Although she’ll never be the strongest member of the Straw Hat Pirates, the cat burglar and navigator Nami is unquestionably one of the most popular characters in One Piece and all of anime and manga. So when it came time for MegaHouse to begin their post time-skip One Piece P.O.P. Sailing Again line of excellent models, Nami was alongside Monkey D. Luffy and Tony Tony Chopper in the first trio of figure releases. Though there is tons of Nami merchandise (and previous One Piece POP figures) on the market, this Sailing Again Portrait of Pirates Nami figure is extremely nice and definitely worthy of joining any One Piece fan’s collection…
Sculpting-wise, MegaHouse made a slam dunk with this Nami figure. This is Nami. The proportions of her body are correct, she’s ever-so-slightly shorter than Luffy (as she accurately should be), her hair looks perfect… she just looks straight-up amazing. I might question the pose MegaHouse chose for this Sailing Again Nami figure a little bit, but there’s no doubt that the figure they sculpted here looks just like Nami.
Nami’s figure stand is orange, which makes sense since Nami is so closely tied to tangerines and her hair is a shade of orange. I was concerned that the pegs on the display base might have trouble working properly with Nami’s high heels, but Nami’s feet actually plug firmly and perfectly into the base with no problems at all. It’s one of the most effective One Piece POP figure stands I’ve seen so far, honestly.
MegaHouse did a similarly wonderful job with Nami’s other defining character design attributes. One Piece POP Sailing Again Nami’s tattoo looks completely authentic and is painted perfectly despite being on a very curved surface. The log pose on her forearm is made of transparent green plastic and is very eye-grabbing (though it would have been nice if MegaHouse could have somehow magically gotten an arrow into the plastic), and the bracelet Nami got from her sister (Nojiko) is a separate piece that hangs loosely on her wrist and looks far better than it would have if it was just permanently molded onto Nami’s arm.
My wife was immediately offended when she examined the Nami figure and saw the way that her butt is sticking out of her jeans on the back of the figure. And, well–now I kind of feel like a perv for owning the figure. I know that the target market for the MegaHouse Portrait of Pirates One Piece figures are men, but I daresay Nami is an attractive enough female that MegaHouse didn’t need to incorporate skeevy fanservice of Nami’s behind into this figure. I can get past the halfway-flirty pose that Nami is in, but having her butt sticking out is just a bit too much.
Also, I feel that Nami got slighted a little bit on the accessories front. Every other One Piece Sailing Again POP figure has come with alternate parts or at least an accessory, but Nami comes with absolutely nothing. For a character whose moods rapidly swing from angry to conniving to sexy to serious in the story, it’s disappointing that this Nami figure only has the capability to stand around looking friendly.
Finally, for some insane reason, this New World Nami figure has partially-transparent hair. No, really! As it gets further from the roots of her long hair, Nami’s hair gets more and more unpainted! I genuinely have no clue what effect MegaHouse was going for with this, but looking directly at Nami’s semi-transparent hair really kind of creeps me out.
“Where Can I Buy It?!”
Right now, you can buy the One Piece P.O.P. Sailing Again Nami Figure as of writing for $79.99 plus no tax and free shipping. I can’t imagine the domestic price for Nami is going to go below that, especially as supplies dry up, so you might as well pick up Cat Burglar Nami for a steal (no pun intended) while you can.
Overall: The One Piece Portrait of Pirates Sailing Again Nami figure isn’t even close to being my favorite One Piece figure, but she’s still a work of art. I don’t really like the way that this figure objectifies Nami (particularly from behind), I would have liked some accessories or alternate parts for the figure, and her transparent hair really freaks me out. But even with those cons, Nami still looks absolutely gorgeous. She’s the right height to fit in seamlessly with the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates, her paint applications are flawless, and she captures the look of the character very well (just not in all of her different moods). The One Piece POP Sailing Again Nami figure earns a solid recommendation and is a necessity if you’re planning on building a New World Straw Hat Pirates POP set.