Time for an impromptu post! Was randomly taking photos of these Bubblegum Crisis action figures from Atelier Sai when I decided that I might as well make a blog post on them, also seeing how I never got to make a follow up post to the Priss figure during my blog’s hiatus in 2014, which was when I eventually acquired the missing girls from the set. Consider this a backlog loot post then haha.
A little refresh on the release of these action figures courtesy of the Bubblegum Crisis wikia page.
- Released back in 2005 by the Atelier Sai company
- Each figure of the girls (Priss Asagiri, Nene Romanova, Sylia Stingray & Linna Yamazaki) had interchangeable heads and hands and could be articulated with their arms, wrists and legs.
- The figures measures at 6-inches (approximately 15cm tall)
- Each girl had additional accessories related to their custom hardsuit
- Only 250 copies were produced for each of the girl’s action figure
These action figures have been long out of print and can be quite expensive to obtain currently if going by the ebay listings from Japanese sellers (upwards of $250AUD for each girl). I managed to obtain Nene, Sylia and Linna off of Yahoo Japan Auctions back in 2013 and 2014 for some rather reasonable prices (around 3,000-6,000 yen). I’ve already done a blog post on the Priss figure from this release line back in 2013, but I think I’ll just post photos of all 4 girls together in this one rather than make a post for each girl.
As you can tell from the photos, I’ve put these action figures on display in front of the TV in my bedroom. Surprisingly they’re not that distracting when I’m watching the news and movies on the screen, although they can get pretty dusty quickly due to my room having a lot of dust particles from the carpet and windows staying open a lot. Have to give them a quick dust clean every few months as a result.
All of the girl’s poses, except for Nene, were inspired from this video below from Steve who has the figures for Sylia, Priss and Linna. For Nene’s pose, I had to come up with one of my own that would be unique for her but also complement the other three girls to look like a group. Eventually settled for a pose that makes Nene look like she’s flying up as it also highlights the antenna arrays on her back (although they were a pain to hold and keep in place).
And photos of the box packaging for all four girls.
Also took some close up shots of the alternate heads of the girls without the helmets from the packaging. I know some collectors who have these figures like to use these ones instead of the ones with the helmets, but I prefer the helmet ones because they look cooler to me :P.
So despite these figures being long out of print, I would suggest those who are interested in obtaining these figures to keep an eye out for it on Yahoo Japan Auctions (and maybe even Mandarake) as I’ve seen some of the girl’s figures pop up in the past few months and selling for rather affordable prices (well much cheaper than the ebay listings anyway). I’ve also obtained the Bubblegum Crisis Yamato 1/15 action figures + Motoslave Series of all four girls years ago, but have yet to even unbox them! Might consider making a blog post for that release line sometime in the future when I do! :D.
And finally, just for fun, here are photos I took years ago of each girl’s figure pose from my old Samsung Galaxy S3 phone and then applying the solarise effect on it lol. Neon Knight Sabers anyone? 😛