Okay, I will really try hard not to sound like a total creep with this because right now I am so in love and I don’t know if I can do this properly…
Box things first. This is a nice-looking one. It’s a little bit different from other P.O.P. Boxes – 10th Anniversary PoP Deluxe much – as the bronze-coloured framing and lettering got metalic paint, which looks fantastic.
The base is of slightly darker green than Timeskip-Zoro’s and has the same shiny metal finish as the bases from the Z-line.
These are the parts he comes with. Bandana for his arm and the two swords he’s supposed to hold. This time, Wado Ichimonji is not an option as it is attached firmly to the scabbard on Zoro’s hips. The gold-coloured parts got a shiny metal paint, which is a nice little change in style, especially since this is already my 4th set of Zoro-swords.
Keep this in mind when putting him together so you won’t look like an idiot like me, trying to wriggle the whole damn thing into his hands (which is totally possible with Kitetsu, just in case you’re curious). An instruction sheet would have been nice. My ego’s hurt ;_;
And here he is in all his glory <3
Sorry for the weird background. The weather was kinda shitty today, so I took most of the photos in our conservatory a.k.a. the kitty-room.
As TrashCat on mfc had already mentioned: He has absolutely zero booty. So if you are an ass-person, you will be horribly disappointed. I’m not an ass-person, though.
I’m more the look-at-that-sculpt-of-that-upper-body type of person. Damn, son…
Okay, okay, easy now Figure Duchess. Don’t scare away the people… All I have to say is that I am more than happy how the final product turned out. I can’t really see any difference in comparison with the prototype.
The sculpt of the bandana is also well-done. As you can see it will cast a shadow on his eyes as it protrudes from his forehead quite a bit. The painting isn’t just flat black, but gradually changes into greenish shading on the top of his head (quite like the anime-style shading, just more fluently so).
The overall type of body-sculpt fits pre-timeskip Zoro quite nicely as he is properly muscular but his torso is still lean enough to not make him appear overly buffed-up like the timeskip version.
And here you’ve got the optional head. Which is just uber ridiculous in my opinion. I don’t know what it is with MegaHouse and smiling guys. He reminds me a lot of Rider. As in.. he’s smiling, alright, but it also looks like he’s about to rape someone….?
Which reminds me that I have to take a picture of him and Rider standing side by side. The universe will explode. This is going to be so creepy… xD
Hair-sculpt is nicely detailed, I just don’t know why they went with this particular hairstyle because, as far as I can remember, it wasn’t styled that way pre-timeskip..? Correct me if I’m wrong.
The bandana piece goes with this kind of setup. The arm detaches at the shirt’s sleeve so you can just slip the bandana over the arm, attach the arm to the shirt again and be done with it.
Obviously, I prefer this head. Although the bandana casts a shadow on the eyes, you’re still able to see the expression clearly because they went with angry eyes instead of just plain black dots, so they do light up nicely.
I also like how thick the fabric of the shirt appears with this sculpt.
Also, they did improve on the ears a lot, didn’t they?
I also don’t know what kind of paint they used on the boots. It does appear to be a metallic finish but it reflects / changes color when subjected to direct sunlight, like this crazy flip-fop paint on cars? Looks great, though.
I’d be careful when handling the scabbards. The leather belts are attached to each other but only the belt for Wado is attached to Zoro’s body so it does feel kind of fragile as they basically hang down freely.
On a side note, my Zoro storage is slowly getting ridiculous… So many heads and bandanas and Wados….
Finally, the space I kept empty for months has been filled. My Zoro Timeline Shelf is perfect now <3 (Stop lying to yourself, Duchess, you already want to get the VAH Zoro anyways, and this won’t be your last scale of him *lies down in a corner and cries*)