More of Tamashii Buddies review but, this time will featuring Sailor Saturn from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. She is one of the four Outer Senshi of the Solar System, and was the 10th Sailor Senshi to be introduced. Her civilian identity is Hotaru Tomoe. Tamashii Buddies/TB is a line made by Tamashii Nations produced by Bandai, the figures features them in deformed/chibi style accompanied by display base and wall. Sailor Saturn also comes with a box designed simillar like the Zyuranger one, the box was overally white colored and simple made with pink lines and fonts with TB logo and the small “Sailor Moon” with 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon logo. The front box also features window for us to see the figure, while the product number of this series was 025 and it’s regular release. The back box features more variant products, they are Sailor Uranus (018), Sailor Neptune (019) and Sailor Pluto (024). And we also get to see 1 photo of the full tower of the whole TB figures featured and there’s an instruction manual how to deal with them. Okay, it’s time to unbox her!
The contents consists of Sailor Saturn figure attached on her base display, the rest are 4 poles with the short one and wallpaper tray.
Like every Tamashii Buddies figures were included with wallpaper tray for the figure’s background in order to display them with the pole. Once again it’s another printed paper and honestly, I’m not really fond with it. Sailor Saturn comes with purple with black shade colored wallpaper with her senshi symbol with some sparkling and glass FX.
To display her with the wallpaper, you just need to attach the 2 poles on the back of the figure. On the base, you must attach them with the peg which directly on the bottom of the pole because, the other side has different location of peg joint. Then insert the wallpaper into one of the attached pole’s paper holes, then attach the other pole and match up with the wallpaper. And lastly attach the short pole onto the 2 pegs of the attached poles. Make sure to attach them properly and becareful not to attach them by force if you’re having problem because, the paper tray may be easily crumpled.
Saturn’s Sailor fuku color is mostly purple & white. She wears long high-heeled boots up to the knee, that are laced up although, her boot strings was left unpainted. The gloves are over the elbows but, they miss the last row of purple for a little edgy pointing out. The collar has no lines, but the choker has a small white star, similar to a heart crystal. There’s another larger crystal heart badge on her bow on her chest and another one bow on the back of her skirt. Both bows are a dark maroon. Her shoulder pads look like little wings. Saturn also had a gold colored tiara with white gem on her forehead. Saturn’s posing is standing normal with her arms down with chopping style hands, her pose was done the same way like her predecessor’s release. Currently, she’s the latest release of Tamashii Buddies of Sailor Moon series along with Sailor Pluto. Saturn’s sculpting is pretty standard, her fabric details are only on her skirt and unlike SHF counterpart, her fuku, heart stars, earrings and even her panties were painted simply white, and her purple part tends to be more blue-ish. The paintjob is fine so far (after choosing 4 stocks for the better paint works) although there are still minor misspaint but, it’s very tolerable for me. The figure also glued to the base and it was made from hard plastic, no metal/diecast included at all.
This Saturn was said to be based from her anime counterpart but, imo she’s nowhere lookalike. However, she still got her gentle looking purple eyes and her lips was painted pink. Her face was done in Chibi/Deformed style to make her looked cute and adorable. Saturn got a straight, black-blue-ish hair frames her small face to the chin but, from the back view… Her hair looks like a mushroom and unlike the SHF one, her inside hair doesn’t made to be hollow. The earrings are a small pendant was colored white. The only thing bugged me is her white paint for the star on the choker appeared to be slightly off but, I’m still fine with it.
With pole and paper attached, the figure only good when you view them from any front angle but, other angles like side or back… They looked pathetic, especially on the back one. Unlike the Zyurangers, her paper floor was printed dirty white floor with tiles.
The alternate poles also allows us to create TB tower but, in order to create the tower we must atleast have 2 TB figures. With the existence of my TB Zyurangers I can create my own TB tower with them. You can either make her on top or underneath or you can also create a triple floor of them for higher tower.
Thanks to a friend of mine, I was able to remove my TB figures from their stand display… I knew the figure wasn’t only glued since the glue wasn’t strong enough so, they also got 2 pegs for their feet. Removing the stand is still quite easy as you don’t actually need a brute force to remove it but, since their underneath feet was glued to the paper you’ll have to bear with some ruined paper. However, if you’re not fond with it, then don’t remove it.
You can already tell the difference by their proportions and also the coloring were also done very different, TB Saturn’s doesn’t have any pearl paint on her sailor fuku and her hair is more blue-ish than her SHF counterpart. Anyway, noticed the very different of their eyes, right? But, there’s nothing to complain since the figure was done in deformed style so, they can make her whatever they wanted. And by comparing to her promotional photos, TB Saturn’s actual product also looks exactly the same to me.
Since Saturn had a normal girl build, so her body was done to have smaller and slimmer than the overbulked up Dragon Ranger. Despite, her small build her head looks as big as Dragon Ranger’s helmet, and their height is only 1 cm different.
Another same conclusions like owning Zyurangers but, gladly she’s looking good so far. But, for me choosing out from 4 items of this Saturn, Bandai Tamashii Nations never learned their lessons on their quality control. Saturn was actually my very first Tamashii Buddies figure but, due to my doubtness and for being worrywart of the defects, she was put on hold until this is the time… In terms of details of the sculpt work I kinda recommend this especially on how cheap of the prices, although she looks simple. But, it’s still another great addition for your collections, if you like and collect Sailor Moon figures/toys.
- Good sculpt work.
- Good for displaying the figure in the cabinet or detolf.
- Good window box.
- Cheap price.
- Some incomplete and misspaint on the paintjob but, not a big deal to me.
- Bad quality on the wallpaper and looks easily crumpled.
Tamashii Buddies: Sailor Saturn
Small Parts: 2/5
Accuracy sculpt: 4/5
They’re being hunted….
Crap?! She turned them into mini dolls?!
Ouch! I never heard of Silent kick before….
Ooooo, right on the boobs!!
Too late, huh?
Yes, let’s keep hunting more figures!