As we’re still condemned to the barren wasteland of non-existent One Piece figure news, it’s time I move on to my review of the next character in the One Piece Film Z POP figure collection. Though he wasn’t the last of the five One Piece P.O.P. Edition-Z figures to be solicited, he is the one that showed up last in stores. The One Piece Z Portrait of Pirates Roronoa Zoro is available now for the drastically reduced price of about $60 shipped–should you buy one? Read on…
By the time MegaHouse debuted the prototype of this One Piece Z POP Roronoa Zoro figure, we’d already seen the One Piece Film Z Figuarts Zero and Grandline Men figures of Zoro in his Film Z attire. Both of those figures had Zoro sculpted in a very static standing pose, and I fully expected the MegaHouse version to be more of the same.
Kudos to MegaHouse for giving us something different and unexpected with this Zoro statue!
Zoro comes in the same style of red One Piece Film Z themed box with die-cut “Z”s on the sides as the other figures in the One Piece Portrait of Pirates Edition-Z series. I loved this style on the other figures in this series, and I love it here as well.
Once you pull the contents out of the jumbo-sized box (more on that in a bit), Zoro’s bubble has a lovely deep green backdrop insert behind it. The green insert makes a great background for taking photos and looks terrific!
While the pose that Zoro is positioned in precludes many alternate body parts being included with the figure, but MegaHouse gave us some worthwhile accessories with Zoro anyway. Zoro includes a total of three heads to choose from, a figure display base (like all One Piece POPs), a jacket/cape, three unsheathed swords, and one alternate scabbard (with the third sword still in it).
With three heads, you can pretty much display Zoro any way you want. He has one regular head, one head with sword hilt sculpted into his mouth (for three sword style displays), and one head wearing a black bandana. I really like all three heads, and will probably end up regularly alternating which head Zoro has on in my display.
The large, flowing cape fits snugly over Z-Edition Zoro’s shoulders, and feels very light–totally unlike the coat that Edition-Z Sanji came with. Unlike Sanji’s jacket, this one is light enough that it won’t throw off Zoro’s balance.
It’s very difficult to see in photos, but MegaHouse actually used a very cool shiny green paint with glitter specks in it for the green sash around Zoro’s waist. In person this looks really snazzy contrasted against Zoro’s crimson and red outfit.
As with the other POP One Piece Film Z figures, Edition-Z Roronoa Zoro comes with a shiny red figure display stand. I love the uniformity of all the display stands in this sub-series, and the stand is actually extra useful in this case, as Zoro doesn’t stand as stably as his predecessors unassisted.
Space is at an extreme premium in my apartment, so I let out a pretty disgruntled curse when I saw how absolutely gigantic the box for this MegaHouse One Piece Film Z Roronoa Zoro figure is. Seriously, this is a big box–probably the biggest since the one POP Sailing Again Franky came in last year. If you’re short on space (like I am), be very, very afraid.
This makes zero sense, as none of the other Edition Z Mugiwaras have any “dirt” on their feet. Zoro’s clothes are otherwise pristine, so the “realism” of having his boots be dirty seems out of place and a mite annoying to me.
The other thing that bugs me, just a bit, is that poor Zoro seems a bit vertically-challenged… Or should I say “short”? Obviously this Portrait of Pirates Zoro is shorter than his previous incarnations because of the crouched down, attacking pose that he’s in. Even so, it looks rather strange to have Sanji and Luffy towering over Zoro. This isn’t technically wrong, but it does look weird and throws me a little.
After shipping, I paid about $100 for my One Piece Z POP Roronoa Zoro figure, but the POP Edition-Z Roronoa Zoro is currently available online discounted to about $60 shipped. It’s really a shame that the Film Z series of One Piece P.O.P. figures bombed, but these are some of the nicest figures ever of the Straw Hats and well worth the prices that they’re currently marked down to.
Overall: The MegaHouse Roronoa Zoro POP Edition-Z figure is an overall solid addition to the Portrait of Pirates line that earns a recommendation. While the sheer size of the figure’s box and length can make this Zoro Excellent Model a bit troublesome logistically speaking, it’s easily the most dynamic Roronoa Zoro statue that MegaHouse has ever created. While some of the paint deco on this figure (such as the muddy boots) doesn’t thrill me and he seems a mite short because of the pose he’s captured in, the figure makes up for this in sheer energy and distinctiveness from all the other Roronoa Zoro figures out there. Recommended.