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Card Captor Sakura Kinomoto Sakura Music Box ~Catch You Catch Me

MaakieMaakie1 month agoReview
Welcome to my review! This review will be a bit different today than my normal figure reviews. To start off with: It won't be about a figure! We'll be looking at a 'retro' Card Captor Sakura item. A music box ITEM #462168 made by Lady Mate. It seems to be quite a rare item and even when I first got it and did a huge online search, I couldn't find much about it. Mine came also without a box, so I had no information to go from there. My guess is that it's an late 90's/early 2000's item, but I could be wrong. Maybe this review can attract some people that know more about the item. Thanks for the link to the video YUNOMI , confirmed 1999 release! And for all other readers: I hope you will enjoy looking at the pictures and video and maybe read some of my ramblings!

Background

Where to start on explaining Card Captor Sakura... Well, it was originally a very succesfull manga made by the famous artist group CLAMP. Especially when later the anime started, the series became a huge hit! And even now Sakura lives on, as in 2016 a new manga series was started and in 2018 a new anime series will start.

Card Captor Sakura is a magical girl series where the main character with the same name, has to capture escaped magic cards from a book. She gets the support from her friend Tomoyo and cute helper-mascot Kero-Chan. Later on in the series there of course comes a deeper plot surrounding the cards and a lot more people turn out to be involved in the matter. Overall, Card Captor Sakura is a very cutesy manga and anime, with more depth than you probably expect from the looks it has. I definitely recommend it if you're interested in magical girl series and didn't watch this one yet!

The reason why and how I got this item

Card Captor Sakura was a very prominent franchise for me when I was pretty new to reading manga and watching anime. I loved how much outfits Sakura had and how creative and cute the series was. In my teens, I started collecting Card Captor Sakura items, which I did until my early 20's. This item was one of the purchases I did back then. I got it by bidding on it at Yahoo! Japan Auctions. I won bidding for this one for around 6,5K back then (excluding shipping, proxy costs and customs)

The review

I will first go through the picture review, looking at the item from up close. But if you're already curious to how the music of this box sounds (or want to know that before you take a look at the item), you can scroll to the bottom of this page!

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The music box itself has a metallic-purple shine that looks very fancy. What the small silver logo on the top lid stands for means, I do not know. I don't recognize it as a symbol from Card Captor Sakura, so it might be a logo from the manufacturer. The artwork on the top lid shows a still from the first opening and the front of the box shows a print-out from the Card Captor Sakura logo. The design around the still and the design of the logo look a bit dated, which is why I think this item was released while the first anime was just airing.

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The sides and back don't show any artwork. The lid is attached with a metal hinge.

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The bottom has 4 small metal 'feet' where the music box rests on. The box itself shows copyright from the manufacturer, but the copyright from the license and name of the song are stickers. That probably means this manufacturer re-uses the design of this box for the other music boxes they produce.

Also at the bottom is the wind up button for the music. It's a mechanical music box, so you have to put quite some force into the turning of the button.

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Inside the musix box, the bottom has small compartments where you can keep small jewellery pieces. The top has a secret hidden compartment, okay I am just kidding. The top has the option to change the picture in the frame, if you wish to do so.

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The pre-made image in the frame is a cute shot of Sakura with a short introduction text where the series is about. To be honest I'm surprised that the English is so good here, I have seen quite some horrible English summaries and explanations on Japanese merchandise.

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Both the actual lid and the front image are protected by a piece of plastic, heavily stuck into place, so it's not possible to change the images there. You can also see here a small scratch in the front plastic and a bit of paint damage on the side of the box, for such an old item without box, it's still in very good condition.

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A close-up of the jewellery compartment, where you can see the small button at the top right which activates the music sound (or not). The compartments are lined with very soft, red fabric.

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You can remove the jewellery compartment for a very cool hidden compartment. Okay, this one is also not very hidden.

As this compartment is quite a lot bigger than the above one, I suspect that you're supposed to place rings and such in this compartment, while using the one above for flatter items, such as charms, earrings etc.

Video

Below you will find the video that shows off different angles from the item and of course, will let you know the sound of this box! If someone can explain to me how I can get the video 'bigger' in my blog with V4, that would be very appreciated!


If you don't hear any music on the point where I open the box, that means you have to hop over to Youtube to active the sound of the video.

I always liked how cute and upbeat 'Catch You Catch Me' was. As the box is fully mechanical, the music is quite loud and you can't change the volume. Although the high tones can be a slightly bit sharp sometimes, I think it's a very nostalgic sound and like to listen to the box. I do wish the music sample itself was a bit longer, as it repeats quite quickly now.

The Points

Positive
- Very classy looking music box.
- Material is very heavy, the item feels high quality.

Neutral
- The designs on the box look a bit outdated.

Negative
- The sample of the song in the music box is very short.

The Scores

Quality of the item 8/10
There's a chance that this one is close to 20 years old and it's unknown for how long the box has been missing. So it's quality looks very nice for it's age! Also the material feel very high quality, so this is not only a toy for children, adult collectors can appreciate it too!

Painting 8/10
The metallic purple looks very classy and the paint has hold very well for the age of the item.

Sound 7/10
The sample is a bit too short in my opinion, but it's definitely recognizable as 'Catch You Catch Me' and sounds very cute as a mechanical music box song.

Usability 7/10
If you actually want to use this music box to hold your jewellery, you have to keep in mind that the compartments are very small. For sure adult jewellery fits in there, but there is not a lot of space.

Enjoyment 8/10
I had this music box on display in my detolf together with some other Card Captor Sakura collectibles and the shiny color of this box definitely stood out! It was a nice piece in my CCS collection. The only reason I sold it, is because I decided to stop collecting from Card Captor Sakura.

Conclusion

This is a very nice and high quality collectible. Very recommendable for fans of the franchise that also like to own some more unique items. The box does look a bit dated and the actual music sample is pretty short, so I think this is an interesting item for mainly the big fans or collectors. Or for people interested in anime music boxes!

Availability

It's a very rare item and I haven't seen it for sale since I bought my own. The release price was 2300 yen, but I won bidding for this one for around 6,5K back then (excluding shipping, proxy costs and customs). As I am currently downsizing my collection, I sold this item a few months ago. I put it on eBay and bidding got to around 50 euros (about $55), coincidentally the item ended up with another MFC user!

I would say that also with my own sale, we can go from a market value of around 6,5K yen or 50euros/$55. It seems like this price hasn't changed much since I bought the item myself, but on the other hand there is also not much reference to go about. If you want to get this item, you are already very lucky to find it for sale in general!

And to finish it!

For those who read all this way, thank you! My next review will be about Wave's Kitano Sora figure ITEM #4927 .

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See you at my next blog! Which will be another grab box!
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Scores7/10

Quality
Painting
Sound
Usability
Enjoyment

Comments7 comments

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yunomi (1 month ago) #27381945Ahh yeahh! That's the video! I left your video in my other tabs and mistakenly copied your videos link. Edited my comment. >n<;. I like the design of the newer box overall, but the older one yours is still a treasure!

When I bought the box from this review, the newer ones weren't even announced yet, so for me there was no choice back then, haha! But even now if someone is interested in CCS music boxes, I think it will depend if the person mainly collects the older or the newer items which one(s) are the most fitting for the collection. Both have their own pro's and cons, and the newer boxes seem to be aimed at adults more.
1 month ago
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Maakie (1 month ago)
I'm not really sure what you meant with this comment, because you are linking to my own video? ^^'' Did you find another video where someone talks about this music box?
*edit*
Wait! I saw www.youtube.com... in the related comments, which I think is what you meant. :)
And I guessed right, haha! A boring brown box with a sticker with the song and series name was on it! Also the video and comments confirm it being a 1999 release, so I edited that in the database. :)
And wow, I love the sound of the song from the newer box. It sounds a lot more sweet. :)


Ahh yeahh! That's the video! I left your video in my other tabs and mistakenly copied your videos link. Edited my comment. >n<;. I like the design of the newer box overall, but the older one yours is still a treasure!
1 month ago
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yunomi (1 month ago) #27381268*My third attempt writing this as my previous attempts have been discarded because I accidentally clicked outside of this annoying comment box. Thanks V4.
That's so precious and adorable! Definitely something I'd love to have myself! From afar the material used looks very nice. But sorry to say, having the anime studio art and logo as the visual felt cheap. It doesn't have to be fancy a metallic staple of Sakura's star or sun pentagram would've look even better on top of it. Heck it'd look even nice if it's flat printed. Alternately, they could've also used the original manga arts, I think they're more visually suitable for something like this than a celshaded anime artworks. But then again this is an early 00s (or late 90s) merchandise and it seems to be marketed towards children rather than hobbyists hence the price. But the quality is still very high nonetheless!


I've already grown accustomed to pushing CTRL+A -> CTRL+C after every few sentences typed in a comment box, because this happened to me a lot of times already.

Thank you for the nice comment! One of the reasons it looks so precious (to me at least ;) ) is because of it giving off the 'older anime merchandise' vibe. Although I agree the item would have looked higher quality with some other artwork, maybe stock-images from the wand or spell cards. I think the image from Sakura at the inside, would have already made a more interesting top lid piece. Considering the price for the item and the small space inside to store your own trinkets, I'm pretty sure this item was mainly marketed at the children that were watching the anime on TV back then. Still it's a pretty nice item to have as an adult collector too! :)

yunomi (1 month ago) #27381581Anyway, for those who are interested, here's the video of how the box looks like;
0:35
www.youtube.com...
She's comparing the newer music box with the older release. :-)


I'm not really sure what you meant with this comment, because you are linking to my own video? ^^'' Did you find another video where someone talks about this music box?

*edit*

Wait! I saw www.youtube.com... in the related comments, which I think is what you meant. :)

And I guessed right, haha! A boring brown box with a sticker with the song and series name was on it! Also the video and comments confirm it being a 1999 release, so I edited that in the database. :)

And wow, I love the sound of the song from the newer box. It sounds a lot more sweet. :) But the newer box itself looks a bit more...boring? :/
1 month ago
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Anyway, for those who are interested, here's the video of how the box looks like;
0:35
www.youtube.com...

She's comparing the newer music box with the older release. :-)
1 month ago
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*My third attempt writing this as my previous attempts have been discarded because I accidentally clicked outside of this annoying comment box. Thanks V4.

That's so precious and adorable! Definitely something I'd love to have myself! From afar the material used looks very nice. But sorry to say, having the anime studio art and logo as the visual felt cheap. It doesn't have to be fancy a metallic staple of Sakura's star or sun pentagram would've look even better on top of it. Heck it'd look even nice if it's flat printed. Alternately, they could've also used the original manga arts, I think they're more visually suitable for something like this than a celshaded anime artworks. But then again this is an early 00s (or late 90s) merchandise and it seems to be marketed towards children rather than hobbyists hence the price. But the quality is still very high nonetheless!
1 month ago
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victorviper (1 month ago) #27379543This is one of those items that I could believe would exist but I never would have known that it actually existed if not for this article.
I can see that the music box would be a neat centerpiece for a Sakura-themed shelf. I'm a little curious now what the box art looked like, and I was a little surprised that whoever you bought the music box from apparently discarded the package. Then again, I guess CCS is a mainstream enough anime that someone other than a hard-core collector could have been the previous owner of the item :).
I had a hard time initially recognizing the music until the "catch you catch you catch me catch me matte" part started. It occurs to me that song has a lot of long sustained notes, and so duplicating that on a mechanical music box would be kind of tough.


Yes, this item quite fits the frame of cutesy items from the late 90's that you could expect a magical girls' series to have. :) I also did not know of the existence of this item until I found it on auction. The music box was indeed one of my centerpieces on a shelf where I mainly displayed CCS trading figures. :)

I wouldn't be surprised if the box would be a boring brown box with a sticker slapped on with the name of the series and song (considering the bottom of this music box also only having some stickers). Pictures I found online of other Lady-Mate music boxes showed simple cardboard packages with a really small see-through window (example: www.google.nl/i... ). I Think the box wasn't very interesting or provided much safety for the item, but I'm also very curious to find out what the box was like from this item.

The 'catch you catch me matte' part is the easiest recognizable, some alterations were probably made for this song to be music-box-able (I am absolutely not an expert on this, haha)! I wonder if other Lady-Mate anime music boxes also have such short samples.
1 month ago
2pt
This is one of those items that I could believe would exist but I never would have known that it actually existed if not for this article.

I can see that the music box would be a neat centerpiece for a Sakura-themed shelf. I'm a little curious now what the box art looked like, and I was a little surprised that whoever you bought the music box from apparently discarded the package. Then again, I guess CCS is a mainstream enough anime that someone other than a hard-core collector could have been the previous owner of the item :).

I had a hard time initially recognizing the music until the "catch you catch you catch me catch me matte" part started. It occurs to me that song has a lot of long sustained notes, and so duplicating that on a mechanical music box would be kind of tough.
1 month ago
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