Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid, part of the voice synthesizer bank created by Crypton Future Media. Her mascot, a girl with blue-green hair and twintails, is Crypton’s most famous character. She’s also one of–if not the most popular–Japanese virtual pop singer in Japan. You can check out their brief and official Miku profile here, and explore some of their other Vocaloid personalities.
Annnnd that takes care of the basics, because Hatsune Miku’s popularity is such a prominent part of Japan that I really can’t get into the nitty-gritty of the “Miku Phenomenon” without writing a full analytical essay. So, let me say that this particular post broke my one rule in figure collecting: avoid buying a Hatsune Miku figure.
In the short span of a month, I’ve now collected five scales, three prize figures, and 1 model kit of Miku, and that’s just pathetic (for my wallet). I mean, I only put that “No-Mikus” rule in place because I knew that once I had her in my hands, I wouldn’t be able to resist the plethora of figures, merch and music put out by the bubbly, blue-haired sweetheart. I mean, she’s too cute, and the figure companies create so many variations of her. There’s a Miku for everybody!
Why am I bringing all this up? Because I want to do a super quick review on one of her latest prize figures by FuRyu, the Bicute Bunny Miku, whose popularity has grown substantially since its release this September.
It’s honestly a testament to how good prize figures are getting in quality and size. The Bicute Bunny Miku is a 1/6 scale, so those familiar with this type of sizing know she’s massive. Coming in at 12 inches, she’s a beast compared to her Taito, Sega, and Banpresto counterparts. There’s not much of the detailed shading you’d find in a scale figure, but there’s enough of it, especially on the skin airbrushing. It gives her a soft and appealing depth. The outfit and hair fall flat, but they work fine for this figure; sometimes, flat color gives a clean, 2D appeal. Like most of her figures, she was also gifted with a super cute expression and pose, suiting the kawaii aesthetic to a tee. Bicute Bunny Miku also has real fishnets. (Do I need to say more?).
Of course, there are cons, but I don’t think people should be too picky about them considering this figure was only $19 to $25 dollars on release. The price is steadily going up, but keep the original price in mind when I tell you that she is top-heavy; she is going to lean forward eventually. If you’re unlucky like me, you’ll also find out that FuRyu put a super shallow peg in the one foot attached to the base. Not only does the peg fail to hold her down, but for me, the peg connecting her foot into her shoe broke. I had to hold her foot and shoe together for like an hour with superglue because she was too heavy to stand and dry on her own. I can’t say this flaw has affected everybody, as I’ve heard some pegs are better secured, but be forewarned: this disaster could happen to you.
But, I reiterate the fact that her cost, for what I got in return, is fantastic. With just a few more details and better standing security, she could easily be a scale, and that’s saying a lot for something I spent 25 bucks on. My hat’s off to you, FuRyu (who just released their BiCute Bunny Sonico, good news for anyone looking to add a lewder Japanese mascot to their waifu shrine.).