Now for something a bit different and my figure ever figure for 2014 and my first SHF series, and this being from the Sailor Moon line. Sailor Mars, aka Rei Hino, the hot-blooded member among the sailor fighters.
Since this my first ever SHF that I got myself, lets see how it fared up.
True to character design language of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars here is pretty slender and long-legged.
The rear shot is totally dominated by her long flowing jet-black hair.
Yes, the joints used does resemble figma joints but more “delicate” like.
Sculpt-wise is pretty decent, sadly marred with some seam-lines and cutting marks on some of the parts. Personally this is to be expected as SHF is under Bandai and Bandai is mostly doing gunpla model kits; in short, human figures are their strong point (as the time of writing).
The whites for her outfit is not really white but more of pearlescent/enamel white, the blue bow is also have an pearlescent glow too. QC-wise, some (very minor) mis-application of paint and visible cutting marks are a let down for an otherwise nice figure.
Sailor Mars features joints at both sides of her hair, with that more lively and dramatic poses can be pull off.
Like most figures with long hair, Sailor Mars also having the same issue of not able to look up much.
The shoulder can go as much as 90° while the elbow could go up to 95°/100° of motion.
As mentioned before, the pelvis, elbow and knees are similar to a figma but more smaller, so extra care in doing poses with her.
The knees have a good range of motion but her thighs are limited by her skirt which is made from a more flexible PVC.
The display base/stand features the grabber-type of holder that is used with Bandai’s Tamashii Stage Act base as the figure itself does not have a socket behind the torso as with figma figures, and the base itself features Sailor Mars name and emblem/logo/seal.
Bandai is very generous in giving four facial expression pieces, in which making more expressive (pun is intended), other than her happy expression is the neutral face.
The shouting face, good for fighting and yelling scenes.
The crossed/simmering anger face. Since she’s a fire-type, expect some intensive beatings.
I just wished that Bandai had made the neck a little bit (by 3mm or so) higher, had to pull out the neck joint out a bit so it doesn’t make her neck look a bit squatted.
One must be EXTRA careful when changing the hand parts as the joint used is pretty delicate. Instead of a peg it uses a small ball-joint to hold the hands.
Other than the facial part that is expressive, the hands given are also have a wide range of gestures.
This hand is used when she’s giving a sentence before doing any pummeling. It could also be used to hold things like a broom or any stalked items.
Now THIS gesture is very…
‘ang on… What is HE doing?…
This will not end well…
Very ouch…Can he counter this?
Is it me or Rei is looking very composed?…
Alas, poor ol’ Snake…
Well, close enough since the eyes is looking at somewhere else.
Is she having a migraine?
What is going…
Ah… the OTHER resident shrine maiden…
Looks like Rei has been schooled by Reimu in the “finer” points of being a shrine maiden…
p.s. the gun that Reimu is using is a Kotobukiya MSG Weapon set #31, with some tack material to hold it on her hands.