If I have one big regret as far as One Piece collectibles go, it’s that the Bandai SH Figuarts One Piece figures line was a total flop. I love super-articulated figures, and it hurts me to this day that no super-articulated action figures of the whole Straw Hat Pirates crew exists. But wait–! There’s hope on the horizon! MegaHouse is stepping up to the bat and taking a swing at super-articulated One Piece figures themselves: the One Piece Variable Action Heroes Monkey D. Luffy is now up for order!
The new line of articulated One Piece Variable Action Heroes figures is set to begin in December 2014 with the Variable Action Heroes Monkey D. Luffy figure!
Some people will balk at the idea of beginning the line with Luffy (especially since there was already an S.H. Figuarts Luffy figure released), but that was a pre-timeskip Luffy. And let’s be real here–is there any character more suitable to start a new One Piece toys line than the main character and captain of the Mugiwaras himself?
The MegaHouse Variable Action Heroes Luffy figure will stand 18cm tall (about 7 inches), making him larger than the One Piece Figuarts line but smaller than the One Piece Portrait of Pirates figures. It’s sort of a shame that the Variable Action Heroes One Piece line will be out of scale with the popular S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z figures, but I really didn’t want to have Luffy fighting Goku anyway (or did I?).
In addition to the angry Luffy face, the One Piece Variable Action Heroes Monkey D. Luffy will include a smiling face and a serious face. All three of these face sculpts look fantastic to me and a certainly improvements on the faces that MegaHouse has given the majority of the One Piece Portrait of Pirates Luffy figures!
The One Piece Variable Action Heroes Monkey D. Luffy action figure is now up for pre-order, and is scheduled to be released in December 2014/January 2015. I’ve been pining away for more super-articulated One Piece figures and this Luffy looks absolutely magnificent to me, so I pre-ordered this guy instantly.
How do you like MegaHouse’s first stab at articulated One Piece figures, One Piece collectors? Is the Monkey D. Luffy Variable Action Heroes figure on your winter shopping list, or are you sticking to One Piece statues?