After a lull in the storm of new One Piece figure collectibles, several great items have been released early this week! Perhaps the most exciting of these items is the Banpresto Master Stars Piece Roronoa Zoro figure! It seems like forever that we’ve been waiting for this MSP Zoro to come out, but it’s actually only been a few months. Has the future world’s greatest swordsman’s latest figure been worth the wait?
For those not familiar with the Master Stars Piece Banpresto figures, they are sturdy, unarticulated figures that come unassembled and are made of a thick plastic. Unlike the popular One Piece Grandline Men series from Banpresto, however, these figures are about 26 centimeters (or over 10 inches) tall! That makes them larger than the majority of One Piece P.O.P. figures, but at a far lower price! Despite the large size, you should be able to get this Zoro figure for $45-$65 shipped all the way to America from overseas.
I actually think that the sculpting and paintwork look even better from the rear of the figure than they do from the front. While Zoro’s colors are by design a little drab when looking at the front of him, all of the colors and details on the figure really pop from behind.
While the One Piece Banpresto Master Stars Piece Zoro figure has no moving joints at all, his swords can be removed from his hands and sheathed if you so choose. Even if Zoro himself can’t be posed, it’s nice that this option is available!
I’m very impressed with the paint weathering that Banpresto did to Zoro’s boots and attire! Since Zoro has obviously been in a battle the way this figure has been designed, it’s nice to see that he’s at least dirty (if not battle-damaged!).
The only thing about this Roronoa Zoro Master Stars Piece figure I’m not really crazy about is the weird sculpting/positioning of his head. Zoro’s neck–or lack thereof–looks a little bit strange. Maybe when I can hold the MSP Zoro in person it’ll make more sense to me why he’s sculpted this way.
As with many Banpresto One Piece items, I haven’t heard of any American stores that are carrying this figure. I ordered my One Piece Master Stars Piece Zoro this morning off of ebay, where there are plenty available at very fair prices. If I see the figure listed for order at any American stores later on, I’ll update this poast and add a link. And remember, if you want One Piece Toy News sent instantly to your Facebook Newsfeed, you can ‘Like’ One Piece Z on Facebook!