Sailor Mercury is the second of the team behind Sailor Moon and the second to get a Figuarts. She serves the brains of the outfit as well as the techie of the group. She also has one of the lamest abilities in the history of people with abilities in any medium which involves throwing bubbles at her enemies. Not even cool bubbles like say, Mega Man’s Bubble Man, but lame bubbles.
She does gain some more powers as the series progresses though, themed around water and ice. Plus her usefulness to the team is more than her ability to be less useful in a fight. Sailor Moon tends to just one shot all of the bad guys anyway with her crown.
Sailor Mercury isn’t a straight repaint of Sailor Moon, though not surprisingly, they do share many parts. The basic design and uniform of the Sailor Senshi is pretty much the same across the board. Ami has a different head of course, but she also has different boots and an entirely different set of hands than Usagi.
She also includes her little hand held computer device, in both open and closed models. While it would have been neat to have had one computer with a hinged lid, having the open and closed versions are probably better at this scale for the sake of not losing parts and because the hinge probably would have just ended up being a floppy mess anyway. She also includes an alternative hair bit that includes the visor she sometimes uses. It’s a nice way to help differentiate the design more when standing the Sailor Senshi all in a group.
Otherwise she’s definitely very similar to Sailor Moon. I haven’t had the same problems with loose hands that I had with the Sailor Moon Figuarts however. Also, while the boots are similar in design, I feel like there must have been some minor tweak on Mercury because she also seems like she is easier to stand up without the stand accessory.
Figuarts Sailor Mercury is the logical next step after Sailor Moon and seems to do a good job of improving the little flaws with the design of the first Sailor Senshi.