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Hatsune Miku - Vocaloid - GOOD SMILE Racing 2011 - REVIEW 01Hatsune Miku - Vocaloid - GOOD SMILE Racing 2011 - REVIEW 01

HappyakrzHappyakrz1 month agoReview
Hi everyone!
I'm very excited to offer up my first review! I'm hoping to review each figure that I purchase, in the order that they are purchased, so hopefully this will be the first of many! Please be patient with me as I "get my feet wet" in this style of presentation, and feel free to pass along pointers or aspects you'd like me to focus more directly upon. Thanks! :)

Back Story
After spending a couple of weeks looking through just about every facet of the MFC website and perusing the enormous offerings of prepainted figures that were available on the market, I decided that I was interested in making a first purchase. My biggest concern at this point was that the level of quality described by the many reviewers and youtubers that I had watched was somewhat subjective – how was I to know if their standards and expectations were the same as mine?

After watching a couple of videos by youtube “unboxers”, I decided to follow their advice and make my first purchase through one of the “trusted partners” of MFC, Solaris Japan.

I chose a figure with a middle-ground expense – not so inexpensive that I should notice basic flaws in the craftsmanship, but not so expensive that I might be disappointed if the figure didn’t live up to my hopes -- I really wanted this first figure to knock my socks off.

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GOOD SMILE Company
JAN: 4560392859120
Sculptor: Chieri
Vendor: Solaris Japan (¥6,869 in July of 2019)

I purchased the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid 2011 GOOD SMILE Racing figure, 1/8 in scale by the Good Smile Company for $61 (¥6,869), and selected the standard shipping for $27 (¥2,350). At the time, I didn’t worry about reading the fine print in the shipping section of the checkout window – I was too excited to be purchasing my first legit figure. Well, almost exactly 52 business days later, the figure arrived. Keep this in mind when you order figures from the other side of the planet – sometimes it makes sense to spend a little bit more to get your purchase a little bit faster.

Suffice it to say, my first official purchase was not the first figure to arrive at my doorstep. LOL! I was far too impatient to wait the two months that it took this figure to arrive and ended up ordering a couple of other figures which arrived sooner (but those are for a following post/review).

The Box
When this figure arrived, it was well-packed, shipping box intact, with no bruises, dings, or marks of mishandling. The actual product box (pictured below) was near perfect, with all seals intact and windows firmly glued/sealed -- there were a couple of edges, though, that looked like they'd been scuffed (perhaps by being shifted on a shelf).

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The Figure
The figure, itself, was basically disassembled in six (6) sections: base, main figure, left hair, right hair, a pair of disks that were to be added as “hair ties” during the installation of the hair, and an umbrella.

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The mounting of the figure to the base was simple, and holds really nicely. Assembly of the hair to the figure was also quite simple, though I have to admit that the left pigtail did NOT want to go into the head socket smoothly. After checking to ensure that I was in fact installing it in the correct side, I applied a little more force, and the hair piece finally slid as far home as I could get it. As you can see in the final photo, it never quite went all the way in.

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Positioning the figure on the base was quick and easy. I had a short moment of concern when I tried to get the umbrella to fit easily with the figure on the base, as the length of the umbrella made it clear that I was going to need to “bend” or “flex” the associated arm so that it would hold it in place. Never really having dealt with a PVC figure in this manner, and having no idea as to the flexibility of the material, I was really worried about snapping the hand off at the wrist, but with very gentle, but steady pressure, the umbrella slid into place, and the figure was complete.

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This raises a question to you readers regarding figures that you’ve purchased that underwent breakage during assembly … I’ve seen warnings on MFC, Solaris Japan, and AmiAmi about “brittle figures” which have a tendency to break easily … Have you experienced breakage on any/many figures?

Reviewer's Notes
Overall Sculpt
The base is a pretty basic circle with a mottled surface to imply a concrete surface, and the figure attached easily and smoothly through only the left foot – very stable.

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I love the motion and movement of the hair of this figure – it was the primary reason that I chose it for my first purchase. There are a couple of sections of the hair that don’t flow in the near-perfect circular manner as the rest of the hair, and it makes me wonder if this was a design consideration to fit the figure into a smaller box. I like the fact that the seam in the hair isn't just a straight line across the top of the skull.

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The body, legs, arms, and head are all excellent work, accurately depicted to the somewhat exaggerated physiology of Miku. I am especially impressed with the outstretched hand as such delicate features still surprise me.

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The one piece I was not so impressed with was the umbrella. I was hoping for something a little more complex than a narrow cone of silicon with a handle. And if you have to move the figure, there’s a good chance that the umbrella will fall out of place.

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Painting
This figure is painted in steady, clean lines with virtually no smudged or “dirty” lines. The color-matching is excellent between the hair and body, and I really like how the hair fades from a solid aqua color at the head to a near transparent “color” at the ends. There are a number of decals that have been applied to the model, and they are well placed, cleanly applied, with no seams visible.

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Overall Presentation
When viewing the figure from about three feet, it is a fantastic sculpture incorporating a feminine pose, natural body movement, and a good deal of confidence and sass … not to mention the whirlwind of hair that is so common to Hatsuke Miku figures. I’m delighted with the purchase.

Comparisons
I currently keep this version of Miku on a shelf with three others -- it's literally a puzzle of swirling hair! The first comparison is teamed up with another Miku -- GOOD SMILE Racing - Hatsune Miku - 1/7 - EV Mirai Ver., Racing 2014 (Max Factory -- (ITEM #236204)

I like that these two figures have almost exactly the same color hair. This Miku has much more depth in color in the hair, though, compared with the 1/7th scale version (which has almost transparent sections). Notice, too, that the larger figure has much more yellow in the skin color.

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The second comparison is with another 1/8 scale Miku, but this one has a slightly different color palette and artistic style -- GOOD SMILE Racing - Hatsune Miku - 1/8 - Racing 2010 (Good Smile Company) -- (ITEM #42261)

The hair is a bit greener and much more sparse on the "pit crew" figure, but the level of detail in the figure makes this Miku look a lot softer, smoother, and perhaps a little more feminine? I love them both, side by side, and could easily see them both at an F1 grand prix -- one in the pit, the other an umbrella girl in front of a stealthy racer.

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The third comparison is with a figure that I've paired it with because of the how the colors compliment each other (as well as showing Miku with another character of a different anime/manga style) -- Love Live! School Idol Project - Sonoda Umi - 1/8 - Natsuiro egao de 1 2 Jump! ver., Swimsuit ver. (Kotobukiya) -- (ITEM #166885)

Purple and green are my two favorite colors, and between these two lovely ladies, my "color love" is complete. :)

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Lessons Learned
For my first figure purchased from an online reseller in Japan (Solaris Japan), I’m very pleased. My only regret is not paying a little extra to get the shipping expedited or through a faster service.

Thank you so much for reading through this review!! Please feel free to leave questions or comments (especially constructive criticism, as I want to make sure that you're all getting as much out of this process as I am!)

Until next time!
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Scores8/10

Sculpting
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Comments10

1pt
Thanks for the review!! I always thought it was a "meh" figure but color me wrong, this is a great looking figure.

Hair sculpt is amazing too! I'll have to put this on my search whenever I go to conventions/anime stores.
1 month ago
1pt
Love the comparison photos! Thanks for the review, she looks really good :)
1 month ago
2pt
i love the photos you took! thank you for the review <3
1 month ago
1pt
Ooo nice review! I only have 1 miku but i love her very much. The one time i ordered from solaris japan it took 3 months to arrive so i can relate, haha.
1 month ago
1pt
That was a great review, and a lovely figure!
I'm not a Miku collector nor do I know much about her, but damn does she have some phenomenal figures.

Reading about the uncertainty of whether the figure could be bent or not was,, very relatable.
I remember my scariest figure experience being when I was completely sleep deprived, still awake at like.. 8, maybe 9AM, and trying to combine the arms, torso and legs on a figure that has hands in his pockets.
The hand and wrist were part of the legs bit and I had to slide the wrists into the arms while simultaneously sliding the arms into the torso and I was SO sure I'll probably break SOMETHING. It was especially unnerving because I was working with what is pretty much one of the most beautiful figures I own. Thankfully I haven't broken anything and he Stands Proud (cue that guitar) and iconic, as only Jotaro Kujo can. (ITEM #63453)
It was still a very anxiety-inducing experience though, I think I must've been stressing over those arms for at least 20 minutes.

Also I have to mention, I REALLY love this photo in your review, you made it look like she's actually moving and dancing!

I'm looking forward to the review of the Max Factory one, she looks so cute, I'm a sucker for cartoony faces like hers!
1 month ago
1pt
Happyakrz (1 month ago) #68901031Thanks for the kind words!
I know now that I overpaid on this figure -- it's actually the only figure that I feel that I have done so since beginning, and I chalk it all up to inexperience and impatience.
I'm a software developer on the side, so I now have a database integrated system that cross-references pricing with MFC, Solaris Japan, AmiAmi, and Playmoya. After that data is collected, I check every morning for figures in the private sales of MFC, and I've been able to get some really phenomenal deals!
But thanks for "looking out for me".
I had similar issues too, happens from time to time especially at the start.
That's great! I'd also recommend adding mandarake to your list for their pre owned section.
1 month ago
1pt
Sakura0055 (1 month ago) #68896529Very detailed and good review, especially for the first time! I also have this Miku, she is one of my favorite figures of all time! I like mature-faced Miku's than the others and love this one's pose, hair, clothes, everything! Such a nice one.
You kinda got it for expensive though, she's usually 2k ¥ opened and maybe 4k unopened(on mandarake and amiami), for the ones I've seen so far. Just an advice for your future purchases, be sure to check multiple sites and compare prices, if it's not a rare one, wait until one appears than decide! Maybe you know that already but just sharing from experience ^^ Anyways, looking out for the next one!


Thanks for the kind words!

I know now that I overpaid on this figure -- it's actually the only figure that I feel that I have done so since beginning, and I chalk it all up to inexperience and impatience.

I'm a software developer on the side, so I now have a database integrated system that cross-references pricing with MFC, Solaris Japan, AmiAmi, and Playmoya. After that data is collected, I check every morning for figures in the private sales of MFC, and I've been able to get some really phenomenal deals!

But thanks for "looking out for me".
1 month ago
1pt
Good review, this is my all time favorite Racing Miku
1 month ago
1pt
great review! this miku isn't one on my wishlist, but it was fun to read through. my favorite part of the figure has got to be how her toe is just barely touching the base. great job.
1 month ago
2pt
Very detailed and good review, especially for the first time! I also have this Miku, she is one of my favorite figures of all time! I like mature-faced Miku's than the others and love this one's pose, hair, clothes, everything! Such a nice one.
You kinda got it for expensive though, she's usually 2k ¥ opened and maybe 4k unopened(on mandarake and amiami), for the ones I've seen so far. Just an advice for your future purchases, be sure to check multiple sites and compare prices, if it's not a rare one, wait until one appears than decide! Maybe you know that already but just sharing from experience ^^ Anyways, looking out for the next one!
1 month ago