Hatsune Miku

2016 Snow Miku photo
2016 Snow Miku

The next Snow Miku will have a sportier design


Winner revealed on the GSC live stream
May 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Snow Miku has had many looks, going from a straightforward palette swap to a beautiful interpretation based on traditional Japanese dress to the fanciful designs of the last two years. For 2016 we're getting away from the whi...
Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo photo
Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo

Rue the coming of spring with Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo


Pink is the new color of the abyss
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
The fact that Good Smile Company has embraced the Mikudayo meme should tell you something about who they are as a company. If you thought Mikudayo would just be a one-off, though, you'd be wrong. She's back in force this year...
Racing Miku 2015 photo
Is she a Valkyria?
Racing Miku is getting her yearly update. This time Good Smile Racing has gone with a clever sword and shield motif, which for me personally evokes the titular warriors of Valkyria Chronicles. I'm not the only one who thinks ...

Snow Miku 2016 photo
Snow Miku 2016

Snow Miku 2016 is all about the winter sports


Winter sports themed submissions are underway
Apr 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
What's this? It's finally starting to look like spring around here and I have to think about winter again!? I guess if it's for a new Snow Miku design I'll let it slide. Slide... heh. Anyway, it's time to start thinking about...
GSR sponsor tiers photo
GSR sponsor tiers

2015 Good Smile Racing sponsor tiers revealed


Starting at only 8,000 yen
Mar 12
// Brian Szabelski
Good Smile Racing have revealed the sponsorship tiers for their 2015 season, with every tier getting access to the new Racing Miku Nendoroid. I'm not quite sure why she's a knight now, apparently, but hey, it's still a better...
figma and figFIX photo
figma and figFIX

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: figma and figFIX flood


Time to check stuff off of the wish list!
Feb 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So you say you've got some figma you're just dying to see made? Well then, let's see how many of your wishes have come true this time with the first round of announcements!  figma: Kantai Collection - Yukikaze, Kitakami...
Nendoroid Snow Miku photo
Galleries from Mamitan and Akiba Hobby
The upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku (Snow Bell ver.) is a great design - one that works better as a Nendoroid than as a figma, I think. The proportions look just right as a Nendo, emphasizing her fancy head gear and cutting down...

figma Hatsune Miku photo
figma Hatsune Miku

Take to the track with figma Hatsune Miku 2014 EV Mirai ver.


First look after a six month wait
Feb 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Oh, what's this? It's rare for us to have a Hatsune Miku figma dropped on us without first seeing it at an event. The first and last time we heard official mention of the new figma Racing Miku 2014 EV Mirai ver. was back at W...
Nendoroid Plus Capsules photo
Nendoroid Plus Capsules

GSC's Nendoroid Plus Miku capsules are ready for winter


BEAR MIKU IS BEST MIKU!!!
Jan 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I hope all of my fellow New Englanders are all shoveled out and safe. Here's something cute and snowy to cheer us all up! Good Smile Company's latest line of capsule toys featuring, of course, Miku Hatsune has a long name, bu...
Dollfie Miku photo
Dollfie Miku

Volks milks the Hatsune Miku License for yet another Dollfie Dream


what, already?
Jan 21
// Chris Seto
It has only been a few months since Volks have completed shipping their Hatsune Miku dollfie dreams to buyers, and now they are already planning the next one! We've had a couple of additional costumes already, but in a rather...
WonFes  photo
Snow Miku, F/SN, KanColle figures available
With Winter WonFes 2015 less than a month away, Good Smile have stepped up to reveal the exclusive goods that they'll be selling at the event, thus saving us the agony of speculation and second guessing that used to character...

1/7 Hatsune Miku photo
1/7 Hatsune Miku

Max Factory's new 1/7 Hatsune Miku is all jeweled up


It also hits all the right notes
Dec 24
// Andres Cerrato
Let's not kid ourselves, Miku has received a lot of PVC figures. This isn't as bad a thing as I've thought in the past, especially with the bar being raised each time. Max Factory is throwing in yet another effort to capture ...

Good Smile Racing reveals Miku design for 2015

Dec 24 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Racing photo
Not designed by Sega... I think
It's that time of year again when Good Smile Racing shows off the latest design that their Racing Miku Nendoroids and figmas will be based on. This year they seem to be going for something a little different compared to previ...

Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Don't underestimate Nendoroid magical girl Akari Yomatsuri


Plus a bunch of other friends from Miyazawa Model Exhibition
Nov 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Although announced a few months ago, we're finally getting out first look at Nendoroid self proclaimed magical girl Akari Yomatsuri from Captain Earth at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Autumn 2014! They haven't said a wh...
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GoodSmile Company gives us a Racing Miku... Transformer?


I don't even...
Nov 17
// Chris Seto
Unveiled over the weekend, GoodSmile Company showed off the next item in their Wonderful Hobby Selection in the shape of a collaboration with Shouji Kawamori to give us a racing Miku "Transformer" (and I use the term lightly ...
Snow Miku  photo
Yay, a figma Snow Miku that isn't just a repaint!
Snow Miku Snow Bell ver. is cute. Like, beyond belief adorably cute. Way too cute to be left as just a single figure so Good Smile Company and Max Factory are spreading the love. 2015 will be the first year were a new Snow Mi...

Variant PAK Hatsune Miku photo
Variant PAK Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku goes from Letterman to new Play Arts Kai


Anything is better than that performance
Oct 09
// Andres Cerrato
[Update: Now with actual images. Duck face?] Yes, we all have seen that thing that happened last night. (In case you haven't it's after the break.) It's now time for better things and with New York Comic Con opening in just u...
Snow Miku 2015 photo
Snow Miku 2015

Snow Miku 2015 design revealed


Likely to be coming to some Nendoroid near you soon
Sep 29
// Brian Szabelski
I'm already dreading the snow's return this winter, but the cold temperatures will also bring back Snow Miku. As such, her 2015 design has been revealed today on the Piapro blog. It's a mixture of three different designs...
Miku Tell Your World ver. photo
Miku Tell Your World ver.

Give Miku a splash of color with the Tell Your World version


Up for pre-order now
Sep 17
// Tianxiao Ma
As far as Miku variants go, the "Tell Your World" version isn't terribly radical. In fact it's mostly just a cool splash of paint on the standard Miku design. However the sculpt has a delicacy and sense of motion that really ...
Snow Miku photo
It's starting to look a lot like Winter... Vocaloid
Good Smile Company has released a photo of its upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015. The figure is based on option #4 from the fans' poll while her accessory, the Rabbit Yukine, is based on option #3. The two will be accompanied...

Miku photo
I can't read her pumpkin face
Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seaso...

New CuteRody Miku photo
New CuteRody Miku

Taito is back with more CuteRody Miku


This time, she's a solar-powered collectible
Sep 02
// Brian Szabelski
Earlier this year, we brought you news of Taito's lethally cute CuteRody Miku plushes. Well, CuteRody Miku is back, and she's looking as adorable as ever. The solar-powered figure basically just sways her head back and forth ...
Miku photo
Will you treat yourself to a Halloween Miku?
Mamitan has unveiled the fully painted Nendoroid Halloween Miku. As previously reported, the figure will be first available at Miku Expos in Los Angeles and New York City during October. Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely ado...

GSC Racing Miku 2014 photo
GSC Racing Miku 2014

Racing Miku 2014 spools up for pre-order


Hopefully the turbo lag isn't too bad
Aug 25
// Tianxiao Ma
As promised, Good Smile Company's Racing Miku 2014 ver. is now up for pre-order. A few of you guys expressed your approval of the design, and I'm with you. I've also decided that those are turbochargers because they're connec...
2014 Racing Miku photo
2014 Racing Miku

Racing Miku got some upgrades for 2014


Is she twin-turbo now?
Aug 23
// Tianxiao Ma
For those of you keeping track, this would be the fourth Racing Miku design we see this year. I took a look through the history of Racing Miku figures (just scale, not counting prize figures, figmas, etc.) and she has really ...
Hatsune Miku photo
Hatsune Miku

Prepare for a treat with Hatsune Miku Halloween Nendoroid launch events


New York and Los Angeles host special Miku events
Aug 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
On the official Hatsune Miku Facebook page they've revealed two big east and west coast events for the USA of particular interest to us here at Tomopop. On October 11 and 12 the Los Angeles Center Studios will be hosting the ...
Kahotan Racing Miku photo
Kahotan Racing Miku

Kahotan's newest preview is Racing Miku Sepang ver.


Maybe the tan makes her go faster?
Aug 12
// Brian Szabelski
Kahotan's newest preview happens to be a face we've seen before: FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version. There aren't a ton of revelations in her preview, but we do get at least a nice shot of her torso, showing off some of the...
Max Factory Mikuzukin photo
Max Factory Mikuzukin

Max Factory's Mikuzukin goes up for pre-order


Available now at the Good Smile Online Shop and most retailers
Aug 12
// Tianxiao Ma
The lovely Mikuzukin figure from Max Factory is up for pre-orders, merrily skipping along with a wolf on her head. I have a feeling this Miku design will be pretty popular. If you haven't already, you can check out the previe...
Max Factory Mikuzukin photo
In fact she's wearing one on her head
Last spotted at WonFes, Max Factory's Mikuzukin figure now has two proper previews. You can see some promo shots of her on the figma blog, and another gallery at Kahotan's Blog. I've been looking forward to this figure even b...

WonFes Vocaloids photo
WonFes Vocaloids

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - Vocaloids


Not a WonFes without some Mikus
Aug 01
// Tianxiao Ma
Now that we're seeing more and more creative takes on Vocaloid designs, I'm actually enjoying their presence. It looks like the days of the same boring Miku design being made over and over again are done with. Good Smile Comp...
Good Smile Racing photo
Good Smile Racing

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Racing


Race queen or beach queen?
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Miku photo
Although you may be hearing the starting pistol a little late
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...

Kahotan Station photo
Kahotan Station

Kahotan Station shows off new Nendoroids, figmas


Look at those adorable Nendo Armin, Satsuki
Jun 28
// Brian Szabelski
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...
figma Racing Miku photo
figma Racing Miku

figma Racing Miku 2013 storms the track


Get set, pre-orders begin tomorrow
Jun 25
// Andres Cerrato
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...

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.

Jun 12 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥14,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Play Asia | ToysLogic | Plamoya | Big Bad Toy Store | Nippon-Yasan Right from the get-go this feels like a special figure. You can see the extra attention Good Smile Company put into designing the box. The box has a smooth, satin finish on thick cardboard stock. Its design is contemporary, with an emphasis on the photography. I even liked the choice of typography used. You won't see the usual collage of promotional images on the sides and back, nor is there a window of any kind. It feels like a premium package and looks the part. There's a little assembly involved to set this figure up. You have to attach the twin tails to Miku's head, then affix the whole thing to three points on the base. After that you can attach the two coral pieces. I don't really have to tell you how amazing this figure looks. We've all seen the promo shots and some of you have probably seen her at conventions (or own the figure already). When I stood back and looked at the finished assembly, it didn't disappoint. This version of Miku is based on the design of the illustrator Haruyo, who created it for the "Shinkai Shoujo" music video on Niconico. It looks like Good Smile Company's artists added on to the original design, leading to the wonderfully detailed twin tails and the coral setting. I love the look of Miku's dress. It's casual, but elegant. There's a long flowing piece that attaches to the base. Along with pegs for the twin tails, it helps secure the figure. Each strand of hair looks light and delicate, perfect for the deep sea setting. There's a definite floatiness to the figure. Miku's going barefoot, adding to the casual look. That little curl of the big toe is really cute. There are two pieces of coral providing a splash of pink to contrast with the blues and blacks of the figure. They look fragile but are made of a very soft PVC to minimize the chances of breaking. I had a tough time jamming the front piece onto the pegs on the base. I would have liked a different way to affix them (magnets are always good) - this is my one knock against the figure. Miku's dreamy, hopeful expression is so touching! I couldn't resist adding a soft focus effect to one of my photos. Good Smile Company has made a lot of Miku figures. I generally avoid them, but when they have an interesting variation on her design, I take notice. Deep Sea Miku is the best one I've seen yet! Well, maybe next to Mikudayo... You can tell that GSC wanted to make a statement with this figure. I had some minor problems fitting some of the parts onto their pegs, but the quality was exemplary otherwise. It comes out in the texturing of the corals, the delicate wisps of hair, the deep blue ocean-like base, and the flowing cloth of Miku's dress. And though GSC priced this pretty high for a 1/8-scale figure, it feels much larger than 1/8. If you have the cash to spare, there's no reason to hesitate - you'll surely be getting a centerpiece for your collection.
GSC Deep Sea Miku photo
Somewhere beyond the sea, she's there watching for me
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 getti...

Racing Miku Mirai photo
Racing Miku Mirai

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


On yer bike
Jun 06
// Martin Siggers
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...
Snow Miku 2015 photo
Snow Miku 2015

Snow Miku 2015 competition winner revealed!


Beautiful lilies
May 16
// Martin Siggers
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 ...
Deep Sea Miku photo
Somewhere, beyond the sea...
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 love...

Racing Miku photo
Orders open until May 12th
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...

figma Racing Miku photo
figma Racing Miku

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


Black, white, and some red all over
Apr 26
// Andres Cerrato
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...






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