Back in August of 2010 we did a Most Wanted Figures post and at the very top of my list was the figure I’m reviewing today. It almost goes without saying that my expectations were quite high since I’d been lusting after this Miku for so long. Well, it’s a little difficult to be disappointed when a figure comes out looking this good.. I wouldn’t go as far as saying she’s flawless though!
Hatsune Miku is a popular singing synthesizer created by Crypton Future Media known as a Vocaloid. Her character has spawned much merchandise, perhaps even to the point of some people getting a bit sick of seeing her everywhere. She still sells very well though and Good Smile Company are more than happy to feed us fans more Miku in her seemingly limitless forms.
This Good Smile Company figure is based off this Shirow Miwa illustration taken from the above song, Love is War (恋は戦争/Koi wa Sensou) by Supercell. Miku herself is at a 1/8 scale although the base and crazy twintails make the figure pretty damn big; she currently has a shelf to herself in our display. There was actually an even larger DX variant available from the GSC shop if you fancied your figure bases with large megaphones attached for a whole lot more money. The one I’m reviewing was a standard release which retailed for 8,381 yen although we purchased her for 6,520 with AmiAmi’s discount. Love is War Miku was sculpted by Ishinaga Sakurako who has also sculpted other popular GSC Miku figures such as the World is Mine and Racing 2010 versions.
The figure herself is incredibly detailed – much more so than the illustration she’s based off. I was a bit worried I’d snap something off with all the bits and pieces Miku has coming off her but she’s sturdier than she looks.. much more so than GSC’s Black Rock Shooter Animation version which also required a good deal of assembly.
You might have already noticed that I’ve neglected to attach the gate to the fence in most of my photos but that’s due to my failure to notice it while taking the photos! Miku comes with a set of instructions on how to put her together and it’s fairly straight forward for the most part.. except when you get to her twintails. Goddamn, those suckers are a task and a half to get into her head!
I managed to get those twintails in almost all of the way after 30 minutes of pushing and basically drilling them into her skull so it is doable.. you just need a lot of patience. Just make sure you don’t push down hard on any part of her that feels like it could possibly break, I placed my thumb on the side of her head where her headphones sit and managed to not snap anything off.
I’ve generally found that GSC tend to be good when it comes to the fine details on their figures and this one is no exception. The detailing on Miku’s detached sleeves (Thanks Ashlotte for providing me with the word for these, haha) is crisp as is her trademark 01 on her upper arm. The paintwork overall is gorgeous and it’d be hard to fault it even if you tried.. unless you’re not into glossy GSC stockings, of course!
Miku’s sculpt is also stunning with all the tiny little folds sculpted into her top and the pleats of her skirt ruffling in the wind. GSC sculptors capture motion well in their more dynamically posed figures and this Miku is a fantastic example of that.
Her face looks true to the source image but I would have liked for her to look just a tiny bit more angry while shouting out her declaration of war. It’s not anything I’d hold agaisnt the figure though, just a personal preference!
Miku’s hair is like a masterpiece in itself and I think she might have the most finely sculpted hair of any figure currently in our collection, rivaling even GSC’s Tohsaka Rin. It’s been lightly shaded to give it a little more depth although natural shadows do most of the work.
One thing I’m not too keen on is the pink wire that you have to attach and adjust around the figure yourself. I found it a little hard to work with and couldn’t end up getting to look anywhere as nice as it did in the promo shots. I ended up passing it on to Luth to do and he did a bit better than I did.. but it still looks a slight bit dodgy, haha. Using something round like a tube to help coil it makes the task much easier.
Her megaphone is detachable and slides in and out of her hand pretty easily. It did, however, transfer paint onto our Miku’s hand almost straight away. Ah well, she looks a bit funny without holding anything when her hand is cocked up like that anyway.
No shimapan here but if you still want a panty shot just look at her from the back. Miku seems to have a thing about wearing underwear that’s several sizes too small for her.. my Lat ver. Miku has the same problem. Poor thing.
Miku looks a bit like a boy without her twintails. Not a bad look but the figure lacks some of it’s oomf without them attached.
The figure’s base has been well crafted and features a good deal of texturing over it. It’s hollow and made from light plastic so it doesn’t have a lot of weight to it.
Love is War Miku’s box is as large as you’d imagine it to be. I’ve placed a 1/12 scale Figma next to it for comparison, say hi to Hotori!
I’m rarely disappointed in the GSC figures we have bought and as I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I’m certainly not going to start with this one! She’s come out as lovely as I imagined she would and if you’re a fan of this Miku design then I’d recommend this figure to you in a heartbeat. As of writing, she’s still in stock at AmiAmi and Hobby Search if you’re interested in picking her up for yourself.
I’ll finish up with some left over photos of her, thank you for reading my review!