While Banpresto One Piece collectors got their first hit of Grandline Men Film Z figures a few months ago, and even One Piece Grandline Children Film Z fans got a pair shortly thereafter, fans of the One Piece Grandline Lady collection have been left out in the cold for One Piece Z figures–until now! Just this past week, Banpresto released One Piece Grandline Lady Film Z Vol. 1 Ain and Nami in Japan… but they’re not without fault, unfortunately…
Up until now I’d been really pleased with Banpresto’s Grandline Series One Piece Z figures. The duel clothes Grandline Men Luffy figure looked phenomenal, and (though I hate him inherently) even the “Red Beard” Usopp looked pretty swank. Furthermore, the Grandline Children Film Z Nami is one of my favorite figures of the entire year so far, and executed to sheer perfection. So I was pretty psyched for this first pair of Grandline Lady Film Z Vol. 1 figures. Unfortunately, they let me down.
The Grandline Lady Film Z Nami figure fares a little bit better, though she’s still not nearly as vibrant and well done as the Grandline Children Film Z Nami. Nami also has little smudges and paint dots on her face, which are pretty glaring flaws. Ordinarily I’m very happy with Banpresto’s One Piece figures, but the work on Grandline Lady Z Vol. 1 definitely falls short.
Not many American stores carry the Banpresto One Piece Grandline Series, so online retailers are likely to be your best source for these figures. If you’re looking to order the One Piece Grandline Lady Film Z Vol. 1 Nami and/or Ain figures, they’re all available for import now.
What do you think, One Piece collectors? Are you still going to take a chance on these Grandline Lady Film Z figures, or has seeing photos of potential quality-control issues scared you away?