29 December 2013
Nendoroid Snow Miku Strawberry White Kimono Version Review
Better later than never, a review of this year's Snow Miku, the Strawberry White Kimono Version, is up!
The box is quite big for a nendoroid, and is currently the biggest I own so far. Unlike many nendoroids, Snow Miku Strawberry White Kimono version is packed in a windowless box.
The box is different to most other Nendoroid boxes; it is a hard paperboard gift box with top and bottom wrapped around by a thin paper jacket. Overall it gives an impression as if it's a gift box for seasonal confectioneries.
The contents: Snow Miku figure, 2 faces, 2 pairs of arms, open palms and a pair of hands for holding the umbrella, a body for sitting down, an umbrella, and a base.
Also not shown here is a red round plate, a toothpick, a snow rabbit, and head part with Miku's signature twin tails
As the name suggests, Snow Miku wears a white kimono, which is also known as shiromuku (白無垢). White was considered a sacred colour, and the shiromuku was worn in important occasions or formal ceremonies. The strawberry part of the name is hinted in the red accents in Miku's kimono, as well as the inner surface of the hood.
And rear view
Snow Miku with the hood removed, revealing a hairstyle not seen with Miku before
Snow Miku holding an umbrella
Snow Miku holding dish in tears of joy
The parts that are not shown earlier: A red dish, a toothpick, and a daifuku in the shape of a snow rabbit.
Miku sitting down on the dish. With the snow rabbit and the hood looking like daifukus, the whole thing looks almost as if it's edible from a distance.
Miku sitting down with her second face, which has a wider grin and looking slightly to her left. Lots of part swapping is required to move the parts from the standing body to the sitting one, including the arms, head, as well as her left leg.
While the shoulders have pegs to prevent the holes from shrinking (which is a good thing), the hole for the neck joint did not have one, and as a result the head would not fit into the body in the first place. I had to quite a bit of work to cut open a larger hole to get the head in.
And a few pictures to finish it off.
Nendoroid Snow Miku Strawberry White Kimono Version is pretty satisfying to have. Overall quality is good with few complaints. The main issue I had was the neck hole for the alternate body part, and that there are a few parts such as the hair that are delicate, and caution is needed when handling. The design is very different to that from last year's Fluffy Coat Version, as Miku now embodies a traditional Japanese look. What's more interesting is the food theme behind this year's Snow Miku, with daifuku being represented on the hood as well as the white rabbit, together with the red confectionery plate and even the packaging itself.
Although the quality problem from last year's Snow Miku got me worried quite a bit, this year's Sakura Miku and Snow Miku reassured me a bit. Looking forward to next year's magical girl theme version!