Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Figurine | Banpresto Demon Slayer FIGURE Guardians of the Night - Third Form

This week, I'll be featuring my third Banpresto figurine for Demon Slayer anime manufactured by Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. and it's my fourth favourite character right after Giyu, Tanjirou and Nezuko; Zenitsu Agatsuma (我妻 善逸 Agatsuma Zenitsu). I'm not going to lie, it takes me a long time before my ears got used to Shimono Hiro's (character's voice actor) loud screams while watching the the first season last year but the moment of awe came for me in the 12th episode as he was so scared to the point of loosing consciousness and bam! Spoiler alert! Zenitsu in sleep-mode awaken, used the Thunder Breathing: First Form - Thunderclap and Flash as he slay the head of the demon. Man, I had goosebump at that time.

As you're probably expected, this figurine is part of Demon Slayer : Guardians of the Night (鬼滅の刃フィギュアー絆ノ装 Kimetsu no Yaiba Figua - Kizuna no Sou) designed by Banpresto Co. Ltd. (toy company that has merged with Bandai Spirits Co., Ltd. since 2019) and at this point, this is the third Zenitsu's figure in my whole collection. I'd be sure to post about the others real soon, okay!

But first off, let's talk about the packaging!

After extensive search through several online shopping platforms, I've finally managed to find this figurine on Shopee as I've decided that it's the best platform for buying figurines released prior last year and after making comparisons to the photos posted on, I'm confident that this figure is indeed authentic so it was a huge relief as I've found a lot of fakes and counterfeits i.e bootlegs also sold on the very same platform.

I've noticed that the front elevation of the figurine being printed on both smaller sides of the box with the right side featuring the A version or the Sepia Colour version of the previous release of figurines; Nezuko Kamado Second Form in Sepia Colour version was featured along side the Third Form of this figurine line which is  B version in normal colour as shown above.

At the back of the box, there's the front elevation of the figurine being printed again along with the manufacturer address at the bottom part of the box. Also, there's the manufacturing date printed at the bottom side of the box which is May, 2020 hence this figurine that I've gotten is actually a re-release version of the figurine as it first came out back in September, 2019.

At the top side of the box, there's the official anime logo with the figurine's name printed on it. There's also the indicator (white box) that this figurine is for Sales Outside Japan Only. According to a Shopee seller, an authentic figure always comes in a box and there's serial number stamped on the inner side of of the top (sometimes bottom) lid of the box so definitely check yours before cutting open the plastic cover.

Now, the figurine came with an inner packaging that supposedly hold the unassembled figurine inside so even when the outer box get smashed into half of its size, not to worry as the figurine should be safe for you to unbox. Well, I'd sure hope so as I've already gotten one figurine with torn outer box at this point and it's still in perfect condition although the Shopee seller sure got a long review with multiple photos and a video.

Of course, the figurine came in unassembled parts as shown above sealed in clear plastics; usually in 3 to 6 parts depending on the design but for this Third Form, there's the black oval base, the body and then the head and these took me less than a minute to assemble. 

Of course, I would prefer to get a figurine with action pose but to be honest, I'm running out of space in my shelf so I'm going to appreciate this a little bit more while waiting for my new display shelves to arrive as I'm aiming to get one from Figma or Ichibankuji. I've got to say that this figurine has the best  work for the collar part among others that I have especially Tanjirou whereby the collar line got messed up a bit.

Side elevations of the figurine. I've compared Zenitsu's haori finishes to Tanjirou's and they have a bit of similar feeling; mattified and quite smooth to touch. 

Back elevation of the figurine. The orange colour totally suits Zenitsu as character and of course, the colour screams thunder and lightning!

Zenitsu was featured on the cover of the third volume of the original manga along with Tanjirou so you guys can see they're showing off their newly earned Demon Slayer uniform. I love the tone for this figure isn't too bright like it'll pop so much like Kyoujuro's nor too muted like the Q Posket Sepia version.

It's just Zenitsu along with the sibling but I totally can't wait to add more to this line-up especially it's missing Inosuke although for now. I'd be sure to update some more in the next week! Stay tuned!

Disclaimer | This figurine was bought and shipped to my door with my own money. My opinions expressed here don't represent any party and I'm not responsible for any misinformation as I'm just sharing them as it is but feel free to let let me know if you want to add or correct anything here. Sharing is caring!

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