When MegaHouse debuted the first two figures in the super-articulated One Piece Variable Action Heroes line during the winter, I don’t think anyone knew what to think. Would the figures be quality? Would the line expand beyond the first two figures? Would other Straw Hats beyond Luffy be produced? Now we know the answer to all three questions is “Yes!”, and the One Piece Variable Action Heroes Roronoa Zoro figure goes up for order this week!
Although MegaHouse has made outstanding One Piece figures for over a decade with their One Piece Portrait of Pirates figures line, the P.O.P. figures aren’t, well… articulated. And so, I was skeptical when the super-articulated MegaHouse Variable Action Heroes One Piece figures line was announced.
And thus, with a bonafide success on their hands, MegaHouse is expanding the line with a fourth figure (after Portgas D. Ace in July), with the fall-shipping Variable Action Heroes Zoro figures!
This is actually a really momentous occasion, as this will be the first super-articulated Zoro action figure ever released. While Bandai released SH Figuarts Luffy, Nami and Sanji figures, Zoro and the rest of the Straw Hats have never gotten this kind of treatment before!
The MegaHouse VAH Zoro figure is sculpted with his shirt down, which is my preference both for aesthetic purposes and for improving the figure’s range of motion. And I have to say–the sculpting on Zoro’s musculature definitely does a good job of getting across how much of a beast the Pirate Hunter is!
Roronoa Zoro is set to retail for 9,100 yen overseas, which puts him ahead of the Variable Action Heroes Portgas D. Ace as the most expensive figure in the line so far. Even so, the sculpting, accessories and articulation all look top-notch on this figure, so I’m not surprised that Zoro is a tad more expensive than the other figures released thus far.
The One Piece Roronoa Zoro Variable Action Heroes figure goes up for order in North America later this week, and is scheduled to be released in September 2015. The Luffy and Law figures sold out quickly and have already begun to get expensive on the aftermarket, so if you want Zoro, lock him in with a pre-order while you can. Personally, I will definitely be ordering it on day one for pre-orders.
What do you think of the One Piece VAH Roronoa Zoro figure, collectors? Will you be expanding your Variable Action Heroes Mugiwaras with the World’s Second Greatest Swordsman?