S.H Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune review
Our favourite cousins...
I'm going to review these two beautiful Figuarts together, as I received them both at once.
As this is a review, there will be lots of pictures. Enjoy!
The Sailor Moon anime repaint from the Tamashii Nations exclusive event came in a specific cardboard box, which then contained the actual product - Uranus and Neptune both have this box as well. I don't really care for this as it seems unnecessary extra packaging, but for the avid collector it could be a positive. The boxes remain similar to the rest of the Figuarts Sailor Moon series we have seen so far - lots of bold colour, great images and a large window for those that like to keep their figures in the box. As these Figuarts are web exclusives, we can see in the top left hand corner on the front of the box a special logo indicating this.
Upon opening the boxes I got really excited - these two have quite a good amount of accessories. They both came wrapped in that special plastic material to protect paint transfer (although that didn't work 100%...)
The classic heart-shaped stand we've come to know and love is attached to the back of the box by celetape, and is wrapped in protective plastic.
In both boxes, the rod of the stand is neatly packaged underneath the face and hand plates (during the first few releases of the Sailors, it was bundled with the stand in the protective plastic).
(Please forgive me for not including the heart-stand in these two photos, I forgot -oops- but its nothing we haven't seen before, same shape and writing style, just different colours and different senshi symbols).
It's really exciting to see they come with different attachable arms to recreate those iconic poses. This really is a step up and makes the figures even more attractive! Their talisman accessories are also included, which will be great for any collector to pose them with. These two senshi also have the peg stand for the hands to attach to (just like Sailor Saturn) and since both have quite a few hands, this does actually seem like a good idea. I wasn't keen on Saturn's as she didn't have that many hands.
Haruka and Michiru in all their glory. I think some people were concerned about the awkward height difference between Uranus and the other girls, but now we have Neptune, they do balance each other out. Plus, they are both taller in the anime, so it's great that Bandai have maintained that accuracy.
Overall there isn't much to say on the sculpt as the bodies are so similar to the already-released senshi...but there are some definite differences.
Their hair (especially Neptune's) - wonderful! Bandai really captured some beautiful detail in the hair strands, and the colour is really vibrant, again, especially in Michiru's (I shall mention more on paint later.)
Bandai kept true to their unique glove design, which is completely different to the design of the other Sailors.
Their shoes are another accurate element in terms of the anime. They are well sculpted, but the paint could be better...(again, I shall mention this in a moment)
Here we have their extra arms. Uranus's arms cannot be separated and must be attached to the body by removing both of her generic arms and slotting them into place. (EDIT- I was incorrect here, thanks to the user wlagner for pointing this out, her arms can indeed be removed, it says so in the instructions. I tried pulling them apart and when I failed I assumed they didn't separate...and I didn't want to break them!)The arms can be attached to the figures torso one at a time, as they come apart. For Neptune, the bottom arm has a little slot in which the top can fit into. The top arm also has a little slot on top of the glove, which I think is for her bow to fit into, otherwise the bow wouldn't enable the arms to sit in the position they are meant to.
Changing the arms is...frustrating. Well, not for me anyway. You need time to set aside and a lot of patience until you can get the arms into place. They are a little annoying, but totally worth it when you manage to get them right.
(WARNING: NSFW PICTURE COMING UP)
They've sculpted a very subtle buttcheek! Do you guys see it?! It actually looks really lovely and is a big step up from how the joints underneath Sailor Moon's skirt look. Their underwear also looks neater.
Neptune has a beautiful choker and it is nicely painted for how intricate it is. But... what happened to my Neptune's bow?!
Can you see it? Theres a chunk missing out of the bottom right bow...I don't quite know how this happened during production, but strangely, I actually like it...I own all the other Figuarts Sailor Moon series thus far and they're beautiful but so darn similar, and this tiny little imperfection makes Neptune unique. It's also quite nice to have that little bit of asymmetry. The paint on the bow is good, not perfect, but not terrible.
Uranus's bow is pretty perfect and that vibrant yellow against the dark blue is really visually appealing to me. The paint is a little sloppy on the brooch, but we must bare in mind that Bandai produce thousands and thousands of these figures and there will always be these little imperfections. I've come to accept this and still love my Figuarts so far. Uranus's choker is painted nice and neatly.
The subtle shimmer on the bows is so lovely! I think Neptune's looks even better as it contrasts with her skirt. This is a wonderful little detail that I can't stop admiring.
Aaaand the not so good...
From certain angles, you can see Uranus's legs underneath the bottom of her boots. I think this could of been a quick fix for them to paint, but at the same time I'm being picky here - it's not like this is the kind of pose she'd be likely to be displayed in!
The paint job on Neptune's shoes is quite messy. An eye sore for some could be the lack of Neptune's shoe lace around the ankle - the lace just stops and starts again. I think this isn't that noticeable and wouldn't be right for Bandai to just paint on - the lace would be very disjointed and look quite odd. I wonder if they could of done something better here.
How dare that naughty blue paint transfer onto Uranus's arm! The plastic protective sheet didn't quite do its job here. It was very hard for me to take a picture, but on the face plate she came with, there were also a couple of very faint blue marks.
The paint around the top of Neptune's body suit is quite messy in application - but again, I always think back to how many of these figures are produced each day. We can't have perfection in everything...
It's really awesome that Bandai bothered to sculpt the hand tucked under Uranus's arm, even though we can't see it when it is displayed. The paint is pretty bad in this area - but again I'm being so picky, its not noticeable when it is on the figure. For the hand on top of the arm, you have to really look to see the overlapping paint.
My favourite of Neptune's face plates has one eye that is quite smudged - but not noticeable unless you really look for it.
I think this is a great selection for the pair of them. Neptune's capture her grace and Uranus's capture her attitude. Uranus also came bundled with an exclusive Sailor Moon face plate, which is really cute! I also love the detail of Uranus's one earring.
Hands and arms
We are quite spoiled for choice here! There really are a lot of hands to chose and pose with the figures. I think these two Figuarts in the Sailor Moon line are the most dynamic so far, in terms of their accessories. The paint on some of the hands isn't great, but it's forgiveable!
These two little accessories are wonderfully detailed and I don't think the figures would be the same without them. They offer such a variety of poses!
And now for some fun shots!
Uranus, just before she yells 'World Shaking!' during her attack.
These two are a really awesome addition to the fast-growing line and my collection looks even better with their presence. I think these two are definitely worth the purchase, to any collector, because of the amount of accessories they come with. They're such a beautiful pair. I pre-ordered them in July and actually lost excitement for them recently: I've been collecting scale PVC's recently and had completely fallen in love with them, so my love for these Figuarts was pushed to one side - but since I opened them and played with them, my love has come straight back.
All that's left to say is, I hear the sound of a rose shooting through the air...
I hope you guys enjoyed my review. Thanks for looking!