This was a figure I was looking forward to for a long time, my favorite Vocaloid from my favorite manufacturer, and from an artist whose style I like. Max Factory has done a figma version of Luka and you can see my review of her here. But this is different, a 1/7 scale statue vs a 1/12 scale action figure. Does she live up to the expectation though?
For background information on Luka’s character, please reference the figma post here.
First shown off as a sketch in a magazine right before Summer 2011 Wonfes (I wishlisted her here), she’s never failed to disappoint with each iteration and even when she was released, they threw in a few surprises, which I’ll go over in a bit. But you can see she is a dynamic figure with plenty of detail even though her scale is on the larger side.
The first thing to grab the eye is that flowing pink hair. Lately Max Factory and GoodSmile Company have been using lots of clear plastics for things like hair and clothes and it works nicely in Luka’s case with a nice gradient from barely clear pink at the top of the head to nearly clear bits at the tips. I’m a big fan of that and love shining lights through translucent bits in my photos. The hair has plenty of motion to go along with Luka’s sexy and dynamic pose
The pink color is just right and definitely worlds better than the iffy purpley-pink in the figma. I can’t explain why but it looks like actual hair and not tentacle-ey bits that you sometimes see on other figures. You can also see here that they’ve done a good job on the back of her dress with the folds and in typical Max Factory style, awesome paint shading as well.
Oh Tony Taka, no top can be that crazy tight but hey, I’m not going to complain. Chieri, the sculptor, has done an amazing job with the detail in the wrinkles. And Max Factory needs to be commended on their absolutely flawless paint application. Look at that gold trim! And the belt buckle and pattern!
They didn’t skimp out on her face either, it’s a great rendition of Tony Taka’s art style except for the blush. Kinda wish she had it, but the face is still pretty solid. Also, painted fingernails! We’re seeing it in more and more figures these days and I just can’t get enough of it. It’s a slight natural pink and they even used glossy paint on it. Of course, perfect paint application as well.
Now the little surprise I mentioned earlier? Luka’s cast off! Kinda. You can take off her skirt by ripping her in half (gory) and the skirt just comes off. No seam lines, no compromises for the gimmick. They didn’t skimp on the sculpting here and even gave her quite a nice bum.
They did a great job with her sheer stockings and her sheer under-top thing. The shading is more pronounced, definitely giving more of that sheer look. Another of Luka’s trademark costume elements is her golden boots. I’ve heard them being likened to wrestling boots and.. yeah, they do look like them. I’d like to see Luka in something a bit more sexy like high heels or something but I guess those would be hard to dance around in. Another costume! The bows are cool, although whenever I pick her up, I always find I’m nearly ripping them off. The paint application on the laces in the boot isn’t as precise as some of the other parts of the figure but since the boots aren’t really my favorite part in the first place, it’s not a big deal to me.
While she may not have a super elaborate costume or gigantic weapons, Tony Taka’s Luka is a superbly executed figure. At a healthy 1/7 scale, she has all the details you’d normally see in a great 1/8 and top-notch quality control. She’s one of my favorite figures but part of that might be due to me being a big Luka fan. One who has been waiting and waiting for a quality Luka figure and Max Factory has delivered in spades. I’ll be a little greedy and hope that this one does well enough for figure companies to make more Luka figures.
If you want to see another review check out:
Tomopop’s review written by Chag of HobbyHovel
By request, I did a setup shot for the first picture ;). Shot in our shower, Luka’s sitting on a stool at the shower’s entrance and I stood in the back of the shower holding a black sheet of metal (taken from the side of Zai’s computer tower) with the water going between me and the figure. Zai triggered the shutter while I fired off the flash manually (trying really hard not to get the flash wet). The blue glare you can see on the stool’s legs is an iPad propped up on the floor running a flashlight app providing lighting for the front/side and a long exposure.