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HGIF Sailor Moon Collection 20th Anniversary

sooyongsooyong3 years agoReview
Since I did a review for the Sailor Moon Petit Chara figurines, I figured that I should review the HGIF Sailor Moon Collection from Gashapon.

Even though the figure collection is advertised on the Sailor Moon Gashapon website, they aren’t actually regular capsule toys and were available for pre-order exclusively on Premium Bandai’s website from last December to the end of February, at a retail price of 4,980 yen. They were released in late March, with another shipment coming in May.

The first impression that I’m sure everyone has when seeing these is how incredibly exaggerated the poses are. As with many Sailor Moon figurines, there are those who have complaints about their poses and facial expressions. I personally don’t have a problem with them, and I consider it as aesthetic, even if it is quite unrealistic.

So let’s get started!

Premium Bandai shipped the figurines to me in a box within a box, within a box. The red box is the actual packaging; it was in a brown cardboard box labeled "HGIFセーラームーンコレクション.” And of course, THAT box was in the box that they used to ship.

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The underside of the box lid has photos of each Senshi, with the unassembled figures in their corresponding spaces inside the box. It also comes with a set of instructions for arranging the set of figurine bases.

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Each figurine (except Luna and Artemis) comes with a white plastic base, clear peg and “claw” stand pieces, and two bracket-shaped pieces to use for connecting the bases together. I kind of wish the bases were personalized to each character, instead of plain white. The figurines all come disassembled in at least three pieces: head/torso, skirt, and legs. Mars and Venus had separate arms, and Moon had one separated arm and each pigtail separated. The cats are packed separately. The senshi stand at around 10cm tall without the base, while the cats are a little under 3cm tall.

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Now for assembly! I’ll use Sailor Jupiter as an example. I’m not sure how or why I always start with Jupiter, but she was the figurine on the furthest left so I just grabbed her. Let’s hope I don’t break the stand like I did with her Petit Chara…

Here she is in pieces. The way I assembled was skirt to torso, and then legs. You can do skirt-to-legs too, it doesn’t matter.

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I checked for where the “claw” piece fits against her legs, and then assembled the stand piece. The claw can slide up and down on the stick, so check to see how high or low you need it to be. Fortunately, these pieces aren’t nearly as stiff as with the Petit Chara figurines, but I’d still advise you to be careful since the stick is thin. Also, it’s easier to put the stand in first and then match the figurine’s feet to the base pegs. For Jupiter, I had to stretch her legs out just a little bit to get them on the pegs, but it made for a secure fit. Great!

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Upon assembling the others, a few thoughts came to mind. I’m not sure if some of these will be issues for everyone, or if it’s just my set in particular:


  • Mars’ head seems to be tilted a little more downward than how it looks in the picture. It’s a little hard to see her face without trying for an upward shot.
  • Mercury seems to lean forward a bit.
  • The ankle strap on Venus’ shoes seem to actually be connected to her leg, rather than painted on. I also had a little trouble getting her right foot to stay on the peg, so it worried me that her foot could actually break off if one isn’t careful. But I think you’d have to be pretty aggressive for that to actually happen.
  • The cats are a little fat. O_o


In the end, all of the figures were assembled successfully with no major issues. Cool!

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Quality-wise, they’re a little better than the Petit Chara figurines. I didn’t really come across any smudges or chipped paint, though I’m not too fond of the pearl white paint that they used for the body and gloves. You can’t really see it in the photos I took, but in person it doesn’t look quite as smooth as it could be in the smaller, more detailed areas.

My biggest issue would probably be the fact that they neglected to paint the stripes on their collars. It’s one thing to not do them for the Swing Keychains, but I really think they could have done so for these, especially with how noticeable it is. A previous HGIF set (from the 90s I think?) has stripes on the collars, though don’t look quite as good overall. I’m not sure if I’ll paint it myself—probably not, since it’s not really a make-or-break detail for me.

Overall, I think this set is pretty nice, good to add to your collection if you like Sailor Moon figurines and/or if you can’t afford the Figuarts or Figuarts Zero. These are understandably not suited for those who are picky about poses and certain details, and $50--about $10 a piece--is probably about all they’re worth. I won't include posing in the score, since I really think it's a matter of aesthetic preference.

You can see my gallery of photos here:

HGIF Sailor Moon Collection Gallery
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Risayla (3 years ago) #2061688Huh these actually don't look that bad really, I'm honestly surprised.
Their bases are a bit boring but I guess that's to be expected. Nice review! ^-^


Thanks! ^^
3 years ago
1pt
For the price, these seem to be a good choice if you're looking for the main senshi and don't want to break the bank getting all the figures. This review was very insightful and well documented, and it will help me in the future when I will be outfitting a Sailor Moon section in my collection. Right now, I only have the pinup/keychains of the main senshi, but of course this will grow overtime :)
3 years ago
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Risayla ◔‸◔
Huh these actually don't look that bad really, I'm honestly surprised.
Their bases are a bit boring but I guess that's to be expected. Nice review! ^-^
3 years ago
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sooyong (3 years ago) #2061666Do you mean the Figuarts Zero stands? The regular Figuarts stands are fine, in my opinion. But yeah, I wish they had done more. These figurines themselves aren't bad but they're lacking in certain areas.
Nope, i meant the s.h. action figure stands. I can't stand (haha) the clear clasp stands. They're terrible looking and don't really hold up the figures well. At least from my experience they don't. With as expensive as those gashapons were they should have done more with them :/

*kicks premiumbandai*
3 years ago
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catbot (3 years ago) #2061578Ewww those stands. Why would they do that. That's as bad as S.H. Figuarts stands nooooooo. Well now i'm really glad i didn't order them. I was so excited when they were first shown. Bandai just continues to disappoint, man.

Do you mean the Figuarts Zero stands? The regular Figuarts stands are fine, in my opinion. But yeah, I wish they had done more. These figurines themselves aren't bad but they're lacking in certain areas.
3 years ago
0pt
Ewww those stands. Why would they do that. That's as bad as S.H. Figuarts stands nooooooo. Well now i'm really glad i didn't order them. I was so excited when they were first shown. Bandai just continues to disappoint, man.
3 years ago
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Paulichu (3 years ago) #2061497Really? No stripes? Considering, as you said, they painted the stripes on the SMW Gashapon, as well as pretty much all of the swing sets ever I'm really disappointed they didn't do it on these. They were waaaay too expensive to skip out on details at that size.
Great review! Now I'm a little more excited about receiving mine... in a billion weeks because SAL =(


The 20th Anniversary Swing Sets don't have collar stripes or boot stripes either, but I guess I'm not too mad because the overall quality of the new ones seem better than the old ones. But still...stripes aren't hard to paint...
3 years ago
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kuroitenshi (3 years ago) #2061498This was very informative and I know helped make my decision. Also, I am mesmerized that you got photos in there. I'm not cool enough to figure this out yet.

It took me some effort, because it wont detect image URLs unless the actual file with the .jpg/png/bmp extension is in the link. Flickr was only giving me a link to the image's page, so I had to copy it from the HTML link they provided. So in BBCode it's [img]http: //url/image.jpg[/img]
3 years ago
1pt
This was very informative and I know helped make my decision. Also, I am mesmerized that you got photos in there. I'm not cool enough to figure this out yet.
3 years ago
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Paulichu Sailor Senshi of Wisdom
Really? No stripes? Considering, as you said, they painted the stripes on the SMW Gashapon, as well as pretty much all of the swing sets ever I'm really disappointed they didn't do it on these. They were waaaay too expensive to skip out on details at that size.

Great review! Now I'm a little more excited about receiving mine... in a billion weeks because SAL =(
3 years ago
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