|ANIME FIGURE REVIEW: Vocaloid2 Hatsune Miku Figma Action Figure from Max Factory|
|Written by Antony Chow|
|Monday, 24 November 2008|
Vocaloid mania is HERE!!! For the uninformed, Vocaloid is a Japanese software that synthesizers songs with user supplied lyrics and melodies. And Hatsune Miku is the official mascot for Vocaloid2. With her trademark mega huge twin pigtails, and jet black, teal, and silver costume, Max Factory came through in reproducing the Vocaloid mascot.
Fans will be extremely pleased with the Vocaloid2 Hatsune Miku Figma Action Figure from Max Factory. The Figma body type allows for many different poses like this one (pic 2), and the manufacturer includes plenty of accessories (pic 3), including 2 leaks, a mic, and a stand.
Before taking Miku out of the box, we thought the over sized pigtails will cause the figure to become off balanced and fall constantly. We are pleasantly surprised that this is not the case. While the tails aren't hollow, they aren't big stumps either. Each tail is curved on the underside (pic 4), therefore minimizing the weight of each piece. However, we did receive a report that the tail may break; so handle with care. Miku can actually stand on her own (pic 5), but we suggest using the flexible stand.
We note three issues with our sample. The arm sleeves in Miku's costume extend out, making it difficult to switch hands. Secondly, the hair on the back of Miku's head (pic 6) extend downward a bit, making it impossible for Miku to look up. Finally, the black color on Miku's costume is glossy black, which we feel is unnecessary. After all, Hatsune Miku brings enough star power on her own!
We don't rate Max Factory's Vocaloid2 Hatsune Miku Figma Action Figure a "must buy," because casual consumers may prefer to spend their hard earned money on figurine products of their favorite anime shows. And Miku is based on a software program that's not even released in the North American market. So casual fans may skip this release as a matter of principle. But then again, this would mean more Miku figures to go around for the fans!