Review – Nendoroid Sakura Miku: Bloomed in Japan (#500)

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.

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Front of the box.

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)

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A close up of the box texture.

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.

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A comparison between the #500 & #400 boxes.

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The blister pack straight out of the box.

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A closer look at all of the individual pieces.

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.

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Even straight of of the box she’s adorable!

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´∀`*)

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Miku-chan, shouldn’t you wait for the others before we eat? “Hmm? But it’s just one..”

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“Would you like me to pour some amazake for you, Onee-chan?”

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“Didn’t you say there were going to be others for the cherry blossom viewing party?”

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Miku-chan, don’t drink too much! ( ゚Д゚)<!! “Don’t worry, Onee-chan, I’m just having one more cup! Hehe..” (I placed sticky tack on her hand so she could hold the cup.)

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“I picked a cherry blossom for you~!”

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~!

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“Who do I have a crush on? It’s a secret..” (#408 Mako Mankanshoku)

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“Chee~ese!” (#432 Madoka Kaname – Yukata Ver.)

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“Miku Miku Mii~?” (#444 Niko Yazawa)

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:

If you would like your photo removed, please contact me at novavistaphotography@live.com

See you next time~! ヾ(๑╹ヮ╹๑)ノ”

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2 thoughts on “Review – Nendoroid Sakura Miku: Bloomed in Japan (#500)

  1. Balance says:

    Oh ho~ so you started on a blog. Very nice! I haven’t updated mine in a long time but I think I should be able to do so… Anyway, congrats on the start!

    I’m a bit sad that I didn’t pick this one up but there’s always a chance for the next one! Good to know that the exterior isn’t a defect though. I would have been so concerned my first time if I encountered that.

    Good review though! I certainly look forward to your next post!

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