While most One Piece figure companies raked in their fortunes on the Punk Hazard Trafalgar Law last year, poor Banpresto lagged behind and didn’t manage to get a Punk Hazard Law of their own out until now. This week Banpresto finally released their Grandline Men Vol. 18 Trafalgar Law figure for sale at retail, but can it compete with the competitions’ versions of Law…?
Move over, Chopper! Trafalgar Law is basically the biggest cash cow in One Piece merchandising right now, and that’s why One Piece collectors were absolutely inundated with a plethora of fur coat-wearing Trafalgar Law Punk Hazard figures last year.
Luckily, the Volume 18 Grandline Men Trafalgar Law figurine is really quite nice, and far better than the Bandai Figuarts Zero Punk Hazard Law was (in my opinion). I love the Bandai Figuarts Zero line dearly, but the facial resemblance and paint deco of the coat on their Punk Hazard Law Figuarts Zero figure just can’t match the quality of Banpresto’s version.
The pose on this One Piece Grandline Men 2014 Trafalgar Law figure is a little plain, as Law’s just standing there looking like a badass, but he’ll still fit in well with a Grandline Men display. I’d recommend this Law over either of the Bandai One Piece Punk Hazard Law action figures released.
And while this Banpresto Law One Piece figure is certainly not up to the standard of the excellent One Piece POP Trafalgar Law figure I reviewed last year, for a quarter of the price of that figure, it’s definitely a decent purchase.
This is only the second Trafalgar Law statue that Banpresto has released in the Grandline Men Series, with the immensely popular pre-timeskip Grandline Men Vol. 4 Trafalgar Law figure selling regularly for well over $100 on the aftermarket. If you’re thinking you may want this new GLM Law model, you may want to snag one before the prices spike on him.
The One Piece Grandline Men Trafalgar Law Vol. 18 figure has now been released and is available for order online. There are no major Banpresto distributors outside of Asia, so you’ll likely have to import Law or purchase him from a domestic importer if you want him.
Was the Banpresto Trafalgar Law Grandline Men Volume 18 figure worth the wait, One Piece fans? Will you be shopping for this Law for your own collection, or are you content with the figures of Punk Hazard Law that other companies released in 2013?