MegaHouse has been making One Piece collectors slog through delay after delay throughout the last few months, but Bandai has kept on chugging along and gotten every new One Piece Figuarts Zero figure out right on time. So it’s no surprise that, just as promised, the September 2013 Bandai One Piece Figuarts Zero Roronoa Zoro Rengoku Onigiri Battle Ver. figure has now been released overseas…
Well, I guess this Zoro figure isn’t going to win any awards for “the best-looking figure in its packaging”, huh? It’s not a terrible box–Bandai clearly tried–but the logistics of this figure made it such that this particular Roronoa Zoro figure was never going to look very good in the package.
As you can see from the packaged photo, the Figuarts Zero Rengoku Onigiri Roronoa Zoro comes boxed with all three of his swords packaged separately from the main body. This particular figure isn’t one where you’re ever going to want to display the figure without the trio of swords, but doubtless making them removable saved Bandai thousands of dollars by being able to use smaller packaging (and thus saved us dollars as well).
With the new Sanji Battle Ver. 2 figure coming out in December 2013 and Luffy Battle Ver. released during the summer, the OnePiece Monster Trio will be complete by the end of the year!
Bandai has become the master of effects pieces, and they’ve done another knockout job with all of the special effects on the Figuarts Zero Roronoa Zoro Rengoku Onigiri figure. I love the varying amount of opacity on the different effects pieces, and the way that the translucent plastic transitions in color, such as the slash effect behind Zoro changing from yellow to clear and then back to yellow. Bandai could teach every other company in the world a few things about effects pieces, that’s for sure.
The detail on Zoro’s swords is far better than I was expecting, based on the glamor shots that Bandai released of the figure prototypes. All three swords look great and have the proper paint deco on them that they ideally should.
The One Piece Roronoa Zoro Battle Ver. 2 Rengoku Onigiri figure has now been released in Asia, and will be arriving in the United States and other countries in early to mid-October, 2013. You can pre-order your Figuarts Zero Roronoa Zoro Battle Ver. #2 figure for $34.99 plus no tax and free shipping if you haven’t done so already. I’ll add a full review of Zoro once he reaches America next month.