While there have been dozens upon dozens of characters released in the One Piece Figuarts Zero line, very few of those characters have been villains–and in particular, pre-timeskip villains. But at this weekend’s Tamashii Nation 2014 event, we got a peek at many One Piece figures that could change all that–including a trio of figures from the World Government’s secret agency, CP9: Figuarts Zero Lucci, Kaku and Kalifa!
Just when I had given up hope on Bandai Tamashii Nations going back and doing some of the more significant pre-3D2Y villains, they go and show off a completely unexpected panoply of figures at a major event!
As the most prominent members of Cipher Pol 9, I’m not at all surprised that the three members of CP9 Bandai Japan would be interested in are Rob Lucci, Kalifa and Kaku.
Kaku I’m disappointed in, as I really wanted a Giraffe Kaku figure. The human form Kaku Figuarts Zero figure looks fine and all with his swords, but he still feels a little bland (probably because Kaku’s most memorable scenes are when he’s utilizing the deadly power of a giraffe!).
Finally, Kalifa. While the One Piece Figuarts Zero Kalifa figure isn’t perfect, it’s at least not in the slutty pose of the One Piece POP Kalifa released last year. Looking intelligent and dignified, the Kalifa Figuarts Zero figure is easily my favorite figure of the character that I’ve ever seen.
Remember, there is basically zero guarantee that Bandai Japan will decide to manufacture any of these One Piece Figuarts Zero CP9 figures. The fact that they were shown at the 2014 Tamashii Nation event means that Bandai has at least some interest in the group, but whether or not it will lead anywhere is anybody’s guess. I’ll post an update if any official word on the Figuarts Zero Kaku, Rob Lucci and Kalifa figures ever comes out.
Are the CP9 a group that you’d like see Bandai give the full-blown One Piece Figuarts Zero treatment to, One Piece collectors? Or are there other villains (pre or post timeskip) that you’d rather see getting the plastic treatment?