Sailor Moon meets Kamen Rider
Bootlegs and knockoffs
Beyond licensed items
- Candy Topper
- This candy topper (which I believe bears the likeness of Sailor Neptune) was found in
a small shop in Tozeur, although I saw similar (non-Sailor Moon) items all over Tunisia.
The cool thing is, this piece is licensed (it's got a Toei copyright on the back) and
it's got Arabic writing on the wrapper--a genuine Tunisian Sailor Moon item. Proof
positive that it's easier to find Sailor Moon stuff in North Africa than it is in the
- Digital Watch
- I found this watch at a stall in the Medina (or rather, my smart and good-looking
husband spotted it). It's probably a bootleg, and similar to a lot of stuff I've seen in
Seattle's own international district. However, I think it's interesting mainly for the novelty
of having bought it (and spent some time haggling for it, no less) in a Tunis souk.
- Beauty Warrior
- This attractive knockoff, featuring a Sailor Mars-like mask and some role-playing
toys, would be kinda cool even if I hadn't happened to have found it in Carthage. I
especially like the image of two senshi packing heat. Interesting story about this piece: my Star Wars-obsessed
spouse had picked up a Star Wars item or two during our journey, and as is our custom,
the two of us packed our collectibles in our hand luggage for our flight out of Tunis. (We
ended up spending the night in London without a change of underwear, as our checked
luggage made its way to Seattle, but hell, our bubbles remained undented!) Anyway, I
should also explain that Tunisia is somewhat of a benevolent dictatorship, and police
checks are a way of life. Our last police check came just before we were to board our
flight. Gus bit his fingernails as our hand baggage was taken from us, and his beloved
props were sent through the X-ray machine. Suddenly, one of the policemen shouted
whatever the Arabic equivalent of "Aha!" is, and grabbed....my shopping bag. He'd
spotted the Sailor Moon gun! The look on his face as he opened the bag and saw that not
only had he spotted a plastic toy guy, but a flourescent pink one at that, was simply
- Sailor Jupiter
- Sailor Mercury
- Sailor Saturn
- Sailor Venus
- These buttons from Singapore depicting SD characters are kawaii.
Thanks to Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the images!
- Planet Girls
- I love a good Sailor Moon bootleg. These are pretty cool, with a silly name, creative
box art (love the little stitching the
added to Sailor Moon's boots), and a special prize for the worst odangos I've ever seen.
- Annie Pretty Sailor
- From the sublime to the ridiculous, this is a pretty funny bootleg.
The box is pretty elaborate for a boot, and shows Jupiter, Mars and
Mercury plus a pink-clad Moon (Venus is not pictured for some reason).
But, all of the dolls themselves are blond Usagi, wearing a variety of
different costumes (I got pink, blue and green). The little cresecent
moon pattern on her blouse is a nice touch. And at $3 a pop, the price
- Kids outfit
- I don't know if it's licensed or not (I would guess not), but I love
the Moon applique on this little kids outfit.
- Sailor Mary
- These bootlegs are actually famous, having rated a picture in Figure
Oh mag a couple months back. The dolls are about 10" tall, with molded
hair, and actually resemble large action figures. The box promises,
"Fully vinyl head."
- The Sailor Senshi roar out on pastel-colored bikes! Sailor Moon meets
Kamen Rider? This one features hilarious graphics of a surprised looking
Moon and Chibi Moon.
- Fly Dancer
- Looks like someone had the same idea as Giochi Preziosi. Only unlike
the Italian company, they didn't want to bother with all that boring
licensing stuff to make a Sailor Moon skydancer. This looks to be Sailor
Uranus, although other senshi (including Neptune, Moon and Chibi Moon) are
pictured on the box. It's amusing that though the people who made this
toy obviously had no compunction about using the "Sailor Moon" name, they
kinda wimped out and called it a *Fly* Dancer.
- "Magic Feeling" wand
- This hot pink wand is supposed to be musical, but batteries, alas, are
not included. I'd love to know what theme it plays. Knowing these folks
who make bootlegs, it's probably the theme from Shaft!
- Sailor Uranus action
- The card says Sailor Moon S. The figure is obviously Sailor Uranus.
But what's with the Magical Princess pictures mixed in with the Sailor
Senshi? Looks like she's trying to stab Luna!
- Beauty Soldier Shirley
- What's inside is yet another Sailor Uranus action figure. What's on
the box? "She is the one called Shirley Moore?" "I fight for love and
for justice--I'm Shirley Moore."
- Sailor Sweetie
- Sailor Sweetie indeed! These SD figure knockoffs feature pastel
colors, as well as a baffling tropical motif. This one has Jupiter (wink,
wink) and Venus (wink, wink), a little sail ship, and palm trees. The
all feature palm trees actually. There is another one that
includes Moon and Chibi Moon,
as well as an Artemis-like cat.....and a monkey. The third version hasblue-haired Mars and green-haired
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