While at the local Bookoff a couple of weeks ago I found the most wonderful collectible I could imagine and it's possibly the rarest of the "Sweet Morning" series as it's from 1999. I originally thought that there were only releases in this series between 2002 to 2004 as those were the only commercially available ones open for anyone to purchase although interestingly at least one of these sets says:…"For sale in Japan only" on the bottom of the outer box. Andra however corrected me as she found an even earlier Sweet Morning release as there are a few earlier fan club only Sweet Morning releases to find! ^o^ So while browsing the shelves at our local Bookoff I was so wonderfully surprised to see sitting on the bottom shelf all alone Momusu's Sweet Morning Box from 1999…how could someone part with this?! Much like the Momusu plate ( Dj_MaiMai I hope you receive it soon as I sent it out a bit late…gomen. 😛 ) which I found in the very same section just a few weeks earlier it looks to have been through some travels through its lifetime but most importantly the contents inside are in perfect condition as its previous owner(s) kept really good care of it. ^-^ And for only $15 I was shocked that someone would abandon it for so little as items of this nature are usually consigned/sold to Bookoff locations.
The outer box is a bit different from the other box's that I've seen in this collection as up on top there's a handle which was never punched out but some "battle scars" are visible on the outsides in the form of old previous sales tags….one is marked "HobbyOff" once again.
Sorry I had a bit of bad lighting with some of these photos as I needed to do without the flash which would tend to totally obscure the entire image in some cases…..but then of course I'm really no good with a camera to begin with. 😛 Above is one side of the outer box which has the 8nin lineup from 1999……and isn't it cute how the eight members make up the perfect number of syllables to say "Mo-ningu Musume." ^ ^ Nacchi's facial expression is quite priceless here as she mouths…"Mo!"
Upon opening the side flap you're greeted with the contents which include a custom designed plate, a trading card binder and a scarf. LOL here I have another scarf but nowhere to wear one as Hawaii weather isn't exactly suitable for scarves in general no matter how stylish they may seem! :P
Also hidden beneath it all was a VHS (hmmm…we are talking 1999 so VHS it was!) and the outer casing is made of a rather high quality glossy finish plastic which bears the cute Sweet Morning Box snowman logo. 🙂 I haven't watched the video yet but if it holds true to form there most likely will be Christmas greeting messages from all of the members individually and perhaps in a group setting as well. ^ ^
The scarf is a bit more plush than the scarves which H!P is currently releasing each winter and it's also a bit thinner in width but about as equally long………
…the only marking on the scarf (which is in one of my fave colors…gray!….ah gloomy I know but it goes with anything that you wear! ^ ^ ) is a single sewn on tag which bears the Sweet Morning Box logo w/ snowman.
Above is the trading card album which is also included and it's a bit thicker in quality than some of the recent mini UFA photo albums of similar style which I've collected in recent years…this one is made of "glossy" vinyl I think. Inside are 40 pages which hold up to 6 trading cards each ( if front & back are used) and to get you started are 3 trading cards…all double sided with cute images…..
…and below are scans of each card…front & back…..starting with the album's cover…..
I really ♥ that Gomaki is still in her kinpatsu stage….which was all too brief back then!
The plate included comes with a sheet describing wonderful giveaway prizes for a few lucky fan club members as well as a diagram indicating which member drew each cute Christmas picture and message which are both things that I've haven't seen before in this series.
I was having a bit of trouble with the lighting when taking these last few photos but hopefully they're clear enough to see each member's cute designs! ^o^ And as no names are indicated in each member's drawing here is the sheet which indicated which member drew which image…
…and below I've isolated just the diagram of the plate's design……………
………………………………………….each member's last name is indicated alongside their drawing…..my favorites are Marippe's for pure joy!, Sayaka's for it's slight oddness ♥, Kaorin's for pure artistic impressiveness as well as Nacchi's for complete adorableness! Also notable is that Marippe drew on two separate sections of the plate while Nacchi drew on three separate sections!………hmmm……..something tells me that both Marippe and Nacchi attacked the plate a few times before the others even got started! ^ ^ All of the drawings are kawaii deshou~ne~! o(*´∀｀)o゛
…and just a couple more close ups above. ^ ^