Monday, January 11, 2016

Marmalade Boy UFO Catcher Plush Banpresto 1994

Wow, a really old set here! I have fond memories of watching Marmalade Boy with girlfriends when I was young, and I'm happy I seem to remember their names. Very interesting to see old plush from before 1998-ish when the materials were still simple. The set consists of Arimi, Yuu, Ginta, Meiko, and Miki as well as a robot plush of the voice recorder. I gave away the Robot as it was in poor shape, and unfortunately I didn't get a good picture before I sold it.

A full set shot here, you can see 2 of the 3 girls have hair made of string, something I don't see often at all. Also their noses are little triangles haha!

Miki, the main character. She's held up well! The material for the shoes is very soft, a material that doesn't seem similar to what Banpresto uses for shoes more around 2000 and after. She's in perfect condition but has a little rub on her shoe.

It doesn't seem like the fabric is peeling so much as it was rubbed by the previous owner perhaps.

Now here's Meiko!! Again she's in great condition but her shoes show more wear on them. Her eyes have yellowed a bit more than Miki's but aren't 'yellow' yet or super discolored. However! Her yarn hair was glued down to her head with fabric glue, but the glue aged and has released the yarn. (She has a tiny piece of fuzz by her eye, it's not a stain lol!)

As you can see, her hair sits on her head just fine, but it seems a lot like a wig! I could fix it with fabric glue, but usually I take a hands off approach with plushie aging.

Hmm, again it seems like the wear is due to rubbing and not peeling, there's no cracks or whatnot.

Arimi, probably in the best shape of the whole set, I can't find a thing wrong with her wear wise. Her hair is like a helmet though! 

However she's got a small factory glue spot in her hair ^_^;;

Ginta, looking pretty darn happy! Left eye has a little yellow color to it if you look realllly closely. A few little dings in his shoes.

Last but not least Yuu!! His shoes seem ok, but the poor boy has spots on his uniform.

I'm not sure if this kind of thing can be washed out or what. Maybe someone who conserves fabrics could give some pointers? Again I usually take a hands off approach...

Finally a shot of the paper tag.

As for pricing, I looked on ebay and the single pricing seems to be $35-40, a 5-doll set for $119 with stains all over Ginta's face, a Ginta for $75, and a full set for $250. Singles seem to easily sell for $30-40+. 

Yuu, Miki, Robot SOLD

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

XXXHolic / Tsubasa Reservoir Mokona Modoki plush set 2003 CLAMP / Kodansha / STOC

This is not a UFO Catcher plush set that you would win from prize machines in Japan, but instead one that you had to purchase (much like the Full Moon wo Sagashite Takuto & Meroko or Azumanga Toyworks cats). I don't have much information about if only specific shops sold them or what have you, only the information I can see on the tags. Since these were made in 2003, they predate the animes, so it must have been released with permission from Kodansha or be an actual Kodansha item, in a way.

These originally came in this bag with the paper piece stapled to the top, there is a bar code at the bottom.

They actually have little beanie bottoms so they sit up well and seem to be high quality. The gems on their heads are very nice and the material is sooo soft!

Nice details for such simple character designs!

For what it's worth, I think these are nice and probably on the rarer side. I just saw a set sell on ebay for $80, so pricing is probably in that area.

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Tsubasa Chronicle CLAMP UFO Catcher Plush Sega 2006

Another CLAMP set, this time from Tsubasa. The interesting thing about this set for me is the way they sewed the faces, kind of different than most of the other CLAMP plush I've seen. SEGA did do a Card Captor set as well as the X/1999 set, and all have been different in style and proportion as well as materials. This set consists of Fai, Sakura, Syaoran, and Kurogane.

We'll start with Syaoran...


He's actually pretty cute! The material is more of a fuzzy one instead of the more feltlike material that most plush are made of. He's got his goggles and gloves on, though the materials are starting to crack.

Sakura looks rather cute as well, no complaints there, really. I do enjoy the way SEGA did their (CCS) revival kind of set, with the very chibi cute faces, part of me wishes this resembled those.

Kurogane I think is the star of the set, lots of nice details and his cowl from his cape is sewed to his chin, and actually has something in it to stiffen it so it keeps its shape. It's also attached at the nape of his neck and his elbows. Rather smart! Nice details with the stitching on his shirt, boots, and cape. He doesn't seem to be peeling yet, holding up well!!

Fai, the last in the set. He looks good enough, I wish they had made him look less... poofy? As in, they didn't stitch his elbows or anything, just folded his arm. 

I don't seem to see these plushies going for a lot of money, like $10-15, normal plushie release/starting price. I think that may have to do with the fact that there was a USA release of a different design of these characters. While supplies last, for Tsubasa plushie purchases, I will include a Tsubasa post card (that, if I remember correctly, came in the limited hardcover editions of the Tsubasa manga). 

Make sure you specify which card you want!!

Fai is SOLD 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Inuyasha Ichiban Kuji Raffle Plush Banpresto 2002

From my memory, there are 2 Inuyasha Ichiban Kuji raffle sets. The first set has the characters as small sit-down plushies with swinging legs (Inuyasha, Kagome, Sango, Miroku? and Shippo), and I think bags with the characters heads on them, and a Kagome DX plush. I scoured the internet and managed to find pictures of them at, so I will post them at the end of this entry for posterity only, I have never owned them except for the Shippo and Kagome DX. Kagome DX is sold, I still have Shippo.

For the series 2 set, I am not sure 100% if it was only this set of 3, but it says very clearly on the tag in kanji as the first grand prize, it is a large Inuyasha, 2nd prize is Sesshoumaru, and 3rd prize is Naraku. These are those 3.

This Inuyasha plush is HUGE and very, very nice. As you can see, over time it seems to have started peeling, but as far and I can remember this only started happening recently. I was not able to keep him stored the same way I did my smaller plushies due to his size, so I think he deteriorated due to that. However, the rest of him is in perfect shape, and, I should just face it, over time most of these will peel after a few decades. I put a ruler on the side to see his size, and here you can see his size in the full Inuyasha plush series picture:

I apologize reposting this image again, but it is rather essential here to show just how huge he is! Also his sword wasn't peeling in this picture :-/ (also you can see that the USA version of Jaken fits in well with the raffle Sesshoumaru size-wise, and Naraku fits in very well with the Rivals set).

I am not sure which way he is supposed to be posed, sword across his front or over his shoulder. I greatly prefer over the shoulder!!

The face is very well done, with a mix of stitching and different colored fabrics. I enjoy that he's got his fang and sideways cocky sneer/smile, and that the yellow of his eyes were stitched so it gives them this shiny more alive appearance.

Also his bow is even stuffed!! The necklace beads are large and strung nicely, he's got his wide sleeves and slits in his shoulder, and the rope across the front has a good texture.

His hand is wrapped around his sword and the fur is swirly and fun!

Next is Sesshoumaru! Larger than a normal DX (by quite a few inches) and equal in quality to Inuyasha. Instead Sesshoumaru's face is fully stitched. His fluffy 'tail' is attached to his hand.

Some back shots and detail. He is set up very similarly to the Rival series plush, except all his details aren't squished together on a tiny frame.

Some details on his front, and his shoes. Part of me is a bit surprised that they made his shoes the same as the Rival series, instead of putting in more detail.

So, the differences between this and the Rival series are the proportions, the colors (and shape) of his facial details, his feet are a better shape, etc..

Lastly is Naraku. Slightly larger than plush of the normal series, but definitely not DX size. His hood is removable which is kinda fun! It's a shame he had to be a raffle prize and not in a normal set, but that's life!

Facial detail without the hood on.

Back without the hood, and an idea of his pony tail (not stuffed, but flat). The baboon hood is simple with iron on decals that seem plastic in base, not like the eyes on his face.

Underneath his cloak! Wearing pants and socks, sandals. Part of the fun of owning a plush that you only see a few pictures of is definitely discovering these small details! What's under the hood? What's under the cloak!?

His back with his cloak on and hood up.

Some tag shots... raffle tags are different than normal tags. The tush tag says 'Ichiban Kuji' on it, indicating that it's a raffle plush, and has the date it was made after 'BP' which stands for Banpresto. The paper tag on the outside indicates the series (Ichiban Kuji Inuyasha Part 2 <copyright Sunrise 2000, that is NOT the date the plush is made>). On the inside of the tag, on the right it indicates the prizes in the set, in this case a Grand Prize (Inuyasha), 1st (Sesshoumaru) and 2nd prize (Naraku). Then it lists the materials. My kanji is spotty so that's the best I can do!

For the Series 1 Raffle set, I found these pictures on and am only using them for reference if someone needs information on what the raffle series consisted of ( I do not own and have never owned these except for Shippo and DX Kagome whom I sold):

The tags on these will be similar to the ones on the series 2 plush. If you find a seller that seems to have any of these plush, I would contact them and get images of the tush tags and paper tags to verify. There are a few plushies that are smaller than these so do not confuse them!

I hope this helps anyone seeking information about these plushies!!

Naraku, Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru, Shippo SOLD

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