It is the rarest of phenomenons in the action figure world to have production versions of toys come out looking better than the hand-painted prototypes, but every so often this miraculous occurrence comes to pass. My expectations have been surpassed already several times by figure’s released in the Figuarts Zero One Piece line, and now it’s happened again! As much as I disliked the prototype, the final Bandai One Piece Figuarts Zero Akainu Battle Ver. figure has now been released and looks absolutely awesome!
When I first saw the One Piece FiguartsZERO Admiral Akainu Battle Version figure prototype photos a few months back, I was pretty repulsed by it. I thought it looked pretty mediocre, especially the “taking a flaming dump” pose that Bandai chose to pose Red Dog Sakazuki in. Well, the pose hasn’t changed, but the final and now released version of the FiguartsZERO Akainu figure look downright amazing.
The lava oozing out of Akainu’s torso with subtle paint shading is an especially nice detail, and one I totally didn’t notice when I was looking at the prototype photos of Battle Ver Akainu!
The semi-translucent flames and billows of smoke coming off of Akainu’s body and jacket look incredible in the final production version of Figuarts Sakazuki Akainu. I’m still not thrilled with the pose, but I think if I angle the figure just right I can get past it–especially when the effects piece and production quality of this figure are as outstanding as they ended up being!
The One Piece FiguartsZero Akainu Sakazuki Battle Ver. action figure has now been released in Asia, and will arrive in the United States and other countries within the next couple weeks. You can still pre-order the Figuarts Akainu Battle Version figure from Amazon with free shipping, which is a far better deal than importing in this case, as the FAZ Akainu box is very heavy and expensive to import. I’m going to take the plunge on this figure and pick up the FiguartsZero Akainu for myself, and have just placed my own pre-order for him.