Friday, December 10, 2021

Miraculous Ladybug - AQUABUG!

Miraculous Ladybug Action Figures: Wave 04 - AquaBug - Bandai 2018

With the first assortment of Miraculous figures from Playmates Toys finally hitting the shelves, I scrambled to get the last couple Bandai figures I never picked up (before they became impossible to get). Similar to any Batman or Spider-Man themed property, there is some version of Ladybug in every wave of Miraculous toys. She's the focal character so I totally get it, but I usually skip slight variations of a character I already have. When I first saw pics of this AquaBug figure, I wrote it off as just "Ladybug with blue hair" and didn't pay any attention. But a few years later I saw a pic of her and realized she had some interesting details. The most impressive part is that her costume is completely covered in a fishscale texture. It's only noticeable up close and Bandai could have been cheap and just re-used the smooth mold. Her hair gradient from light blue to pink also really stands out. In the packaging, the pink blends in with the background graphics, so seeing it in person was a nice surprise. Let's check out AquaBug below!

The swimming pose in the packaging caused some warping in her legs. 
I did the hot water trick to straighten them out, but I need to do it again.

Aquabug comes with a pair of flippers. (I wish the character has a full blown mermaid tail).

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is AquaBug with the original Ladybug figure. Beyond the paint difference, AquaBug has a sculped scale texture over her entire costume.

Here are my Bandai Marinettes together: Multimouse, Ladybug, Marinette, AquaBug, and Lady Noir. The only one I don't have is the Fluttering version which looks like the original release with a chunky plastic skirt and cape-like wings.

And here are all my Bandai Miraculous Ladies together. The Adrian and civilian figures wouldn't fit in the photo. From Left to Right: Stormy Weather, AntiBug, Volpina, Multimouse, Ladybug, Puppeteer, AquaBug, Lady Noire, Rena Rouge, Queen Bee, and Lady Wi-Fi.


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