Monkey D. Luffy – Portrait of Pirates Kabuki Edition
For many, he needs no introduction. Monkey D Luffy is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece. Luffy appeared originally for the first time in the One Piece manga’s first chapter and in the One Piece anime series’ first episode. He is on a mission to find the One Piece, a fabled treasure and aim to become the pirate king. A motley crew of unique pirates faithfully supports him.
He is the son of Monkey D. Dragon, grandson of Monkey D. Garp, the adoptive brother of Portgas D. Ace and Sabo and the foster son of Curly Dadan. He ate the Gomu Gomu no mi (Gum-Gum Devil’s fruit) and it gave him the power over rubber. His powers are similar to that of Mr Fantastic from the Fantastic Four and Elongated Man from the Justice League. He is impulsive and so chaotic that his own crew is sometimes in a daze because of his antics. His is also very addicted to meat. He is on a mission to find the One Piece, a fabled treasure and aim to become the pirate king. A motley crew of unique pirates, the Straw Hat Pirates, Faithfully supports him.
Name: Monkey D. Luffy – Portrait of Pirates Kabuki Edition
Release Date: 2016-09-29
Size: 19 cm
Weight: 1000.0 g
Material: ABS and PVC
Anime/Manga/Game: One Piece
Most of the One Piece characters have been made figurines off and sometimes the Brand Houses have to re-imagine anime characters, get creative to find new ways to display popular characters, such as the captain of the Straw Hat Crew, Monkey D. Luffy. He is such an out-of-the-box creative figurine – A version of Luffy, showing our hero in the style of traditional Japanese Kabuki dance drama. There are actual kabuki dance performances inspired by One Piece, from which the team at Megahouse probably drew their inspiration from for this figurine. Luffy has the typically exaggerated make-up that goes with the whole Kabuki drama tradition, standing in an impressive pose. He is dressed in a classic kimono and swords attached to his belt (maybe Zoro has competition now).
Overall: An impressive 9
Paint Job – 9
The paint job is scary and that is just the make-up we are talking about. The Mega House team shines as they bring us a terrific paint job that is detailed and very neatly done.
Sculpting – 9
The sculpting is beautifully crafted. The figurine looks as if it is in a very intense moment in the kabuki performance. Luffy’s face is quite serious and the detail in his expression is well crafted.
Design – 8
The figurine is an interesting and creative design, certainly different than the norm. If you are used to Luffy as you know him in anime and manga this figurine may take a moment to get used to.
Display Worth – 10
This figurine may appeal to certain fanatiks on the other hand; collectors might want a figurine of Luffy in his normal mode. But it will definitely draw attention.
This is an interesting, fresh concept and deserves to be praised. Looking at it evokes feelings that this is not just a figurine but an artistic expression, like having this will be as if you have a Da Vinci painting or something to that effect in your collection. If you look close, in your imagination, you feel the urge to imagine that you are hearing traditional Japanese music… and is Luffy starting to dance? The best way to know is to get this figurine for your collection, yes?
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