Friday, August 31, 2012

283: Figure : Multi Figurines Parade?!

The 31st of August…

…is Miku’s 5th year anniversary!

Congratulations Miku-san!! I hope that your next year brings you even more lovely fans!!As usual, I even grabbed a cake to celebrate! Every year I’ve got a cake to celebrate, but this year there is a little gift to Miku as well!

This special figure was officially announced on the GSC website today! (`・ω・´)

Nendoroid Sakura Miku!

It’s Miku wearing an adorable pink outfit created with the image of cherry blossoms! The design is based on an illustration by Putidevil, which has been converted into Nendoroid form with careful attention to the meticulous use of color in the illustration! Now everyone can enjoy their Spring with Sakura Miku by their side!

A while back I did an article introducing her to everyone, but she has gone through a number of improvements since then!

Even the smallest details are really adorable – I’ll be taking a look at them along with the various optional parts! (゚∀゚)ノ

This is how she looks from the back!

The cherry decoration is absolutely lovely! The shiny effect makes them look really delicious too! The reverse side of the headset, which wasn’t even visible in the original illustration, has also been beautifully sculpted!

While you can’t see it here yet, the stand is planned to be a standard Nendoroid arm-type stand.

Beautiful cherry blossom on her hair!

There are pink and white blossom prints, and the white ones have a stunning white gradient applied to them! I can’t imagine how much stamp printing each one of these will take to produce…

Also to match Putidevi’s illustration, the edges of the sleeves have been changed to be more rounded!

She also comes with a crying expression!

This expression makes it seem like Miku is sad that the blossoms are falling from the trees… it’s so cute that it was actually hard for me to switch to a different expression after putting this one on!

The cherry blossom flower in her hand is also included!
You can even switch hand parts and let other characters hold it, if you’d like!

A normal headset and cherry hair accessories!

This allows you to display Sakura Miku exactly the way she looked when she was first released as a charm! The headset and accessories are not the same part though – you can mix and match between the parts you saw above and create the exact Sakura Miku that you like! Just take a look at the upcoming photos, you’ll see some different combinations of the various parts!

A super cute chibi face!
   /      \   
  /  \   ,_\   “Hmmm… 
/    (●)゛ (●) \   I’m sure I’ve seen this somewhere before…?
|  ∪   (__人__)    |  
/     ∩ノ ⊃  /
(  \ / _ノ |  |   

… I’m sure a couple of you are thinking that! There is a very good chance of that, as this expression comes straight from one of Putidevil’s illustrations!!

But the expression isn’t the only thing – the rest of the illustration can also be recreated! (`・ω・´)

Sakura Miku enjoying a rice cake!!

She is sitting on a tower of cushions enjoying a delicious rice cake wrapped in a cherry blossom leaf! The illustration was originally done by Putidevil at the Sakura Miku café that was held at the Akihabara GSC Tetsujin Café!

The sculptor, Maruhige, even made the cushions able to be piled up like this to completely recreate the illustration!

A cherry blossom pedestal is included!

How exactly Miku will stand while on this pedestal is still under consideration, but just balancing her on it for now looks wonderful! An adorable cherry blossom fairy!!

The pedestal makes use of clear parts as well as a gradient effect!

This is show it looks from the side!

Sakura Miku might not come with quite as many extra parts as other Nendoroids nowadays (although that’s not to say she comes with too few…), but a huge amount of effort has been put into Sakura Miku herself! A lot more work has gone into perfecting the Nendoroid itself compared to normal Nendoroids, and I think that shows just by looking at the detail you can see in this photo!

Unfortunately it does also mean the price is a little bit higher than a normal Nendoroid, but I’m confident that everyone who grabs her will be more than satisfied with their purchase!

She looks great together with Snow Miku!

Those who ordered Snow Miku online should be receiving their Snow Mikus very shortly! Once again, we are very sorry for all the delays!!

The contrast between the ‘Winter’ and ‘Spring’ colors makes for a very lovely scene! I think displaying the two of them together is ideal!

Nendoroid Sakura Miku!

She’ll be available for order from the 31st August until the 24th September at the GOOD SMILE ONLINE SHOP as well as at the Akihabara GSC & Karaoke no Testujin Café! (`・ω・´)

The Good Smile Racing personal sponsor special extra:
figma Racing Miku: 2012 ver.!

Racing Miku is joining the figma world in her 2012 design! The GT project’s specially designed Miku Hatsune mascot, ‘Racing Miku’ is joining the figma series once again in her new 2012 ver. design! The racing queen is wearing her unique costume and can be placed in all sorts of different poses for you to enjoy!

The only way to get hold of her is to become a personal sponsor for the 2012 Good Smile Racing team! (`・ω・´)

You can’t get hold of her through our standard stores – check the bottom of the post for more information on how you can grab her!

This is how she looks from the back!

Her long twin tails are made from clear parts for a lovely transparent effect! The further down it goes, the more transparent it becomes!

The small details on the headset and hair accessories are also a perfect rendition of the original illustration!

She can hold the parasol!

A very cute pose if I do say so myself! It’s rather easy to place her into very nice poses, which is great for a Racing Queen. There is very little to get in the way of poses, so you’re free to move her around however you like!

A closed parasol is also included!

In the image above I’ve attached it to her open hand using some double-sided tape, but you can also put it in her other hand just like the open parasol.

She comes with the smiling face, and this winking face!

The winking face looks a little mischievous, which I think is adorable!!

Waving the checkered flag!

Definitely a great part to build the atmosphere of a race! <ost people think of the checkered flag as being white and black, but this one is based on GAN’s illustration which had a pink and white flag! I think the pink has a nice feminate feeling about it, which is great for a cute Racing Queen like Miku!

The winner’s champagne bottle!

The GT300 class races are about half-way through now and at present the Miku car is in 6th place and the Project mirai car is in 11th place! Let’s hope they can reach the top and swing the champagne bottle around just like this!

- Championship Ranking -

Celebrating with MEIKO! ヾ(・∀・)ノ゛

I was trying to make the image look as if MEIKO thought it was a waste of champagne, but it looks more like Miku is spraying it all over her now. xD It’s amazing how well alcohol seems to go with MEIKO!

The Good Smile Racing personal sponsor special extra:
figma Racing Miku: 2012 ver.!

Nendoroid Petite x Mini 4WD Racing Miku:
2012ver. drives Astute Special!

A collaboration between Nendoroid Petite and Tamiya’s Mini 4WD which has just had it’s 30th anniversary! They are produced by Dengeki Hobby Magazine and the first car will be based off the Hatsune Miku GT Project’s mascot character, Racing Miku!

A collaboration between Nendo Petite and Mini 4WD!!

Guys who love figures and cars can now combine their two hobbies into one! The race during the live broadcast was a promotion for this collaboration!

The Mini 4Ds are made with the ‘Astute Open Top’ concept design!
A Nendoroid Petite can fit comfortably into the driver’s seat and drive it themselves! The hands and the wheel will be a single part, so you don’t need to worry about Miku falling out either!


This is how it looks from the back! The colors are done to make the Mini 4WD look much like a racing car, which I think both Nendoroid and Mini 4WD fans will enjoy!

This is an example of how the coloring differs!
The version on the left is a standard Open Top model!

It makes use of a black and red for a very slick feeling (which I like just as much!). But the coloring used for the Racing Miku car is amazingly cute! By the way, the black car here was put together by me!!

I also got to participate in this race!

Along with a number of wonderful guests listed below!

■ MC Guts (Tamiya)
■ Haruna Ikezawa (Voice Actress)
■ Narisawa (Dengeki Hobby Magazine)
■ Masaki Asai (Sculptor)
■ bamboo(milktub)
■ MAX Watanabe (MAX FACTORY)
■ Odatsuyoshi (GOOD SMILE COMPANY)

I was racing against Tsuka-chan (on the left) and MC Guts (in the middle)!

And the result… my car stopped half way!

Guts took a look at my car and apparently I hadn’t put the switch on completely… definitely an amateur’s mistake! I didn’t expect to win the race, but to not even finish was rather disappointing!

This is how it looks from the bottom!

That green color is definitely a Miku color!! As a whole the car makes use of pink, green, white and some blue! You just need to get hold of some diagonal pliers and it only about half an hour to put together!

Special stickers are also included for the Mini 4WD!

According to Oda-P, if you put the stickers on the car goes faster! You can place whichever stickers you like wherever you like to create your very own original Mini 4WD!

This was the final race of the night!
Oda-P was on the left, Narisawa was in the middle and MC Guts was on the right! It was a contest between the three different companies!

I’m sorry I can’t show you the full video!

The cars really were so incredibly fast, it was hard to keep your eyes on them!! As expected from the final race, there were no cars running off the track or stopping at any point in the race!

The winner was Oda-P!!
Just look at all the comments he received from viewers!! Just watching the race was absolutely spectacular! It really goes to show that you’re never too old to have some fun!

Nendoroid Petite Racing Miku!

A separate Nendoroid body is included to display her alone!! Wonderful!!
You can have her riding in the car, or just display her as normal.

By the way!
Tamiya is currently developing a product that will let Nendo Petites ride and Mini 4WD!

These images are all development images which they allowed me to use on the blog! Mini 4WDs go incredibly fast so they need to ensure the Nendoroid Petite doesn’t fly out while the car is going!

This is how she looks from the back!

Even as a tiny Nendoroid Petite the see-through appearance of her outfit has been reproduced! I also love the pose she is in with one leg up in the air!!

Nendoroid Petite x Mini 4WD Racing Miku 2012ver. drives Astute Special!

She’ll be on sale from the 31st August!! (`・ω・´)

Good Smile Company updated their Site with preview images of the upcoming “Figma Guts Berserk Armor Ver.” from Berserk byMax Factory ^^

The figure will be bundled together with the release of Limited Edition Berserk Manga Vol.37. The bundle is scheduled forMarch 2013 release at 4,780 Yen retail price.

Dengekiya updated their Site with preview images of the upcoming 1/8 scale figure of “Tenshi” from Angel Beats! byGood Smile Company ^^

The figure will be exclusively available at Dengekiya Online Shop. Reservations already opened and will run through October 30th, 2012. The figure itself is scheduled for March 2013 release at8,400 Yen retail price.

Happy OTAKU-ing !? *cough* *cough*

Reiya 零夜 (Jo)

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