February 23, 2016

Sailor Moon Petit Charas – Black Moon Set

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In playing catch up, here are photos of my Black Moon set, including Black Lady, Chibi-usa’s Wiseman corrupted transformation.  (more…)

February 18, 2016

Sailor Moon Petit Charas – Ayakashi Sisters

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Whelp, since I opened the School Life 2 set and had my camera out, I said screw it and just took photos of all the Petit Chara sets I’m behind on. Next up: the Ayakashi Sisters from the Black Moon arc. This was the first of two sets featuring characters from the Black Moon family. (more…)

March 24, 2015

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

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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…)

October 7, 2014

Nendoroid More Faces Review

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They’re here!!

My first direct purchase from Good Smile Company to arrive are these wonderful extra Nendoroid faces. Well, mostly wonderful. There are 4 of them I am not super excited about for now because I have no figures they’d work with (plus that one squishy face is just ugly). I was lucky enough to get one of each of the nine faces in my shipment, which meant I needed to find a model to show of my favourites of the bunch. I decided to use Teddie (Kuma) from Persona 4 in his human form since I have no other faces for him than the one he came with. (more…)

October 4, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Set 3

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It’s the first Saturday of October, which meant that after laying in the most comfortable spot in my bed for an extra 40 minutes this morning, I finally jumped out of bed and wrangled my husband into getting Sailor Moon Crystal episode 7 ready to roll on Hulu. I was all warm and fuzzy from the feels between Usagi and Mamoru, Venus’ rooftop reveal, and the general giddiness I get with each new episode. So when the doorbell rang barely 20 minutes later and I realized what was at the door, you could say I had to contain a very loud squee so as not to deafen the poor USPS delivery man.  (more…)

July 24, 2014

Sailor Moon Petit-Chara Sets 1 & 2

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It was been long established now that I am a huge Sailor Moon fan. If you haven’t realized this yet, shame on you! So it should be no surprise that when I found these Sailor Moon Puchi-Chara (Petit Chara) figure sets from Megahouse on J-List a few months back it was important that I get my hands on them. These are part of the anniversary/revival celebration and are just too damn adorable to pass up. Both sets came as 6 blind box packages in a sealed box and ran me $40 a piece before taxes and shipping.  (more…)

May 8, 2013

Nendoroid Madness: Tales of Series Collection

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Last week I discovered that Good Smile Company had released a set of Nendoroid figures based on the “Tales of” video game series. And because I am addicted to both, there was no way in hell I was not going to have these in my collection.

What I thought was a for sure 6 piece set ended up arriving as a retailer pack of 8 blind box figures, meaning I had to open every one and pray with my fingers crossed that I opened a complete set. Which I did!! I was even lucky enough to acquire the “secret” figure of Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny (furthest left in the picture).

Beside Leon are: Yuri & Estelle from Tales of Vesperia, Asbel & Sofi from Tales of Graces, and finally Jude & Milla from Tales of Xillia.

There was a bit of a mishap when I was snapping Leon onto his base as his sword snapped off from his hand and this will be remedied with model glue this weekend. Thankfully the other figures with swords had theirs come separately so there were no more broken pieces. The only other issue I had was with Sofi’s pigtails. I had to twist the plugs in which took a few attempts as simply pushing them in was a complete failure.

Overall, extremely happy with these guys and now Haruhi, Yuki and Asahina (Haruhi Suzumiya Summer Collection Nendoroids) have company.

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