Roronoa Zoro

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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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