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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thoughts on "Usagi's Carillion" AKA Star Locket Necklace from GEA

It's finally here. We've been waiting for MONTHS but it's finally available!

When GEAnimation announced Usagi's Carillion necklace (calling it a 'Star Locket' would've been misleading, for it does not open), Sailormoon fans went batty!  I'm not sure what it is about this item, but there's something in it that really strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Sailormoon fan.  It's not even the most expensive collectible, but it's still one of the most desired.  It seems to embody everything we love about the series by being a symbol of the core of the story - that believing in yourself and the ones you love can get you through even the darkest days.

It's not a transformation compact, it's not a wand. It's not even specifically magical in its own right (though I can see how you could debate that). It's just a really pretty, really awesome little symbol. AND WE LOVE IT.

I ordered mine through and had a great experience with them.  I'd actually never heard of the site before some of my Moonie friends recommended it to me, but I'm glad they did! I plan to order more merch from them!

It arrived in about two business days. I was immediately enamored.  You would swear it opens looking at it. My friends who check it out have tried to open it before I mention that it doesn't. It's not so bad though. They probably saved a lot of money by not having to make the latch work thus making the necklace more affordable.  It's also sort of nice to not have to worry about the small hinge breaking if it's something you plan to wear every day.

It is pretty small, only about 1.75" tall - but it's perfect as a necklace. It's got a great metallic gold color. I've heard some people say theirs have a few scuffs and things on them which is to be expected with something that has this kind of finish. It's nearly impossible to keep perfect (so if you want a really minty one, don't take it out of the plastic).  Mine's going to get all scuffed up!

I took a photo with my Bandai Asia Starry Sky Orgel to give a sense of scale.

The back says "Sailor Moon" in the new logo style with Naoko's copyright.

I unpacked it and put it on and I've worn it every day (that's three days) since!  The chain that it comes with is long, about 30". But the clasp is adjustable and if you want a shorter chain it wouldn't be too hard to take some of the loops out with a pair of pliers. I've been enjoying wearing it long! It's metal so it's quite heavy. I don't have to worry about it flying up in my face, but it does have a nice swing to it while I'm running around the office all day.

I have a nickle sensitivity so I was worried the chain would become itchy. So far so good, but I'm still expecting it will bother me after a week or so. I will likely have to buy another chain for it, but I am a little optimistic that I won't have to. I sent GEA a tweet asking them if they think the chain will turn my neck green.  They said it shouldn't.  Since I bathe regularly and take it off at night I suspect it will not. ;D

This is absolutely my favorite thing that they have released so far. It's iconic, it's cute, it's well made. I remain hopeful that the new anime next year will result in some new toys, real toys that light up and play songs.  But in the meantime, I plan to wear this necklace like a beacon of hope sparkling out to all Sailormoon fans all over the world!

Thanks GE! You hit it out of the park with this one. Worth the long wait! ♥


At September 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM , Blogger Panda said...

haha my favorite part of this post is "i bathe regularly" XD

At September 6, 2012 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Cyn G. said...

My favorite part is when GEA asked why you were shouting on Twitter XD! Love your comparison pic of the two lockets :D!

At September 6, 2012 at 7:25 PM , Anonymous chibi said...

Awesome review! Very cool and informative and the necklace does looks cute :) Wish it opened though!

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