I return with another subscription unboxing. This time it is the Funko Star Wars box, Smuggler’s Bounty. The theme this time around was Jedi. Let’s review.
First out of the box are the patch and pin (above). The pin features the somewhat insectoid looking Jedi, Plo Koon. The Star Wars wiki, Wookiepedia (heh), tells me that he is of the Kel Dor species and that he is the Jedi that discovered Ahsoka Tano. Cool. Add that pin to the lanyard. The patch features Luke Skywalker as seen in The Force Awakens, aka “Old Luke”. Doesn’t quite have the ring that “Old Ben” did. I really need to find something to do with this stack of patches I have. Still pondering the jean jacket.
Next up is a cute little Yoda plush. This goes straight to the wifey, as she has a bit of a Yoda shrine, if you will. More on that towards the end of this column.
The shirt for this box featured two possible designs, that I know of, Qui-Gon Jinn or young Obi-Wan Kenobi. We received the Obi-Wan design. Now, when the theme for Smuggler’s Bounty suggests the possibility of a Yoda shirt, I will place the order in my wife’s size. This is the first of said boxes to actually feature a shirt. And it isn’t Yoda. Hopefully she still likes it.
And now for the Funko POPS! First out of the box is a Young Obi-Wan Kenobi POP. Funko revealed this as their spoiler halfway through the sub cycle. And I may be wrong, but this may be the first POP vinyl of Obi-Wan at this age. He looks quite nice placed next to his older counterpart in our collection.
And the last item in this box is a POP of Jedi Aayla Secura. The blue skinned Twi’lek Jedi looks great, even though this one seems to be incorrectly painted, as her midsection is the same color as her clothing. The belly button kind of gives it away. But that isn’t something that bothers me much. Madison was very excited for this POP.
In all, not a bad box. We added a couple more POPS to our ever-growing collection and Tina added another Yoda collectible to her shrine.
I’ve had a few requests to see our collections. While I’m trying to figure out how to reasonably do so without dropping a ton of picture files on Professor B, I will present you with my wife’s collection she keeps in her home office. Tina is a fan of a lot of the small, furry, weird characters such as Yoda, Ewoks, Mogwai, Snarf, and Alf. I’m not quite sure what that says about me, though. If I had to nail her to a specific fandom, it would definitely be Star Wars.
I also present you with a partial shot of my Aquaman collection, minus 4 or 5 pieces. It has outgrown the cubby on my desk and I am now trying to figure out where I want to relocate. Especially since Aquaman merch is almost certain to explode in the next year with Justice League and his own movie.
I finally ventured into Loyal Subjects territory and purchased a couple of their blind-box figures. I managed to snag a Ken from the Street Fighter line and Beast-Man from the Masters of the Universe line. Very nice detail and articulation for these small form figures. I see myself acquiring more. And I really hope to find some of their G.I. Joe line.
Finally, in my last column I mentioned that my new goal was to acquire a figure from the Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective line, a drastic departure from my bargain shopper ways. In trying to keep up with what’s coming out, I am following as many of the toy companies as I can through e-mail and social media accounts. This is leading to a great deal of want on my part. I now have a loftier goal, albeit less likely to achieve. I now want to add a figure from Sideshow Collectibles’ Sixth Scale line. Sideshow recently shared a video through their Twitter account showcasing the Sixth Scale Wolverine figure. I believe I started salivating while watching this video. You can check it out here. They have a whole series of “How to be a Poser” videos. The only kind of poser I’d like to be.
That does it for this adventure. Back to working on my love letter to the 80s.
Until next time, you’ll find me in the toy aisle.