Soldier of the Deep Waters, Soldier of Embrace, Soldier of the Sea, Princess Neptune. Michiru (or Michelle in the western anime adaptation) is arguably the most elegant of the Sailor Scouts in civilian form and in magic girl form – and this has translated to her gorgeous Pullip incarnation.
In all honesty, I probably did a bad thing. I didn’t order Neptune with Uranus, and like many fans I consider them inseparable. But I just wasn’t feeling the Uranus doll, and Neptune was one of my favourites. However, when I got her box, I left her unopened for almost a fortnight. I just wasn’t feeling her when she arrived at my doorstep. Peering into the box, she felt like another senshi Pullip – a bit flat and plain, and a little light on the accessories. I will happily say I was wrong.
When Neptune was announced, I was really enamoured with her Bandai Exclusive bonus. Alongside the normal release of her pleather scout outfit, she would also come with her every-day school uniform. Slapping down the extra $30, I decided to order her with her extra outfit.
You can see her outfit here, sitting innocuously underneath her tiara. Peeling off her plastic box, I let out a little sigh of surprise. I’m not sure what it was, the colouring, the pale makeup… but she kind of looked gorgeous. I say surprise because commonly, the Sailor Moon dolls tend to come light on details and faceup… it kind of suited her. She had this understated elegance.
Her face-up is a peachy pink colour on a pale base. Her eyebrows are arched and narrow, and painted in the deep sea green of her hair. Her lips are lightly coloured with black corners, indicating a secret smile. Her cheeks are lightly flushed peach, and she features these gorgeous deep-green eye-chips, which you can kind of see into. Like pools of water – very different to her other Sailor Sisters so far.
I had some anxiety pulling her curls out of the netting, so I resisted for a while – but when I did, I was pleasantly delighted ant how she looked.
Basically FAB. Her hair colour is a mixture of light and dark greens, creating this lovely ocean colour. Her wig does run a bit thin though, and you can see her wig cap through her bouncy curls. I did manage to mess up her curls in approximately 3 seconds, but her hair length made it quite forgiving. Her bangs surprisingly stayed in place without any assistance on my part.
She is gorgeous right? Beautiful, understated elegance, regardless of her outfit. She comes with a leather choker with a green gem and gold clasp, her sailor senshi outfit (also in pleather) in deep emerald green and a bow of sapphire blue (I was hoping that her green would be more blue-green on her outfit to match her hair and her illustrations). She also comes with two green earrings that match her choker and broach.
The back of her dress is finished in a large blue bow, and her gloves finish on her forearms – and kind of look like little mittens.
She has these wicked pumps with pleather criss-crossing details as well. Possibly one of my favourite Pullip shoes! Classy but fun – and they stay on her feet too!
She also comes with a gold pleather tiara, inset with a green gem. The tiara clips onto her hair with two little alligator clips on either end. As her wig is a bit thin, I was in a bit of struggletown getting it on her hair without sticking out dramatically.
Her overall look is wonderful. She’s one sailor where I would have been pleased just to get her as is. I was traditionally a bit disappointed with my other sailor scouts, but I have to say… I am loving on Neptune.
She looks like the contemplative type, doesn’t she? This wig colour I decided is also one of my favourite of all time. It just photographs beautifully.
Honestly, I think the girl is stunning. It’s just something about her colour scheme that just… works. After playing with her for a bit, I decided to put her in her special outfit. For some strange reason, I always pictured Michiru in her school uniform, probably because she appeared so often in it in the anime. Kind of like how Sailor Mars always looks like a shrine maiden in my mind.
At this point I wanted to show you guys that the outfit is kind of elaborate, and the skirt is separate, leaving a pleather-style swimsuit underneath.
And here she is. The school uniform is quite accurate to the manga, with a waist-high skirt that drops to her knee, and a burgundy long-sleeved top. She looks… amazeballs in it.
Her new outfit also comes with some new cute white socks, and shiny brown loafers.
She is really a gorgeous doll. I can say that Neptune has been my favourite release of the series so far. Mars is also versatile (but I think Neptune would look fab in other outfits too!), Luna and Serenity are the type I’d keep in their stock forever.
There is a lot to love in this release… and I kind of can’t explain it. Her face-up is simple. Her stock is simple. But… together, she’s just beautiful.
Them curls. She looks like she’s auditioning for a mermaid hair shampoo commercial.
Does she look like she’s thinking into the future?
Sailor Neptune is available at Pullipstyle for $130.00 for her regular edition, her LE edition via Premium Bandai is no longer available, but you might be able to find her on the second-hand market.