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S.H Figuarts Sailor Pluto ReviewS.H Figuarts Sailor Pluto Review

1esf1esfIl y a 3 ansReview
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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!

Packaging

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.

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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.

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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.

Inner Packaging

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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

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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:

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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.

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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:

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(Luna P is custom made but shows how these hands can hold objects)

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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.

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Paint and Sculpt

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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.

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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.

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Due to the paint, her earrings have a sparkle to them which gives a really lovely effect.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why couldn't you paint those little details Bandai, why?!

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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!

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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.

Conclusion

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?

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I hope you enjoyed my review and thank you for reading!

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zelgadis (Il y a 3 ans) #5214709I don't mind a few flaws but after such a long time I was expecting Pluto to be at least the same quality as Uranus and Neptune! Sadly it is not! I managed to fix some issues and I posted the photo in gallery. Just in case the link is also here: s1.tsuki-board....

You did a great job on her, well done!!
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darkrose (Il y a 3 ans) #5214780Wow.. the price there is almost double as what I paid for the previous senshis from Amazon US. But thanks for the info. It will be an alternative I keep in mind since it is just a matter of time for me to get this as this is the last senshi.

I pre ordered her so I got her cheaper, about half the price of what she is now. I'm sure Amazon US will get her though :)
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1esf (Il y a 3 ans) #5214365I hope it will for your sake! I always get mine from Nippon-Yasan. I'm glad you liked my review, thanks so much for your lovely comment.

Wow.. the price there is almost double as what I paid for the previous senshis from Amazon US. But thanks for the info. It will be an alternative I keep in mind since it is just a matter of time for me to get this as this is the last senshi.
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1esf (Il y a 3 ans) #5214682Wow thank you for your fantastic comment!
I never noticed that Bandai had changed her earrings from the prototype - I just had another look and its so obvious! I too think they should have kept her earrings longer. Well done for spotting that.
The legs didn't bother me too much but I agree that they are definitely off. As bad as this sounds and as much as I love this figuarts line, I kind of expect there to be some sort of flaw as their quality isn't as amazing as it could be. I agree with all you've said, as I said in the review my main frustration is the two practically the same faceplates.
I love Pluto too but wish Bandai had worked harder on some areas!


I don't mind a few flaws but after such a long time I was expecting Pluto to be at least the same quality as Uranus and Neptune! Sadly it is not! I managed to fix some issues and I posted the photo in gallery. Just in case the link is also here: s1.tsuki-board....
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zelgadis (Il y a 3 ans) #5214535You are very forgiving and generous with your review. Overall Pluto is a great figure but there are so many things I'm disappointed about....
First of all let me start by saying I was waiting for the articulated Sailor Pluto figure for about 20 years and she was definitely my most anticipated figure in 2015!
As good as Sailor Pluto figure look at the first sight there are a lot of small issues that make me disappointed especially that Bandai made us wait for her so long :(
Let's start with the earrings, why are they so small? The original prototype look perfect - why did they change it? Next issue are the hair. I do like the swivel side to side but the material they used looks cheap and it is too hard making the articulation difficult. Next is her neck, just as Sailor Mars her neck is too short and it looks strange in some poses ( This is not an issue with all of the figures though) Garnet orb feels small too... not only the top parts, that is also is missing golden paint but also the staff should be a bit longer so she can comfortably hold it on the ground. Now let's talk about the legs... She is bow legged! I don't know what the hell they bid but I have 3 Sailor Pluto figures and they all are bow legged. This is the simple articulation they have done with others so why the hell the messed it up here! Her legs are not straight from boots down and they go inside and it makes some poses look very weird. (I swapped the boots on one my Pluto and this actually looks much better - not perfect but better for poses) Speaking of legs why her legs are smaller thank Ura and Neptune? If you look at her thigh you will see what I'm talking about, hell she is out of scale with Ura and Neptune as well if you look closely. Not only the size but also the bulkiness of some parts like legs and even the face. And obviously there are paint color issues... I know in SMR her skin wasn't very dark but it was in later seasons and manga. I don't like it but i can understand that but why is her fuku gray not black? - come on! Same with the ribbons they should be dark red not brown... ehhhh Despite all of that I'm still very happy with Sailor Pluto and I'm glad I got her BUT after all this wait she should have been perfect like Uranus and it feels like it's a downgrade to me.
Great review and photos though so well done on that :)


Wow thank you for your fantastic comment!

I never noticed that Bandai had changed her earrings from the prototype - I just had another look and its so obvious! I too think they should have kept her earrings longer. Well done for spotting that.

The legs didn't bother me too much but I agree that they are definitely off. As bad as this sounds and as much as I love this figuarts line, I kind of expect there to be some sort of flaw as their quality isn't as amazing as it could be. I agree with all you've said, as I said in the review my main frustration is the two practically the same faceplates.

I love Pluto too but wish Bandai had worked harder on some areas!
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You are very forgiving and generous with your review. Overall Pluto is a great figure but there are so many things I'm disappointed about....

First of all let me start by saying I was waiting for the articulated Sailor Pluto figure for about 20 years and she was definitely my most anticipated figure in 2015!

As good as Sailor Pluto figure look at the first sight there are a lot of small issues that make me disappointed especially that Bandai made us wait for her so long :(

Let's start with the earrings, why are they so small? The original prototype look perfect - why did they change it? Next issue are the hair. I do like the swivel side to side but the material they used looks cheap and it is too hard making the articulation difficult. Next is her neck, just as Sailor Mars her neck is too short and it looks strange in some poses ( This is not an issue with all of the figures though) Garnet orb feels small too... not only the top parts, that is also is missing golden paint but also the staff should be a bit longer so she can comfortably hold it on the ground. Now let's talk about the legs... She is bow legged! I don't know what the hell they bid but I have 3 Sailor Pluto figures and they all are bow legged. This is the simple articulation they have done with others so why the hell the messed it up here! Her legs are not straight from boots down and they go inside and it makes some poses look very weird. (I swapped the boots on one my Pluto and this actually looks much better - not perfect but better for poses) Speaking of legs why her legs are smaller thank Ura and Neptune? If you look at her thigh you will see what I'm talking about, hell she is out of scale with Ura and Neptune as well if you look closely. Not only the size but also the bulkiness of some parts like legs and even the face. And obviously there are paint color issues... I know in SMR her skin wasn't very dark but it was in later seasons and manga. I don't like it but i can understand that but why is her fuku gray not black? - come on! Same with the ribbons they should be dark red not brown... ehhhh Despite all of that I'm still very happy with Sailor Pluto and I'm glad I got her BUT after all this wait she should have been perfect like Uranus and it feels like it's a downgrade to me.

Great review and photos though so well done on that :)
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darkrose (Il y a 3 ans) #5213268Sigh I wonder if this will ever get listed at Amazon US where I have been buying all the Bandai exclusives.
Your review and your pictures are making me wanting it more. The group photos are amazing.


I hope it will for your sake! I always get mine from Nippon-Yasan. I'm glad you liked my review, thanks so much for your lovely comment.
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Elphaba (Il y a 3 ans) #5213259Great shots! Especially PICTURE #1429574 :)

Thank you, I worked really hard on them but a lot of fun with them too!
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Sigh I wonder if this will ever get listed at Amazon US where I have been buying all the Bandai exclusives.

Your review and your pictures are making me wanting it more. The group photos are amazing.
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Great shots! Especially PICTURE #1429574 :)
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