March 24, 2015

Sailor Uranus & Neptune Figure Reviews (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

Neptune and Uranus

It feels inherently wrong to write about Uranus without Neptune and vice versa, which is why I held off on posting pictures of Uranus until Neptune arrived. In Japan, Premium Bandai shipped the two of them together (or so said all the preorders at the time) but when it came to North American distribution, Bluefin Tamashii split them up and sold them at $50 a piece on Amazon et al.

In the original Sailor Moon manga, Uranus and Neptune were a lesbian couple. Haruka (Uranus) dressed more masculine and had an affinity for racing cars, while Michiru (Neptune) was an accomplished violinist and the more feminine of the two. When the original anime came to North America, executives at DIC decided it would be better to change their relationship to cousins. It was the early 90s and gay characters were a pretty touchy subject as it was, so they thought it best not to present that sort of lifestyle to impressionable youngsters. Thankfully we’ve grown a lot since then, and I am looking forward to seeing their relationship unaltered when the second season of Sailor Moon Crystal rolls around. (more…)

February 25, 2015

Yotsuba Koiwai Action Figure (Kotobukiya)

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Yotsubas Chilling

New Yotsuba (left) with my original Yotsuba (right)

It is no secret that a certain green haired 5 year old girl is my favourite manga character of all time (with Usagi from Sailor Moon and Onizuka from GTO tied for the #2 spot). The series is one I like to pull out when I am feeling down or need some inspiration and power through in a couple of days, leaving me refreshed and happy. Her innocent view of the world fills me with all the smiles and laughter.

I have one of the original Yotsuba Revoltech figures. Because it’s an original it doesn’t have many accessories or points of articulation. I keep her in her box stance on the shelf beside my Danboard Revoltech, sometimes holding her ice cream bar. When I found out Kotobukiya was making a new non-Revoltech line Yotsuba with 21 points of articulation and Jurarumin it was an instant preorder.  (more…)

July 23, 2014

Sailor Moon Figuart Update: Mercury, Mars & Venus

SenshiTrio

 

After months of searching for my digital camera, I finally found it yesterday (where I now recall putting it as soon as we moved). And since I don’t want to delay this any longer, I took a few minutes and cleared off a semi-decent spot at the kitchen table so I could snap some pictures of Sailors Mercury (Ami), Mars (Rei), and Venus (Minako). These are from the SH Figuarts line of toys released by Bandai Tamashii and are officially licensed products.

As with the previously released Sailor Moon (Usagi) figure, each character comes with a few interchangeable faces and sets of hands so you can pose them and attempt to re-create some of the Senshi’s attack moves from the manga and anime. I didn’t really mess around with those today as I just wanted to get them out of the box and need to purchase a storage system for all the tiny parts. (more…)

July 1, 2014

Sailor Moon Proplica Moon Stick

Moon Stick on Stand

A few weeks back I received my coveted Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Moon Stick Proplica from Amazon and snapped a whole bunch of pictures that I flooded Twitter with. I meant to post them here as well but with all my cross stitching and book editing duties, I forgot.  All pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera because I am not sure where my digital camera went after the move. (more…)

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