Thought I’d take a break from writing and review my brand-spankin new scrumdidliumptious Hatsune Miku 1/8 Scale PVC from Goodsmile Company that came in today (along with my Taiga Aisaka from Tora Dora that I shall review tomoz).
Normally I begin my reviews with an introduction to the character, however I think if you are not an Otaku who has been living under a rock, you should know who Miku is by now ^_^;;. (In case you have been living under a rock, go visit my Figma Hatsune Miku Review).
The figure is based on an original drawing by the character designer (Can’t remember his name, brain fart ^_^;;). Figure specs are as follows:
- Name: Hatsune Miku (durr!)
- Scale: 1/8
- Material: PVC and ABS
- Scuptor: Yoshi(Trepang) / Nendoron
- Company: GoodSmile Company
- Series: Vocaloid2 by Crypton Future Media Inc
- Otaku Rating: Off the scales
It’s a wonder how I managed to snag a pre-order of this, but I somehow managed, to my delight. Otherwise she is pretty much sold out everywhere now, and the pre-orders of the October re-stock are full up as well. Bummer for those who haven’t pre-ordered! I hope this review does not make you jealous, that isn’t my intention. Instead it must make you pre-order her next time she is available!
Anyways, here’s the atypical pictures of the box and stuff.
I can’t read the back, but I bet you one of the lines says, “Warning. Do not place in a room full of Otaku, or violence may occur.”
Don’t you love that new PVC plasticy smell as soon as you open the box of a new figure? If you do, you better watch out, as may be hazardous to your health to sniff it too long ^_^;;
She comes with a darkish-clear plastic stand which fell out of the box when I opened it. It was a battle to remove all of the plastic wrapping from Miku as well. This is where I found out how to “cast her off,” as she also had plastic wrapping on her pantsu.
Finally, mission accomplished! Miku is all unwrapped and placed on her stand in all her majestic otaku-magnetiastiatic glory. The figure is pretty much an exact replica of the artist drawing shown earlier with Miku in a leaning backward standing position, right hand covering one of her ear-phones, and trademark long-ass twin tails twirling around her.
She’s incredibly eye-catching with her very shiny metallic vest, glossy green tie, glossy skirt and stockings. Hair is shaded exceptionally well in green tones. All details are painted with exquisite detail from her eyes to her tattoo, to her fingernails. All in all, the keyword for this figure is “Ooh Shiny.”
Now for the cat-walk rotation!
Now for various close-up shots.
Zettai Ryouki for the win (I think that’s what it’s called?).
Very, very cute face.
Now for the most exciting photo of all!
For those who like stands anyway.
I mentioned the fingernails before didn’t I?
Headphones have nice detail as well
Her vest is really shiny, but in the photos it comes across as sparkly dots. Probably because of my dodgy Sony Camera. It’s cool who you can actually see “Vocaloid” on her left eye, unlike the Figma version.
Far away shot.
And this comes to the end of the review …
NOT! You didn’t think I’d forget about the pantsu did I? Below is how you “cast off” the skirt. You basically have to bisect her at the waist, take the skirt off, then put her back together.
And here she is in all of her pantsulising ecchifiering panchira showing glory. Not much of a cast off, but hey, you gotta take what you can get.
Do you like front view?
Or rear view? Hmm, coin slot is showing.
In conclusion, I shall now give her my score. Unfortunately she is a static PVC figure so I’m going to have to award her a 9. Yes, all static figures rated on the Ace scale lose 1 point for being non-articulated ^_^;;
If however, that does not matter to you, then she is pretty much a quasi-perfect figure. As seen in the photos the details are spot on. The paint job is superb, accuracy to the art almost identical, and she is damn cute. She’s also a very highly coveted collector’s item, so you can bask in your otaku-ism if you obtain this figure.
The face is slightly different to the Max Factory Figma version though – I think this PVC version looks slightly cuter to be honest. Overall, I really like both figures a lot though, and recommend them both. The main one I’m missing is the Nendroid version, however I have the December re-release pre-ordered so I won’t be Nendroid-less for that much longer!
I hope you enjoyed that review and have now convinced you to look high and low for this figure. Bai bai now!
Ur making me jealous. >_<
Good review. It’s a pity I missed out.
Actually, she was available at HLJ for a couple of hours before the preorders closed again and I had my chance but I hesitated and this is what you get for hesitating. -_-
*Added u to my blog*
Aussies united. xD
Oh thanks haha. Already had you ^_^;;
wew… got this by pure chance.. when i was at a local figure store, someone cancel his pre-order in front of my face, then before the shop clerk even had the chance to put her at the shelf, i snapped her hand off… lolol.
Got the figma as well recently, but i don’t think i’m going to buy the nendoroid version, looks just decently ok to me.. not that cute IMO, if the exclusive wonfes edition ever come about, then i would certainly get it…
I did pre-order the nendo of Kagami cosplaying as Miku though XD. “MikuMikku Kagami” Can’t wait to lay my hand on it, oops.. I mean, her..
Yeah I definitely think the 1/8 scale figure looks different from the Figma, and better IMO. The figma is cool and playable, but not as cute.
And awesome luck on nabbing it! I had similar luck but using an online store pre-order 😛