30 December 2011
figma Racing Miku 2011
At last, after six months of waiting sicne its annoucement, the figma Racing Miku 2011 is ready for pickup!
To sum things up, every year (since 2009) there is Miku as a mascot and a race queen for the GSR (GoodSmile Racing) & Studie with TeamUKYO team. This year the team has won one of the races, and the figma is made to celebrate it.
The figma is available in 4 different "sponsor courses" in NicoNico webshop, and the goodies that come with it have arrived a month earlier.
Here are all of the stuff that are available in the box:
The figma itself, a closed parasol, open parasol, a sign board, one extra face, two trophies (the clear one as a bonus item that is packed sperately from the box), 4 pairs of hands, a figma standard and a bag for storage.
Back view. The skirt itself is slightly transparent.
Viewed from the sides. Depsite having heels Racing Miku can stand pretty well by herself, so balance is not so much of an issue there.
A race queen parasol.
Racing Miku with the parasol opened. The tube can separate from the canopy so that the hands can go in.
The signboard. A special pair of hands is required to hold it. You can put what you want on the signboard with the stickers provided in the box.
And the stickers for the signboard. There are 4 for each kind so you don't have to worry too much about spares.
Here is how the signboard works from a pre-release preview on figma blog:
In the picture "P-IN, L18, 04" means "car number 4 pit in at lap 18".
Racing Miku with the chequered flag and a happy, cheerful face.
A couple of extra shots with the parasol.
Posing in front of FREEing's ex:ride American bike, which is compatible with figmas
And yes the trophies themselves. The clear one comes separately from the figma box as a bonus item, and it has "Goodsmile" and Champion 2011 GT 300" printed on it. The other one has "Goodsmile Racing" and its logo printed on it.
A final picture with original figma Miku, Racing Miku, and Miku Append. Which one do you like the most?
This Racing Miku has taken a more mature appearance over previous years', and also over most other Miku variations. She also has a somewhat cyber looking view with a hint of transparency in the clothings, which add to the sexiness of the design.
There isn't too much to complain about, but the main problem is that many parts are a bit loose, be it some of the hands, or even the front hair piece when the cheerful face is used. Hopefully that is just the problem with my paritcular figma, but it's hard to say. Apart from that and the money one has to pay to get this, this is a pretty neat figma I'd say, even though I don't pay much attention towards racing in general. Well, maybe we'll see a new one next year? The nendoroid will definitely be in, but we'll see if there's another figma as well too (this 2011 version is a first timer for a figma). :o