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Vocaloid - Hatsune Miku - Sakura 2020 version - Taito ReviewVocaloid - Hatsune Miku - Sakura 2020 version - Taito ReviewReview

ReflexDinobusReflexDinobusIl y a 3 mois
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Wow! So much has happened since my last review! The whole COVID-19/Coronavirus situation has really taken a toll on me getting figures, both financially and in terms of getting shipments in from Japan! This one took 4 months to get in! Who knows when my other orders will come in...some are delayed on shipment, others postponed on their releases...but I will be doing more reviews, when the items actually get to me. Sorry in advance for the delays on reviews!




From the Vocaloid series, this is Miku Hatsune Sakura 2020 Version:





(Each photo can be clicked on to give a full-size view of the image, even if the image itself doesn't display).





Here's her in the box:

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Miku Hatsune is probably one of the most well known Vocaloid characters; and has dozens of different versions of her, each with a different outfit to wear! This is one of them, the Sakura, 2020 version.

This particular version of her is made by the company Taito, which is famous as an arcade center in Japan (similar to SEGA Prize), making this a crane-game / UFO Catcher figure.

As with most prize-type figures, they did a good job on this side of the box! It has a lot of nice detail with a close-up image of her. The classic Hatsune Miku logo is in the top corner, along with a new one in the center for Sakura Miku (the logo itself is in Japanese, with English text next to it).

Sometimes prize figures have multiple versions, but this only had 1 version, as indicated by the 1 in the Sakura flower near the bottom corner.

However there is an online exclusive version of this figure as well, which has a smiling face instead of a general happy expression.

Back of the box:

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First let me say that I'm not 100% sure which side is the front of the box...either side really could be the front, honestly. There's nothing to really indicate which side is which, so I am assuming the side with more corporate logos is the back. I could be wrong, though.

The "back" of the box is pretty nicely done as well! It shows off a full view of the figure this time. This is also where the logos for JAIA and Taito are.

Sides of the box:

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One side of the box actually labels the sides of the figure (which wasn't very clear for the box itself). It shows the side and back of the figure. The angles on the figure are a bit ambiguous since the figure's base doesn't really have a defined front to it, but this helps with generalizing which way is which.

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The other side of the box actually has an artwork of Hatsune Miku; one that is not shown anywhere else on the box.

Inner Core:

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Inside the package, Miku comes in a few pieces; with her twintails and base separate from the rest of the figure. This might not be immediately noticeable, but when the inner core is spread apart:

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It is much easier to see how the parts are individually wrapped and packed, then tucked away inside the box together.

Out of the package, base:

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One really interesting piece for this figure is her base. It's got a very nice design to it, being shaped like sakura itself. This is much better than some standardized bases, which are usually just a circle of some type. The base is clear but has a purple/pink-ish hue to it. There are peg holes on the base for the figure and each one is a different shape, so the figure only plugs into the base one way.

Figure, with base:

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After attaching the ponytails to her head (which also have specifically shaped pegs and peg holes to indicate which one goes where) and putting her on the base, the figure is complete!

The figure has a very unique design to her, with cherries in her hair (for 'cherry blossoms', another name for Sakura) as well as sakura flowers as well. While these sakura flowers are nowhere near as detailed as the drawn box art would suggest, they are very nicely done for a figure of UFO catcher quality.

Back view:

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As mentioned before, the 'back' of the figure seems to be indicated by the back of her head, as her torso is only slightly turned and the base doesn't really have a specified front/side/back to it.

From the back, her ponytails show their really nice color; fading from the pink of the head to a translucent color at the tips.

Alternate views:

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2020/06/19/2457107.jpeg

The only issue I saw with the figure itself was a small overcast piece of plastic near her right buttock. I didn't photograph it because I actually went and took it off instantly (like a dummy); not thinking to photograph it first for the review. But that was the only part with any problems in terms of the casting/sculpting of the figure.

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As for other problems, the only one I have is a very minor one: Her panties are just plain white. I would have thought that the traditional Miku striped panties would have been used with a pink color to alternate with the white stripes, but they just opted for solid white instead.

If you really want to see the panties, you can check out the link here. You can also see where the burr was removed on the cheek on the right).

Close-up:

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The face is really nicely done with clean paint apps and a great sculpt. The eyes even have sakura flowers in them instead of the tradition circle-shaped eye shine! While the sculpt and paint for the hair bangs is not as clean and crisp as a figure of a higher price would be, this is actually really nicely done for this figure's price point.

Size Comparison:

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Since it would be redundant to have her sized with other prize figures, I used Nendoroid Yunyun from Kono Suba and Nendoroid Petit Miku for this size comparison. She is the standard size for prize figures, though (roughly 7 inches tall).

Overall:

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Taito makes just as good of prize figures as SEGA, it would seem. Normally I only get the SEGA ones, but this one is really good as well! The design is very cute and has great colors and elements throughout it. The quality is very good (save for that one little mark on her butt-cheek) and the attention to detail is on par for what's expected of prize figures. The panties could have been colored with stripes, but that's more of a personal taste issue rather than a legitimate complaint, though.

Overall I'd say it's recommended, especially for the lower price point of the figure (given it's UFO catcher / prize status). No play value, only for display.

Now let's just hope that the Corona virus doesn't affect shipments and my reviews any more than it already has!!




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ChocoowlyIl y a 2 mois#80127143I actually bought her in the end and she's gorgeous. ♡

Oh wow, that's great! I'm glad you were happy with her and able to get her as well! It's good to hear that I was able to help you with this too! Thanks for letting me know!
Il y a 2 mois
I actually bought her in the end and she's gorgeous. ♡
Il y a 2 mois
ReflexDinobusIl y a 3 mois#79385725Most of the ones I have are around that height...maybe closer to 8 inches, but they are roughly in scale with each other.

Thanks for the responses. I mentioned the size because there are larger scale Sakura Miku prize figures out there. For example, this one ITEM #798190 is very well done and is a full 2 inches taller and a scale step bigger (like a 1/7 scale versus a 1/8 scale).
Il y a 3 mois
dtindcareaIl y a 3 mois#79385591Nice review and photos. Thanks. As typical with prize figures, I see painting flaws in the figure. There's definitely some gloppiness in the painting details and some misplaced specs of paint. It's about what I would expect. Also, there is a flaw in the hair sculpt (visual from the front view) probably due to a broken air bubble. It's unfortunate that it is in the front but it is very small so not very noticeable unless you look closely. All in all, one of the better Taito figures and you can't typically expect perfection in a prize figure.
Also, is 7 inches the standard size for prize figures? I didn't know that there was a standard size. I tend to like larger prize figures myself ~ 8 to 9 inch prize figures (and slightly larger scale) aren't hard to find from my experience.
Also, what was your rough cost (including shipping)? I'm just curious what you and others thing is a good all-in price for this figure more than anything. We all have to deal with shipping costs and shipping costs typically hit prize figures harder because one of the benefits of prize figures is their inexpensive cost.


Yes, the paint is what's to be expected of a prize figure, I agree. I think 7 inches is roughly in scale with other prize figures. Most of the ones I have are around that height...maybe closer to 8 inches, but they are roughly in scale with each other.

As for costs...I'm not really sure. I paid about $25 on Amazon with shipping for this, but that was about 4 months ago too. But that's not too bad for the cost of a prize figure. ^^
Il y a 3 mois
Nice review and photos. Thanks. As typical with prize figures, I see painting flaws in the figure. There's definitely some gloppiness in the painting details and some misplaced specs of paint. It's about what I would expect. Also, there is a flaw in the hair sculpt (visual from the front view) probably due to a broken air bubble. It's unfortunate that it is in the front but it is very small so not very noticeable unless you look closely. All in all, one of the better Taito figures and you can't typically expect perfection in a prize figure.

Also, is 7 inches the standard size for prize figures? I didn't know that there was a standard size. I tend to like larger prize figures myself ~ 8 to 9 inch prize figures (and slightly larger scale) aren't hard to find from my experience.

Also, what was your rough cost (including shipping)? I'm just curious what you and others thing is a good all-in price for this figure more than anything. We all have to deal with shipping costs and shipping costs typically hit prize figures harder because one of the benefits of prize figures is their inexpensive cost.
Il y a 3 mois
ChocoowlyIl y a 3 mois#79385113Is it worth buying her now or should I wait for a maybe 2021 version of Sakura Miku?

Well, I'm not sure what the 2021 version will look like...but given the whole shipping situation with Japan right now...I'd say that unless you're in Japan, or you can find one domestically (in whichever country you're in), or you're willing to wait for it...it might be best just to wait for the 2021 version. Of course you can try to get this one, but for me personally it took roughly 4 months to get it in (normally shipping from Japan takes about 2 weeks for me). It's up to you in the end...that's just my advice.
Il y a 3 mois
galablueIl y a 3 mois#79384247She's cute and I like her posing. To me, her face doesn't look that great from far away but looks nice in the close ups. It's also nice that she has a little more of a tan on her in my opinion. I also particularly like how they sculpted her skirt. Great pics!

Thank you so much, galablue! I agree with your thoughts on her. They did a good job on her with this figure. ^_^
Il y a 3 mois
Is it worth buying her now or should I wait for a maybe 2021 version of Sakura Miku?
Il y a 3 mois
She's cute and I like her posing. To me, her face doesn't look that great from far away but looks nice in the close ups. It's also nice that she has a little more of a tan on her in my opinion. I also particularly like how they sculpted her skirt. Great pics!
Il y a 3 mois
jt4mtbIl y a 3 mois#79372724Nice review and pictures. She does look quite lovely. I'm not normally a big fan of Sakura Miku, but I may have to make an exception here.
Also, I think I like Taito's prize Mikus more than Sega's. I love the larger & unique variety of outfits/designs of the Taito ones, like ITEM #756832 and ITEM #892007 are among my favorites.


I never got any of the Taito figures before, but they certainly do have some nice designs! I like the two you mentioned. Thank you so much, jt4mtb! Glad you liked the review!
Il y a 3 mois
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