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…)

October 16, 2014

Sailor Saturn Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

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Sailor Saturn Box

Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned, but Plan B shows up unexpectedly and you realize that it worked out just as well.

When Sailor Saturn still hadn’t shipped from Amazon, I was starting to get worried. I’d ordered from Amazon, not a 3rd party seller, but all the 3rd parties had her in stock and were shipping them while the only update we got from Amazon was an email asking if we still wanted the item. Concerned and impatient, I turned to Barnes and Noble. Why, you ask? Well, turns out some of the B&Ns in the area have some very nice SH Figuarts and Gundam model display cases now. Of the two B&Ns within 15 minutes of us, one has these displays and thankfully had 1 Sailor Saturn in stock. So I rushed there and with 15 minutes left until closing, Sailor Saturn was mine. It made me a little sad to cancel the Amazon order but that was squashed by the excitement of having Saturn in hand. (more…)

September 3, 2014

Sailor Jupiter Figure Review (Bandai Tamashii S.H. Figuarts)

JupiterInBox2 After spending the weekend at DragonCon, I came home to find two goodies from Amazon: Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:birth1 for the Vita, and my Sailor Jupiter Figuarts figure. Finally the Inner Sailor Senshi were all together again! I wanted to take pictures and write about her yesterday but I had to get some work done. Here she is now with pictures and thoughts below. (more…)

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