October 25, 2012

Sailor Moon Figuarts!!

Yes! Yes! Finally! We have official Japanese merch coming out soon!! 
Real, official Japanese figurines for the 20th Anniversary of the Sailor Moon anime!

And not just ANY merch. FIGUARTS no less! This gawd-amazing Sailor Moon figurine was presented during Tamashii Nation 2012, a Bandai’s collector show in Tokyo last night! This event is taking place RIGHT NOW through Sunday in Akihabara, a well-known district full of anime and game shops, also known as "Meca Otaku".

For those not familiar with Figuarts: They are a very famous and sought after line of collectible toys that feature articulated figures made out of high quality PVC plastic, painted in bright colors and almost always include stands and props (or in this case a LUNA!!!!! seen in picture below). These are fully assembled figures but it is possible to swap pieces around (like hands or face plates). Figuarts are known for the wide range of poses the dolls can adopt, and the fine details in their painting/clothing. These are mostly made for collectors and not recommended for small children because of the small pieces. Some of the other series they produce include Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Pretty Cure and many more!


Prices range between ¥2,000~ ¥4,500 Yen ($30~$60 USD), but this one in particular is barely being announced, so we don't have a set price or release date for it yet. There are also rumors flying around about more figures coming out (which seems fairly logical for this franchise), but nothing confirmed yet. If you would like to have a better idea of how Figurearts move and display, you can see this video from a Dragon Ball toy, just to get a general sense:


Also, in this following picture, we can see another very interesting toy: A Chibi-Arts figurine! YES!! A super adorable Chibi Sailor Moon (not to be confused with Sailor Chibi Moon) in the "Oshioki yo!" pose with a tiny Luna beside her too! Chibi-Arts are super adorable toys that are only partially poseable but have infinite "kawaii" factor to compensate for that! They sometimes come with interchangeable hands or faces for the collector to choose which one they prefer to display. Prices for Chibi-Arts figures are in the $25~$35 USD range.


Here's a higher quality pic of what OTHER Chibi-Arts figures look like, just to give you an idea, and these are of Momoiro Clover Z! (the girl-band set to compose the new 2013 anime intro). HAHAHAHAa! Talk about cute coincidences! I hope we get A FULL SET with ALL the sailor senshi like this!! :D


Keep checking back for information on when they'll come out and how to order them once they do! I hear Sailor Moon Figuarts have been highly requested, so they will probably make it easy for us to get these. Hopefully.

Many many thanks to El_Ramses and Plastic Joint for the picture and all the info of Figuarts and Chibi-Arts! Follow the Plastic Joint blog for lots of other amazing articles on toys and collectibles!

Update: a number of sources have posted even more pics!


October 25, 2012

Sailor Moon Figuarts!!

Yes! Yes! Finally! We have official Japanese merch coming out soon!! 
Real, official Japanese figurines for the 20th Anniversary of the Sailor Moon anime!

And not just ANY merch. FIGUARTS no less! This gawd-amazing Sailor Moon figurine was presented during Tamashii Nation 2012, a Bandai’s collector show in Tokyo last night! This event is taking place RIGHT NOW through Sunday in Akihabara, a well-known district full of anime and game shops, also known as "Meca Otaku".

For those not familiar with Figuarts: They are a very famous and sought after line of collectible toys that feature articulated figures made out of high quality PVC plastic, painted in bright colors and almost always include stands and props (or in this case a LUNA!!!!! seen in picture below). These are fully assembled figures but it is possible to swap pieces around (like hands or face plates). Figuarts are known for the wide range of poses the dolls can adopt, and the fine details in their painting/clothing. These are mostly made for collectors and not recommended for small children because of the small pieces. Some of the other series they produce include Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Pretty Cure and many more!


Prices range between ¥2,000~ ¥4,500 Yen ($30~$60 USD), but this one in particular is barely being announced, so we don't have a set price or release date for it yet. There are also rumors flying around about more figures coming out (which seems fairly logical for this franchise), but nothing confirmed yet. If you would like to have a better idea of how Figurearts move and display, you can see this video from a Dragon Ball toy, just to get a general sense:


Also, in this following picture, we can see another very interesting toy: A Chibi-Arts figurine! YES!! A super adorable Chibi Sailor Moon (not to be confused with Sailor Chibi Moon) in the "Oshioki yo!" pose with a tiny Luna beside her too! Chibi-Arts are super adorable toys that are only partially poseable but have infinite "kawaii" factor to compensate for that! They sometimes come with interchangeable hands or faces for the collector to choose which one they prefer to display. Prices for Chibi-Arts figures are in the $25~$35 USD range.


Here's a higher quality pic of what OTHER Chibi-Arts figures look like, just to give you an idea, and these are of Momoiro Clover Z! (the girl-band set to compose the new 2013 anime intro). HAHAHAHAa! Talk about cute coincidences! I hope we get A FULL SET with ALL the sailor senshi like this!! :D


Keep checking back for information on when they'll come out and how to order them once they do! I hear Sailor Moon Figuarts have been highly requested, so they will probably make it easy for us to get these. Hopefully.

Many many thanks to El_Ramses and Plastic Joint for the picture and all the info of Figuarts and Chibi-Arts! Follow the Plastic Joint blog for lots of other amazing articles on toys and collectibles!

Update: a number of sources have posted even more pics!