Hello & welcome to my very first blog post!
It’s been a real struggle for me to finally get this all set up, mainly due to my small attention span. (⁄ ⁄^⁄ᗨ⁄^⁄ ⁄) I hope to make my reviews informative & fun. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in future posts!
Anyway.. enough ranting!! Let’s take a look at Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Sakura Miku: Bloomed in Japan!
This particular Nendoroid was one of the most anticipated for the year & just by looking at the box it’s not hard to see why. She is the 500th figure in the Nendoroid line. This figure was so popular that GSC was grateful enough to add a second release for those who weren’t quick enough!
The reason for her being “Bloomed in Japan” is because she was the first product to be made at Good Smile Comapny’s new Lucky Factory located in Tottori, Japan. You can view the special webpage about her & the factory here.
Aside from how pink the box is, one of the first things you’ll notice is the entire box is a different type of material from usual Nendoroid boxes. It has a type of tissue paper look to it. When I first saw the box, I genuinely thought something was wrong with the packaging. After a quick glance at MyFigureCollection’s page about her, I discovered it was not an error. (๑´ㅂ`๑)
I like that GSC attempted a different look for their 500th Nendoroid, however I think it could have been executed differently. If they had certain parts of the box, minus the product photos, with the texture I think it would have been very eye catching without being too different to the point it caused confusion for some collectors.
Sadly, I do not own Sakura Miku Nendoroid (#274), however this version is a more redish pink compared to it. She comes with the following:
- Main figure with a standard expression face (◕ ‿ ◕)
- Daydreaming face (◕ ○ ◕)
- Blushing (often referred to as drunk) face (◠//ヮ//◠)
- Two arms bent at the elbow
- Two hands (left & right) for holding the flower & dango
- A left hand to hold the amazake bottle & a right hand to cup it
- A bent leg
- A pair of braided twintails (often called shrimp braids)
- Cherry blossom
- Hanami dango
- Amazake & cup
- Tray (to hold the dango, amazake, & cup) with hands permanently attached
- Figure base
- Figure stand arm
- An extra neck joint
- [Not pictured] Cherry blossom background
Although I forgot to take a photo, it’s important to note that the face plates are very different on this Nendoroid. They have a very fine sand paper feel to them & are thinner than other face plates. Despite this change, you can still swap it out with older versions. I don’t have much animosity towards this new design except that the texture causes it to catch things like dust and little hairs.
Her hair, skirt, sleeves, & shoes have a glittery/metallic sheen to them that is a really nice touch. The sakura motif isn’t left out anywhere on this cutie! She has cherry blossoms on her sleeves, tie, & partially transparent hair (the actual hair & even at the base of both twin tails), as well as her skirt & sleeves being in the shape of the flower. (I forgot to take a photo, but there’s even a cherry blossom on the front of her pantsu. GSC didn’t leave out a single detail.. hehe.) Even the bow on her backside resembles a flower & has sakura petal shaped ends! （人´∀`*）
One of my biggest reasons for collecting Nendoroids is due to their mix-n-match capabilities. For this review I only used Sakura Miku’s head with other Nendoroid bodies. For future posts I will try to use more than just the head portion.
It’s time for the fashion show~!
Since this is a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive, she is a bit pricier than most Nendoroids. If you pre-ordered her in the shop she cost ¥4,500 ($37 USD) & with shipping to the US at ¥2,000 ($16 USD.) While I’m not a huge Vocaloid or Miku fan (my favorite is Luka) I think this Nendoroid is still a great addition to any collection. (◍•ᴗ•◍) She definitely brings a smile to my face every time I see her.
Check out these cute photos of her taken by others in the figure community:
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See you next time~! ヾ(๑╹ヮ╹๑)ﾉ”