The Seventh Day of Christmas – Sailor Moon Paper Playset
On the seventh day of (Sailor Moon) Christmas, we got this interesting little gem – a three-dimensional Sailor Moon R playset made entirely of cardboard and magnets. What makes this interesting, though, is not so much the construction, but rather the theme of it. How so? Well, let’s take a closer look!
Unlike most of the toys (and products in general), this toy is based on the Cardian arc of the beginning of the Sailor Moon R season, and prominently features both Ail, Ein, and Minotauron.1 Outside of those clues, however, there isn’t really much to help us place what the intended theme of this playset was. The environment appears to have been a cross between the large dance hall at the embassy when Usagi, Rei, and Ami were looking for Princess Dia2 and the Moon Kingdom (if you take a look outside the windows), but on the other hand, Naru and Umino are both here as well. Adding further to the mystery, some of the characters are in dresses/tuxedos, while others are in their Sailor Soldier uniforms.
Now, what made this even more interesting to me and pushed me over the edge to buy it and actually review it is the fact that these paper cut-out figures are have been printed on both sides, to give the more realistic feeling of them having a front and back (and letting you pose them a bit more naturally – or at least as naturally as one can pose a cardboard cut-out of your favorite characters. The set itself has magnets in key places (such as the sides of the walls and on overhangs) to allow you to attach chandeliers that also come with it, though oddly enough the fold-over stands for each of the characters also come with magnets attached to the bottom, though it’s not clear to me where they were meant to be attached or how they were meant to be used.
It’s possible that the set originally came with a metal base for this to be used on, or it was just assumed that children would find a metal plate of some sort to play on. Unfortunately, due to the relative obscurity of this set and the fact that I bought it second hand (and incomplete, sadly), I’ve been unable to find any further information on it to clear up some of these points and can’t find anything on Google either.
Though it probably wouldn’t mean a lot to many other people, I find myself oddly attached to this little set, even if it is incredibly simplistic. Due to personal nostalgia reasons, I have strong memories of the Sailor Moon R Cardian arc (even if I knew it at the time as the Doom Tree due to the DiC dub) and still really like it today, even if deep down I know it isn’t really a part of Sailor Moon proper. It’s so rare to find any toys, images, or products from this part of the series, so I was definitely happy to find it. As for other people? Well, your results may vary, but if you could find a complete set in good condition, it would make a neat decoration on top of a bookshelf, I’d say!