Sanji 20th Anniversary Figuarts ZERO Review
Hello! It sure has been a while, hasn’t it? Unfortunately, I wasn’t doing too well the past few months with stress and illness related stuff, so I passed on reviewing Skoshbox or writing about anything, really. I’m doing a bit better now, but the January 2018 Skoshbox has yet to arrive for me, so ….
Figure review time!
As you may very well know, the 20th anniversary of One Piece took place last year and there has been a ton of merchandise to celebrate that. Oda drew a full color spread of the Straw Hat crew in fancy matching attire at some point during the festivities, and Bandai released a figure line depicting the characters exactly as they were in that picture.
I really liked how Sanji looked there, so I ordered the figure version of him when I found out about the release.
I admit, I took him out of the box beforehand and had to put him back in there to take a picture for this post. He was actually packed better than that from the factory.
The box shows the art the figure was based off of on the side, which you can see on the header image here. Below, you can see the depiction of Sanji next to the figure. Very cool!
Sanji doesn’t actually come with much here; there’s a fairly large translucent blue stand with the text stating that it’s from the 20th anniversary. Interestingly enough, Sanji was on the stand in the box when I opened it, which is something I’ve never seen before with a figure. Not a complaint, but it was somewhat surprising to see.
The extra two spots in the stand are actually under it. Not sure what they’re for, but they might help with putting all of the stands together if you buy the entire line. Or something. I really don’t know!
Sanji’s hairline shows a slight gap, which you can see in the image below. This gap is so you can change his faceplate.
But where is his extra faceplate? It’s not in the box!
Usopp’s figure actually has it.
I didn’t want any of the other figures in this line, so it was a little disappointing to find out that Usopp had Sanji’s extra faceplate, but it was just of him smiling — not a big loss.
All of the Straw Hats have an extra face plate in a different figure’s box, which is assumingly a way to get you to buy all of them. I’m not a huge fan of this; thankfully the extra faceplates are mainly the same expression, not the ones the character’s have in the art that inspired the line.
Past that, Sanji’s detail is overall well done here. The feather boa looks great for a figure of this size (6″) and the various adornments are well painted and easily identifiable.
The spot on his back above is some dust I missed, not a paint defect. The figure didn’t seem to really have any paint defects, which is nice to see!
Sanji’s cigarette, however, is less than impressive. It looks like a piece of chalk, or a candy cigarette. A little coloring on the end would have made it a little less cartoony, but it’s not really the biggest deal. The piece doesn’t take away from the whole figure.
The wrinkles in the gloves are fantastic; they really impressed me!
His bracelets are mostly painted well, the only reason they look a little off in some places here is because I used a macro lens and got in their face. Considering how small the figure is, they look good.
I had fun with my new 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.
In case you were curious, his pant pockets are molded so they look sewn, which is also impressive!
OVERALL SCORE: 8/10 – An excellent figure for any fan of the character or Oda’s color spread. The silly cigarette takes a point away, and the strange decision of putting faceplates in other figure’s boxes take a point away as well.
I think this is worth the asking price, definitely. I’m actually VERY happy with the lack of paint defects!
As of this writing, the Sanji 20th Anniversary Figuarts ZERO figure is available to order on Amazon. If you purchase him through that link, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much!
Alternatively, 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 $40) chances are you’ll be purchasing a fake!