Zoro and Chopper Dramatic Showcase Banpresto

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One Piece has been plaguing the figure market for awhile now with a ton of figures, the main cast wearing every outfit they’ve ever thought about wearing. Every side character that had a line of dialogue, in that vast field of figures how do you find anything that stands out? Simple really let’s check out some of the most stand out figures of the year. Banpresto’s Dramatic Showcase line 1 part 1.

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Roronoa Zoro stands with his back to you, one fist held high in the air. His fist has fantastic knuckle definition and you can clearly see where the wrist bone is. Going down his bronzed skin you can see the X that crosses his skin. This is a mark of friendship clearly emblazoned on his flesh. His sleeve is very clearly pushed down to show this off and his trademark bandana is tied around his arm.

DSC00127His arm doesn’t quite fit down all the way. Sad. Zoro’s hair, ever mossy has great definition to it. It looks like short hair. I can’t think of another guy on my shelf with hair this short that was done so well. You can also see his golden earrings dangling past his ear. Looking pretty good so far.

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The back of his robe looks really well done. There are wrinkles all over the place which considering Zoro lived in this outfit the entire time they were in Alabasta is fairly fitting. I love how much typical Zoro is still in this outfit too. Aside from the bandana he also still has his haramaki. The detail on it looks nice, and it’s got a real nice texture to it that almost makes it look like wool. The glue spot at the bottom though kind of sucks but is only really apparent in heavy lighting.

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The rail of the Going Merry serves as part of the base, it show nice texture as well giving it a nice classic wood look.

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It does not fit into the base particularly well though.

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His curled fingers look very nice and I love the detailed veins at his wrist.

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He has a nice profile, his face is shaped perfectly. I do think his neck looks kind of bulky going down though. Almost like the angle is a little too drastic.

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Zoro’s swords, all three of them are done in excellent detail. The paint jobs are magnificent as well. It is however a b**** to get them under his arm. They should have made the swords into one part instead of three.

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His hand is a nice bulging spot in his pocket. The wrinkles going down the robe are very nice, and make it look just a little bit wind blown.

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For a little more classic Zoro he’s still wearing his dark green boot s as well. The shading on them is magnificent.

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The definition put into that fist outshines a lot of statues, which is saying quite a bit.

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Now I know that Mr Roronoa here has never been a touchy feely kind of guy, but the emotion on his face speaks volumes. Or at least it does in my humble opinion. this is the look of a man who respects the decision that was just made. His eyes are closed, his head tilted down just slightly and probably the softest smile we’ve seen on him…. ever is gracing his lips. The sculptor caught the mood perfect.

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His robe has nice crinkles in the fabric on the front, it looks very nice. The buttons are well painted too. I also think the haramaki looks more soft every time I look at it.

The folds on the front of his robe (I’m starting to think it’s more likely a night shirt) coincide well with the rest of the outfit..

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He fits on his base amazingly well. I honestly doubt he’ll ever come off it again.

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The detail put into his wardrobe alone is amazing, but you add in the little details on his skin and you really have an amazing figure.

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This side does have a fairly visible seam line running along it though.

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It’s a bit hard to see but underneath his pajama shirt he’s wearing jagged torn pants.

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Then there’s Chopper….. His hat is fantastic! I love the texture on it sooo much. It looks spongy! It looks really nice and the paint from his horns didn’t transfer onto it at all! Speaking of horns the silver piece on the left one is really well painted too!

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Chopper has one…arm (?) raised in the air, like Zoro he’s showing that should their nakama ever need them, they’ll come. His X is also clearly visible. His back shows very nice fur texture and it looks really good. His shorts are perfect, what might look like a paint defect at the top is actually the product of lighting. My apologies.

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Chopper being the smallest of the Strawhat Crew has to stand on top of the Going Merry’s Rail to be visible.

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His horns have really nice shading at both the tips and the base.

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His little feet rest easily on the banister. I don’t like the clear pole, but I’ll deal with it.

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The front of his hat looks great too, I love the big white X on the front of it. I also adore how droopy his little ears are.

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If Chopper does not win best prize figure expression this year I will probably go into shock. His face is so super precious. From the curve of his eyebrows to his super watery eyes he just makes you want to cry. His mouth is turned downward and he just looks so sad. His other arm (?) is crossed across his chest , placed almost over his heart. His little hooves are adorable.

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The wood planks for the base look perfect they make a great set up. They look great and will look perfect with the rest of the crew.

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The rail has pegs and holes for the rest of the set.

They came in black boxes that show both the front and back of the figures.

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It also shows the rest of the straw hats lined up facing away from you.

Fantastic!

Pros:

Fantastic Sculpt

Gorgeous Drama

Unique Display

Cons:

Fitting Zoro’s Freaking Swords On

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About Tekizen

I am a thirty two year old fujoshi. I adore Aniplex and Capcom both to a near criminal degree. I love cosplaying. Some of my favorites to date are Miles Edgeworth and Chrollo Lucifer. I am also currently working on Tatsuya Suou. My absolute favorite genre is mystery. I LOVE a good mystery. I have a varying degree of fandoms. I love a lot of different anime, but I can honestly say I love old school american cartoons just the same. My favorite book is The Bacta War in the Star Wars X Wing novel series. I finally beat the Demi-Fiend! He was freaking hard!. I think that's all for now though.
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