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Oh Pluto ... The Figuarts release that most Sailor Moon fans
have been waiting for. Finally, she has arrived at my doorstep.
This review will be very picture heavy. Enjoy!
It is no surprise that the packaging remains almost exact to the previous releases of the Sailor Moon line. What makes this figure unique is of course the images used and the colour scheme used. This similarity makes it very enjoyable for collectors to display the boxes together.
Since the release of the Sailor Moon anime repaint version (ITEM #242587) the boxes themselves come packaged inside a brown cardboard box.
This is my personal favourite side of the box. I think the colour scheme is beautiful and I like to display the boxes with this side facing forward.
No side of the box is left untouched or without detail. The front window allows collectors to display the figure in the box and allows potential buyers to really get a good look at the figure before purchase (unless of course they are buying online). Although the image of Sailor Pluto on the front of the box has her arm sticking out, we can still see the figure well. There are a couple of great examples on the back of the box on how to pose her, just like the other releases in this figuarts line.
The figure herself is wrapped in a protective wrapping, I presume to prevent paint transfer. She is well packed and there were no damaged pieces.
The Figure and her Accessories
Pluto's heart shaped base is in the exact same style as the other senshi releases. I don't use the bases much for these figures as I find the clasps that support the figures to be very weak, and I'm not that inspired by the base design. Pluto comes with a good selection of hands to choose from when posing her. The Garnet Rod comes in parts and can be put back together with ease (reasons for this can be seen in the pictures below). Her face plates are good but I have one problem that I shall mention in a moment. I would of loved it if Bandai had created this expression on a face plate for us:
This to me is Pluto's signature expression. It's the first thing I think of, along with her 'Dead Scream' attack.
Here are a few example photographs, showing all of the accessories in action.
Her right hand here has a small hole in the centre in which the top of her garnet rod can be inserted. This is geat to recreate that scene in which Pluto reveals she has the means to make the holy grail appear:
(Luna P is custom made but shows how these hands can hold objects)
These hands can be used to create a signature moment during her 'Dead Scream' attack, which can also be seen on the back of the box.
Paint and Sculpt
I don't know about you guys, but I find it very difficult to tell these two face plates apart. Like the Sailor Mars figure, her serious and slight smiling faces are very similar. When I first saw this I thought Bandai had sent two of the same faceplates. Now that I've played around with the figure more I can tell them apart, but only just. I wish they'd made more of a difference between the two.
If you look closely you can see the detail of Sailor Pluto's lipstick. I think it looks especially good on this yelling face plate. A lovely detailed touch that is true to the character.
Due to the paint, her earrings have a sparkle to them which gives a really lovely effect.
Both her bows have quite detailed paint. You can see a little flaw on the inside edge of the front bow in the first picture. These figures by Bandai tend to have flaws like this. It seems Pluto tends to have more of a dark red or red/brownish bow in illustrations, whereas Bandai have chosen a shimmering more obvious brown for this figure. I don't think this looks bad but personally I think I would of preferred more of a red tone.
The paint application on the collar is okay, but could be better. This is a very small area and would of course be difficult to paint, and I don't think this has been done terribly, so I don't particularly mind.
For Pluto's boots and fuku Bandai have applied a shimmering dark grey/blackish paint. Again this differs to most of the drawings of her as these areas tend to be coloured with a more blackish tone.
I would of really liked to see a darker tone for Sailor Pluto's skin. The character is known to be darker than the other senshi but Bandai have coloured her with a very similar skin tone to the other releases. (I think she might be ever so slightly darker the others, but only just, it is barely noticeable). I don't know why they didn't choose to do this, maybe because sometimes Pluto is portrayed with more of a lighter skin tone. I personally think she would of looked great with darker skin.
Since Pluto doesn't have the sleeves that the other senshi have, her arm joints are more obvious. However, the lack of sleeves stay true to the character.
Her Garnet Rod is sculpted beautiful and the paint application is great. The Garnet Rod traditionally has golden details at the top but Bandai have chosen not to paint this. This seems a little lazy.
Why couldn't you paint those little details Bandai, why?!
The most beautiful part of this figure, in my opinion, is her hair. The paint is applied very well and the different shades give the hair real depth. The hair is also sculpted very well and it rotates from side to side to create a wind swept look. Her bun is the moving joint and it has good motion, although if the is positioned very far to the side, it is generally too heavy for the head and it tends to swing back. There is very little up and down motion on the bun joint, but it is there.
And now for my favourite part of the review...fun pictures and posing her with the other characters!
As you can see, I took a lot of photographs! Pluto was really fun to pose. She is very flexible compared to my Super Sailor Moon, who's joints are a bit stiffer.
Figuarts Sailor Pluto was very much anticipated by the Sailor Moon-loving community and for me she has lived up to my expectations. I think the figure is very beautiful. Displaying her on her own, she looks wonderful, but with the other Figuarts she looks even better. Like Neptune, I am in love with her hair sculpt and paint. This and the Garnet Rod are highlights for me. I am, however, very disappointed with her two confusing face plates. What do you guys think about this? Were there any aspects of the figure you particularly loved/hated?
I hope you enjoyed my review and thank you for reading!
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