Sailor Saturn has always been my favourite Sailor Scout. During my childhood in the 90’s I didn’t have the channels that played Sailor Moon, I would rely on my auntie to video tape episodes for me – I never saw Sailor Saturn, I only discovered pictures of her online and information from what my friends told me… but this was enough to instantly make her my favourite scout. I love horror/gothic horror and since she is the solider of death…that and her outfits colour scheme… well, this made her so exciting as a character.
I have been very excited for the S.H Figuarts Sailor Saturn to be officially released, and now that she is finally in my hands, I just can’t resist reviewing her. I have been collecting all of the Sailor Moon line so far (Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter) and shall be making a few comparisons between her and the other ladies. This is my first review, so please be kind!
Saturn’s packaging is my favourite so far due to the beautiful purple colour scheme. The different tones of one colour flow a lot better than, for example, Mars’s colour scheme, as the colours aren't as pleasing to the eye. The Figuarts Sailor Scouts boxes are all of similar appearance with a different colour or colour scheme for each scout, and I think the size and shape of the boxes themselves enable them to look attractive if displayed together or separate (and if you don’t want to remove the figures from the packaging.) Like the other senshi the box features some lovely images of the figure herself on the front, sides and back. The pictures on the back are particularly exciting, as Sailor Saturn is pictured with her Silence Glaive, the biggest accessory that any of the figuarts senshi have received so far.
Like Jupiter and Mercury, Saturn’s packaging is on the smaller side – Mars, Venus and Moon have quite a lot of hair and I guess that’s why their boxes were bigger. It’s nice to see Bandai saving on unnecessary packaging!
Since she has only just been released there are no bootlegs of Sailor Saturn yet. To avoid any future bootleg disappointment, always make sure the box has the Bandai and Tamashi Nations logo, as well as the TOEI sticker (gold for Japanese release, silver for international) clearly on the front of the box.
I like how neatly they've managed to tuck the Silence Glaive behind Sailor Saturn in the packaging.
Saturn comes with the same heart shaped base that the other scouts have received. The stand seems sturdy enough so far, but I have had numerous problems with the other stands in this line… see article about this here:
Saturn also comes with an instruction manual, like the other senshi.
Five pairs of hands are included in this set. Straight away I noticed a major difference in the packaging technique of the hands; they now come with ‘pegs’ (I’m not too sure what else to call them…correct me if they have a proper name) that have the same wrist joint as Saturn. The hands can be easily attached and removed from these pegs. In the other editions the figures simply have moulded plastic areas in which the hands can be placed.
I have mixed thoughts on this. This enables the hands to remain securely in place (I have had a difficultly in the past where a hand has moved slightly out of its position in the plastic tray, and the force of the plastic lid on top of this has warped one of two of the fingers. However, I should of noticed this before I closed the tray!) However, I think they could of rethought the plastic tray a little better: as the ‘pegs’ can be joint together (see photo) why have they hollowed out specific areas for each peg to go into? Wouldn’t it just be easier to have a straight rectangle hollowed out, and then we don’t have to spend time putting specific hands in specific positions just so they will fit in their certain area of the box? Maybe it’s just me. This doesn’t bother me much, however, as the figure itself is the most important thing!
I love that Saturn's hands have been made deliberately smaller than the other scouts (Moons used as a comparison example here) as this adds more realism, since she is shorter and younger than the others. This is a great attention to detail that I think they overlooked with Jupiter (her arms are a bit too short in realism terms.)
She also has a slight bend, like a U shape almost, at the point where her wrists connect to the hand joints, something that the other senshi don’t have. I think this adds a little more elegance to the feel of the figure.
The soldier of death comes with 4 beautiful facial parts and I love them all equally. Her earrings are nicely sculpted and painted. I love Saturn’s eyes and they resemble the anime very well. I do prefer the ‘O’ shape of her shouting mouth, compared to the shape of Venus’s which is a little bit longer. Saying that, I do think it suits her character and overall appearance… and wheres the fun if all of the faces look the same?
To place the faces in position, the front of the hair piece is removed like so.
And now for the best accessory yet. I love the power it gives her character, shes so beautiful yet could definitely do some damage with that thing!
The detail of the Glaive is well sculpted and the item itself is light enough for Saturn to hold easily. I do wish they’d given the Glaive a bit more colour variation; the top is white in the anime, yet the Glaive we received here is practically all one colour.
Saturn's Glaive can be positioned on her stand without the figure holding it; if you pop out one of the plastic circles that fill the three holes in the base, and if you turns this the other way round and pop it back into the hole, the Glaive will fit in it nicely.
Paint and Sculpt
I am in love with the colours of this figure. It looks like Bandai have painted a burgundy base for the colour of her ribbons, and their gentle pearlescent finish is just wonderful. The crystal on her front bow is painted well and the general pearlescent nature of the purples and whites of her costume add a sense of beauty, elegance and femininity. The small silver star on Saturn's choker is also painted with great accuracy. A mistake near her choker, however, is a small smudge of dark paint from her hair that has attached itself to the neck. I have found there are always little flaws with these figures, which I shall touch on a bit later. Her hair has a similar colour tone to Mars’s which I think some people thought was a little flat, but I have no problem with this. The black lace of her boots is painted well, although slightly off in some areas (but since this is such a small and tricky area, I shall let them off, haha!)
I adore the sculpt of her shoulder pads as this is unique to Sailor Saturn, though the shape makes it very difficult/impossible for Saturn to raise her arm as high as the other Scouts can. The shape of the sleeves create a graceful appearance. The boots are also sculpted well and I love the detailed lines in Saturn's hair as it adds to a more realistic effect.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with this figuarts line, but there is always a mistake that comes along with them. The paint jobs on these figures sometimes leaves a lot to be desired (though Saturn has been pretty good.) I received Jupiter with small red splashes on one of her sides and the hem around Mars’s skirt is quite sloppily painted. On the inside of Saturn's right thigh there are a few dull markings as you can see below (but really this is nothing compared to some of the mistakes on the other scouts):
You can also see a small circular mark by the right hand if you view again my image highlighting the curvature of the hands to wrist joints.
My Saturn has a very awkward and stiff right ankle, I can barely move it left at all. Either its just very stiff or it’s a bit wonky, but I’m too frightened to push it too hard! If I try and pose her with or without her stand, her ankle can look a little bit odd at some angles.
Now this was the most frustrating part. The left hand that is supposed to hold her Glaive was so stiff that I couldn’t actually manoeuvre the Glaive into her hand. I had to be very risky and take a small pair of scissors, place them in the palm of the hand and slowly open the scissors to widen her grip… luckily this worked and she can now hold the Glaive with both hands. I do need to keep doing this as after I remove it the hand folds back into its tighter position. This is quite frustrating and a bit stressful as I’m so frightened of breaking her!! (I had this with Jupiter – the hole that the wrist joint is supposed to click into in one of her hands was too small, so I had to widen it with this scissor technique!!)There are some very obvious seam lines on Saturn's hands as well.
I have a really hard time posing these figures without their stands. I could on occasion get Saturn to balance just right, but her awkward right ankle doesn't really help this situation. In any event, she still looks great with her stand.
Overall, do I like this figure? I absolutely love her. She is definitely my favourite so far.
Her detail, paint job and Glaive accessory overcome any negative aspects. Even if you don’t know much about Sailor Moon, I would definitely recommend this figure as she is by far the most interesting in the series (in my opinion) in both character and figuarts figure form. She is incredibly fun to pose as well!
Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading!