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12:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Racing

Wouldn't be a Wonder Festival if Good Smile Company didn't bring along some Hatsune Miku figures for us. They pulled out all the stops with the latest race queen versions of Miku including no less than two figmas, some fun Ne...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version speeds into pre-orders photo
FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version speeds into pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

FREEing's 1/8-scale Racing Miku Sepang Version is currently available for pre-order. The figure features Vocaloid mascot Hatsune Miku in what might be her oddest racing attire thus far, although I'm sure it's a bar others may leap over in the future.

While I really like the design, there's no way that I'd guess that this figure had anything to do with racing if she wasn't holding the sign. As such, if you're just a fan of racy figures (as opposed to racy racing figures), you could always just remove the optional sign and display Miku as if she were doing some kind of dance.

Otherwise the pose and detail is certainly different. The wings are a neat touch as well. I'm less fond of the GSC stamp above her waist, but it's less of a distraction than the giant Super Sepang markings which remind you that the Sepang Version.

FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang Version has a ¥11,800 list price and is slated for a January release date. Hmm, January... seems a little slow for a racing figure.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi ]

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10:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Kahotan Station shows off new Nendoroids, figmas

Just a few days ago, Kahotan hosted a broadcast on NicoNico showing off Good Smile's latest ... in the middle of the night here. Thankfully, ani735para on Tumblr grabbed a bunch of screenshots from the broadcast, which have r...

Brian Szabelski

10:30 AM on 06.25.2014

figma Racing Miku 2013 storms the track

People love racing, people love Miku. Once again, figma will release a new version of the digital diva, now actually getting ready to take the track instead of being a sideline cheerleader. With orders opening up for the late...

Andres Cerrato

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter.

I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getting with this figure. Even after tons of preview galleries and pre-release coverage, this figure still manages to capture my imagination. It really is special, so read on to see why.

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1:00 PM on 06.06.2014

Good Smile Racing teams up with Mirai for a new Racing Miku

I'm already losing track of all the different racing Mikus, especially since there are multiplele figures of every design. Now we're getting another, as Good Smile Racing has announced they've allied with Team Mirai to produc...

Martin Siggers

5:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Snow Miku 2015 competition winner revealed!

You saw all of the finalists earlier today, but this morning's GSC livestream revealed the final designs for both Snow Miku 2015 and adorable bunny Yukine. Miku is going to be Taran's design #4, while Yukine will be Hayuki's ...

Martin Siggers

Deep Sea Miku gets another preview, might actually be real photo
Deep Sea Miku gets another preview, might actually be real
by Martin Siggers

Deep Sea Miku is gorgeous. Deep Sea Miku has also been delayed more times than most of us can count. In an effort to convince us that she's finally actually a real thing, Kahotan has put up a new blog post previewing the lovely blue haired girl. If you're thinking this feel a little familiar though, you're right, since almost exactly one year ago Mikatan did the same thing.

The figure itself is as pretty as ever, but all this new preview does is highlight how incredibly long it's taken for her to get off the production line and onto store shelves. Personally I'm not going to believe she's actually shipped until readers start telling us they've physically got their hands on her. Still, if you've got a pre-order this is hopefully a sign your investment will finally have something to show for itself.

via [ Kahotan's blog ]

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Nendoroid Racing Miku 2014 finally gets profiled photo
Nendoroid Racing Miku 2014 finally gets profiled
by Martin Siggers

Although Nendoroid Racing Miku 2014 has been out in the wild for a while now, Good Smile Company have been curiously reticent about releasing proper photos of her. Now though we've finally got a bunch of preview shots to look over properly.

I have to say I'm digging this year's design hugely. It's a lot 'cleaner' than some past Racing Mikus, but with a smart white/aqua palette. The strap on side parts add some nice weird and unique detail (and make me think she's from some TRON version of Attack On Titan). I also love the hair, which is way wavier than most Nendoroid 'dos.

The big problem here is what you're getting though. As has become normal, Nendoroid Racing Miku is only available through a GSC racing team sponsorship, the cheapest of which is ¥7,000. This the is effectively a double price Nendo, and yet accessories are limited to one alternate face and a trophy. You're paying more to get less, and unless you're really into supporting the racing team, that doesn't fly with me. Still, if you must have her, orders are staying open until May 12th, and she's available in a variety of package. Me though, I'll gaze out the window, but drive on by.

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Racing Website (various packages available) ] 

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11:30 AM on 04.26.2014

Let's get racy with figma Racing Miku and 1/7 Red Riding Hood Miku

Have you had enough Miku? Of course you haven't! Overnight, for us at least, at a special NicoNico event, Good Smile Company decided to let word out of two new pieces of Miku that you will tell yourself you cannot live withou...

Andres Cerrato

8:15 PM on 04.20.2014

Winter's over. Now's the time to make Snow Miku for 2015!

Winter is thankfully done for most of the country. As we turn to Spring, we shake off all the snow except for one, Snow Miku! 2014's Nendoroid version of the seasonal Vocaloid was especially cute this year so how could it be ...

Andres Cerrato

Miku Type 2020 is almost here, looking gorgeous photo
Miku Type 2020 is almost here, looking gorgeous
by Martin Siggers

We were stunned by her first appearance at Wonder Festival last July, and now nine months later Kahotan has put out word that Max Factory's terrific Hatsune Miku Type 2020 is shipping out to lucky buyers. To celebrate the occasion, we've been gifted a preview gallery that confirms she's still as pretty as ever.

As anyone who's ever read any of my articles knows I'm obsessed with the portrayal of movement in figures and this is one of the best examples I've ever seen. The way her train flows out behind her, the ribbons on her wrists and ankles, and of course those colossal twin tails of hair - it all adds up to one great looking figure (and at 1/7 scale pretty huge too). Are any of you lucky readers awaiting her arrival?

[ via Kahotan's Blog

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