Kawaii Newsletter - SEGA SATURN-CHAN HAS TAKEN THE FORM OF … A KAWAII?!
http://kawaiikochan.moe/post/138110779651/sega-saturn-chan-has-taken-the-form-of-a

You have seen reviews of toy robots on KKC before, so I wasn't going to pass up something even more on-subject for the comic. (Super robots are on-subject for Kawaiikochans.) Those of you who followed me a few years back know that I reviewed toys for a really long time, so when I get something these days I do something like this.


This is a Nendoroid, one of the leading Japanese figure lines. Like a cuter version of Mr. Potato Head, the fun of the toy is to swap the parts to create a lot of different poses and expressions. Like Funko Pops (though Pops are awful), basically everything in JP geek culture gets turned into one. This even applies to the Sega Saturn, via the recent CG anime “Seha Girls”, in which the consoles became anime girls. Check the “seha girls” tag on the KKC Tumblr for a lot of comics on the subject.


Saturn-chan is the most conventionally moe character: she's a proud tsundere type who everybody else is always teasing. In the show, they have her talk way too much about love and marriage in ways that have nothing to do with anything. As such she's probably the only one who picked up popularity as a result of Seha Girls: outside of UFO catcher toys and stuff, it looks like only she is going to get nice PVC figures and a Nendoroid.


The info box this time is modeled after the info box on many Sega Saturn boxes that listed the usual stuff: one-player, game genre, etc. The rating box at the end is likewise based on Sega's age rating system of the time.


“This is Cool” was Sega's ad slogan towards the end of the Saturn's life, and of course “this is cool” has been used on the KKC magazine titles.


The first bit is really just a trivia segment! Everything about the Saturn designs and Saturn-chan's design is self-evident. The other character designs have similar frills to their original consoles but I think the Saturn stuff is the most clever of the three. A figure company took this further (as they often do) by releasing a Saturn-chan figure with partially transparent clothes after the “Skeleton Saturn”, Sega's final release of the sytem in a transparent shell.


What you see on the second page is basically the extent of what you can do with the figure. Creative people will get a few more poses than this out of it, but basically Nendoroids are meant for four or five specific setups.


The character's Twin-Sticks are in reference to the dual joysticks used to play Virtual-On, a Saturn-era classic. Inside of the stick you'll notice the Saturn “S” logo. The Saturn sure had a lot of logos and signifiers...


The final piece, and the one you will probably keep out, is the setup with Sega Saturn playing Sega Saturn. The console piece and the pad are both very nice, especially for this size and comparable to other tiny accessories in the Nendoroid line. You can tell that whoever made this one didn't want to cheap out on this part. “Chiisize” is not a real word, as you would imagine.


Virtual Hydlide (note that it is not part of the “Virtua” series; it's by T&E Soft) is an odd action-RPG that is mostly known for using really weird digitized live-action sprites (like early Mortal Kombat) in a third-person 3D environment. I would argue that Virtual Hydlide is not as ugly as (and probably plays better than) its successor, Time and Eternity.