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Nami is the Straw Hat Pirates’ Navigator and one of the first to join Luffy’s crew. Initially forced to serve the fishman Arlong as his cartographer, Luffy frees Nami from their service, after which Nami decides to permanently join the Straw Hats. Nami is obsessed with obtaining large amounts of money and her dream is to draw a complete map of the Grand Line.    

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Name: Nami (Sailing Again Ver.)
Line: Portrait Of Pirates (Excellent Model)
Manufacturer: MegaHouse
Released: 2011
Price: Then: 5,700 YEN, Now: about the same if bought in Japan
Scale: 1/8
Accessories: Base

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Originally my wife and I (who is the bigger One Piece fan out of the two of us) were going to watch the Anime together, that was until we reached the end of what Madman had put out here in Australia and are waiting for more DVDs to be released.

In the meantime, my wife bought herself the complete comic series up to the most recent book. (All in Japanese obviously) so I don’t know if we will continue watching the DVD or if she will just read the books herself.

Either way, I’m quite happy to buy the characters I like the most in statue form which the two of us can both appreciate together.

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SCULPTING

One thing I always tend to find about Japanese toy companies is they will always understand the characters which originate from Japan stylistically better than western or other Asian countries.

They just seem to have a better grasp of how to go about making the character look like it walked off the screen and into your hands and P.O.P Nami is no different. There was a little bit of hit and miss with the first figures in the series but MegaHouse has really upped their game with every new release.

This particular version of Nami is after the series time-jump, where Nami has grown up a bit and filled out (to paraphrase Sin City) and in a lot of ways has now become fan service and a lot more sexualized then she appeared before the time-jump.

There are things I like about the design (longer hair, more mature, proportioned body) and things I don’t (bust size is a bit over the top and she could wear better fitting clothes).

With that, all said it’s still an excellent representation of how Nami now looks in the Manga and Anime. MegaHouse have done a great job of translating those drawings into 3D and not losing the things that make Nami look unique. (Even if a lot of Anime/Manga female characters look pretty similar, to begin with.)

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PAINT

As expected nice and neat, the highlights for me are the hair, which has a translucently near the tips and the jeans which have some subtle blending of colours. Besides that, everything is up to standard and you have little to nothing to worry about.

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ARTICULATION

Nami is a statue and there fore has no articulation at all.

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ACCESSORIES

Nami comes with a base to help her stand up and that’s about it, it’s cast in a bright orange plastic and feels like it’s quality plastic in hand.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

You aren’t going to have any issues with Nami, unless you bought a fake (hopefully not) or bought a really bad second hand one. (Once again, hopefully not)

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PRICE

I bought my Nami, just like Nico Robin from my mate who was down grading his collection so I got her for a really good price (about $40 AUD, if I remember correctly) and if you can make it to Japan you will be able to find her in various conditions for decent prices. Obviously the place to go is Japan, Mandarake among others always has a seemingly endless supply of One Piece P.O.P and the prices are always great, plus you know it’s not a knock off too.

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OVERALL

As far as character representations go I’m quite happy with this particular version of Nami and that’s what it comes down to if you are going to collect MegaHouse P.O.P ‘Excellent Model’ series, just buy whichever ones you like the best, they all tend to work together in a display cabinet, even if they are from different parts of the overall One Piece story.

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Nico Robin is the Straw Hat Pirates archaeologist and has the Hana Hana no Mi (Devil Fruit) power. She is the sixth person to join the Straw Pirates crew after Alabasta saga and was previously associated with Baroque Works. Her dream is to find the Rio Poneglyph which tells the true history of the One Piece world.

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Name: Nico Robin (Strong World Edition)
Line: Portrait Of Pirates (Excellent Model)
Manufacturer: MegaHouse
Released: 2011
Price: Then: 6,000 YEN. Now: 7,000 YEN or more MISB
Scale: 1/8
Accessories: Gun/rifle and base

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I’m still slowly getting through the One Piece Anime, watching it with my wife, who really loves One Piece! I haven’t seen any of the One Piece movies yet (let alone the one this figure is based on). But the reason I bought this figure was because I wanted an awesome looking version of Nico Robin and this statue does a great job of being just that.

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SCULPTING
The sculpting really matches the character and the Anime very well. If you are familiar with Nico Robin then you will recognize her quite easily. If not, then she might just appear like any other random Anime statue. But everything is there that makes Nico Robin, Nico Robin: The long legs, large bust, thin waist, long thin defined nose and large eyes not to mention dark brown hair. The hard part about making 2D drawings or illustrations 3D is that, if not done in quite the right way, the figure’s likeness can look off. In this case the transition is excellent and like other P.O.P releases Nico Robin looks fantastic! There are also plenty of nice details in the clothing and accessories!

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PAINT
The other important part of this figure is paint applications! For this type of figure they have to be not only neat and tidy but help to enhance the simple, yet elegant, sculpting. MegaHouse have done a great job here. There is a lot of very subtle paint application. Like on the grey stockings, for example. Just enough paint to help provide detail, but not enough to make it too obvious. The eyes appear to be a tampo style printing and are nice and crisp! Even the smaller details like the belt buckle or jacket details are nice and neat too.

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ARTICULATION
This is a statue, so unfortunately there isn’t any articulation.

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ACCESSORIES
The great thing about MegaHouse’s One Piece P.O.P statues is you get a decent amount of extra parts to change up the figure a bit, if you want. Nico Robin comes with extra arms (for use without the jacket on), an additional head with her hair up in a ponytail, additional hand, and glasses as well as a second coat collar (to be used with the ponytailed head) and a gun/rifle of some description.

Even though the pose remains the same, you can still change whether you want Robin’s jacket on or off, whether you want her to hold the gun or not and whether you want her hair up in a ponytail or not (which you can place the glasses on this head also). So there is a good amount of variety that can be achieved. I personally prefer Nico Robin with the long hair and without the coat and gun, so that’s how I have her displayed.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Like a lot of Japanese products there is hardly much, if anything to watch out for. If buying second hand, just be sure to check the figure out thoroughly before purchase to make sure you are happy with the condition and to make sure nothing is broken.

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PRICE
I bought my Nico Robin from a friend of mine who was down grading his One Piece collection.  I paid $70 AUD for her. That’s a great price and you are sure to find similar price for this figure in Japan. eBay on the other hand, I can’t really say you would find a deal, as the eBay prices always seem a little high and you might be buying a knock off by mistake.

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OVERALL
This version of Nico Robin, I think looks the best out of what is available atm. I prefer her look before the story time-jump; where she has shoulder length hair and a fringe. That’s the look I like the best. So this statue was a no brainer for me! It’s also in scale with Chopper and Zoro statues, I also bought from the P.O.P series. Good thing about One Piece is each character changes their style enough times, you are bound to find one design you like. For me, I’ve found a Nico Robin statue I’m really happy with, that ticks all my boxes. If you can find one for a good price I wouldn’t hesitate to grab it.

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Roronoa Zoro is a swordsman who uses the Three Sword Style. He is the first person to join the Straw Pirates crew after Luffy saves him from being executed at a Marine base. His goal is to become the world’s best swordsman and is a former bounty hunter.

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Name: Roronoa Zoro
Line: The Grandline Men
Manufacturer: Banpresto
Released: 2011
Price: Then: $15.  Now: $50 or more MISB
Scale: 6.24 Inches in height
Accessories: Three swords and base

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I only became properly introduced to One Piece couple of years ago, after firstly being exposed to it everywhere in Japan on my first visit there and secondly from some friends of mine who are really into One Piece.

My wife also really likes One Piece as well so we started watching the anime together from the start. I really didn’t want to get too drawn in to something where I would want figures or toys from, but I couldn’t resist getting at least one or two smaller statues of Zoro and one of Chopper as well.

So last year I picked up the subject of tonight’s review, from Liberty 9 in Akihabara. They have a fairly large ground floor showcase featuring old and new toys mainly from Anime, this particular statue caught my eye as it is the closest to how Zoro looks in the beginning of the story and was fairly small in size as well.

Props to Evrim and Javier for tracking down the info on the statue for me!

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SCULPTING

The sculpting really looks great on this statue, it’s almost as if it was pulled straight off the screen and that’s one of the reasons it caught my eye. It’s an extremely accurate depiction of Zoro and he looks like he’s ready to fight! He’s got that pissed off/serious look about him and definitely looks like he’s not in the mood for any joking around. Banpresto have done a great job turning a 2D drawing into a 3D statue. It’s made from PVC so parts can be bent slightly, if you aren’t careful, some of the thinner parts are quite soft.

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PAINT

The paint on this statue is quite neat and to a high quality. With some great tonal work on the boots, pants and shirt. The skin tone is just the colour the PVC is cast in, which is quite common for statues like this. All the small detail work, like the eyes and swords is great too. I don’t have any complaints with the Paint applications at all. It’s excellent and looks great!

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ARTICULATION

This is a Statue, so unfortunately there isn’t any articulation.

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ACCESSORIES

The two swords held by Zoro, the sheaths and the base are separate pieces, so technically they could be considered accessories. They all look great and there is a little assembly required before the statue is complete. The swords fit firmly in Zoro’s hands and the sheath clips onto his side without issue. The base has two small pegs in it to connect the feet to. It’s black, slick and minimalist. I think it looks good and doesn’t steal attention away from the figure.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

The only issue I had with the statue was when transporting it back home, I hadn’t protected the sheaths enough in my suitcase and the handle of the unsheathed sword broke off. Easy enough to fix with a little bit of glue. I would just watch out for any delicate parts like the swords and be gentle with them.

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PRICE

I paid about 1,900 Yen for a loose figure, that’s a pretty good price and to put it in perspective, they also had a sealed one for 9,000 Yen. This was the tail end of my trip and I didn’t want to spend too much money, but did want to make a last minute pick up of a Zoro figure, so I’m happy with that price. If I could find the boxed version cheaper I would probably buy that too.

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OVERALL

This statue was pretty much what I was looking for: an anime accurate depiction of Zoro from One Piece, that’s not too large either. I have a small anime shelf for statues and smaller Revoltech figures and it fits in perfectly with these other character and companies products. If you are a big fan of One Piece, I’m going to assume you already have this statue as it would be silly not to have picked it up. If you are more of a casual fan like me and don’t want One Piece to dominate your display cases then this is a good choice if you still want to have a character or two represented.

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