Thursday, May 17, 2012

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Another addition to my Figuarts ZERO from the New World version series. This is my sixth Figuarts ZERO and the fourth from One Piece characters. Following the New World version series, Chopper is in redesigned appearance.

After 2 years of training at the Torino Kingdom, Chopper, the human reindeer and the doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates has returned with a different look (more details here). Eiichiro Oda has redesigned him prioritizing his cuteness. As you may have noticed, his head is bigger and his body is smaller than before, giving him a more chibi look. That’s because being cute is what Chopper is famous for.

This is the 3rd version of Chopper in Figuarts ZERO form, the first one is the normal pre-time skip appearance, and the 2nd is a Tamashii Festival 2011 event exclusive. This figure was released late November 2011 for 1,365 yen. Quite cheap being a small figure, I got it last February 2012 at a discounted price from Hobby Frontier along with Figuarts ZERO - Nico Robin (New World ver.). I was lucky enough to be able get this at that time since most of the online stores does not have stock anymore.

Chopper stands about 60mm. It is small but to be expected since Chopper is actually a small character and it follows the same scale as the others. See the size comparison below.

Figuarts ZERO - Straw Hat Pirates (New World ver.)
Figuarts ZERO - Straw Hat Pirates (New World ver.)

Chopper is so small that he isn’t even half as tall as Luffy and Usopp.

Below are the box shots.


Box Art and Contents


Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)




The box is also so small and is also not even half the size of the other normal sized boxes of Figuarts ZERO. It really looked miniaturized in comparison. Because I got this from a local online store, the Toei sticker (proof of authenticity) that comes with it is the silver one. Left side of the box shows the other characters but it doesn’t appear like it is featuring Chopper since he is too small and he is not at the center unlike the other box arts from the series. On the bottom part is a Bandai Asia hologram sticker, another proof of authenticity.


Inside the box, Chopper comes with an extra arm holding a stick and as usual, a base stand. Other than that is just a promotional leaflet and nothing else.

Photo Gallery


Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)

Figuarts ZERO - Tony Tony Chopper (New World ver.)


Given that the figure is this small, I bet it is really hard to paint this figure specially in mass production. But I think Bandai has pulled it off (I salute the one who did the painting on this figure and the hundreds that he/she also did). It does not have a lot of details but the important features were well taken care of. The colors on Chopper’s redesign looks cool. Eiichiro Oda puts lots of colors on his redesigns of all the Straw Hat Pirates. I liked this version of Chopper a lot better than the pre time-skip version (I still like the old one).

The face is as cute a Chopper is on anime/manga, no complains about that. The overall sculpt is very nice. The pose is simple since there is not much pose you can do with Chopper unless he is on his other fighting forms (I hope Bandai will release a battle version of Chopper in his Heavy Point form).

There are few paint imperfections on the hat but it is really almost unnoticeable when you look at the actual figure as compared to these pictures. The shirt is also painted properly and even the small ring on his horn was given attention (there were some paint spills though).

The right arm can be removed easily and can be replaced with the alternate arm holding the stick that was seen Chopper carrying when he returns to Sabaody Archipelago. But the belt of the hat gets in the way when you are trying to pose him with his right arm forward, so you may need to turn the head a little. Not a problem since the head should be able to actually rotate 360 degrees, it just can’t rotate totally since the other hand is fixed and gets in the way of the hat. It also looked better turning the head a little towards the right, making his pose asymmetrical.

The base stand is also small in comparison with the other base stands, not surprising considering the figure’s size. It has Chopper’s personal jolly roger, his name, a japanese quote that I cannot read, and a “Dead or Alive” print. And guess what, this figure cannot stand on its own without the base. You must be thinking how the heck was I able make him stand on those shots then. Simple, I put some sticky tack on the bottom of his feet, the same one that I use to hold my gundam parts during painting, just a small amount so it will be hidden in the camera.

I am very much pleased with this figure. My only complain about this is that Bandai should have thrown in some more extra items like medical bag or something, or maybe with a few extra replacement parts to display Chopper in different form, and packaged it on the same box size as the others so you are getting more than just a small figure. But given the price of this figure, I didn’t paid as much as the other figures so I am just getting what I paid for, I guess it’s also works for me.

I hope you enjoyed this one. Check out other One Piece Figuarts ZERO here

No comments:

Post a Comment