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GSC 1/8 "Tell Your World" Hatsune Miku

Today we'll be reviewing one of the newer figures of the most famous of all the Vocaloids, the one and only Hatsune Miku.

About this figure: This figure is inspired by the well-known Miku song "Tell Your World", which was released in 2012 by Livetune. Tell Your World was a very popular song, enough so that Google used the song to promote their Chrome browser. Additionally, the song has become a staple of Miku's live concerts, and the outfit on this particular Miku is the one she generally wears when performing the song.

Packaging----------9/10

Good Smile patterns the design of the box after Miku's dress. If you display your boxes, it'll catch the eye, that's for sure!

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The sides feature large windows.

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The back of the box features several shots of Miku, and one of the shots provides a little bit of fan service!

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Mine was a B/B preowned item from AmiAmi, and for some reason Miku's former owner decided to retape the box after opening the figure. Why do people do that, I wonder?

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As we'll see, Miku takes up quite a bit of space on the shelf, and so the box is somewhat larger than you might expect for a 1/8 scale figure. The box measures 27 by 23 by 14 cm, and the package weighs 450 grams. So, keep in mind that shipping might cost a little bit more than expected if you plan on acquiring this figure.

Miku requires very little in the way of set up. Attach her to the base, and she'll be good to go!

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Base----------9/10

The base has a rather neat design, with a color scheme matching Miku's outfit. Since she does stand on one foot, the metal peg in the base is a nice feature which should keep her quite stable.

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Additionally, the base is quite small relative to the size of the figure. The base is right about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. So, the base is attractive, it supports the figure adequately, and it's not outrageously large. That's about as good as it gets, right?

Posing----------9/10

I really like Miku's pose. Of course, Miku's personality changes from song to song, and this take on the character has her signature twintails splaying out behind her, while her body language makes her look a little bit meek and shy. I think it's a highly interesting combination!

Let's have a look at her.

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Sculpting----------8.5/10
Painting----------7.5/10


As you might expect from a Good Smile figure, Miku's sculpt is quite good, although she has a couple of very obvious issues on the painting front.

There are certainly no issues with the rendering of Miku's face. She gives off such a shy, delicate vibe and her eyes are very expressive!

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However, one feature of this figure of which I'm not so fond is shown below. Miku is presumably twirling her hair in her hand, but in the finished product, it looks like she just has little band on her fingers. Is this a deal-breaker? No, but GSC could have done a little better here.

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That is some awesome hair to be sure!

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Some black paint found its way onto one of her twintails, and the transition from her ahoge to her head could have been done a little bit better.

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Obviously those two pieces of hair had been in contact with one another and presumably after rubbing against each other while in transit, some paint was lost.

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Her scrunchy bracelet is quite cute!

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The splotchy color scheme of Miku's outfit is of course the most notable feature of this figure. I was pleased to see that the painting on her top is very clean.

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However, you can see a few places where the edge of her top didn't get painted.

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Maybe it's just me, but her collar looks really, really tall!

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One of my favorite features of this figure is Miku's rumpled skirt. Someone at GSC must have worked pretty hard to painstakingly sculpt all those wrinkles and ruffles! I like how her top allows just a peek at Miku's stomach, too.

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Miku's signature skirt strap also makes its way into the design of her outfit.

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Pantsu check. If you don't want to see this, then don't click the spoiler tag...
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When this figure was announced, I did not expect Miku to have black thong panties!

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Her skimpy panties provide some rather unexpected fan service to this figure.

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Miku's thigh-high black stockings are of course another key element of her design. I like how the stockings grab into her thighs ever so slightly.

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This might be the closest thing to a grade A zettai ryoiki that I've seen in figure form!

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There's a little nick in her stockings and a little painting flaw there around the top band, however.

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GSC did a nice job sculpting Miku's calves, and I like how she has a strand of hair wrapping around her leg.

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Scale Comparison

Miku stands just shy of 8 inches (20 cm) tall, and her canon height is 5'2" (158 cm), so her listed 1/8 scale is spot-on. It should be noted that the way her twintails are fanning out makes Miku span almost 7 inches (17.75 cm) horizontally, so this figure will require a non-negligable amount of shelf space.

Here is Miku with a couple of other Mikus, GSC's Lat-type ITEM #61333 and a Sega Prize offering ITEM #167123. The facial expression on this Miku makes her stand out from many of the other Mikus out there IMO.

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More pantsu lurks behind the spoiler tag. Black thong or shimapan, what's your preference?
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Black Rock Shooter ITEM #13746 shares a number of design similarities with Hatsune Miku.

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If the figure community gave yearly awards, surely Miku and Misty Nereis ITEM #153426 would be candidates for "best hair of 2015". At 1/7 scale, you can see how Misty is somewhat larger than Miku.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10

Arguments for: Many. Very expressive eyes and face, impressive hair, A-grade zettai ryoiki, unexpected fanservice, and Tell Your World is one of my very favorite Miku songs.

Arguments against: Some unexpected issues with paint and sculpt (the hair in her fingers and some of the paint flaws in her hair are the worst offenders).

Back in April-May, there was a glut of new Miku figures including this one, ITEM #198011 , and ITEM #198428 . I couldn't make up my mind which of them I wanted, so I decided to throw the dice and see what popped up on the secondhand market. Ultimately, I decided this Miku was the one, and despite some small flaws, I'm pretty confident that I made the correct choice.

Availability (as of this writing)

Pretty common.

She seems remarkably easy to find and she hasn't seen a preice increase secondhand to boot; maybe we can chalk that up to the fact that several Mikus hit the market essentially at the same time. I got mine from AmiAmi for 6400 yen, and I've seen several B/B ones show up there in that general price range. I'd say that price is a pretty good deal for this figure.

THANKS FOR READING!

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    Maakie (1 year ago) #3767007Maybe it's my bad English, but you understood me wrong ^^'' I already own Lat Miku for many years, but recently have been thinking on selling her. ;)

    Not bad English, just bad reading by me. I was probably reading your comment very early in the morning, and my brain was not yet fully awake :).
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    victorviper (1 year ago) #3727801I still adore the Lat-type Miku. That figure and the Tell Your World Miku complement each other so nicely, too. Lat Miku is just cute and innocent, while the Tell Your World Miku gives off a slightly more sultry vibe.
    If you're interested in Lat Miku, I'd recommend her highly. Plus, these days she's cheap and easy to find!



    Maybe it's my bad English, but you understood me wrong ^^'' I already own Lat Miku for many years, but recently have been thinking on selling her. ;)

    Judging by your response you are still a big fan of this figure, so that answers my question too! ;)
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    Maakie (1 year ago) #3709217I think that would only work if her fingers were sculpted seperately from each other? But even then, that's a huge detail on a mass produced figure, so i can understand why they did not do that (maybe in a few years we can see things like that on figures?)
    I like the look and feel of this Miku in comparison to the usally cheerful and cute ones. :) Maybe a bit off-topic , but I saw your pic in this review... How do you feel about your Lat Miku after all these years? I have been thinking about selling mine, I'm not sure about how much I like her anymore...


    I still adore the Lat-type Miku. That figure and the Tell Your World Miku complement each other so nicely, too. Lat Miku is just cute and innocent, while the Tell Your World Miku gives off a slightly more sultry vibe.

    If you're interested in Lat Miku, I'd recommend her highly. Plus, these days she's cheap and easy to find!
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    victorviper (1 year ago) #3653857I really wish they would have handled that hair in her fingers differently, but I can also see how it would have been very difficult to actually sculpt a piece of hair twirled in her fingers.
    I never expected the black thong panties, but I'm not complaining. It just reinforces the vibe that this a more somewhat more sultry Miku than we usually see in figure form.


    I think that would only work if her fingers were sculpted seperately from each other? But even then, that's a huge detail on a mass produced figure, so i can understand why they did not do that (maybe in a few years we can see things like that on figures?)

    I like the look and feel of this Miku in comparison to the usally cheerful and cute ones. :) Maybe a bit off-topic , but I saw your pic in this review... How do you feel about your Lat Miku after all these years? I have been thinking about selling mine, I'm not sure about how much I like her anymore...
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    Maakie (1 year ago) #3646855A bit hectic, but what a pretty box design! Maybe the previous owner retaped the box so the chance of her losing parts would be smaller?
    The hair around her fingers looks a bit messy, but it was to be expected I guess? And the collar also looks weird to me...
    I'm surprised at her wearing a thong, but this figure has a nice behind, so I don't mind. 8)
    Nice review!


    I really wish they would have handled that hair in her fingers differently, but I can also see how it would have been very difficult to actually sculpt a piece of hair twirled in her fingers.

    I never expected the black thong panties, but I'm not complaining. It just reinforces the vibe that this a more somewhat more sultry Miku than we usually see in figure form.
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    A bit hectic, but what a pretty box design! Maybe the previous owner retaped the box so the chance of her losing parts would be smaller?

    The hair around her fingers looks a bit messy, but it was to be expected I guess? And the collar also looks weird to me...

    I'm surprised at her wearing a thong, but this figure has a nice behind, so I don't mind. 8)

    Nice review!
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    victorviper (2 years ago) #3399750
    The combination of the color pattern, the skirt, and her hair does definitely make her pop on the shelf. Most of my Mikus are of the cute type, and so this one provides a nice counterbalance. I actually kind of prefer Miku in her more serious mode...


    thats perfectly fine, i can understand it! im just a huge moe fanatic haha @@
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    SinicalGeek (2 years ago) #3399523I've been waiting for a review of this figure before purchasing. I think I am also going to grab one of these. Thanks! ;)

    She's a great figure, and the price is definitely right!

    debinoresu (2 years ago) #3399630great review! the figure looks really pretty, but i wont lie, i prefer the cute moe mikus to the serious/sensual ones! (bc of this preference, i also naturally prefer shimipan)
    i think the abstract pattern of her shirt and base will really make her pop in a collection, though. im glad you enjoyed her!


    The combination of the color pattern, the skirt, and her hair does definitely make her pop on the shelf. Most of my Mikus are of the cute type, and so this one provides a nice counterbalance. I actually kind of prefer Miku in her more serious mode...
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    great review! the figure looks really pretty, but i wont lie, i prefer the cute moe mikus to the serious/sensual ones! (bc of this preference, i also naturally prefer shimipan)

    i think the abstract pattern of her shirt and base will really make her pop in a collection, though. im glad you enjoyed her!
    2 years ago
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    I've been waiting for a review of this figure before purchasing. I think I am also going to grab one of these. Thanks! ;)
    2 years ago
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