There are an immeasurable amount of Miku figures out there, and they can often be hit or miss for some people. This Miku by Stronger, however, has became the most ordered figure on the entirety of MFC and the 70th most wished, despite being an exclusive. So clearly, this figure struck a cord with people. Myself included.
And how could you possibly blame us? Just look at her. Personally, I think one of the beautiful aspects of figures, especially Miku ones, is that you don’t have to be familiar with the source material to appreciate them. Let’s take a closer look at why we’re so enamoured with her.
This is a good box. I prefer the cleaner, minimalist boxes out there and this one is a little messy, but at the same time, there are a lot of classy touches to this box. The packaging itself is standard. Taking Miku’s parasol, flowers and long flowing hair into consideration, the box isn’t quite as large as I thought it would be. I always appreciate it when manufacturers put the effort into putting some sort of design inside the box that you can use as a backdrop and here we have the same illustration that’s used on the base.
Speaking of the base, let’s talk about that right away. It couldn’t be more classy. When I first opened the figure, I was surprised and impressed to see, not your typical hollow, plastic base, but rather, a lovely acrylic base. It’s the perfect, non-intrusive size and the illustration is elegant. Some bases feel cheap, but this couldn’t feel anymore premium.
As you can see, this is a colourful figure. However, it doesn’t feel like a splash of random colours everywhere. Instead, it feels like every colour is meticulous and deliberate as to contrast with each other and really pop. For example, the Miku’s hair and her red kimono. I’ve stated before that I prefer my Miku hair to be more on the green side, but this colour couldn’t be more perfect when you take the kimono into consideration. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Miku figure without hair that becomes translucent. It’s not just the twin tails I adore though, I love her fringe. It’s not a style of fringe we see on a lot, if any, Miku figures and combined with the flowers sitting atop her head, it’s gorgeous.
Kimono or yukata figures aren’t particularly uncommon. Just look at FREEing, or even Stronger themselves with their Madoka line. But the pattern on this kimono is just breathtaking. It’s really in another league.
Her facial expression is gentle and feminine, if a little safe and conservative. I think that comes down to her mouth, because her eyes are quite expressive. But, I’d rather this than having her mouth agape and possibly ruining the figure.
And let’s not forget the bird on Miku’s fingers. Even he or she has a great level of detail, particularly in their paint and shading. There aren’t any flat paint jobs here.
The flowers on the base are the icing on the cake
Keep in mind that this Miku isn’t massive. She’s about standard size and height for a 1/8 scale figure. Even with the parasol, it feels like 1/7 scale figures tower over her.
If I had any complaint, It would be that the parasol isn’t 100% stable. Miku doesn’t really hold it as much as it just rests on her arms and shoulder. However, similarly to Alter’s Edna who I last reviewed, thankfully the parasol itself doesn’t need any constructing.
There are two key components to a great figure. An excellent design, and well executed craftsmanship. This has both in spades, and as a result you could stare at all day. No aspect has been half-hearted here. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Miku out there, this figure would bring a touch of class, colour, beauty and sophistication to any collection. As a result, it’s hard not to recommend.
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