Figure Review: Sabo -Extra Battle- Figuarts ZERO – Hiken
I know, another Sabo figure review. I wasn’t originally intending on even getting this figure, but I was surprised with it as a very early birthday present so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to write about it. 🙂
This figure is from the Figuarts ZERO Extra Battle line. The Extra Battle line is as it sounds, a series of One Piece characters performing flashy battle moves. Technically, the line is called Chou Gekisen -Extra Battle-,’ but I’m calling it Extra Battle for simplicity’s sake.
The latest entry in the line (as of this writing) is Sabo using his Hiken, or Fire Fist, powers.
Let’s start with the box. The box is flashy and reminiscent of a comic book style. Other figures in this line have a similar aesthetic, including the character’s name in messy paintbrush strokes.
The side shows the figure, nothing too special since you’ll be seeing the real thing soon enough.
The back shows other angles of the figure and some flavor text to help encourage you to purchase it.
Sabo himself stands about 6″ tall, with the flame above about 7.5″. As you can probably see in this image, my copy has a small black paint spot on his knee. This is unfortunate, but somewhat par for the course with these figures sometimes. I don’t think it detracts from the piece, but it does mean that others may have worse ‘defects’.
Turning him a bit, you can see how dynamic the pose is. Even with the small ‘defect’ on his leg, I’m very impressed with the overall sculpt.
The flames coming out of his pipe are particularly stunning. I appreciate that they’re somewhat translucent — I always feel like solid flames on figures don’t have as much of a visual impact on the viewer, since light can’t go through them at all.
There are even some small flames on the ends of his jacket!
With a macro lens and the light shining through, the flames look even nicer.
Different angles of the figure continue to show how dynamic the pose is.
Smaller details like his hat and cravat are sculpted well — I don’t really have any complaints about them.
His face looks fine. The expression fits the sculpt, so I don’t have anything to really say about it. His eyes look simply painted on, with no depth, but that’s kind of how the character’s eyes are canonically so it fits here.
His scar is about the same, it’s just there.
Finally, the base. This is one of my favorite parts of this figure, simply due to how loud it is. I think the other bases in this line look about the same, and I really like how it reaffirms just how much this line is all about action. Nothing here is static or flat, aside from the painting on the face, and at the end of the day that isn’t a complaint, it’s an expectation for the character.
I had fun with my macro lens for my phone’s camera. You can purchase it here if you’re interested — it was very cheap and comes with several other lenses and a pouch.
OVERALL SCORE: 9/10 – I really like this figure! I like how loud and action packed it is, all the way down to the base. I don’t like the paint ‘defect’ on his leg, but it’s pretty minor. The scale/size is nice, and worth the price point of ~$50.
You can purchase him through eBay with this link, but be aware that this figure DOES have bootlegs produced so purchase him from a reputable seller, such as one from Japan or a US seller with clear pictures of the box. If you see no sticker, do not buy! Also note that if the price is too good to be true (well under $50) chances are you’ll be purchasing a fake!