One of the reasons I’ve been covering the One Piece Figuarts Zero figures on this blog so emphatically is that I want to make sure that one of the most unjustly bashed sources of One Piece merchandise has its positives emphasized. Case in point: the Figuarts Zero One Piece Nami Battle Ver. figure. As soon as this Nami figure was released, photos of one badly-painted figure circulated the web and the bashing and swearing off of the Figuarts Zero Nami Battle Ver. figure began. This figure just looked so nice to me, though, that I went ahead and bought it anyway. And I’m glad I did–despite the negative press it’s received, this Nami figure is my favorite sculpture of her from any company…
The production of a “Battle Version” Nami figurine is in and of itself a major victory and a definite “Right”. See, if you want a plethora of PVC statues of Nami sticking out her chest and buttocks, there’s certainly been no shortage of those over the last few years–but if you’ve been seeking a Nami figure poised for attacking with her trademark Climatact staff, you’ve been pretty much out of luck–until now. Bandai has gifted Nami fans with exactly the combat-ready, impressive Nami figure that many collectors have always wanted.
The main complaint I saw about this figure was sloppy, messy paint apps. I blind-ordered the Bandai Nami Battle Ver. figure anyway, and–surprise! As usual, this is another extraordinarily beautiful figure. I’ve included plenty of high resolution, close-up photos–as you can see, this One Piece Figuarts Zero Nami figure is yet another Figuarts Zero figure I’ve bought that has perfect paint deco all-around. Other than the one bit of paint slop on my timeskip Monkey D. Luffy figure, I’ve yet to have a problem with any Bandai Figuarts Zero One Piece figure–I genuinely think the “quality control” issues have been greatly exaggerated.
The Climatact weapon is a primary selling-point of this One Piece figure, and it is superb. Though Nami is packaged holding the Climatact with lightning effects pieces on it, she actually comes with enough pieces to make two complete Climatacts: one with holes to clip in effects pieces, and one without! This is a great detail, as it means you can display the Climatact unmarred when it isn’t covered in electricity.
The translucent lightning effects parts that clip onto the Climatact look sensational, pure and simple. The plastic colors chosen and the sharp electrical edges of the sculpt make possibly the best-looking lightning I’ve ever seen on a toy. If anyone has seen this effect done better elsewhere, I’d love to know where. It’s actually kind of complicated to put the Climatact together and attach the effects pieces, so this is the first time I’ve ever been grateful a Figuarts Zero figure came with instructions!
I’m not one to gush about boxes, but I think this is one of Bandai’s better recent packaging jobs. The tangerine writing on the white box just looks totally appropriate and right for Nami, and I really get a kick out of the dramatized Nami with a huge lightning storm cloud behind her on the side of the packaging.
I adore the dark orange to light orange gradient employed on this Figuarts Zero Nami figure’s head, and legitimately think it looks quite a side better than the freakish “disappearing hair” paint apps on the One Piece P.O.P. Sailing Again Nami figure. The coloring of this Nami figure’s hair looks just like it does in the anime, which is exactly what I’m looking for in a Nami figurine.
Another thing I’m really happy about with this Figuarts Zero One Piece Nami figure is its stability. Despite the fact that Nami has thin, feminine legs and is wearing high heels, the figure balances really well. Even without her figure stand display base, the Nami figure stands stably with no problems at all (which is more than I can say for poor Brook). And if you want to display her on an unflat surface, she even includes a small, clear stabilizing piece to attach to the back of her leg. If you like to display your One Piece figures without their bases (like me), you can be confident that the Nami Battle Ver. figure can do so without no problems at all.
While the Nami figure itself is terrific, I’m a little disappointed in the alternate parts we do (and don’t) get.
The only alternate body part Nami includes is a swappable winking face. Now, in theory, that’s a swell idea for a facial expression for the tricky, manipulative Nami. But not on this Nami figure, where I would have far preferred an angry or yelling alternate head. It’s not a deal breaker, but the winking Nami head just doesn’t do it for me in this instance.
If we’d gotten a different alternate Nami face or an alternate pair of arms posed more neutrally, this figure would be just about perfect.
Though she’s available for $30-$35 from plenty of import shops, Amazon offers the Figuarts Zero One Piece Nami Battle Ver. figure for under $25 shipped. Can’t beat that!
Overall: The One Piece Figuarts Zero Nami Battle Ver. figure is a perfect example of some bad press sullying a great figure’s name. The paint applications on my Battle Ver. Nami figure are pristine, and I honestly like the deco more than that of my MegaHouse POP Nami figure. The Climatact is better-executed with this figure than any company has ever pulled off before, and I am in love with the lightning effect parts. The winking face alternate piece is fairly useless, but that’s really the only thing that bugs me about this figure. Sorry to the nay-sayers, but I can wholeheartedly give Figuarts Zero One Piece Nami Battle Ver. an unreserved recommendation.