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Sailor Moon Figure Maniacs Manga FigureSailor Moon Figure Maniacs Manga Figure

PaulichuPaulichu5 years agoReview
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Figure Maniacs Sailor Moon
By Bandai and Ascii Media Works


The manga version of Sailor Moon is incredibly rare in figure form. There are figures that resemble the chibi versions of the characters as drawn by Naoko, but they're still primarily based on the anime. This Sailor Moon, as made by Ascii Media Works and released under the Figure Maniacs magazine, is the only Sailor Moon figure directly based on manga art down to the style she is sculpted in. She stands approximately 5" tall, which is just slightly taller than the average standing Sailor Moon gashapon, but she fits in a display just fine with them without looking out of place.

Sailor Moon was released in 2005 for 2,700 yen. When I purchased mine on Ebay in 2011 I purchased her for $80 with $20 flat rate shipping. This was pretty much the standard when you found these figures on Ebay for a very long time. No matter what the price, she + shipping would equal $100. Now-a-days (Oct. 2013) She tends to run for about $120 with shipping, sometimes more.

Is she worth $100 more than retail price? Lets find out!

Packaging
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The pictures above (click to view larger) show the small book that the figure comes with. It covers various series including all of the Sailor Moon gashapon, and various other series of Sailor Moon figures advertised throughout.

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The box has virtually the same cover as the book, and is very strong. It's made out of a thick cardboard, and I honestly wouldn't even be worried about the figure being shipped in that alone.

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Packaging is sturdy and beautiful. It's just as nice to display the box with the figure as it is alone, although normally mine displays alone, while the box sits on a shelf.


Assembly and Fit
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There are no fit issues with this figure. Everything holds together nicely, although you may have to adjust her on her base once every few months. While there are no leaning or warping issues in the plastic she may pull forward slowly over time.

Sculpt and Posing
If they were to pick any pose for manga Sailor Moon to stand in this HAD to be it. It's iconic to both the anime and the manga, but the leg positions are almost manga specific, and recognizable for fans.

The sculpt is great. Besides a few hardly noticeable seam lines around her neck and legs the only real issue with the sculpt is the massive size of her hands. While it's not particularly noticeable on display, once it's pointed out or noticed it's hard to stop seeing it (I'm so sorry). Don't let it detract from the figure though. Her hands are still well sculpted, and the rest of her is still drop dead beautiful for her tiny size.

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Painting
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A minor paint flaw at a seam line in her boot.

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Some small flaws on her skirt at the waist trim.

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A beautiful paint job on her face. It really gives her character.

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Her collar could have been cleaner, but it's not terribly noticeable.

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Beautiful paint transitions in her hair from blonde to white.

Base
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The base is fine in general. It's basic and cute, but the leg support DOES leave some dents in the plastic. Thankfully it hasn't removed any paint. These marks are NOT noticeable to the regular viewer. You have to remove her from the base and view her in good light to see the ones on mine. I do recommend avoiding adjustments as much as possible if you can.


Identify Bootleg

There are no bootlegs for this figure as of October 2013! Please contact me if you think you've identified a bootleg.

Overall

Personally this figure was a benchmark in my collection. She was a grail piece despite her common status 2 years ago mostly because of the price tag. As a collector now I am 100% happy with my purchase and I'd attempt to purchase her again if she were to go missing.

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Paulichu Sailor Senshi of Wisdom
Lady-Megatron (5 years ago) #1918045Really nice review. I'm looking through all of yours at the moment ^^.
lol Awesome! Enjoy =) You have a LOT of reading to do XD.
5 years ago
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Really nice review. I'm looking through all of yours at the moment ^^.
5 years ago
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Paulichu Sailor Senshi of Wisdom
SailorSarah (5 years ago) #1865559This is late, but thank you so much for this review! I just received her in the mail, and I decided to buy her because of your review. She is such a great trading figure! I really love her. :)

Never late! I love new comments on old things =). It lets me know they're still being viewed. Thank you for letting me know my review helped you!! Hearing that I helped someone make a decision with my review makes the hours of photo taking, editing, and assembly totally worth it =)
5 years ago
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This is late, but thank you so much for this review! I just received her in the mail, and I decided to buy her because of your review. She is such a great trading figure! I really love her. :)
5 years ago
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Nice review :)! and I was just thinking last night how awesome it would be that new SM figures released could be manga style, Naoko Takeuchi's art is really sweet ♥
5 years ago
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i dunno why im so attracted to her pretty pink boots (*O*)

thank u for the review! really enjoyed staring at her up close!!
5 years ago
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Really interesting! I love seeing older figures and something like this is lovely to see up close and in detail~
5 years ago
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neptunecadet ~Sayonara no Tsubasa~
I think this is definitely one of the more pretty figures of Sailor Moon--I think it's how curly her twintails are. I LOVE wavy/curly-haired anime girls! ^_^
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Paulichu Sailor Senshi of Wisdom
MeiMisaki (5 years ago) #1779174Thank you for this review! I always liked this figure but i never seen close up pictures of her before so "Arigatou gozaimasu!" (thank you very much!)

I'm happy you enjoyed the review =). I'd like to keep doing reviews of Sailor Moon merchandise like this. If there's anything else you see in my collection that you'd like to see pictures of please let me know!
5 years ago
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Thank you for this review! I always liked this figure but i never seen close up pictures of her before so "Arigatou gozaimasu!" (thank you very much!)
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