Look, I know this is the third consecutive Miku figure review, but I promise you it will be the last for some time. Of the last 3 Miku figures I’ve received, this was the one I was most anticipating, more out of curiosity than anything else. For those of you unfamiliar, this figure, by Alphamax, is from one of my favourite songs in the Project Diva series, 2D Dream Fever, by PolyphonicBranch. Not only is the song excellent, but the module design, by BUZZ, is very cool and futuristic.
With all those Miku figures out there, you would think that at this point it would be hard to create a unique figure, but that’s exactly what Alphamax have done here, and it really comes down to the original design.
Firstly, let’s not neglect the box. It’s well done. It’s bright, colourful and stands out. It contains all the info you need to know and the window isn’t just a plain square. Instead there are jagged edges and the window even carries over to the other side of the box. Bonus points for the including the original illustration.
If I had to describe this sculpt in one word, I’d use “flat”. And no, I’m not just referring to her chest. Typically, a “flat” sculpt would be a negative, but for this figure, it’s clearly intentional to stay true to the source material. It is “2D” dream fever after all. Even her hair, as you go down, becomes flatter, as well as translucent.
I’ve loved the last two Miku figures I’ve reviewed, but they’ve both had blue hair, whereas this Miku’s hair is very much green. Of course, this comes down purely to preference, but I’ve always preferred my Miku hair green In fact, this is more or less my ideal Miku hair.
Miku’s face is a bit of a mixed bag. Unfortunately, I don’t think they have recreated her expression 100% faithfully to the illustration. The eyes on this figure are a bit too cold, lacking that expression of wonder or curiosity that we see on the illustration. Instead, we get a gaze that’s almost otherworldly thanks to the agape mouth and those green eyes with red pupils. It’s not bad on its own.
This figure does have a sense of motion, but it’s subtle. The flap of the back of her jacket(?), the bow and her flowing hair all add to that. Not to mention the use of video cables around her hair is a lovely touch. It can’t be overstated how much it adds to the overall aesthetic.
It’s not often you see figures that utilise magenta, but maybe they should because this figure pops.
Usually, Miku has her trademark number on her arm or shoulder, if at all as some figures decide to omit it completely, however, on this particular design it’s on her cleavage. This, along with her gaze, add just a hint of sex appeal.
This base is simple, but effective. It doesn’t look cheap, it’s thematically appropriate, tasteful and very cool. As they say, less is more.
On an interesting side note, there are users on her MFC page saying that apparently she glows under a backlight. It does look that way in some photos, but I couldn’t get it to work myself. If it is true though, then bravo Alphamax!
This is actually my very first Alphamax figure and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Going off this figure alone, I wouldn’t have any doubts about buying from them again.
Overall, I’d say this figure actually looks better than the the prototype. There’s something about this figure that the photos can’t capture. And while not mind-blowing in scale or ambitiousness, this still a nice Miku for those interested, and something a little different from the norm.
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