Nendoroid 172: Racing Miku 2011 version (Updated)

Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2011 version

Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2011 version

Since 2009, Good Smile Company (GSC) and its racing team Good Smile Racing (GSR) have been annually releasing a racing-themed Hatsune Miku, including its Nendoroid version.

Last year, Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2011 version was released on October bearing a brand new design for Miku’s racing queen outfit, which was somehow seen as controversial for some fans of the virtual diva.

Well then, enough with the introduction, let’s go directly to the review, shall we? ^^

UPDATE: The itasha‘s decals have been installed. See the pics below. XD

Original Illustration

The original character illustration (1)

The original character illustration (1)

The official character design for Racing Miku 2011 is made by Murakami Yuichi. It emphasizes on a more mature look of Miku, which caused quite a debate among fans due to the pettan-less body. XD

The original character illustration (2)

The original character illustration (2)

Anyway, her outfit looks futuristic there, featuring some translucent parts on her skirt. This racing-themed outfit is definitely one of my favorite, and I think this one is the best outfit compared to the previous versions of Racing Miku. XD

Box Design

The box

The box

Apparently, the grid patterns on the box cover is an element of Vocaloid-themed Nendoroid, as seen in other Vocaloid Nendoroid‘s boxes. XD

Yep, the size of the box is quite big compared to most Nendoroid boxes – it is around the size of two regular Nendoroid boxes. Unfortunately, despite the size of the box, its content is a bit to the minimalist side. XD

Parts and Accessories

Here is the listing of the parts and accessories included in the package:

  • Two faceplates (one is attached)
  • Three left arms (one is attached)
  • Three right arms (one is attached)
  • One opened parasol
  • One closed parasol
  • One rear plug-in stand base
  • One Nendo-Car
  • One set of decals for the Nendo-Car
  • Some Racing Miku goodies, depending on the package (7000 Yen, 50000 Yen, etc.)

Quite minimalist, huh? I wish GSC/GSR would include more parts for the next iterations of Nendoroid Racing Miku. XD

Photo Gallery: Default Pose

Front view

Front view

Side view (1)

Side view (1)

Side view (2)

Side view (2)

Rear view

Rear view

Tsundere expression!

Tsundere expression!

Holding the umbrella/parasol

Holding the umbrella/parasol

So … where is the Nendo-Car? Ummm … well, I am currently in the process of putting the decals to the car, so it is unavailable for the review, unfortunately. As a replacement, I will let Miku ride an airplane temporarily. XD

Riding the airplane

Riding the airplane

I will make sure to update this review once I finished putting the decals to the Nendo-Car. ^^

Time to meet your own itasha, Miku-san! XD

Posing with the Racing Miku themed itasha

Posing with the Racing Miku themed itasha

Front view

Front view

Rear view

Rear view

Side view (1)

Side view (1)

Side view (2)

Side view (2)

Miku: So ... is this the right way to ride the itasha?

Miku: So … is this the right way to ride the itasha?

Miku: Umm ... I guess I have to adjust my seating ...

Miku: Umm … I guess I have to adjust my seating …

She looks excited to ride her new itasha! XD

She looks excited to ride her new itasha! XD

I am glad that Miku-san is happy with the itasha. ^^

Features Highlight

So … what’s great about this Nendoroid? Here are a few nice elements of Racing Miku 2011 that I like:

The outfit

The outfit

As I have mentioned above, I really like her outfit design, especially the translucent parts and the ornaments. It looks like a mixture between sexiness and cuteness there, giving her some sorts of classy feel. XD

The ribbon for her twintails

The ribbon for her twintails

The ribbons used for her twintails are different than what you see in the other versions of Miku. It has some yellow and pink colored circular lines as well as some transparent parts. Nice! ^^

Her headset looks suitable with the racing theme, although it looks so much simpler compared to the usual one found in other Mikus. XD

The tsundere face!

The tsundere face!

It is pretty rare to see Miku showing her tsundere side, so it is really nice that GSC/GSR decided to include this expression. Yes, as you have probably guessed, this is one of the reason I decided to get this Nendoroid. ^^

The translucent parts on her twintails

The translucent parts on her twintails

The translucent parts on the twintails looks really beautiful. Yes, I know that it was first featured in Nendoroid Snow Miku (and its iterations), but this is the first time they used the clear parts on green-ish hair. It looks very pretty. ^^

Photo Gallery: Play Time!

Prior to this review, I have already taken the Nendoroid to many places and took many photos of her in various pose as well as swapping faces with other Nendoroid.

Here they are:

Look this way, Miku-chan! XD

Look this way, Miku-chan! XD

Wearing glasses - how does she look?

Wearing glasses - how does she look?

Sunny day - perfect for taking a walk in the park

Sunny day - perfect for taking a walk in the park

Personal sponsor

Personal sponsor

Miku the school girl

Miku the school girl

Ummm ...

Ummm ...

Fluffy pillow!

Fluffy pillow!

Looking forward the next race

Looking forward the next race

Score and Conclusion

Yep, this is the first time I use scoring in the review. Please note that it is simply based on my own preferences and it might be bias sometimes (I try not to), so I apologize in advance if it offends you in some way. XD

Well then, here is my score for Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2011 version.

  • Design: 9 / 10 – Her outfit design and translucent hair look beautiful!
  • Expression: 7 / 10 – Her tsundere face is simply amazing, but the selection of faceplates is disappointing.
  • Playability: 9 / 10 – As with other version of Nendoroid Hatsune Miku, her twintails make it easy for her to stand without the standbase.
  • Price: 5 / 10 – Similar to previous version of Nendoroid Racing Miku, her price are rather expensive due to the limited-exclusive nature and personal sponsor stuff.

Concluding this review, I think Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2011 version is a must-buy for Miku fans due to her pretty design and tsundere expression. That said, her lack of optional parts and accessories, combined with an expensive price tag might turn off some Nendoroid fans there. XD

W-w-why do you keep staring at me?

W-w-why do you keep staring at me?

Well, I think that is about all of my review.

Thank you for reading, Nendonesian, and see you in my next review! ^^

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8 comments on “Nendoroid 172: Racing Miku 2011 version (Updated)

  1. Stella says:

    Nice review! >.<

    I know that it's imposibble but deep in my heart I hope GSC will re-sale her ;A;

    • Ridley says:

      A re-sale chance is next to nil. Racing Miku is a fundraiser for Good Smile Racing, just as Cheerful Japan items was to disaster relief.

      The 2012 Racing Miku sponsorship is/was open to international donors though.

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  3. [...] is similar to the original Nendoroid Hatsune Miku (+ Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Support version) and Nendoroid Racing Miku: 2011 version, I have to say that her second pose is adorable. I really like her happy smiling expression and [...]

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