S.H. Figuarts: Sailor Saturn by Bandai Tamashii Nations

I last visited with The S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon series back in February with Sailor Jupiter and I’ve gotten a few of these figures in since then. I do have a couple of points worth noting here: First, while I’ve been going in order of appearance, I am obviously skipping over Sailor Venus because I haven’t picked her up yet. I will be eventually getting her to complete my set, but her similarities in appearance to Sailor Moon made me pass her over for the more distinctive designs of the later Sailor Scouts. Secondly, we’re into relatively unknown territory here starting with Sailor Saturn. Nearly all my exposure to Sailor Moon comes from the anime and Jupiter and Venus were more or less the last Pretty Sailor Soldiers that I am familiar with. Of course, being an obsessive plastic addict I wasn’t about to stop collecting this line and so in addition to Saturn and Venus, I still have Neptune and Uranos ahead of me. Will I be picking up Super Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask… probably. As for Sailor Pluto… We all know she’s coming, I just don’t understand what’s taking so long!

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There’s the packaging and we’ve seein it multiple times, so I’m not going to dwell on it too long. It’s a wonderfully compact little window box that shows off the figure and features a deco colored to match the colors of the Sailor’s outfit, in this case mostly purple and blue. The box features lots of photos of the figure, but no artwork from the manga or anime. The lettering on the box is fairly bi-lingual but does feature quite a bit of Japanese lettering. And always remember to check your boxes for that little foil sticker of authenticity. I got stuck with a bootleg once… hopefully never again! The side panels of the box also feature images of the figure so you can line these all up on your bookshelf and still be able to grab whichever figure your looking for without having to pull them all out. That’s a big help considering most collectors will be storing the extra parts in the boxes. Inside the box, you get the standard clear plastic tray with the figure, three additional portraits, four additional pairs of hands, her Silence Glaive, and her figure stand.

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Here she is, and might I say she’s pretty cute for being the wielder of the Scythe of The Goddess of Death! Saturn features the most sculpted changes to the Sailor Scout outfit over any of the other Sailor Soldiers. Her pleated skirt is the same, but her top features ruffled shoulders and the centerpiece on her bow is far more elaborate, like a diamond star burst. She also features high boots with sculpted laces running all the way up to her knees. The new costume isn’t a huge departure over the other gals, but it’s just enough to make it distinctive after seeing the same basic thing for the last four figures. The top is the same pearlescent white that we’ve been seeing all along. Her boots, skirt, and trim are all pearlescent blue, and her bows are a rich, deep purple.

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The portraits are all pretty standard for what we’ve been seeing. Saturn isn’t known for her bubbly and outgoing personality and the extra faces reflect that. The head that comes on the figure does feature a hint of a smile. The others include shouty face, solemn face with closed eyes, and slightly perturbed face. As always the portraits are easily swapped out by removing the front hair piece and old face and pegging the new one in and reattaching the hair piece.

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And it wouldn’t be a Figuarts feature without talking about a bunch of extra hands. If you read my two Figma reviews, you may recall my lamenting the fact that the Figuarts line doesn’t use a similar sprue system for storing the hands when not in use. Well, now they do! Each set of hands is pegged onto a piece of plastic, which I can only describe as like a white LEGO Minifigure head and each one of these can peg into each other so you can chain all the hands together in a modular fashion. I like it!

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Of course, one of the most unique things about Sailor Saturn is her Silence Glaive. It’s a large pole arm with an elegantly curved blade. She can hold it perfectly with the special set of hands and she looks damn good wielding it. And last, but not least, the stand is the same style we’ve been seeing since this series began. You get a clear heart shaped base with the name of the Sailor on it and a hinged grabbing arm that is articulated in three places.

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Despite moving into relatively unknown territory when it comes to the remaining Sailor Scouts, I’m still totally in love with this series and I’m looking forward to getting the line complete and set up on my shelf. Nothing could possibly reflect that more then the fact that I ponied up extra to get Neptune and Uranus, each of whom ran about ten dollars more because they were exclusives. I’ll try not to wait so long before getting back around to looking at them. Now let’s just hope we see some progress on Sailor Pluto by the time SDCC 2015 rolls around!

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