Racing Miku 2013: EV MIRAI Ver.
Review by VF5SS
The popular virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, has proven herself to be a very versatile character. She's been a wizard, a snowboarder, a Dayo, and everything in between. Back in 2013, Miku made the jump from race queen to rider with the release of this figma. I had originally planned to pick her up on release, but didn't end up buying one until I went toy shopping with JoshB during New York Toy Fair 2015. There's been numerous Racing Miku figures before and since this one, but I still think this is the definitive motorsports version of the twin-tailed idol.
Racing Miku 2013: EV MIRAI Ver. is a very straightforward action figure that depicts the green-haired girl in a personalized riding suit. Miku looks appropriately athletic and sporty in this incarnation, as she wears her jacket around his waist so she can feel the wind in her hair. She stands five inches tall.
Her trademark twin-tails have a neat transparent fade effect on their tips. And speaking of her leek-colored hair, this Miku toy does a decent job of remaining upright without the aid of the included display stand, despite the size of those twin-tails.
Miku's outfit has an number of sponsor logos (such as Crypton Future Media) on it, as well as the name of the GOOD SMILE RACING team.
Her default face is a slight smile with Miku's eyes looking to her right. Note the band-aid over her nose for improved airflow during a race.
Miku's alternate face is an open-mouthed smile with her eyes glancing to the left. I find it a bit odd that this Miku is never looking straight ahead, but it's not a deal-breaker for me.
Racing Miku's minimalist outfit affords her an excellent range of motion. Her upper body is especially dexterous, with ball-joints at both ends of her exposed midriff. Even her twin-tails have dedicated joints for use as a pair of long counterweights while posing.
The included figma stand lets Miku jump for joy (or perform a quick Shoryuken).
Miku comes with a modest number of alternate hands, one of which is permanently clutching a Good Smile Company branded water bottle. The rest of her hands consist of two fists, three open palms (two right and one left), two grasping hands, and a helmet holding hand.
She also comes with two versions of the jacket sleeves tied around Miku's waist. One set is sculpted as if the arms of her jacket are hanging down with gravity, while the others are swept back so Miku can sit on her motorcycle. These are molded in soft PVC plastic, but have a transparent ABS peg for plugging into the scrunched up jacket. I'd recommend softening the hold up with some warm water before attaching either sleeve part, to prevent tearing the soft plastic piece of clothing.
As I alluded to before, Racing Miku comes with a proper motorcycle helmet. However, in order for her to wear it, she'll first need to gather her strength...
Her hands ball tightly into fists...
The wind howls...
Kamen Rider... LEEK!!
(Stuffing that much hair inside a helmet can only be accomplished with a hero's transformation!)
Miku's alternate helmeted head completes her look as a daring female motorcycle rider.
Like her outfit, the helmet has sponsor logos all over it for an authentic look. Also, Miku likes having cat ears on her headgear, much like a certain Dullahan from Durarara!!
Miku can hold her helmet using the specialized left hand, which tabs into a slot on the bottom. You'll probably also want to wiggle the helmet's own neck joint out for this display, as having a flesh-colored peg coming out of the bottom may look a bit strange...
While Racing Miku is a solid figma in her own right, no rider is complete without her ride. Be sure to check out my review of the ex:ride Spride.06 - TT-Zero 13 to see this Miku figure perform to its full potential.
Comments2 comments posted
Great review! I like this Miku figma better than the race queen versions, because she is getting into the action instead of just standing around looking pretty. The 2014 version is also great (although risking some serious road rash) - I hope one finds its way to your collection and reviews.
I have a different take on her "jacket." I think she is supposed to be wearing a full racing jumpsuit, but she has opened the top half and folded it over. Either way, it's a great look, although I wish the hanging set of sleeves could point more naturally downward.
By the way, is a review of the Gear Tribe Miku GT Project on the way? I can't wait for your take on that bit of Kawamori weirdness.
The video review for the GearTribe Miku is already up on our youtube page. The text review is coming soon.