Sailor Moon Pullip Dolls: A Gift for Everybody’s Favorite Collector

Happy Holidays!

With the holidays around the corner, there are a number of gifts for the Moonie in your life or even for yourself. To celebrate the ongoing 20th Anniversary of Sailor Moon, a number of the Korean Styled Pullip Sailor Moon dolls have been released. Out right now are Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Venus, Sailor Mars,Princess Serenity with Sailor Jupiter just announced and coming out soon.

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The dolls range from 17280 ¥ (20250 ¥ for Bandai.jp Special Editon dolls, that come with their school uniforms as well) or $172.99 (cheapest) and $179.99 with a few on sale on a number of sites. Prices below are for standard with the 20520¥ Price for the Bandai.JP Special Editions w/ School Uniforms for Mercury, Mars, and Venus (Site in Japanese) and USD Prices for Tokyo Otaku Mode Store (Site in English).

 

  •  17280¥ – Sailor Moon – $172.99 ($138.39)
  • 17280¥ (20520¥ for Bandai Special Edition) – Sailor Mercury – $172.99 ($121.09)
  • 17280¥ (20520 Yen for Bandai Special Edition) – Sailor Venus – $172.99 ($121.09)
  • 18360¥ – Princess Serenity – $183.99
  • 17280¥ (20520 Yen for Bandai Special Edition) – Sailor Mars – $172.99 (Pre-Order DEC. 2014)
  • Pre-Order – Sailor Jupiter – Pre-Order (Announced Price is 16000¥. Updates to Come)

 

Information for the dolls can be found on the JP Groove Site/Blog (Site in Japanese) as well as Sailor Moon Official (Site in Japanese). Sailor Jupiter was announced on 12/12/2014 on both the Groove Pullip Blog as well as the Official Sailor Moon website. More details on her release will come in updates as they are received.

 

So for the Moonie in your life or even the fashion doll collector in your life, these Pullip Dolls are good gifts for that special person this Holiday Season.

 

Note: For those interested in purchasing Pullip Dolls in the US or a few other international countries and not paying high amounts of shipping, the JPGroove Website has provided a list of locations to purchase Pullip Dolls. Happy Shopping!

Last Chance to Help Fund “The Incredible Untold Story of Sailor Moon”

Since my last post about Theodore Jefferson’s upcoming book about Sailor Moon, I was able to reach him via email to get a few more details. We’re also planning an interview after his campaign closes, so any questions you still have about The Incredible Untold Story of Sailor Moon can be sent in and we will include them in our interview!

For those of you wondering how this will differ from Roland Parliament’s Sailor Moon Reflections, here’s what Theodore has to say about the focus of his upcoming book:

My thesis is that were it not for Sailor Moon, the entertainment market of the last 25 years would have been very different. I plan to interview many of the people involved in the show’s production, including Andy Heyward and Naoko Takeuchi (if possible). My book highlights DIC’s enormous risk in bringing Sailor Moon to the U.S. and how it paid off.

I want to trace the timeline of the show from the early 90s and the Golden Age through the early 2000s (silver age) up to the present day. My book is the story of how Sailor Moon influenced animation, games and comics, and what the show meant to American culture and how American fans influenced the Japanese version.

In short, Theodore’s book will focus more on Sailor Moon‘s influence on modern pop-culture and the entertainment industry, whereas Roland’s books focuses on how the voice cast and dubbing staff brought life to the characters as well as how the English dub was produced. There are definitely aspects in both books that will appeal to fans, so we recommend checking them out to see if they are of interest to you.

Theodore also sent me the link for his original Reddit thread, where he has added a draft of the first chapter.

And here is an audio clip of an excerpt of that prologue:

The Reddit thread also includes an extended chapter list:

  • C’est La Vie is Japanese for Superhero
  • Five is a Magic Number: Nakayoshi, TV Asahi and The Golden Age
  • The Fuse is Lit: Nine Hundred Million Reasons To Read Backwards
  • Never Running from a Real Fight: The Deal
  • Grain Futures Don’t Sell Action Figures: Syndication
  • Save Our Sailors: The Internet Wars
  • Clash of the Titans: Carl Icahn Defeats the Negaverse
  • The Lewis and Clark of Anime: How a Card Game Vanquished Denmark
  • This One Goes Out To All The Ladies: Toonami and The Silver Age
  • The Wait is Over: Sailor Moon Saves the World
  • Along Came a Spider: What a Difference Forty Years Makes
  • Honors and Privileges: Italian Sports Cars and a Plush Toy Cat
  • That’s Teamwork: My Little Incredibles
  • Avenged: The Senshi Initiative
  • Forty Billion Dollar Tiara: From Princess to Empress
  • The Undiscovered Country: The Queen has Returned
  • Bonus Chapters:
    • Naoko Takeuchi: The Rabbit on the Moon
    • Andy Heyward: The World of DIC
    • Al Kahn: Monster Man
    • Brad Bird: Mister Incredible
    • Lauren Faust: The Power of Friendship
    • The Original Japanese Voice Cast in their own words
    • The Original American Voice Cast in their own words
    • The Original American Musicians in their own words
    • The Live Action Television Cast in their own words

And here’s a list of some of the key people Theodore would like to interview:

  • Naoko Takeuchi – Creator of Sailor Moon
  • Andy Heyward – CEO of DIC Entertainment
  • Haim Saban – CEO of Saban Entertainment, bid for the Sailor Moon license in the mid-90s
  • Sawai Miyuu – Actress who portrayed Sailor Moon in the live action series
  • Mitsuishi Kotono – Voice Actress for Usagi Tsukino in both anime series
  • Ryan Gagerman – Licensing Executive at DIC Entertainment
  • Keiko Kitagawa – Actress who portrayed Sailor Mars in the live action series
  • Paolo Casarini – Head of Backstage Licensing, Italian licensee for the original anime series
  • Kenji Ebato – U.S. Executive at Toei Animation
  • Al Kahn – CEO of 4Kids Entertainment (now 4Licensing Corporation), licensee of the Pokemon franchise
  • George Irwin – owner of Irwin Toy
  • Mark C. Mackinnon – founder of Guardians of Order (which had a successful Sailor Moon RPG game)

Canadian fans may also be interested to hear that there will be inclusion of some details about the history of the original syndication deal with YTV.

If you are interested in contributing to the crowdfunding campaign, you can do so at Theodore’s official fundraising campaign page.When there are 100 funders (only one more to reach that goal!), everyone gets a bonus perk and if $4000 is raised, there will be an audiobook version. The campaign is currently sitting at $3596. You can contribute as little as $5 to get your name included in the book as a thank you for your contribution.

Sailor Moon Crystal Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set 2 Released in Japan

The Sailor Moon Crystal Limited Edition Blu-Ray Box Set 2 is officially out in Japan. The box set showcases a 24-Page Full Color Booklet, the second charm for the bag chain charm set from DVD Box Set 1 (In the Shape of the Mercury Transformation Pen/Heshin Wand), as well as the disc case which showcases artwork of Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno. Box Set 2 will include episodes 3&4 of the series. The Box Set is going for ¥7020 after taxes (about $80.00) on the sales website CD JAPAN
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The regular Blu-Ray and DVD will be released in Japan on December 10, 2014 as shown on the merchandise website Sailor Moon Collectibles as well as on CD Japan. It will retail for ¥4860 for the Blu-Ray and ¥3780 for the DVD .

New Sailor Moon Book from a Former DiC Entertainment Consultant in the Works

We recently received this press release about a new Sailor Moon book in the making entitled The Incredible Untold Story of Sailor Moon:

For Immediate Release, November 6th, 2014

http://moon.sablewolf.net

The Incredible Untold Story of Sailor Moon will be the definitive history of the world-famous television series and manga in the United States.

The book is being written by author Theodore Jefferson, a professional journalist and former marketing consultant for DIC Entertainment.  A crowdfunding campaign for e-book and print versions reached its goal in 12 days.  It is now well on its way to funding an audiobook version.

Mr. Jefferson will bring together numerous sources, including interviews with animation industry colleagues, national correspondents, key entertainment executives and bestselling authors to paint a picture of Sailor Moon that will astonish even long-time fans of the show.

Everyone who reads The Incredible Untold Story of Sailor Moon, including Sailor Moon’s creators, will learn things about the characters they never knew before.

Sailor Moon changed the world.  This book will explain how and why.

Fans may also be interested in watching Theodore Jefferson’s promotional video about his take on the behind-the-scenes aspects of Sailor Moon‘s success:

The Indigogo crowdfunding page for the book includes some additional details:

  • Author Theodore Jefferson is a former marketing consultant for DiC Entertainment and will be writing the book with editor Larissa Kayne
  • The book will include interviews with various people who worked to bring Sailor Moon to English speaking audiences
  • Contributors to the crowdfunding effort can get their name in the book and will be able to suggest a question for interviewees
  • The crowdfunding campaign has reached the goal for a printed edition, but is still open and climbing toward the goal for an audiobook edition

Here is the proposed list of chapters for the book (this is expanding on the @sailrmoonuntold Twitter feed as more donations come in):

  • C’est La Vie is Japanese for Superhero
  • Five is a Magic Number: Nakayoshi, TV Asahi and The Golden Age
  • The Fuse is Lit: Nine Hundred Million Reasons To Read Backwards
  • Never Running from a Real Fight: The Deal
  • Grain Futures Don’t Sell Action Figures: Syndication
  • Save Our Sailors: The Internet Wars
  • Clash of the Titans: Carl Icahn Defeats the Negaverse
  • The Lewis and Clark of Anime: How a Card Game Vanquished Denmark
  • This One Goes Out To All The Ladies: Toonami and The Silver Age
  • The Wait is Over: Sailor Moon Saves the World
  • Along Came a Spider: What a Difference Forty Years Makes
  • Honors and Privileges: Italian Sports Cars and a Plush Toy Cat
  • That’s Teamwork: My Little Incredibles
  • Avenged: The Senshi Initiative
  • Forty Billion Dollar Tiara: From Princess to Empress
  • The Undiscovered Country: The Queen has Returned
  • Andy Heyward: The World of DIC
  • Al Kahn: Monster Man
  • Brad Bird: Mister Incredible

And here is an excerpt from the book:

You can also follow updates about this book via editor Larissa Kayne’s Twitter account and the @sailrmoonuntold Twitter feed.

Fans interested in this book, which will be more industry focused (and primarily US centric based on the descriptions), may also be interested in Roland Parliament’s recently published Sailor Moon Reflections which is more focused on the acting, directing, and recording aspects of the first 65 dubbed episodes of Sailor Moon. Links for purchasing Roland’s book on Amazon are in the sidebar to the right.

We will be keeping an eye on this one and let you know more details as they come in about how this book can give you a more in-depth view of Sailor Moon‘s beginnings in the US and Canada.

Sailor Moon Season One, Part One Viz Unboxing Video & Season One, Part Two Release Date

A few weeks ago, Viz Media posted a video on their Youtube page showing off the packaging for the Sailor Moon Season One, Part One Blu-Ray and DVD sets! Both sets include the first twenty three episodes, with remastered footage and both the new dub and original Japanese track.

 

Both sets have a pink color scheme, featuring a shot of Sailor Moon on the front cover. The Limited Edition set includes a foil board box that is designed to hold Season One, Part Two and also contains an eighty page booklet filled with character art and song translations for the opening and endings. It also has many bonus features, including behind the scenes clips and an art gallery! The DVD set has gold foil stamped corners, and has less bonus features, just convention highlights and trailers.

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Set One Standard Combo Pack

For those looking for something a little less costly than the Limited Edition set, or might not be able to pick it up before it’s gone, we have good news! A Standard Edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack is up for preorder! It includes the same bonus features as the Limited Edition set, but will not come with the artbox or booklet. Also, while the DVD set and Limited Edition set will be released November 11th, this combo pack has a release date of November 25th.

That’s not all! Mark your calendars for February 10th, 2015, the day that Sailor Moon Season One, Part Two will be released on Blu Ray/DVD combo pack, and its DVD counterpart! While the DVD set only promises convention highlights as its only bonus feature, the combo pack is once again loaded with extras. Art galleries, cosplay team interviews, convention highlights and a feature titled ‘Moonlight Memories, Part One’. According to the Youtube video, it’s a segment where “It’s a trip down memory lane. Talking to various people involved in Sailor Moon about their favorite memories involving Season One”.

Just like Part One, Part Two will have a limited gift with purchase to go with orders until they run out if you order through Rightstuf. This gift with purchase is a set of reversible cards featuring the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Mask on the front, with Queen Beryl and the other Dark Kingdom villains on the back

 

You can purchase any of these sets, or a set that contains Part One and Part Two of the DVD/Blu-Ray combo packs here:

Rightstuf (US)

Amazon (US)

LE Combo Pack (Amazon, CA)

SE Combo Pack (Amazon, CA)

DVD Set (Amazon, CA)