Sailor Mercury Figure Details:
The figure will be released sometime in October in Japan, and will probably ship to North America in November/December. Bluefin Tamashii Nations does not have order information quite yet (hopefully sometime this week there will be some news). It will cost exactly the same price as the Sailor Moon figure at 4410 Japanese Yen ($46 USD), stand 14 inches tall, and this first production run will have special accessories. There will be 3 exchangeable faces, 4 exchangeable right hands, 5 exchangeable left hands, front hair parts that include a Head Mounted Device Goggles (or her visor), and two types of pocket computers. So far, the only image that is out right now is one we posted previously, but we anticipate there will be some more soon in different poses.
Sailor Moon Cosmetics:
Since Premium Bandai has moved to a build-to-order model, there is no reason why the shopping services should not work this time. But please remember that the ordering limit of two per customer still holds for each product. The releases are being paced apart by a couple of days, as mentioned in our last post. Some reporters at the Tokyo Toy Show this weekend posted some more details about them, including a hand model with each shade painted on her nails so fans could better see what the colors looked like, and pictures of the products. But the most important thing is that there will be a third product added to the line (and sorry, nothing is going to be themed for the Outer Senshi or Starlights). Now we have heard a few rumors for what this third might be – a fragrance, an eyeshadow palette, or lipstick/lipgloss, and we are leaning towards the fragrance (although one of the others could happen). We too are disappointed that the majority of the branding of this 20th anniversary is only using the images of the Inner Senshi, when what made the show so special was its huge cast.
As for the products that are known and on the way: the powder compact is not going to be like your typical face powder, and will instead be like a “luster powder” to add some shimmer to your face. The compact itself is more glossier and shinier than the photos on Premium Bandai suggested initially. As far as the nail collection goes, the pink shade of nail polish is significantly lighter than the photos on Premium Bandai had suggested. Also, fans should be aware that each bottle is only holding about 3.5ml of nail polish – this is significantly smaller than nail polish bottles you would find at the store, so the polish in each bottle will not last as long as fans might had hoped it would (perhaps only one or two uses per color?) The other surprise was that the bottles do actually come out of their golden exteriors, and we wonder if the rings of the different symbols around the bottle tops could be wide enough to wear around a pinky.
What do you think of these products? What do you think the third item might be?
Sailor Moon Musical:
Nicovideo has a special hub site set up just for the musical for their more premium members to and purchase tickets from their mobile phones, as well as links to sites from Animelo and Nelke Planning. While there is no video content as of this writing, we would not be surprised if there was considering Nicovideo’s involvement in the 20th anniversary. We have also heard that the plot is going to stay true to themes from the manga. It will be interesting to see how this translates to the stage for the first time!