There’s no guarantee that they’ll be a 10th Anniversary of the Bandai Figuarts Zero One Piece figures line (or even a 6th Anniversary, with the way things are going), but Bandai Japan is trucking right along with their popular line of One Piece Figuarts Zero 5th Anniversary figures! And after last month’s much-anticipated Portgas D. Ace figure, this month’s figure brings us back to our favorite pirate crew with a redo of an early figure that simply wasn’t up to Bandai’s current standards: the Figuarts Zero 5th Anniversary Roronoa Zoro figure is now up for order!
And so, in honor of Figuarts Zero One Piece surviving for five whole years, Bandai is now gifting us this superior figure of timeskip Roronoa Zoro with excellent paint shading and sculpting details!
Whereas I thought that the original New World Roronoa Zoro figure had some of the weakest facial likeness sculpting and paint that I’d seen in the line, this 5th Anniversary Zoro figure’s likeness is far better all-around. While the original iteration of this figure was just standing around with his sword slung over his shoulder, this Zoro is poised for action and ready to draw his swords at a moment’s notice.
Just like every figure in the Fifth Anniversary series, this Roronoa Zoro 5th Anniversary figure will include a plastic “DODON!” sound effects piece. This is not a buying incentive for me, but for those out there who like this clever idea, it’s a decent selling point.
Other than the 5th Anniversary Chopper figure, I consider this to be the most unnecessary addition to the One Piece Figuarts 5th Anniversary lineup thus far. Even so, I’m planning to pick up Zoro to support the line, in hopes of Bandai Japan continuing it into 2016.
The One Piece Figuarts Zero 5th Anniversary Roronoa Zoro figure is now available for order, and is scheduled to be released in December 2015. For those who want to see this One Piece FAZ 5th Anniversary Series of figures continue with the remaining six members of the Straw Hat Pirates, I’d highly advise putting in a pre-order for Roronoa Zoro. If orders for Zoro are low, the chances of Bandai Japan going forward with less popular Mugiwaras such as Brook, Nico Robin and Franky are close to nil.
How do you like the newest Figuarts Zero take on Roronoa Zoro, One Piece collectors? Are you planning to add this latest Zoro to your collection, or are you satisfied with the many Zoro action figures that have been previously released?