Alright, It’s still another S.H.Figuarts review. But, the figure was a non-tokusatsu series but, from a famous anime series Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. I give you Sailor Mercury for the review! My 1st owned SHF non-tokusatsu series! Sailor Mercury was one of Princess Serenity’s guardians, and was the first Sailor Senshi to join Sailor Moon in her fight. Her current incarnation was Ami Mizuno, and her powers were derived from water. Her sharp mind and analytical abilities made her the strategist of the Inner Senshi. This Mercury was strongly based from her anime counterpart version, which she looked more cuter compare to her manga counterpart. Sailor Mercury’s box was overally colored in blue with some minor pink & yellow on the front view, it even got a blue colored inner tray paper for the background of the figure showcase. Her boxart are pretty flashy, especially on the back view there’s a very nice blue background. She comes up with alot of nice accessories.
Here we go 3 variant faceplates, 2 variant Supercomputer, alternate fringe included with her Mercury Goggle, 4 pair of hand accessories & extra 1, & a display stand.
Sailor Mercury is the first member of the Sailor Team to be discovered by Usagi Tsukino, third to be awakened by the Moon cats, and serves as the “brains” of the group. She wore pearl white senshi fuku without sleeves and the dominant color of the fuku was blue while the accent color was light blue. Her earrings, the gem on her tiara, choker, collar, the center of her front bow, skirt, the elbow fittings on her gloves, and her boots were painted pearl blue, and her front bow and back bow were light pearl blue. Her collar had three stripes, her earrings were three blue studs, and her boots were similar to Sailor Moon’s, except were blue and did not have a symbol on them. Well, she did wore gold colored tiara with blue gem but, it is unknown whether Mercury was able to use Tiara actions like Moon. But, she & other senshis could focus their energy into their tiaras in order to combine their powers, whether to help boost Sailor Moon’s power or to perform magic in concert. Mercury was released in October 2013, which she was released 2 months after Moon. Her articulation points are exactly the same like my SHF Sentai & Ichigo Sakurajima (Which there’s no upper bicep cut). She got no diecast material at all, & since she’s smaller than my SHF Tokusatsu, so she’s very light. However, I’m not happy on her QC so far, and this time Bandai dissapoint me alot on her, that her boxart pictures aren’t really faithful to her final products that I owned.
Mercury’s overall headsculpt & faceplates are strongly faithful to her anime counterpart, she’s very cute so far I love all of her expressions. The details on her hair & irises are the main things that made Mercury strongly resembles to her anime counterpart. Mercury was included with 4 variant faceplates, 1st standard smiling expression (it’s already attached to her figure), 2nd standard smile expression with open mouth, 3rd angry/serious expression for battle scenes, & last but not least more angry/serious expression (more because with open mouth for sure). Actually, each of her faces got an alphabet marked A/B/C/D (A Standard Smile, B Angry/Serious with open mouth, C Angry/Serious, & D Smile with open mouth) ontop of her respective faceplates but, I didn’t put them correctly in this photos because I felt like it’s more suit to put them like this. Most of her faces are actually used for the same purposes, A & D can be used when you want to recreate Mercury’s trademark pose during her transformations scenes or happy moods on Mercury. While C & B is used for creating battle scenes or bad moods on Mercury. Frankly, I couldn’t resist her cuteness… Perhaps, it’s one of the reasons why I like her better than the rest of the 4 Senshis but, my 1st favorite list wasn’t her. Her sculpt work is very solid, the tiara is very well detailed although exchanging her faceplate is harder than exchanging Figma or even Play Arts Kai’s faceplates. Since they used 3 peg joints on her faceplates, same goes to her fringe. To exchange her face you’ll have to open her fringe 1st & pull out the peg joints from the holes of her head, then insert one of her faceplates that you want into the holes then reinsert her fringe & you’re done. So far, I’m quite satisfied on her, although I’m not very happy with her paintjob.
Sailor Mercury’s body looked well proportioned than some of my figma collections but, some of her articulations are pretty simillar to my figma joints but, smaller & this made her looked more less jointed. Although, there’s some part that bugged me alot. Mercury’s dress was overally colored pearl like, excluding her skins & hair. Her designs are actually pretty standard for me so, there’s nothing really fancy in my opinion except the pearl like coloring senshi fuku & the details of her HS. However, there’s odd things on her coloring. Which is her decolletage skin color was colored pale white than the rest of her body, you can actually tell the difference by looking her neck between her decolletage. In articulation wise, Mercury is easy to pose & since she’s short haired balancing her body didn’t trouble me much. But, her feet troubles me a bit since she cannot withstand a little shake. Like I said earlier, Mercury doesn’t have upper bicep cut articulations so it’s a little tricky to cross her arm but, she can still do. Before I opened her from box, Mercury’s right shoulder is very stiff to move. But, with a little force I managed to move her right shoulder more easier.
Well-well… Not being pervert but, I have to say that Bandai freaked me out with how her butt looked… Seriously, they can do better than this, just like how figma works. For sure, this is also one of the reason I was dissapointed with Bandai but, not really much compare to her paintjob problem.
We got movable head that can be rotate it 180 degrees & bend down but, Mercury cannot look up much due to the hair piece on the back. She can also stretch her waist to the back but, very limited.
We can swivel her waist but, not full 180 degrees & bend her chest to the side but, the articulation is very limited.
Though Mercury doesn’t have upper bicep cut joints, she can still do a crossed arm pose but, not really perfect. Depending on the photo angle you took & she could also do close hug arms smoothly eventhough she doesn’t have butterfly joints.
Mercury’s leg articulations looks pretty decent made with a sexy looking legs, we can create many dynamic posing for her. Her knee joints looks good & pretty hideable enough. Her elbow & feet articulations works the same like other SHF but, moving her elbow is a little limited. Mercury can also bend her chest a little.
Her crotch articulations can do gymnastic split pose as well & she can perform high kick smoothly but, her feet couldn’t balance herself so I used her display stand.
Ah, yes! An alternate fringe! Mercury was given her trademark Mercury Goggle, a transparent blue visor goggles that she worn to scan and analyze enemies and phenomena in battle, as well as make calculations. Many people thought her goggles is going to be an alternate faceplates but, it turned out to become very interesting feature that we can still see her eyes thru the clear blue colored goggles. Frankly, I love this accessories but, I highly dissapointed on mine one. You can even notice by looking this photo.
Another nice feature from Mercury is her Supercomputer which she could use to scan her surroundings and analyze data, often proving very useful in battle. Bandai included 2 variant which are closed lid & opened lid, each of them must be used to their respective option hand parts. Basically, this accessories were meant to recreate the scenes where she uses this gadget in the show. One of her hand parts can be used to create a scenes where she’s typing the open lid Supercomputer.
Unlike my SHF Tokusatsu which included with default fistful hands, Mercury’s default hands was an open splayed hands which each 2 last fingers were half opened, the extras consists to a pair of fistful hands, open wide finger hands, another open splayed hands more upright, & she’s also provided with 3 variant Supercomputer’s holding hands which a pair for holding opened lid: left for holding & right for typing the keyboard, & another 1 left for holding the closed lid. Surely, they’re included to recreate her scenes in the show, most of her hands used to recreate her trademark attack Sabão Spray scenes (All open splayed hands). Fistful was of course for her scenes after she transformed into Mercury, same goes to the Supercomputer hands supposed to be used. Like her overall senshi fuku, her hands were painted pearl white.
Now, now… My SHF Tokusatsu never got a chance to be included with their own display stand but, not for Mercury! She’s included with her own clear colored stage set with heart shaped base & it has a printed font of “Sailor Mercury” as well as her Mercury logo & some FX. The base got 3 holes to be inserted on her triple jointed stand, this is pretty simillar to my Tamashii Stage Act 4 & I think I’m used to handle this as well. But, I’m not really used to make Mercury’s stand pretty well without it, so this feature helped me alot whenever I’m pissed on balancing her.
Surprisingly, Mercury is almost as tall as my SHF BLACK & that will make Mercury taller than my Kibaranger as well, since he’s the shortest among all of my other SHF. Well, I don’t exactly know which seasons this Mercury based from, in 1st & 2nd season she’s around 14 years old. Which is, she shouldn’t be as tall as BLACK since BLACK A.K.A. Kotaro Minami was 18th. Except if this Mercury based from her later seasons but, who cares about this height matters. Mercury has no relation to Tokusatsu world but, her role is pretty much the same… Hiding identity & transform into a gag costumes to defeat monsters.
Did I said I was dissapointed on her QC? Well, here you go:
- There’s a bolded line mold on the right side of the goggles, if you see it in naked eyes it looks like the goggles is somewhat cracking. (1st & 2nd photo)
- There’s a white grain on her left collar seifuku. (1st photo)
- A misspaint on her right eyebrow, crossing thru the eye lid & the eyebrow is shorter than the left one. (3rd photo (Angry faceplate)
- There’s a black dot on her left cheek, it looks like Mercury just got her acne vulgaris or comedo. Well, apparently my Mercury is in love or something? (3rd photo (Angry faceplate)
- 1 line pink blush paint is missing on the right side below her left eye. (3rd photo (Smile faceplate)
You can barely see them in naked eyes but, they’re perfectly visible in photos. Meh, I don’t want to discuss this if I don’t have this errors…
As Moon got her bootleg version so does Mercury follows the path for having her own available bootleg version. The pics were taken from Ebay seller of Hong Kong, & here’s the differences that I found so far according to my eyes (since I don’t have it):
- Box has no sticker or even Bandai & Tamashii Nations logo printed on it.
- Mercury already comes with her serious expression (C) as her default face instead of her standard smile expression (A).
- Mercury also already comes with her alternate fringe which has her Mercury Goggle as her default fringe instead of her standard fringe.
- Some joints looked improperly made, especially her left elbow joint.
- Her brooch’s color is lighter than the original.
- Her wrists joints were colored flesh rather than pearl white.
- Between her stomach & skirt was painted light blue, simillar to her front bow & back bow.
- Skin color looked more fleshy & shiny.
- Her decolletage was painted plain white instead of flesh, looks to me Mercury wore an extra shirt.
- Pressumably, this Mercury doesn’t included with her display stand.
Well, that’s what I noticed so far on her but, let me know if you found something else on her. & this pics already proves that my Mercury is legit despite having a terrible paintjob on it, I guess that day wasn’t my lucky day afterall… Apparently, I have to admit that some of Mercury’s bootleg faceplate has a better paintjob than mine one. Still, bootleg is a bootleg so be advise on yourself.
Now, you can see why I’m not happy with her, surely Bandai never accept customer service. So, it’s very unfortunate on how she turned out to be like this, although she was actually very fun to handle & I like how Bandai did her… I guess, it wasn’t my lucky day afterall on getting her in a very cheap prices. As for recommended or not, I’d say between yes & no… Yes, because handling her is pretty easy than the rest of my SHF & she’s no trouble at all, as for no. Previously, I said her prototype doesn’t looked really faithful to the actual products & it’s not because of my QC matters but, the difference is the boxart figure appeared to have a longer neck or maybe slightly shorter hair than the actual products. If you bought Mercury & open it, some of her joints feels pretty stiff, in my case Mercury’s right shoulder joint is pretty hard to move. On the begining I thought I had a badluck on the joint as well but, with a little force I can move her right shoulder joints with no problem until now. The reasons why I bought Mercury is because she’s very cheap & I couldn’t resist her since she’s my 2nd favorite senshi, the 1st would be Sailor Saturn A.K.A. Hotaru Tomoe & if I owned Mercury then I won’t missed the 1st one that I liked so much. Apparently, Mercury in Japan is the most favorite ones, & as one of the person who likes her I definitely understand that, though I’m not really into her much compare Saturn.
Pros: This time, I like how Bandai did on her ball shaped wrists, that I’m not having trouble on swapping her hands. She’s very easy to pose as her skirt doesn’t bother much on her thigh’s articulation. & that cute face… Bandai did it again to hypnotized me….
Cons: I hate how her QC turned out to be messy like this, especially her goggles bugged me alot. Right eyebrow can actually hidden by her bangs but, I still not fond to see her eyebrows looked different in faceplate B. Mercury doesn’t have upper bicep cut joints, so she couldn’t do much a pose where she have to crossed her arms through the front body. I don’t like how Bandai did her butt to be looked overjointed since she looked very awkward…. Lastly, to the almighty God please help me to solve this QC problem…. T_T
Small Parts: 5/5
Accuracy sculpt: 2/5
BLACK is very nice to a girl
Ouch, you just hurt my eyes!
Wait WHAT?! Since when BLACK is part of Queen Beryl?!
Yes, you are BLACK! But, you must convince her!
So, ShadowMoon is the one behind all of this missunderstanding?!
Oh, well… Thank you for reading… But, what happened to Mercury after she defeat BLACK?!
OH, NO!! ShadowMoon turned her into a stone?! Will Mercury survive?!