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ホームブログ記事 #324

K-ON! - Akiyama Mio - 1/8 (Alter)K-ON! - Akiyama Mio - 1/8 (Alter)

Alter's version of lefty bass player Mio Akiyama is almost perfect. They did a great job overall, and it is easy to see the care with which she was both sculpted and painted. Alter must have known fans of a character as popular as Mio would accept nothing but the best. In this case, as well as in the cases of most of Alter's figures, they delivered a must-have figure for any fan of “K-ON!” or even music in general.

Sculpt:
Mio Herself:

The quality of Mio’s sculpt is done very well. She doesn’t have any glaring seam lines or other flaws. There is a bit of a seam at the top of her head in the middle of her hair, but the hair seam is common, and seems to be one that is difficult to conceal. Other than that, Mio’s sculpt is extremely well done. Alter paid very close attention to detail when they sculpted her. The movements of her hair are captured very well, and her tie appears to be moving just like her hair is, creating a very consistent and believable feeling of movement. Her skirt appears to sway just a bit with her movement as well.
The small details were also included. Mio’s shoes appear to be polished or maybe brand new. The wrinkles in her jacket and skirt appear to be consistent with her pose as well. Even the little dimples in the backs of her knees are included. It was nice to see all the little things included. The care with which Mio was sculpted makes her well worth the price.

Mio’s Bass:
Mio’s bass is a very detailed representation of the actual instrument she plays. It compares well with pictures of the real Fender model. On the wood parts of the instrument are simulated grains that make it appear more like actual wood than plastic. Besides, it simply just looks cool in her hands. The only disappointing features of the bass itself are the clear, nylon-like strings. They are not metallic like they are on a real model. Though nylon strings are options on some guitars, they are generally not recommended on metal string guitars. Plus, the one Mio plays has metal strings. Still, the clear strings do not take much away from the figure itself, let alone the instrument. It still looks very detailed and does both Mio and Fender justice.

Paint:
The effort put into Mio’s paint job is very apparent. There are different shades of color on Mio’s skirt and shoes, which give her a bit more of a “real” feel. Even the small areas like the buckle on the strap of her bass are painted well. The buckle is painted silver, and the strap itself black, but the buckle’s paint is totally separate from the strap. Her instrument is painted very well, too. All of the details are painted perfectly, and the attractive paint makes her bass look almost real. The only tiny flaw that is visible is on the part of her hand that touches her pick. The white paint on the pick bleeds just a bit onto her left index finger, and a bit of the area of the pick under her thumb was missed. Without a very careful look, though, Mio’s paint job appears perfect. The tiny flaws are barely noticeable even after a good, hard look.

Pose:
Mio’s pose suits her well. When the original pictures were released, the pose appeared a little out of character for her, but after and in-person look, it is a lot more believable. The in-motion pose and makes Mio appear to be passionate about the song she is playing, and her face reflects that as well. She looks happy, and seems to be enjoying herself. After considering the poses Alter could have chosen for Mio, the one they picked is very good. The figure would not have such a lively feeling without an exciting pose.

Base:
Interesting bases are rare. Most figures' bases are simple, one color stands that aim for nothing more than practicality. Mio’s base is an exception. Across the middle of the circular base is a white silhouette of her lefty Fender bass with “K-ON!” written in blue letters on the bass’s body. Underneath the silhouette, there are two lines of text. The first line reads, in white capital letters, “Ho-Kago Tea Time,” and the second reads in blue “Mio Akiyama ★ Bass.” Alter added another interesting touch here, making Mio's base to resemble a music CD (thanks, Kilani). The dimensions of the base are also relatively close to the actual dimensions of a CD. The base is clear plastic, and compliments Mio very well without distracting a viewer from Mio herself. Her base is a bit on the large side, but it does not take up too much room, and it is overall a great addition to the figure’s appearance.

Packaging:
Mio came packed in a big blue and white window box. It showcases her well, and has some fun details on it, like the bass-shaped window on the top flap of the box. Musical notes that have a hand-written look are printed on its sides. These add a fun element to the figure before it is even removed from the box. It is apparent that Alter even put a lot of thought into Mio’s box. It is not surprising that such an outstanding figure comes in a well-designed package.

Enjoyment:
As with my first review, I would like to take a more personal approach to this section of the review.
After waiting for so long, I finally received my Mio today. I sent her to the wrong address originally, so I had to wait a bit longer for her than I would have otherwise. So, when she finally came into my current address, I was more than happy. I had seen all of the pictures online from users that had already received her, but I had not gotten to see her with my own eyes. When I took her out of her box for the first time, I could see right away that the money I had spent and the time I had waited had all been more than worth it. I am very happy with my Mio figure, and am proud to have her. She has made a great addition to my little collection; she is certainly a stand-out figure, and I enjoy her as much as one can enjoy a figure. :)
クリク数:7,636 • コメント数:8

スコア9/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

コメント8

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cioudrunnerfiutemangasus90good review ^__^. Glad you got her, congrats ^__^. Im still wonder if i should order her and complete Alter K-On set. Actually i just like Yui and Azunyan T__T..... any advice ?

How could you separate the band!?

Also, if you get them all now people who didn't buy them at first but want to complete the whole set will spend big bucks for the ones they were unable to get at the time.


Haha, thz for the tip very much ^__^. I also intend to buy her and finish the set too ^__^
9年前
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Nice review! Now I need to wait, wait and wait for my Mio. But when I get her, I`ll surely be happy.
9年前
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cioudrunnerfiute Found Holy Grail & Quit
mangasus90good review ^__^. Glad you got her, congrats ^__^. Im still wonder if i should order her and complete Alter K-On set. Actually i just like Yui and Azunyan T__T..... any advice ?

How could you separate the band!?

Also, if you get them all now people who didn't buy them at first but want to complete the whole set will spend big bucks for the ones they were unable to get at the time.
9年前
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Ashlotte Full-time Reviewer
Wish they sold the instrument separate haha... >_>

Enjoyable review though!
9年前
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kilani Sayaka Rank
Excellent review ^^ You made me want her even more now! I'm glad you also feel the pose is just ^^ It's interesting to note that the base is made to look like a music disc ^^
9年前
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good review ^__^. Glad you got her, congrats ^__^. Im still wonder if i should order her and complete Alter K-On set. Actually i just like Yui and Azunyan T__T..... any advice ?
9年前
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Nice review... this figure turned out really, really nice, although I think one Mio is enough for me. (unlesss a really nice Don't Say Lazy one comes out... someone, please make one!!)
9年前
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Alter does good work. They are right up there on my list outside the Max Factory/GSC/FREEING trio. Glad you enjoy her.
9年前
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