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Hatsune Miku - Hanairogoromo 1/8 (Stronger) Review

Superstickman10 months agoReview


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The flowers on the base are the icing on the cake

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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.

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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.

Thanks for reading and/or watching!
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Likemike55 (10 months ago) #17043266Excellent review, I can see you've put a lot of effort into making it (especially the video). I preordered her back in March and had second thoughts about her but your review has erased any doubts I once had. The base looks amazing and so unique, I haven't seen anything quite like it before, I can't wait till she arrives.
I actually didn't realised this was the most ordered figure on MFC till you mentioned it! I would have thought the rather high price (no AmiAmi discount) and being "another Miku" would have turned a lot of people off. I'm glad though that she is so popular as she is truly a stunning figure with an equally stunning base.


I do put a fair bit of effort into these so it's nice to hear people like yourself appreciate it. Hearing this makes it all worth it. I too am glad this figure is getting all this attention. She deserves it! Thanks for reading.
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milkypop (10 months ago) #17015338I'm still on the fence whether I will like her or not once she arrives but this helped me get excited about her, now I can't wait to see mine with my own two eyes! Thanks for the great review.

My pleasure! I'm glad to hear it and thanks for reading!
10 months ago
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Excellent review, I can see you've put a lot of effort into making it (especially the video). I preordered her back in March and had second thoughts about her but your review has erased any doubts I once had. The base looks amazing and so unique, I haven't seen anything quite like it before, I can't wait till she arrives.

I actually didn't realised this was the most ordered figure on MFC till you mentioned it! I would have thought the rather high price (no AmiAmi discount) and being "another Miku" would have turned a lot of people off. I'm glad though that she is so popular as she is truly a stunning figure with an equally stunning base.
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agentmozell nerd extraordinaire
ahhh I should be getting my invoice for my amiami group order soon and she's in it. I can't wait to display her (somewhere) in my room!
10 months ago
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I thought I had lost interest but these shots and this review lit he rup for me again. /i'mburning
10 months ago
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I'm still on the fence whether I will like her or not once she arrives but this helped me get excited about her, now I can't wait to see mine with my own two eyes! Thanks for the great review.
10 months ago
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I got her today and I still have to get off my lazy butt and open her from the box... She looks lovely from the photos.
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Bah-Roo (10 months ago) #17005925I was thinking of passing on this because I don't really have enough room (or, let's be real, money. RIP) but this review is really convincing...........

Hehe thanks! These kind of comments really are the highest praise I could receive. I won't say if should get her, but I will say that if you do, I'm almost certain you wouldn't regret it.
10 months ago
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I was thinking of passing on this because I don't really have enough room (or, let's be real, money. RIP) but this review is really convincing...........
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akarin (10 months ago) #17000197Great, detailed review! Thanks for sharing! Really wants to make me add her to my wishlist and get her in the future~
She's really beautiful, but I just have this feeling that if you get 1 Miku figure...then you get 2...then 3....and then the cycle never stops!


Thank you for those kind words. And yeah, you're not wrong. Once you buy one Miku, it's hard to stop. But it's great she has so many different, high quality figures, especially for fans of vocaloid like myself. Thanks for reading!
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