I am a big fan of Megahouse Portrait of Pirates POP Series. However, due to the recent influx of sexy bikini and naked torsos figures in that line, I started to deviate from it and collect Figuarts Zero figures, in particular, the Battle Version. This Luffy is one of the first figures. このフィギュアを買って、本当によかった。迫力があるし、塗装が良くできるし、雰囲気が出ましたね。大好きです。 \(^o^)/
Box Art: 4/5 Box dimension are 17.5cm(H) by 14.5cm(L) by 16cm(W). The big clear transparent window serves its purpose of showcasing Luffy's awesomeness to any potential collectors. The vibrant red theme attracts me for some reason to take a second look at it. I personally like the top window, with the 超激戦 (Chou Gekisen, lit. meaning Super Fierce Battle) design which add much more impact to the box itself.
Figure: 4.5/5 It stands at around 16cm. I miss out on the first Luffy battle version regrettably. So when the painted prototype pictures of this figure are released, I am partly sold. So happy when I opened up to review this figure as it is totally what I expected it to be. In terms of the pose and paint job, Bandai has done a great job to make it look so realistic.
Likes: The sole of the shoe are nicely painted and detailed. The effect motion part is great as well, making full use of the white and light blue translucent combination.
Dislikes: Nothing in particular.
Base: The reason for not giving a full 5/5 for this awesome figure will be the base. It is a nice touch by Bandai to provide us with the red base. However, the English translation on it "Gum Gum Hawk Whip" is kinda annoying me. Not a deal-breaker even if I had known it beforehand but still >o<. Just to conclude, I have been on the fence about owning Figuarts Zero figures but having own this figure, I am pretty much looking forward to future releases. Hopefully, we can see the rest of the Strawhats. ゴムゴムの鷹鞭 ^^v