Welcome back, One Piece collectors! No, I don’t blame you for thinking that I’d abandoned you. It’s just that there hasn’t been a whole lot worth talking about on the One Piece collectibles front. The Winter MegaHobby EXPO was a disgrace as far as One Piece figures go, and I haven’t been able to get up the gumption to talk about it. But there is one light left in the tunnel–the MegaHouse POP Sailing Again Monkey D. Luffy Ver. 2 is now up for order!
MegaHouse has released quite a few Monkey D. Luffy Portrait of Pirates figures over the years, but Luffy is probably the single most widely-criticized character MegaHouse has produced, again and again. I was quite pleased with the POP Edition Z Luffy that I reviewed last year, but obviously that’s not the canonical New World Luffy that many fans have been anticipating.
But it looks like the wait for a definitive One Piece Portait of Pirates Luffy statue may be at an end, as MegaHouse finally put their Sailing Again Luffy Ver. 2 up for sale this week.
The sculpt is pretty top-notch–that is easily the best determined/pissed off Luffy head that MegaHouse has done–but like the 10th Anniversary Portgas D. Ace released earlier this year, this 8.5″ Luffy is just kind of… there.
Luffy comes with two choices of left hand: one making a fist and one holding his straw hat; as well as two face choices (smiling or angry). And that’s it!
And priced at 9,990 Japanese yen (about $81 USD plus shipping and import fees), this Monkey D. Luffy Ver. 2 POP is definitely a mite on the expensive side for a figurine with so few bells and whistles (or extra arms and heads, as the case may be).
So am I buying this new Luffy PVC statue? Well, yes. While this isn’t a jaw-dropping masterpiece, it is the best MegaHouse Luffy Sailing Again figure made, and I absolutely want to support the future of this line.
The One Piece P.O.P Luffy Ver. 2 figure is now available for pre-order, and is expected to be released in March/April 2016. These are dark times for One Piece collectors, and I urge anyone who wants to see non-fanservice One Piece POP figures continue to pre-order this new version of Luffy. Otherwise we have little right to complain when MegaHouse produces solely slutty and gender-bender figures in the future.
What do you think of the latest MegaHouse Monkey D. Luffy Portrait of Pirates figure? Has MegaHouse finally managed to nail Luffy’s likeness with their best release of the character yet, or are you disappointed with this offering?