When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
So why not celebrate your inner magical girl with one of the best action figures of the year: The S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure!
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the two most influential creators of female characters in the 20th century were Sailor Moon's Naoko Takeuchi and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! director Russ Meyer. So really, it was only a matter of time before those two aesthetics combined, and when artist Babs Tarr finally drew the Sailor Scouts as a bosozoku gang (a Japanese term for biker gangs that literally translates as "violent running tribe," which is amazing), it was every bit as great as we all wanted it to be.
Now, we have seen the next step: A group of incredible cosplayers made up of Michelle Nguyen, Mandie Bettencourt, Ruby Rocket, Yume Ninja and Jennifer Newman have brought the violent, bike riding take on Sailor Moon to life.
Who would win in a fight between Sailor Moon and Wonder Woman? Ribbons versus lariats? Invisible plane versus silver crystal? Sailor Scouts versus Amazon warriors? Sapphic overtones versus... well, honors even on that one.
In comics, the answer would come down to whoever was writing the book, but the real world has a different way of settling these questions. The dance-off. At the Streetstar Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this year, the two ladies met in the arena to see who would emerge triumphant. Their weapon of choice? Voguing. Now the video of that encounter has hit the YouTubes for everyone to enjoy.
Having originally run in the '90s, in some ways Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon serves as a marker of the decade's anime, manga and even cosplay aesthetic. But what if Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Venus, Sailor Jupiter and the rest had debuted during the era of rocket ship and death ray-laden sci-fi? Abigail L. Dela Cruz has imagined just this sort of Sailor Scouts assemblage, which dons five of the crew in translucent sparkly fabrics, chunky space helmets with shiny visors, ringed gloves and boots, plus radio antennas and ray guns aplenty. Check out Dela Cruz's first batch of retro-style Sailor Scouts (and cross your fingers that she'll eventually get to Tuxedo Mask) after the cut.
Following a few prototype displays at conventions such as SDCC 2013 this past summer, Bandai has rolled out official full-color images of its ever-expanding S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line on the Tamashi Nations site. Joining the previously-seen Sailor Moon and Sailor Mercury figures are Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus and Sailor Mars.
Video: Tony "Man At Arms" Swatton forges his own version of Link's Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series, which is much more difficult than just pulling it out of the floor at the Temple of Time.
As one of the most popular manga and anime characters of all time, Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon has naturally received scores of video games adaptations released across all manner of consoles over the years. The bad news? Not all of them made it to North America despite the fact that they star a team of magical teens who cut through evil with the same efficiency as most Power Rangers and X-Men lineups. So what's a fan to do when Sailor Moon RPGs, fighting games, arcade style side scrollers and other options don't make it across the Pacific? Well, make a Doom 2 mod, of course!
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