Despite my affection for this extraordinarily long twintailed princess, I still don’t quite understand her success and popularity. Is it really so simple as her possessing just the right amount of ‘moe’ points for appeal? Or is it that she can be and has been manipulated in so many ways she can appeal to a much broader audience. Whatever it is, I’ve ordered or own a total of six Miku figures (seven if you include Kagamiku) with the majority of those arriving in the first half of this year, but today I’ll be reviewing just one of those for now.
With all the Miku figures on the horizon I think Max Factory’s Tony Taka Miku became my least anticipated. I’d seen the illustration, I’d seen the promo-shots and while I was sold enough when I pre-ordered her, by the time she arrived 233 days later I’d lost most of my drive for her. So after arriving to little fanfare she was placed on a shelf and ignored for the next 82 days, confined to her cardboard prison. Perhaps it’s due to this long duration of avoidance that upon finally unboxing her I was rather surprised and excited with what I saw.
She’s actually very cute as a Miku figure should be, and not just from the angle of the original illustration either. Sure there are some angles that aren’t as flattering but I was surprised to find many angles that were. In addition to this surprise were the details, none of which are new I’ll admit, but over the past 315 days since ordering her I’d forgotten about many of them. Key details that stuck out for me were the details in her armpits and shoulders as well as the zipper-like end to her top. Her armpits and shoulders display a good amount of musculature adding some much needed realism, additionally also visible is some amount of sideboob as can be expected with such attire. This also draws ones attention to her breasts which appear small and perky, quite pleasant. Which also brings to attention, she’s not wearing a bra, something I’m not sure I ever even thought of with Miku. Is there support in her top? As for the zipper-like ends to her top, they are very tiny yet do not show much signs of globbing of paint and look generally quite clean all around.
For the rest of the sculpt Chieri has done quite well bringing three dimensions out of a two dimensional drawing though I wonder if they could have been more detail in places. It’s hard to know just what Miku’s clothes would be made out of and how they should wrinkle or fall and none of it looks out of place as is on her, but still I wonder. Her hair for example looks pretty spartan in detail though entirely lives up to the illustration as do her sleeves and boots/thighhighs. But the muscle detail in Miku’s shoulders for example seem to be added detail not in the original illustration and perhaps this addition of detail could have been applied throughout the figure. But as is, she’s still quite good looking so perhaps mark this down as a wish rather than a complaint.
If I had to pick fault with this figure it would easily be the following two things. Hair and panties. Her hair reminds me of toothpaste, perhaps this is the fault of toothpaste manufacturers more than Miku’s design but I don’t want to brush my teeth using her hair. Floss maybe? And those clear pegs required to hold each tail’s weight in place seems pretty pathetic in a way. I completely understand given the roots but it ruins her appearance. Panties, well we all know what’s wrong here right? Stripes. There are none. She has plain white panties like any other pure anime girl. Terrible. We all know Miku slept her way to the top, stop this charade already! Even Miku Lat-type has the proper striped panties and she looks to be younger. By the age of Miku in this figure she surely would be wearing something more racy to appeal more to her fanbase in the front row. In fact, I have proof! (Song 1 and 5)
I touched on this a little bit before with Miku’s zipper but the paintwork on Miku is as solid as can be, no major flaws, maybe a couple very minor flaws in application. However the paint type used on her hair seemed awfully sticky when I removed her from her box and I worry about dust getting stuck to it fairly easily and being very difficult to remove. I hope this is not the case because dust faded hair is unbecoming of the little princess. The details are well painted and don’t exceed their boundaries as should be expected, though this can never be a given with all manufacturers. The edging around her shoulders, skirt, sleeves, thighboots are all solidly painted without issue. If every manufacturer could paint this well I’d have a lot less to complain about that’s for sure.
Part of me wants to add her base to the complaint list but as far as bases go it’s at least got a design, most have none whatsoever. I’m not sure what it’s suppose to be though, perhaps a distorted piano? If that’s the case I wish they’d have painted the keys I think it would have contrasted well against her and added a bit more of a musical flavour to the figure. Sure I wouldn’t have been able to get one of the shots included in this set, but it’s a small price to pay.
All in all I’m surprisingly pretty happy with her and even more surprised that my Miku collection will soon out number my Horo collection. Something must be done about this! A call to arms! Alter! Max Factory! Alpha x Omega! Megahouse! Native! You must each now release a superior Horo to those already released. Not only will you make money from me, my collection of Horos will outgrow their current location!
Sorry Miku, didn’t mean to end on an unrelated note there… will you get an anime?
- Well sculpted
- Very well painted
- Nice added detail not in the original illustration
- Nice bum, that’s a pro right?
- Toothpaste hair
- White panties, c’mon where are the stripes?!
- Hair supports
- Despite the added detail, could use more in other areas
- Pose, despite working from more angles than initially imagined, is still awkward.