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
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
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
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
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 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
I am glad that Miku-san is happy with the itasha. ^^
So … what’s great about this Nendoroid? Here are a few nice elements of Racing Miku 2011 that I like:
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 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
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 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:
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
Well, I think that is about all of my review.
Thank you for reading, Nendonesian, and see you in my next review! ^^