One Piece Anime Heroes are available now from Bandai America! Plus we got another chance to talk to Cisco Maldonaldo about the amazing line and ideas for what’s next!
Bandai America’s sensational Anime Heroes line of figures, which includes popular animes Naruto and Saint Seiya, now includes One Piece! The first set of One Piece Anime Heroes figures include The Big Three, Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji, and are available now at Amazon and Target. Walmart will have the figures available in June and other retailers will have them later this summer. Plus, we got another chance to talk to Cisco Maldonado, Bandai America’s Director of Brand Strategy, about the excitement of the One Piece line and a little about what’s next! What I think most fans will take away from these figures is that they will know they are made for fans by fans, with complete passion and dedication. Just check out this quote from Mr. Maldonado:
“It’s all about how you can take these characters and make them your own… The experience just doesn’t stop when you buy it. The experience continues to go on as long as you own the figure. Whether your want to put them up on your shelf, on your desk, next to your phone, or pose them to other things. Whether it’s another figure, or whether it’s a potato. It’s really about imagination and creating stories of your own. Which is really the whole reason action figures exist in the first place.” – Cisco Maldonado, Director of Brand Strategy of Bandai America
For some back story, Bandai America first announced the figures in December of 2020. We were lucky enough to speak in-depth with Cisco Maldonaldo and get an in-depth look of the figures and talk about the process of making the figures and I also tried to get some hints at future releases. Cisco did say it wouldn’t be a bad idea to expect more One Piece, and today he has confirmed there will be more.
“We’re thrilled to bring this new line of figures to the Anime Heroes umbrella!” said Cisco Maldonado, Senior Director – Brand Strategy, Bandai America. “Pre-sales have already shown how dedicated the One Piece fan base is, and we’re beyond excited to be able to provide these figures to collectors.” [Via Bandai America]
Be sure to check out the announcement and our first interview with Mr. Maldonaldo for more in-depth coverage of the figure, also be ready for our hands-on impression of the figures or just check out the pics/links below to order yours.
***Pro-Tip (via @theyrenotjusttoys) the Zoro Figure works in any setting because it is very possible he would get so lost that he ended up in another IP.