While not quite as exciting as the One Piece P.O.P. figures that debuted at Jump Festa 2012, Bandai brought some new One Piece Figuarts Zero figures to display at the show as well! The only totally new figure Bandai introduced at the show is the 100% newly-tooled Boa Hancock Battle Ver. figure. This is Hancock in a red dress not previously released in figure form, which Hancock wears during an early encounter with Luffy. Battle Ver. Boa Hancock is captured doing one of her signature attacks: the “deadly” (sort of) Love Pistol!
Besides Boa Hancock, the other most-interesting figure being touted by Bandai at the show was the much-loved Sogeking! The Figuarts Zero One Piece Sogeking Usopp Battle Ver. figure had actually been exhibited by Bandai at previous shows, but then it went off the radar and was presumed cancelled like other figures such as Zeff, Dr. Hililuk, and pre-timeskip Nico Robin. But, seeing as how the Sogeking Figuarts Zero figure was now on display at Jump Festa with a figure stand and an awesome new Phoenix accessory, it seems very likely that the figure will finally see release in mid-2013.
And of course, no 2013 Figuarts Zero One Piece would be complete without showing off the full One Piece Film Z Straw Hat Pirates crew! The crew is being released entirely as limited exclusives, so this is the only time that many collectors will be seeing the Z Mugiwaras in-person.
All-in-all, not as much new stuff was present as I’d hoped to see from Bandai at Jump Festa, but still with tons of One Piece figures to drain our wallets dry in 2013! We’ll update with more news on these figures leading up to their releases, and in-depth figure reviews once they’re out at retail.
The Figuarts Zero One Piece Boa Hancock Battle Ver. Figure and Sogeking Battle Ver. Figure are both available for pre-order right now with free shipping!