It feels like eternity since a new One Piece Figuarts Zero figure went up for order. And while it hasn’t been quite that long, it has been a really long time since I had a new mass-release Bandai One Piece figure to talk about. Now, I’m sure everyone is hoping for an all-new character like Figuarts Zero Kyros or Pica or Diamante, but those just aren’t in the cards right now. We’re going to have to take any port in a storm, and that means we need to welcome any new 2015 Figuarts Zero One Piece figure: including the One Piece Figuarts Zero 5th Anniversary Edition Monkey D. Luffy figure that goes up for order next week!
It has been a rough couple of years for Bandai Figuarts Zero One Piece collectors, with few new figures being released, and a large portion of those that have been released being Japanese web exclusives. But despite the hard times, the One Piece Figuarts Zero line has survived for a full five years! In honor of this momentous occasion, Bandai Tamashii Nations has decided to celebrate–by releasing new versions of all nine members of the Straw Hat Pirates crew!
The first figure in this series is the One Piece Figuarts Zero Monkey D. Luffy 5th Anniversary Edition figure. I know–we have plenty of Luffy figures, but I think this may actually be one of the best non-battle Luffy figures that we’ve seen released to-date from any toy manufacturer.
Figuarts Zero Luffy 5th Anniversary Edition comes with two interchangeable heads–one with Luffy’s Straw Hat on and his mouth open happily, and another with hatless Luffy showing his teeth in a huge smile. Both head sculpts look stellar, but I think I prefer the hatless Luffy head just a wee bit more.
As an added bonus, the One Piece FAZ 5th Anniversary Figures will all be coming with “onomatopoeic effects pieces”–basically, plastic Japanese word balloons that can be displayed alongside the figures. These are, uh… weird, but I know that they’re likely to appeal to some folks (though not me).
The 5th Anniversary One Piece Figuarts Zero Monkey D. Luffy figure goes up for order next week, with an expected release date in July 2015. As Bandai has been having a tough time with this line and is unlikely to continue it if the first few figures sell poorly, you may want to place a pre-order for the Monkey D. Luffy 5th Anniversary figure when it goes up for order if you want to support this line. Vote with your dollars!
What are your thoughts on the One Piece Figuarts Zero 5th Anniversary Monkey D. Luffy figure, collectors? Is this the best Luffy that Bandai Japan has created in this scale yet? Will you be replacing a previous Luffy FAZ figure in your display with this one?