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Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts ZERO

sooyongsooyong3 years agoReview
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Here it is, a review of the (notorious) Sailor Moon Figuarts ZERO figurine.

Why notorious? Because when it was announced, a lot of fans complained about her awkward arm position and face. I agree, it does look awkward from certain angles, and Sailor Moon fans can be very hard to please, so it's not really easy to say whether this figurine is successful or not.

I originally wasn't going to buy it, due to the price. I only intended on collecting the regular Figuarts. But once I saw that it was bigger in comparison, I decided to go ahead and get it. I'm glad I did, because--as expected--they will be releasing a collection of Sailor Senshi, with Sailor Mercury coming up next as a Premium Bandai exclusive (how fortunate I am to be living in Japan right now).

I first saw the Figuarts ZERO in person at a hobby shop in Kobe. It was on a rotating stand so you could easily see it from different angles. From there I was able to see that she looks much better in person. The straight-shot promotion photo just doesn't work for her pose.

On to the opening of the package!

The figurine box came tissue-wrapped from Amazon Japan. There is a plastic window on the box so you can see her, and the Mood Rod comes disconnected from her hand.

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Opening the box without damaging it was a hassle; I had a hard time getting the flap out since it was locked with the side flaps. I tried both the top and bottom and ended up getting the top open, with just the tiiiiiniest rips on the corners made by the time I was done. I managed to escape getting any cardboard wrinkles.

Upon taking it out, the figurine comes encased in two interlocked pieces of plastic, and there's also a monochrome paper insert advertising the Proplica Moon Stick (which is funny considering that no one is actually selling it for the retail price of 8,800 yen right now). There are sheets of soft plastic covering Sailor Moon's body as well as the ends of her pigtails.

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I examined the paint job, which does look nice. It didn't exceed nor fall below my expectations, but I did come across a dissatisfying area, a smudge of yellow paint on her arm and a tiny bit on her bow.

Like with my Petit Chara Tuxedo Mask, I used a non-acetone polish remover to get the paint off her arm. I used a little bit on her bow too but ended up taking a little of the red paint off with it. Oops. Fortunately it's not at all noticeable.

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As long as they're not glaringly obvious and they're correctable, I'm typically not easily bothered by small defects. For a mass produced line like Figuarts ZERO, I'm not really surprised.

Other than the smudge, Sailor Moon looks well done. I love the way her skirt and collar flows in the back, and I like the shiny finish to her boots. I feel like her buns could be a little smaller; they're somewhat large for her head and I think that's another contributing factor to her "awkward" appearance.

People have also mentioned her high-cut leotard, which I really examined for the first time and realized that they are EXTREMELY high cut compared to other Sailor Moon figures. I don't know why they chose to do that. O_o

As for the Moon Rod, I wasn't really crazy about the transparent red that they chose for the ball. In the promo photos it looks terribly dark, but in person it's a little lighter, which is good. Since it comes separated from her grasp, you'll have to put it in her hand yourself. It's easiest to start from her pinky and work the rod into her fingers that way. The rod is easily adjustable after putting it into her hand.

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In regards to her arm, I actually tried the pose myself, and while it's a little awkward, it's possible to copy. Most of the weight goes into the upper arm, near the shoulder. I agree it's not the best pose for her and I would've rather seen her in a different pose, but nonetheless I think she looks good and I'm happy with her. However, with Sailor Mercury looking far superior, it's disappointing that our main heroine won't unquestionably be the best looking in the Figuarts ZERO collection.

Right now it's easy to grab this figurine for well below the retail price. I pre-ordered from Amazon JP and got it for about 7,100 yen at the time of shipping, but I'm a little disappointed that it's going for even cheaper now, meaning that I could have waited. Oh well.

See the collection of photos here: Sailor Moon Figuarts ZERO

There are two panty shots in here so careful where you view this gallery! ^_^;
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shingouki (3 years ago) #2069026Her brooch is horrible!!! I also don't like her "dhalsim-like" arm >_<

You and many other people, lol.
3 years ago
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Her brooch is horrible!!! I also don't like her "dhalsim-like" arm >_<
3 years ago
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She does look a lot better in your photos than the promotional ones! Thanks for the review
3 years ago
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Nice review! I think i'm gonna get the main senshi as statues instead of their current figure line. They look better overall and the stands are cool : 3
3 years ago
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sooyong (3 years ago) #2064343It's highly unlikely but I actually wish they'd make a second Moon figurine in the future, one with a more impressive stand and a different weapon (or even no weapon, that's fine too)

Hmm... if we're lucky we might get a Super Sailor Moon. Or a Princess Serenity! I'm pretty sure I'd buy Serenity no matter what she looked like :))
3 years ago
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Plume (3 years ago) #2064323Well, I only thought of it because I know that's a method of "fixing" leaning figures. So hey, if warmth makes the PVC bendy enough to fix something that leaned, I thought maybe it helps with something that's just weird from the very start :)). I never did it with PVCs cause I never had to (thank goodness) but I did do it to GK Velvet's skirt and hoodie, because the pieces really didn't fit well together. So the method works well with resin, too :P
But yeah, I wouldn't get it while disliking it either. If it was just the arm I'd buy the thing and try to bend the arm piece into a normal position, but there's also the panties and the face so... nope. But I was curious if anyone had any pics of it "fixed" via warm water or air :)). That's all.
Anywho. Hope you enjoy your figure :D. We all have things that we can ignore, and things that really bother us in a figure. Personally, I can't ignore weird anatomy. But something I may very well not care about, is how faithful the figure's face is to the original character design - and I know that's a pet peeve for many people. If the face is proportional to the rest of the character's body and is nicely colored and sculpted, I'm just fine with it :). So yeah, I definitely do get where you're coming from.


Hmm, I should probably try that with some of my figurines, namely Sailor Mercury in the HGIF collection, because right now she really does look like she's saying "COME AT ME BRO!" and even more so because she's leaning a little bit forward.

I think Moon's face shape looks a little peculiar at certain angles, especially with her cheeks and mouth, but they did a good job on her eyes and her nose looks fine to me. That's another thing that looks not-so-great from a front shot. I'm wondering how they didn't manage to catch the fact that the pose overall would leave fans in question, but then turned around and sculpted Mercury to look absolutely goregous! The same with the base as well. It's highly unlikely but I actually wish they'd make a second Moon figurine in the future, one with a more impressive stand and a different weapon (or even no weapon, that's fine too)
3 years ago
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sooyong (3 years ago) #2064309I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that people actually go to this extent for their figurines O.o
It might be possible the but it's pretty stiff so the water would have to be really hot. If I absolutely hated her arm I'd probably just not spend the money on it. But unlike the majority of people, I have no problem with it. The anime and manga are FULL of near-impossible poses and crazy body proportions, so I'm not one to really be broken (no pun intended) over the fact that her arm is bent a little weird.
They probably should have her hand positioned palm-down (basically rotated 180 degrees). That probably would have looked more natural.


Well, I only thought of it because I know that's a method of "fixing" leaning figures. So hey, if warmth makes the PVC bendy enough to fix something that leaned, I thought maybe it helps with something that's just weird from the very start :)). I never did it with PVCs cause I never had to (thank goodness) but I did do it to GK Velvet's skirt and hoodie, because the pieces really didn't fit well together. So the method works well with resin, too :P

But yeah, I wouldn't get it while disliking it either. If it was just the arm I'd buy the thing and try to bend the arm piece into a normal position, but there's also the panties and the face so... nope. But I was curious if anyone had any pics of it "fixed" via warm water or air :)). That's all.

Anywho. Hope you enjoy your figure :D. We all have things that we can ignore, and things that really bother us in a figure. Personally, I can't ignore weird anatomy. But something I may very well not care about, is how faithful the figure's face is to the original character design - and I know that's a pet peeve for many people. If the face is proportional to the rest of the character's body and is nicely colored and sculpted, I'm just fine with it :). So yeah, I definitely do get where you're coming from.
3 years ago
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Plume (3 years ago) #2063960The transparent pieces in the Rod and her odangos are actually some of the few things I feel they really did right with this figure. Also she looks to be a decent size. But I just can't get over that broken arm and the weird panties and the odd face. I'm curious though, has anyone tried putting her arm under hot water or a hair-blower and forcing it into a normal position?

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that people actually go to this extent for their figurines O.o

It might be possible the but it's pretty stiff so the water would have to be really hot. If I absolutely hated her arm I'd probably just not spend the money on it. But unlike the majority of people, I have no problem with it. The anime and manga are FULL of near-impossible poses and crazy body proportions, so I'm not one to really be broken (no pun intended) over the fact that her arm is bent a little weird.

They probably should have her hand positioned palm-down (basically rotated 180 degrees). That probably would have looked more natural.
3 years ago
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Ihavenoidea (3 years ago) #2063976My friend says that they're not exactly "panties", but rather the outfit is sort of a leotard itself (something about the transformation sequence??) it's been a really loooong time since I've watched the series so I can't confirm it for sure. xDDemitria (3 years ago) #2063981yeah, it's like a leotard. You can see it durin the henshin (transformation). www.youtube.com...mintbunny (3 years ago) #2064092It's a leotard. They've never been panties. It's like a gymnastics uniform with a skirt over it. That doesn't keep the part of her leotard that's underneath her skirt from looking weird though.

Yes, leotard. I didn't think this detail would actually come up in the comments, lol. I know it's a leotard, but since I was talking about that area specifically I said panties. I'll edit my review so as not to confuse anyone else...
3 years ago
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mintbunny The Geeky Bunny
Ihavenoidea (3 years ago) #2063976My friend says that they're not exactly "panties", but rather the outfit is sort of a leotard itself (something about the transformation sequence??) it's been a really loooong time since I've watched the series so I can't confirm it for sure. xD

It's a leotard. They've never been panties. It's like a gymnastics uniform with a skirt over it. That doesn't keep the part of her leotard that's underneath her skirt from looking weird though.
3 years ago
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