iMax Factory 1/7 Rin Kagamine9.17/10    Readers' selection (2016-09-27)

Today we'll be reviewing a figure that was probably my most-anticipated figure in a couple of years, Max Factory's Rin Kagamine. Upping the anticipation was month after month after month of delays, so was she worth the wait? I guess you'll have to keep reading to find out...

About the character: Rin Kagamine is the persona associated with one of the voices in Crypton's Vocaloid voice synthesizer. Rin is voiced by Asami Shioda and she was released along with her twin Len Kagamine on December 27, 2007. Rin's voice is generally described as "warm" and "powerful".

This particular figure is based on an illustration of Rin by the well-known illustrator Tony Taka encyclopedia #8344, and she and Len item #149558 were the third and fourth Max Factory Vocaloids to get the Tony Taka treatment, following Hatsune Miku item #29253 and Megurine Luka item #72522 .

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

The box prominently features the signature colors of the Kagamine twins-yellow, orange, and black.

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One side panel features a gorgeous full-panel shot of the Tony illustration on which the figure was based. I rather prefer a more-mature looking Rin Kagamine, and Tony's illustration does just that!

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The other side panel shows how this illustration was realized in figure form.

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The back panel features several shots of Rin, including one where she's displayed with Len. Interestingly, the shots use the plain prototype base!

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Taking a look at Rin inside the blister, you can see there is little involved in the way of set up other than to put her mic in hand and attach her to the base. The blister was held together super-tight, so I'd be careful when opening the blister so that her tiny microphone doesn't accidentally go rocketing across the room!

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Two pegs on this little "step" secure Rin to the base.

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Rin is a good-sized figure, and the piano base adds some weight. The box measures 32 by 20 by 17 cm and the package weighs just over 600 grams.

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

There are a number of illustrations that feature Rin stepping across a piano, and Tony uses this theme as the basis for his illustration.

Let's take a look at her.

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It's a very energetic pose the way Rin is striding across the keyboard, so there are no complaints here. As we'll see, though, the design of the base and the way she's posed on one foot does present some concerns about the stability of the figure.

Sculpting----------9.5/10
Painting----------9.5/10


Max Factory really knocked it out of the park in terms of the quality of Rin's paint and sculpt. There are a couple of small quirks on this front, but overall I'd say that Max Factory did an excellent job here.

First, Max Factory did a great job translating Tony's vision of Rin's face into figure form. I particularly like how her hair frames her face and Rin's greenish blue eyes really stand out. There's quite a bit of shading on her face which gives Rin a very healthy looking skin tone. In the northwest quadrant of her hair, at first I thought there was a small nick in her hair, but that is a piece of stray material that had manged to connect itself to the figure; it brushed off easily enough.

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Parts of Rin's hair are translucent, which makes for quite a neat effect when the light hits her just right. I like the amount of texture in her hair, too. Sometimes shorter hair can translate into helmet-head, but there are no such concerns here!

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The metallic gold highlight on Rin's headset is an interesting feature, but this shot illustrates a couple of quirks with the figure. Those black marks in Rin's hair cleaned up with a wet paper towel, but that's never the kind of thing you want to see on a new figure. Also, that seam where her face attaches is pretty conspicuous. You probably won't often view Rin from this figure, but still...

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There's kind of a messy spot where a couple of separate pieces of hair converge at Rin's headband.

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One of Rin's signature features is the gigantic bow she wears in her hair, and I like the rumpling of the material of the bow.

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Another of Rin's key features is the tattoo on her arm. The cleanliness of the text was good to see. I just wonder if the red paint used for the tattoo will start to bleed over time...

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Rin's fingers are sufficiently slim and non-sausagey and the crease in her palm is a nice small detail. I also like how her sleeve is not just a big solid block; you can see her arm pretty far inside the sleeve.

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Rin's fingernails are her signature color.

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One thing that's a little weird is this small notch in Rin's sleeve. I can't quite figure out if this is a sculpting defect, or if Max Factory was trying to indicate where Rin's microphone should be positioned!

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When I was writing this review, I had to pause for a second to make sure that someone had added "armpit" as a tag on Rin's MFC page. Someone certainly paid a lot of attention to that part of the figure!

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Any design by Tony is going to have some amount of fan service, and so that manifests in this figure as a little bit of sideboob.

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Another key feature of Rin's character design is her black short shorts, and we get a little bit of butt-cleavage as well. Rin's top, while not three sizes too small for her, is obviously on the small side, and additionally the way she's twisting her torso, there would be some creases in the material. Also note that the yellow fringe at the bottom edge of her top is quite clean; there's no stray yellow paint anywhere to be found.

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That is one killer stomach! Rin is obviously quite trim, and I like how you can see where her hips transition to her stomach!

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I hadn't really paid too much attention to this before seeing the figure in person, but those are some really low-rise shorts! If you're being picky, there are also a couple of nits to pick in the shot below. A couple of the gaps in her belt, meant to simulate where the belt is passing under the loops on Rin's shorts, seem wider than they should be. Also, the flat grey finish on the belt buckle seems like a strange choice. I would have expected more of a metallic grey there. Also, that point where Rin's belt strap attaches looks really delicate; it's flexible too, so I could easily imagine an unfortunate outcome should that get caught on something on a crowded shelf...

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I like how Max Factory sculpted Rin's thighs :).

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Rin's baggy, kogal-esque legwarmers are another key element of her character design.

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Base----------8/10

The base depicts Rin striding across a piano keyboard, and while it does look cool, it's also kind of a space hog. Below you can see the base on top of a standard CD case.

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My other concern about the base involves the stability of the figure. It was kind of hard to get Rin seated on the base, and the way her weight is distributed plus the fact she's standing on one foot means that I'm crossing my fingers and hoping she won't eventually develop any leaning issues.

Scale Comparison

Rin herself (not factoring in the bow or the base) is about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) tall, and with the bow and base, she's just shy of 10 inches (25.5 cm) in height at her tallest point. In any event, her proportions are consistent with 1/7 scale, but the height of the base makes her seem a little bit larger than that in person.

Here is Rin with a Sega Prize Rin item #198719. You can see how the Max Factory figure definitely gives her a more mature look, and the Sega figure is 1/7-ish in scale for comparison.

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Rin with Good Smile's Rin item #5654. That figure is a very small 1/8 scale.

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Rin with Good Smile's "Tell Your World" Hatsune Miku item #236245, who is 1/8 scale.

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Rin with another blonde idol, Kotobukiya's Miki Hoshii item #98895. Miki is a largish 1/7 scale for comparison.

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Misty Nereis item #153426 is a character who was designed by Tony Taka, and she and Rin have two of the best-sculpted stomachs I've seen in the last couple of years. Misty is 1/7 scale.

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Rin with another of her Vocaloid compatriots, in this case FuRyu's Lily item #173858. Lily is approximately 1/8 scale for comparison.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9.5/10

Arguments for: Many. The figure really brings to life Tony's illustration, dynamic pose, excellent quality, dat stomach, and Tony's design is peppered with just enough fan service.

Arguments against: That delicate strap is an accident waiting to happen, unwieldy base, and there are some leaning concerns in the back of my mind.

Overall, Max Factory has made a great figure here, and if you are Rin-chan's #1 fan, you need this figure. Even if you're not her #1 fan, if you have any interest in Vocaloids or Tony Taka's designs, I can't recommend this figure enough.

Availability (as of this writing)

Still available new.

A lot of the big stores still have Rin new. The Max Factory Tony figures of Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka are pretty easy to find, and so I suspect that if you go the preowned route, these will start showing up soon.

THANKS FOR READING!

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:

Nendoroid Rin and Len Kagamine Append (mfc link)
Good Smile 1/8 "Tell Your World" Hatsune Miku (mfc link)
Sega Prize Hatsune Miku (Polkadot Bikini) (mfc link)
Max Factory 1/7 Mistral Nereis (Shining Hearts) (mfc link)
Max Factory 1/7 Yui Yuigahama (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) (mfc link)
Max Factory 1/6 Haruna Sairenji (To Love Ru Darkness) (mfc link)
Max Factory 1/8 Makoto Sawatari (Kanon) (mfc link)
Sega Prize Azusa Nakano (K-On!) (mfc link)

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07 months agovictorvipervictorviper
Maakie (7 months ago) #15083626Woah, that piano-base really surprised me! That's really nice!
I was a bit surprised to see the top of her hair being such a mess, but next to that I can't see any flaws on this figure. A gorgeous piece. And nice review too of course! :)


That really is one of the few flaws I could find.

I've also gone back and forth on the base. At first, I thought it was too big and unwieldy, but the way it pairs up with Len's base picture #1627186 is pretty cool! The only downside is that the two of them together will take up a huge amount of space...
07 months agoMaakieMaakie
Woah, that piano-base really surprised me! That's really nice!

I was a bit surprised to see the top of her hair being such a mess, but next to that I can't see any flaws on this figure. A gorgeous piece. And nice review too of course! :)
07 months agovictorvipervictorviper
moeronpan (7 months ago) #15009807I'm a huge fan of Rin (she's probably my second fave vocaloid after Kaito)...which is probably why I actually dont like this figure at all. Not as Rin, at least - the figure itself is great. She just doesnt look like -my- Rin, you feel me? I think Rin looking so young is part of her charm so making her 'sexy' doesnt even feel like the same character. It's definitely a gorgeous figure, but I just kind of mentally pretend its Lily cosplaying Rin or something lol.

That's an interesting point. Personally, I prefer a more mature-looking Rin (like how she appears in her Future Style module, for example), and so this figure was just what I was looking for. On the other hand, I can certainly appreciate that if one prefers a more youthful Rin (as a lot of her well-known songs sort of revolve around that theme), then one might be a little bit put off by the design of this figure.

Her hair is too short, however, to really think this figure is Lily cosplaying as Rin though :).
07 months agomoeronpanmoeronpan
I'm a huge fan of Rin (she's probably my second fave vocaloid after Kaito)...which is probably why I actually dont like this figure at all. Not as Rin, at least - the figure itself is great. She just doesnt look like -my- Rin, you feel me? I think Rin looking so young is part of her charm so making her 'sexy' doesnt even feel like the same character. It's definitely a gorgeous figure, but I just kind of mentally pretend its Lily cosplaying Rin or something lol.
07 months agovictorvipervictorviper
secretly-otaku (7 months ago) #14999604Thank you for another nice review. I was so tempted to get this figure right from release, but I just have this hunch that she might get easier to get in a not so distant future. I believe Tony Luka also was able to be found easily not long after release; however, until this day she hasn't gotten exactly cheap, yet haven't gotten pricier either.
Anyway, it took Max Factory a while to get Rin and Len finally completed! Now that I see that Lily in your review, I can't help but dream with her getting the Tony treatment since she's already pretty sexy in her regular design, so Tony would only intensify that in his style. And I think Gumi would look really cute, kinda like Miku. It is worth to mention Len also does look nice IMHO, so who knows, maybe a Kaito could be considered. I'm pretty sure Kaito fans would go nuts xD.


I was surprised to see that Rin and Len had apparently not sold out at several stores; perhaps a bunch of people got fed up with the delays and canceled preorders?

I agree that a Lily figure could be epic if given the Tony treatment. However, since 4 long years passed between the Tony Luka and the release of Rin and Len, I'm not really holding my breath there...
07 months agosecretly-otakusecretly-otaku
Thank you for another nice review. I was so tempted to get this figure right from release, but I just have this hunch that she might get easier to get in a not so distant future. I believe Tony Luka also was able to be found easily not long after release; however, until this day she hasn't gotten exactly cheap, yet haven't gotten pricier either.

Anyway, it took Max Factory a while to get Rin and Len finally completed! Now that I see that Lily in your review, I can't help but dream with her getting the Tony treatment since she's already pretty sexy in her regular design, so Tony would only intensify that in his style. And I think Gumi would look really cute, kinda like Miku. It is worth to mention Len also does look nice IMHO, so who knows, maybe a Kaito could be considered. I'm pretty sure Kaito fans would go nuts xD.
07 months agovictorvipervictorviper
sailormatlac (7 months ago) #14996286Thansk again for the review. For some reason I didn't had any special expectation for that figure, but the actual product indeed surprised me. Lots of care and details were it counts. And tasteful and subtile fan service for once. I must admit the hair did impress me a lot (the other stuff too). And I agree, a geat stomach is required for any lightly clothed figure. It makes a great deal of difference.
Tony's Megurine Luka is definitely in my list and I'm glad to see Max Factory is adding her more companions... I have a soft spot for old vinyl singles and the base is just enough to captivate me. Damn idols, always finding their way to my home! ;-)


I like the Tony Luka, and I agree that I'd like to see more figures of other Vocaloids other than Hatsune Miku. I like Miku as much as the next guy, but I'd also like to see Rin, Luka, Meiko, and the rest of the bunch get their fair share of figures, too!

XxKingYBxX (7 months ago) #14996830Might get her just for dat armpit :^)

It's a pretty impressive armpit :).
07 months agoXxKingYBxXXxKingYBxX
Might get her just for dat armpit :^)
07 months agosailormatlacsailormatlac
Thansk again for the review. For some reason I didn't had any special expectation for that figure, but the actual product indeed surprised me. Lots of care and details were it counts. And tasteful and subtile fan service for once. I must admit the hair did impress me a lot (the other stuff too). And I agree, a geat stomach is required for any lightly clothed figure. It makes a great deal of difference.

Tony's Megurine Luka is definitely in my list and I'm glad to see Max Factory is adding her more companions... I have a soft spot for old vinyl singles and the base is just enough to captivate me. Damn idols, always finding their way to my home! ;-)
07 months agovictorvipervictorviper
Aruku (7 months ago) #14990262Lovely review! I was looking forward to it since I was the photos :3
Personally I think she came out fantastic, even if the wait felt like an eternity.
The comparison photos are also awesome, she's pretty big! It took a while to make one of this size (apart from prize figures, which also, if I'm correct are all from this year anyway ><)
The end result is phenomenal and a wonderful addition to Vocaloid collectors and/or those who appreciate well made figures ^^
I can't wait until mine arrives <3!
Thank you and great job with the review again!


From looking at your profile page, it looks like you might be Rin-chan's #1 fan :).

Her size is kind of funny. Rin is really no bigger than 1/7 scale (and if this is in fact intended to be a slightly older Rin, she might even be a smallish 1/7 at that) but the "step" on the base and the base's height make it seem that way. When taking measurements, I actually expected her to be closer to 1/6 scale. It's funny how sometimes your eyes can play tricks on you that way...

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