Sailor Moon Petit Deluxe

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Japanese release date: September 29, 2015
International release date:

Website: http://sailormoon-Official.com
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The Petit Deluxe series seems to be a new series to replace Bandai’s Chibi-Arts. Following a similar, but larger design to their Petit Chara Land and Petit Chara figures, it’s still allows for interchangeable alternate pieces, and face plates! Sailor Moon, the first (and currently ONLY) piece in the series also includes a base that doubles as storage.

Packaging

IMG_0082I imagine this is how most of the boxes from this line will look. Open window in the front, character, name, info, and special details on the box as typical. The design is actually PERFECT for Sailor Moon. The lace is reminiscent of Naoko’s earlier manga art where she included lace and doily patterns EVERYWHERE she could. I am a little disappointed in the vectored bow. It’s missing a lot of the iconic shape of the Sailor Moon bow despite it being featured elsewhere properly on the box.

The window of the box nicely features the figure, and her accessories without creating a messy display showing all of the extra parts. While it’s visually appealing it IS a little empty, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of options.

IMG_0084The side window allows a neat look at the profile view of Sailor Moon.

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I did have one minor issue with my box aside from some slight corner damage. The plastic window wasn’t actually glued to the bottom left side of the box. There’s no residue, or sign that it had ever been sealed in at all. Fortunately I know how to fix it, but it was a bit disappointing.

Parts, and Fit

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Sailor Moon comes with 19 pieces:

2 Face Plates
1 Neck Joint
1 Body (including legs)
7 Arm Pieces
1 Back head Piece
1 Fringe (Bangs)
2 Pig Tails
1 Luna
1 Cutie Moon Rod
1 Base
1 Base Arm Attachment

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So far the fit of everything feels nice and tight. I’m not concerned about anything falling off… except for maybe her bangs. They’re a little loose, but the only issues I had with her during the photo shoot was when I was reassembling everything after the picture above.

Nendoroid Compatibility

Some people have questioned whether her face plates are compatible with Nendoroids. I’m going to leave it at “It depends”. I’ve seen people try certain face plates that worked just fine, but I’ve also seen people say theirs didn’t fit. What SHOULD work is attaching an entire head from the neck joint onto the alternate body.

Sculpting and Posing

Sailor Moon’s sculpt definitely follows the Petit Chara and Petit Chara Land line of figures.

groupIt’s kind of funny, because these figures are in order of release, and you can see a clear improvement between the Petit Chara and Petit Chara Land figures, but the Deluxe figure looks like a strange mix between the two. She’s definitely the most rigid of the three, but I think it’s  partly because without her posed arms she reminds me of this:

117503…which isn’t so good given that this Miku is based on a mascot costume. The figure isn’t all that likable due to the proportions, and the lack of neck. The collector community often complains about the figures based on those costumes.

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In action Sailor Moon is not that unpleasant though. She’s VERY cute and very fun to play with with her multiple arms for different poses. Her skirt could use some life, but gives us the ability to move her legs. Though they aren’t interchangeable they DO have joints at her hips.

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The back is nicely sculpted, though probably not going to be viewed often due to the nature of her stand. There are some small seam lines on her arms, but they’re not visible during display.

Painting

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The paint is actually really well done. I had concerns after so many issues with the S.H.Figuarts figures, but the only anomalies are ones I completely expected due to the size of the details.

The messy details are her boot tops, and tiara charm (below). Her hair, clothing, and the moons on her boots are really nicely done. I LOVE how clean her brooch is despite its size, and the amount of detail both sculpted and painted.

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I expected a clean print in Sailor Moons eyes, which as kind of made me feel uneasy about them, but aesthetically I LOVE them. They’re so cute and detailed, and the pixelated/stipple look compliments her chibi proportions.

Base

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Her base is actually quite awesome. Most bases for articulated/interchangeable figures are just flat, made to take up as little space as possible, or balance the figure as well as possible. Sailor Moon’s base acts not only as a pretty stand for balance, but also as a riser, and a storage box! The height lifts it off of the surface of wherever it is displayed so that things can be displayed in front of it, but that height also provides a nice container for all of Sailor Moons extra pieces. Don’t worry. If that looks too messy for you the base will operate just fine without the extra weight of the parts inside of it to weigh it down.

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Just a reference picture for the assembly of the base, because I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out why the peg for Sailor Moons back didn’t fit… lol. This end goes into the BASE! Not Sailor Moon.

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The part of the base that Sailor Moon sits on is actually the Silver Crystal, and the inside of the Crystal Star Locket. It’s a nice touch, given that Sailor Moon is wearing the Crystal Star Brooch instead of her first season Classic Transformation Brooch.

Identify Bootlegs

As of November 3, 2015 there are no bootlegs for this series. If you believe that you’ve found a bootleg please comment below with a link to the listing, or photos of your figure and I’ll update this post!

Overall

I’m really looking forward to the potential continuation of this series and acquiring Sailor Mercury. At $45 CAD it was a little steep in comparison to the Nendoroid line in quality and accessories vs cost, but the odd Nendo also comes with a lack of accessories for a high price tag, so I’m hoping who ever is next in the series does a little better.

While at a super close inspection her paint IS a little suspect she’s the first in a new line of figures, and given the paint quality of Bandai’s other figure lines it really doesn’t surprise me that most of the small details fall a little short.

In the end I think she’s definitely a must for casual and hard core collectors, but I recommend grabbing her at the best price you see her at. I feel like she’ll drop in price as the S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon line has on the secondary market.

20th Anniversary Bag Charms

Japanese release date: December 2013
International release date: None

Website: http://www.sailormoon-official.com

MFC: Crystal Star | Crisis Brooch | Sailor Pluto Chibi Usa

The bag charms released in 2013 were some of the first accessories we seen from the 20th Anniversary. They featured a string of the Inner Senshi symbols accompanied by the Crystal Star compact, the Crisis brooch, and a Pluto/Chibi Usa themed piece featuring a Time Key, Chibi Usa’s compact, and a star featuring Pluto’s planetary symbol.

These are the official release photos

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IMG_4040smallThe Crystal Star bag charm is a cute chain containing the girls symbols, and a flat Crystal Star brooch charm. The design is simple, and even a little discreet as an anime merchandise piece.  My only complaint about the design is the charm placement. Mercury and Venus’s symbols are very similar, and it looks like they’ve placed 2 of the same charms on one side, even though they haven’t. If you aren’t against a little alteration though, it’s super easy to take a pair of jewelry pliers and switch the charms around.

My biggest issue with this charm set though is that mine came with a factory defect.

IMG_4044SmallI have 2 Sailor Mercury charms, 1 Venus, 1 Jupiter, and 1 Crystal Star, but no Sailor Mars to be found =( I suppose back in 2014 when I received them I could have talked to CDJapan, but there were so many reports about them arriving with box damage, or surface scratches that I just didn’t want to mess with that. At that point these were one of the first signs we were going to get swamped with cool things though, and I just really wanted them lol.

IMG_4043smallThe clasp on the charm isn’t the most secure. While it feels spring loaded I wouldn’t trust it on a bag that I use every day.  The opposite side is basically a really nice looking key ring. Though I think using it as one would mean scratching away the gold paint.

Crisis Brooch Bag Charm

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The Crisis brooch charm is my favourite out of all of them… though that’s definitely bias based on the fact that the Crisis brooch in general is my favourite XD. The stone placements are wonderful though, and the interpretation is sleek.

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The details aren’t EXACT, but that’s a part of having something a little more stylized like this, and probably does a fair bit to help keep the price down. The little pink stones are placed perfectly though, and the center stone, while created with a different “cut” than the drawn piece, looks pretty spot on.

Sailor Pluto and Chibi Moon Bag Charms

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Each individual piece of this charm is beautiful, but I feel like as one set it’s the strangest out of the series. Pluto and Chibi Moon make complete and total sense, but I just felt like this didn’t quite work. It features a star with Pluto’s planetary symbol on it, a time key that Chibi Usa is given by Pluto, and Chibi Usa’s Prism locket.

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Box

The boxes are very cute, but almost all of them arrived damaged in some way. Everything from dents, to surface scratches. The boxes for my charms aren’t as bad as the picture shows… this was mostly unfortunate lighting and a little bit of colour editing that brought out how many scratches there were, so I wanted to show it. Most of the issues will be visible, but not disastrous… though they may not be displayable if you strive for mint condition boxes.

The back of each box shows a black and white image of which charm is in the box, and contains the TOEI sticker.

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Overall

These pieces are all very nice individually. It’s important to look for defects if you purchase any of them. There’s a good chance the box WILL be damaged, but I think your chances of getting one with the wrong charms on it like mine are very slim. I haven’t actually heard of anyone else with this issue (or I’d do some charm swapping lol).

As a collector, I say purchase the ones you like. These aren’t particularly well sought after, nor are they the most amazing quality or item to come out of the revival. They’re just a cute item, with minimal uses, and difficult to display qualities.

Mini Plush Cushion Set 1

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Japanese release date: December 2013
Manufacturer: Bandai

Line: Sailor Moon Mini Cushion
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These plushies were one of the first of the 20th Anniversary celebrations! They’re vastly different than the plush of the 90’s, but without doubt still managed to be some of the cutest plushies out there.

Advertising

I do not currently own any advertising for this product.

Packaging

These plush come loose individually, as well as in a box set. While the individual plush averaged about $10 each, the box set, in places that were selling it for suggested retail, sold for about $40, so slightly discounted. There are no differences between the BOXED plush, and the LOOSE plush though.

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Posing

The plush are made so that they sit. The bottoms are stuffed with beans, the bottoms sewn so that they’re flat, and the legs so that they stick out on the front. For the most part they sit just fine, but I’ve found my Jupiter and Venus have issues balancing. This could be because of Jupiter’s stuffed hair, and Venus’ hair bow.

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Embroidery, Accessories, & Stitching

The plushies seem relatively strong and high quality. I wouldn’t expect many pieces to fall off of these because of old glue or wear. Most things appear to be stitched on. The only pieces that appear to be glued are the earrings, which are also a fabric or paper.

Everything is done extremely clean on these plushies, from the embroidery in their eyes, to how each piece has been stitched on as part of the plush. It seems most of these are put together as a PLUSH, instead of a body with clothing on it like some of the earlier pieces from the 90’s (some important pieces had been glued on).

The gems on their bows are just plastic rhinestones, but are a nice touch compared to the normal fabric or paper materials. The stripes, which in the past were normally stitched on, are printed and solid. Unfortunately the tiara gem gets ignored and appears to be printed into the fabric tiara. The same goes for Sailor Moons hair bun pieces, which appear to be some sort of thick card stock.

Tags

The tags for this set are probably among my favourite for any plush series I’ve owned yet. Each tag has the character on the front, and a profile in Japanese on the inside. It also has the TOEI tag on the back, instead of on the tush tag. Copyright information and warnings can also be found printed on the inside left flap, and back. They’re attacked to the top of each Senshi’s head.

Tush Tags

The tush tags are located on the back butts of the plushies (hence, tush). On the top they’re printed with the corresponding Senshi’s symbol, and on the bottom is their plushie number (392 – 398), the month/year they were released (Lies! They were delayed and released in Dec, not Nov as scheduled),  and where they were made (China).

Overall

These plushies are very nice. They’re cute, well made, reasonably priced at 800 – 1200 yen average retail, and are small enough to keep on a shelf, or display case. The fabrics feature lots of wonderful textures that do not hinder their appearances, and displayed these plush look ADORABLE.

Recommended for Plushie, and general collectors. If plush don’t normally tickle your fancy they will just be plush. There’s nothing to make them particularly special compared to most plushies beyond being a part of the Sailor Moon anniversary. Compared to the typical plushies Sailor Moon received from Banpresto claw machines in the past though, these are a huge step up in quality.

Feel free to comment with any questions you might have!

Star Power Prism Eyeliner

Release Date: October 2013
Website: CreerBeaute


Personal Collection Information:

Purchased from:
Collector in Japan
Paid: $72 USD + shipping
When: October/November 2013

The Star Prism Power Eyeliners are a part of the Miracle Romance line from P-Bandai’s Creer Beauty series and are part of the 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon merchandise. They come in 5 colours: Black, Brown (tea), Blue, Red and White. Black, brown, and white are adorned with silhouettes of Princess Serenity, blue with Sailor Mercury, and red with Sailor Mars, but the line has shown no sign of equivalent pieces for Jupiter or Venus yet.

I purchased mine from a lady who lives in Japan and done a group buy for some LiveJournal users. Currently the easiest, and most reliable way to purchase them is in-store. That said, P-Bandai also released 2000 pink, and 2000 blue boxes that sold online for 3465 yen a set, but contained 3 eyeliners (black or brown, red or blue, and white). The separate eyeliners retail for 1260 yen for the liquid liners, and 945 yen for the white (listed online). So the price is the same for them separately or with the limited edition boxes. They’ve also appeared on the Japanese Amazon site, as well as Jlist.com

Advertising and Packaging

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Eyeliners were released both individually and in 2 limited edition sets containing 3 eyeliners that complimented each other. The white pencil was the only eyeliner included in both sets. Production of the boxes were limited to 2000 each, while the eyeliners themselves seem to be much more mass produced and available in stores.

Advertising for these online has been nearly completely viral marketing by fans outside of Japan. Official releases were made on Sailor Moon Channel, P-Bandai, and Creer Beaute, and that seems to be it. In Japan displays have been set up in stores selling the eyeliners, and there is also an unscanned magazine ad that has been found, but not posted in whole.

The boxes are surprisingly sturdy, although for Mercury, Mars and the White box they have a panel that bends around the box and is sealed with a tab into a slot, and a sticker. This bulges around the box, and is not flat like the black and brown boxes, so it’s possible for this part to bend and crease during shipping if not properly packaged.

The boxes on their own are beautiful, classy, and well designed, using various Art Nouveau motifs that are repeated and recoloured to represent the Senshi. The designs are surprising, considering the amount of flowers, bows, stars, pin stripes and curling girly fonts used on the box. It is overflowing with girly stereotypes, but they’re used expertly and well represent Sailor Moon, and her older fan base.

The black and brown boxes are rather large for no other reason than to make room for the outside flap on the box with additional aesthetic appeal. Be careful when opening this box style. The round 20th anniversary logo is actually a sticker holding down the flap.

The back of the boxes including the Toei stickers.

Black Liquid

Tip Size: 0.1mm Brush
Liquid Amount: 0.4 mL
Origin: Made in Japan
Price: 1260 yen
Ingredients:
Water, (ethylhexyl acrylate / methyl methacrylate) copolymer, BG, glycerin, 1,2 – hexanediol, (acrylates / methyl styrene / styrene) copolymer ammonium, panthenol, hyaluronic acid Na, centifolia rose flower water, hydrolysis Silk, pentylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, ethyl hexyl glycerin, silica, carbomer, AMP, methyl paraben, phenoxyethanol, carbon black, Al

The black applicator applies REALLY well. I’ve used liquid liner before and it frustrated me a lot. This brush style was easy to use, and left a nice, thin, clean line despite my shaky hands. The container is easy and comfortable to hold

The liquid itself applied nicely and lasted through the night. I tested the water proofing both on my eyes and in the shower with just a marking on my hand. The shower test removed quite easily (although it wasn’t applied for more than 5 minutes), but the test on my eyes after all night seemed to hold well enough.

Brown Liquid

Tip Size: 0.1mm Brush
Liquid Amount: 0.4 mL
Origin: Made in Japan
Price: 1260 yen
Ingredients:
Water, BG, (ethylhexyl acrylate / methyl methacrylate) copolymer, glycerin, panthenol, hyaluronic acid Na, centifolia rose flower water, hydrolyzed silk, Penchirengurikoru, polyaspartic acid Na, beheneth -30, (acrylates / methyl styrene / styrene) copolymer ammonium, polyvinyl alcohol, 1,2 – hexanediol, caprylyl glycol, ethyl hexyl glycerin, TEA, silicate (Na / Mg), citric acid, silica, EDTA-2Na, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol, iron oxide

The brown liner applicator and liquid match similarly to the black. The colour is a little more transparent, though application to the test strip seemed good.

Application, waterproofing, and last is comparable to the black liner.

Blue Liquid

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Tip Size: 0.1mm Brush
Liquid Amount: 1.0 mL
Origin: Made in Japan
Price: 1260 yen
Ingredients:
Water, BG, ethanol, (acrylic acid alkyl / diacetone acrylamide) copolymer AMP, (styrene / acrylic acid alkyl) ammonium copolymer, 1,2 – hexanediol, panthenol, hyaluronic acid Na, grape leaf extract, Penchirengurikoru, stearoxy PG hydroxyethyl cellulose sulfonic acid Na, Caprylyl glycol, ethylhexyl glycerin, carbomer, silica, AMP, benzoic acid Na, phenoxyethanol, mica, titanium oxide, Prussian blue, Al

Although I’ve only used the blue liner during opening and testing on paper and my hand I am confident in saying that this will be slightly different than using most liquid liners. It’s VERY thick, and oozes upon initial opening and pulling the liquid to the tip. It’s very bright, and the brush will help maintain decent lines.

The liquid should be usable, but I find the colour event specific. It might be better for raves or cosplay, unless you dress colourful and out there anyway. The eyeliner is not only bold in colour. It also features glitter.

I have no idea what this says,  but I thought it might be important. It’s probably just a “Caution, do not eat” label.

The blue and red eyeliners are more like paintbrushes than the black and brown, which appear to be felt tipped instead of brush.

Red Liquid

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Tip Size: 0.1mm Brush
Liquid Amount: 1.0 mL
Origin: Made in Japan
Price: 1260 yen
Ingredients:
Water, BG, ethanol, (acrylic acid alkyl / diacetone acrylamide) copolymer AMP, 1,2 – hexanediol, (styrene / acrylic acid alkyl) ammonium copolymer, panthenol, hyaluronic acid Na, hibiscus flower extract, Penchirengurikoru, Carbomer, Caprylyl glycol, ethylhexyl glycerin, silica, beheneth -30, polyaspartic acid Na, stearoxy PG hydroxyethyl cellulose sulfonic acid Na, AMP, EDTA-2Na, benzoic acid Na, phenoxyethanol, iron oxide, mica, Al

The red acts very much like the blue. It’s thick, but not as thick as the blue, but the colour is much more transparent. I might take multiple layers to make the colour vibrant. On my colour test strip (below) it appears a little muddy, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

White Pencil

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Tip Size: 0.1mm Brush
Liquid Amount: 1.0 mL
Origin: Made in Japan
Price: 1260 yen
Ingredients:
Methyl trimethicone, trimethyl siloxy silicate, paraffin, polyethylene, microcrystalline wax, diethylhexanoate neopentyl glycol, candelilla wax, triisostearate Poriguriseriru 2, Sorbitan sesquiisostearate, silica, tocopherol, squalene, hyaluronic acid Na, Dimethicone, BHT, mica, titanium oxide, iron oxide, ultramarine blue, tin oxide[/spoiler]

I actually avoided using my white pencil because the first thing it done when I used it on the test strip was crumble. Like most art pencils, pencil eyeliners can crack when dropped, and it looks like mine did during shipping.

That said, it’s a little gritty due to the glitter/sparkle, and it’s not really white. It’s more like an off-beige with some pink when compared to the white paper (see below).

I don’t recommend shipping this if you plan on using it. It might not be worth your time.

Test Strip

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Assembly

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The red and blue eyeliners take some messing with before you can use them. When you open them their brushes will be white and clear of the liquid.

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^ Instructions:
1. Pull off the plastic tab.
2. Push down the lid.
3. Be sure it is down all of the way.

Don’t try and use your thumb like in my photos. Those were just convenient shots because I done photos and movements all alone. I recommend pushing down with the palm of your hand. It might be a little difficult.

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Once the cap has been pushed down you can safely remove it. The brush will still be white and there will be no liquid yet. It is recommended that you leave the cap off during the next step.

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It is recommended that you have some paper towel or tissue prepped for this step, just in case.

While holding the eyeliner with the tip facing UP twist the bottom of the container counter clockwise. This will push the liquid up into the tip. It does take quite a bit of twisting to get your liquid, but I recommend taking your time as once it DOES make it to the brush it will ooze a little.

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Now your liquid eyeliner is ready to use!!

Identify Bootlegs

There are no bootleg items for this product yet.

Overall

For collectors purposes these are rather redundant unless you enjoy wearing make-up, or like the packaging/look of the items. I only recommend them if you plan on collecting most of the Miracle Romance collection, or plan on wearing them. The black has become my go-to eyeliner and doesn’t even bother my psoriasis.

This review was originally posted by me under the username Paulichu on MFC on December 3, 2013.