Let there be absolutely no doubt about it: we are living in a very dark time for One Piece collecting, with the two “main” One Piece toy lines (MegaHouse POP and Bandai Figuarts Zero) on life support. But there are still some real gems out there, and one of them is the subject of today’s review! You can get the Strong World Luffy SCultures figure for $22 shipped online—and you definitely should do so!
The legendary One Piece WCF series is still chugging hundreds of figures later, but today I’m talking about a line that’s captures my heart more than any other One Piece figure line going: SCultures.
Just how wacky and crazy does Banpresto get with the One Piece SCultures? Well, let’s put it this way: their latest Monkey D. Luffy figurine comes from the years-old One Piece Strong World film. No, really. And let me tell you–it is awesome.
Rather than giving us the eight millionth “museum pose” of Monkey D. Luffy standing around, we get this very unique statue of SCultures Luffy captured mid-stride, running as he did during the opening portion of One Piece: Strong World.
Rather than a serious or jolly-looking Luffy head sculpt, we get an open-mouthed, terrified/angry portrait this time around–and it’s a beauty. This is the most authentic-looking Luffy face I’ve seen on a toy since, well… maybe ever! This Banpresto Luffy captures Oda-sensei’s style in ways that few figures do.
The One Piece SCultures Monkey D. Luffy figures comes in six pieces that fit together tightly and absolutely seamlessly. If I hadn’t assembled this toy myself, I would literally have no idea it wasn’t one solid piece to begin with.
The paint deco here is drop-dead gorgeous. There’s paint detailing on absolutely everything on this figure–from the subtle grass-stains on the bottom of Luffy’s shorts to the dark wash on his hat and handheld stick, the paintwork here is nothing less than masterful.
The sculpting work on this figure manages to stay at the level of the super-high bar set by the paint apps, with an astonishing level of detail on everything from Luffy’s canteen to his messenger bag to his hat.
Frankly, there’s more quality and detail on this $20-ish Banpresto SCultures figure than I’ve seen on a Bandai Figuarts Zero or MegaHouse Portrait of Pirates figure in years. Banpresto seems to have included an ingredient here that Bandai and MegaHouse have clearly forgotten: passion.
Unless you have the grace of God (Enel) on your side, this SCultures Strong World Luffy figure ain’t standing without this stand. And unfortunately, the stand is translucent black and very obvious. A clear stand would have been a far better choice, as it would have made it look like Luffy was truly running–and not balancing precariously on a black pole.
Some might consider this a nitpick, but it’s the one thing about this Monkey D. Luffy SCultures statue that I don’t care for.
Overall: If it wasn’t for Banpresto, I don’t know where One Piece collectors would be right now. This One Piece Strong World Luffy SCultures figure is available for $21 shipped right now, and is my favorite figure I’ve gotten from any toy line in many months. This is the best-looking Luffy action figure head sculpt I can remember ever, and a PVC figure that I am downright in love with. If you’re on the fence about this figure–don’t be. Buy it now while it’s cheap, because you definitely won’t regret it.