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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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