“ Brand: Sailor Moon / Type: Stuffed toy / Size: 12" „
The first thing I notice about the Irwin plushie of Sailor Moon is how brightly coloured she is compared to Japanese UFO plushes that were released. Her fuku is vibrant and her face is adorable; her eyes are bright and sparkling and she looks incredibly cute! She's a very good size, measures about 8 inches in height, and comes in a box so she can be displayed without getting too dirty. She's very soft and is padded out well with wadding, not beans like her smaller counterpart, so she keeps her shape very well.
She's rare and out of print so hard to find nowadays, but the average price second hand for her runs at about £20 in box, maybe £13 out of box. It sounds like quite an expensive venture for a plush toy, but she is more than worth it for any collector.
The only thing I would mention is that I probably wouldn't give her to a child under 3 because her broochis represented on this plush by a sort of yellow button that could probably easily come off if mouthed or chewed. That and the little felt creascent moons on her boots could also come off easily if put in the mouth.
All in all, out of my whole collection of Usagi plushies, she is one of my favourites. Irwin did a fantastic job when they created her, and the other scouts, so keep an eye out for the set!
Sailor Moon was a popular animé (Japanese Animated) series from the 90s. It was a spin-off the manga (comic) series with the same name and due to it's success, much more spin-offs and franchise were created. These vary from more comics, work created by fans, video games, live action and musical theatre work. I think a lot of people enjoyed the magical adventures with the romance and soft-hearted humour on the side. This is the same reason I enjoyed Sailor Moon. I have a box of Sailor Moon trading cards and this 12 inch plush toy. Mine is different to the picture in the main, as she is winking and is waving her arm, but it has the same features and purpose. Here's a link to the image of my Sailor Moon Plush: http://tinyurl.com/sailormoonplush
The toy represents the main character Usagi Tsukino (a.k.a Sailor Moon) in her iconic sailor moon form. They've got the basics in the design right and captured her energetic nature. When the series was translated to English, Usagi got her name changed into Serena Tsukino.
Usagi has been portrayed in many different ways due to inconsistency in a set personality due to various adoptions. The creator of the manga, Naoko Takeuchi draws her as a lazy daydreaming schoolgirl. Overtime she's gained a reputation for being heroic, ditzy, royal, mysterious and amusing which can be a tad confusing. One thing I can safely say about her character that she certainly has a lot of energy and cheekiness that I found quite charming.
The toy is a little hard to find and it's lurking about on Ebay and amazon and you might also see it in shops dedicated to animé and manga or conventions relevant to Sailor Moon. The prices are a bit expensive, I purchased mine at a shop based in London named Tokyotoys over a year ago. If I recall correctly they were around the £8 area. It's been lurking around the price range of £6 to £20, which in my opinion is expensive for stuffed toy with no electronic or educational features.
What I participially like about this product is it's appearance. I'm fond of the animé art-styles which helped me find the toy very appealing. I'm quickly drawn to the facial features. I think the stitching patterns on the eyes are interesting and I like how the dark blue thread used for the eyes glistened. One way I think the product could be refined a bit more would be to work on the shape of the mouth. I don't really like how reminds me of a triangular shape, but I think the shade of red is a good choice. From a distance it makes me think of a heart. The head looks very heavy as it's almost a third of the actual doll, but when I pick it up, it's very light.
One concern I have for the product is that I don't think this product is safe for children under three years old because of the two strands of loose fabric that serve as ponytails. Other problems it may give are that they might tear or get caught up on something easily and they may potentially be a chocking hazard. Speaking of which, I think they could have done a better job with the ponytails as it's quite flat and in my opinion, doesn't work with the rest of the head well. It's got an overall fuzzy texture that balances out the soft and rough edges which I am neutral to.
I think younger children will like the toy and find her design really fun. But I think it only truly sparks if you adore Sailor Moon, so I would recommend it, as I think it's a very adorable toy, but I think it's only useful for Sailor Moon fanatics.