Anime Figure Review: Zoro POP Sailing Again
About a year ago, I decided to undertake the daunting task of reading all of One Piece. With the help of my local library system, I was able to quickly read through up to the most recent story arc, of which I now need to wait to borrow any more. That being said, I ended up really enjoying the series!
The figure lines featuring characters from the series span far and wide. Collecting everything is near impossible, and finding older figures sometimes proves pretty daunting. I discovered the Sailing Again line by Megahouse while browsing the internet about 70% through my journey reading the manga, and I decided that was the best line for me to own some figures from.
At the end of the day, I chose Nico Robin and Roronoa Zoro to purchase.
Zoro arrived recently, so I wrote up a review for him.
His box is pretty big, but that’s no surprise since the figure itself is about 9″ tall. The sticker on the top right is in gold since I purchased him directly from a Japanese seller. Licensing stickers are gold in Japan, though I never checked up on why. (Don’t worry if your figure has a silver or red sticker. I believe silver is North America and red is other Asian countries. All legit, unless you purchase him from China, and then there won’t be a sticker.)
Inside of the box, I’m greeted by a somewhat intimidating plastic prison for Zoro and his swords (and extra arm/head). It took me a minute to realize the plastic was secured by two silver twist ties, as well as tape. Zoro was definitely well protected, to say the least!
Included with the base figure are an extra head, four swords, one to go inside of the sheath for the appropriate head, three sheaths, and an extra arm. The base is included as well, though it’s pretty unremarkable and fairly basic.
Zoro looks kind of awkward without any swords! The sculpt for his clothing and skin are impressive, however, and I didn’t see any noticeable paint flaws figures sometimes have from the factory.
His extra head took a little bit of force to fit securely onto his neck, but that’s probably due to the fact that this figure is 5 years old now.
Arranging the swords to go into his hands and mouth was pretty fun to do, though there was a bit of a problem…
Attempting to secure all three sheaths into his sash was very difficult, and I ended up just putting two in there for fear of scuffing the paint.
As you can see in the next few pictures, there’s a bit of space for a third sheath, but I had trouble actually putting it in there.
Zoro still looks great on his stand, holding his swords, despite the minor difficulty. (I think the swords are really impressive, albeit fragile!)
I admittedly forgot to take a picture of the base on its own, but it says Mugiwara Pirates (Straw Hat Pirates) and the figure’s name and line. It’s simple, but does the job.
Nico Robin’s figure unfortunately doesn’t fit onto her base very well, but I didn’t have any problems with Zoro fitting onto his. The pegs were actually lined up with his feet!
All in all, I think this is a very nice scale figure for Zoro. It’s not perfect, but it’s an accurate representation of the character and it’s sculpted and painted well. Considering that this came out in 2012, finding one for a decent price isn’t too difficult nowadays so if you like the character I would suggest you consider picking this up!
Did you enjoy my review? Are you interested in purchasing this figure? Amazon currently has Roronoa Zoro: Portrait of Pirates Sailing Again listed for a reasonable price! (It’s about what I ended up paying.) If you order him through that link, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 🙂 Thank you!