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Sailor Moon Figure Review: SHFiguarts Sailor Mercury
Introducing Sailor Mercury, in Figuarts form!
Let me begin by linking you to my review of the Sailor Moon Figuarts figure, since that will give you a little backstory about the line and price scheme. The Figuarts line currently consists of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter, and Sailor Saturn, with Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus coming soon. Sailor Pluto has not been announced yet, but Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Chibi Moon has. I’m assuming Pluto will come out eventually, hopefully before villains do (if they're ever released.)
Sailor Mercury was the second Figuarts to be released, after Sailor Moon. Like Sailor Moon, her box has a large image of the figure on the front with a cute comic dot print effect over it. The sides of the box have Sailor Mercury in her transformation pose and attack pose, respectively. The back of the box shows off the figure a little bit more, as well as the poses you can put it in.
Sailor Mercury Figuarts contents:
Inside the box, there is the figure, and there are three extra face plates, her visor, and her computer (there are technically two computers here, one is open and one is closed. Going to assume this is because you can't actually open up the closed one, or close the open one. It's so tiny, you'd risk breaking it if you did.).
Her stand, which says Sailor Mercury in the same style that Sailor Moon’s did, is behind the plastic holding the figure. There are also nine of hands in the bottom compartment which you will need to switch with the hands already on the figure if you want to pose her or have her hold one of her computers. Everything seems to be painted very well at first glance, but how does the figure feel? Is it as sturdy as Sailor Moon? Let's find out; keep reading!
Does it feel sturdy?
Upon picking up the figure I can immediately tell that she feels as sturdy as Sailor Moon did. The Sailor Mercury Figuarts, at first glance, has no paint issues or scuffs. Not until I was about to change her face plate did I notice a small scuff on her side. Not a big deal; it’s way less noticeable than my Sailor Moon’s hair.
Posing Sailor Mercury seemed to be straightforward and I didn't feel as if I was going to break anything while moving around her arms and legs. I eventually changed her hands and face plate, but I'll go into details in a little bit.
The image to the right shows Sailor Mercury on her stand, and the two images directly below are me testing how well the ball joints in her legs and arm bend and stay posed, and an up close shot of the paint job on her face and upper body. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality, as I've only spotted one small scuff on the entire figure.
Sailor Mercury's extra hands.
The amount of extra hands Sailor Mercury comes with is nine. While that seems like an odd number, remember that the ninth hand is so she can hold her computer. The other Sailor Guardians (Senshi, Scouts) don't have a computer, so they won't come with that specific hand; instead, some of them will come with a specific hand of their own to hold their accessory (Mars and her scroll, for example.)
How easy is it to change the parts?
Surprisingly enough, changing Sailor Mercury's hands seemed pretty easy; easier than changing Sailor Moon's was, in fact. Her bangs were just as hard to pry off as Moon's, but snapping on a new face plate was about the same difficulty as her friend's. I was a little worried when I tried to take off her bangs, but nothing bad happened. Thankfully, Mercury's hair is darker than Moon's so any accidental scratches caused by fingernails shouldn't be noticed.
It's a little hard to see, but if you look on the very top of the face plate (the right object in the picture below), there's a letter D printed. Each of the face plates have a unique letter, presumably so you can easily tell them apart. Sailor Moon's figure most likely has this as well, but I actually didn't notice when I was reviewing her.
Here's Sailor Mercury!
Here is Sailor Mercury posed after I changed her face plate and hands!
Bootleg vs Official
In my Sailor Moon Figuarts review, I briefly talked about bootleg figures and checking the holographic Toei sticker on the box before purchasing to tell if the figure is official or not. The same tell goes for Sailor Mercury, but there is another thing to watch out for.
If you're purchasing the Sailor Mercury Figuarts from any website or physical shop, make sure she does not come with a clear Moon Stick. Bootleg Sailor Mercury comes with a clear Moon Stick for some reason, and she should never have this. The official figure never has any stick of any kind, especially not Sailor Moon's! So be careful! The Amazon link directly below is the official product; it's where I bought mine.
Buy Sailor Mercury from Amazon
Did you know?
The visor was included with the Sailor Mercury Figuarts because Sailor Mercury used the same visor several times throughout the original anime and the manga. Oftentimes when she used the visor it would be to determine the enemy's location and/or powers.
Her computer is also used several times in the original anime. In Sailor Moon Crystal, Ami Mizuno (her civilian form) uses a tablet -- this matches with the time it aired, the year 2014.
Do I recommend this figure?
I definitely recommend the Sailor Mercury Figuarts figure for anyone who wants to collect Sailor Moon figures, and/or anyone who loves Sailor Mercury. This figure has an even better paint job than Sailor Moon's, and has solid joints and parts. Right now, she costs about $35 on Amazon, and I think that's a very appropriate price, but if you wait a little longer, she may become cheaper.
I highly recommend not getting her via eBay, since there are many bootlegs on there, and sometimes it's hard to tell if a listing is selling an official figure or a bootleg. The Moon Stick is not in all of the pictures, so the best guess you can make about a figure being bootleg or not is via the price. Bootleg eBay sellers like to use official images of the box to fool you, so you'll see the Toei sticker but not get an official product mailed to you.
Rating for Sailor Mercury Figuarts Figure
Want more Mercury? Consider buying the Sailor Mercury Figuarts ZERO figure, too. It's gorgeous, but not poseable. Hence the lack of review.
Check out my related Hub
- Sailor Moon Figuarts Figure Review
Review for the Sailor Moon Figuarts figure by Bandai, released in 2013.
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