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Sega Hatsune Miku "Ribbon Girl"

Today we'll be reviewing a prize figure of the world's most popular virtual diva in one of my favorite modules, Sega's "Ribbon Girl" Hatsune Miku.

About the character: Everyone knows Miku, right? Then, let's get to it!

Packaging----------8/10

The box is fairly plain, but you get a good shot of the figure waiting inside. Miku's outfit is pretty blinged up in a Japanese schoolgirl sort of way and so all the little bows and ribbons on the box reflect a key feature of this particular module.

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At first, I thought Sega just recycled the photo from the front of the box for use on the side panels, but this is an in-game shot of Miku wearing this outfit. The fact that a shot of the figure is not instantly distinguishable from Miku's in game appearance speaks well to the overall quality of the figure!

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The box is windowless since inside Miku is wrapped in plastic and taped to a slab of cardboard. I was a little surprised to see that some assembly was needed before Miku was ready to display, as her head and one of her arms come detached.

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Possibly the most annoying part of getting Miku set up was getting this little wire attached. There's a little hole in her sweater where the wire attaches, presumably simulating that she has a phone or an MP3 player (does anyone use those anymore?) in her pocket. This is a sensible enough solution, and the wire itself is actually a copper wire, but getting it in place was kind of a pain. With a little patience, I probably could have bent the wire so it looks just like the illustration, but I didn't feel like working that hard :).

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Not using a blister means the box can be made a little smaller, and the box is fairly small, measuring 24 by 14 by 11 cm.

Base----------8/10

It's not a plain white disk, so that is a plus for a prize figure. Given Miku's pose, I might have opted to screw her into the base since I did observe a little bit of wobble when moving Miku around.

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The base is fairly large (about 5 inches/13 cm in diameter), but this is not a tiny figure, so it's not overly obtrusive.

Posing----------9/10

Given that many prize figures feature rather static poses, I like how Miku's pose is pretty energetic and lively. The way she's perched on one leg and waving to the observer gives off a lot of energy!

Let's take a look at her.

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Miku looks good from a number of angles, and really my only concern about the pose is whether in time Miku will develop any leaning problems. However, barring that I'd say her pose is just fine.


Sculpting----------9/10*
Painting----------8/10*


*---this is an inexpensive prize figure, so these ratings are relative to other prize figures.

Generally, Sega prize figures released in the last few years have been pretty good in quality, and this Miku continues that trend. All prize figures will have some issues with paint and sculpt, and this figure is no different, but those issues were surprisingly minor. Thus, I'd say this figure is significantly better than average relative to other prizes on the overall quality front.

When companies manufacture many different prize figures of a character, it's not uncommon for facial expressions to get recycled (see PICTURE #1764518 for a good example), and I don't think that Miku's expression is radically different from the various other Sega Mikus out there, but I think her body language does make this figure give off a distinctive vibe. She definitely gives off an assertive, almost himedere like attitude.

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Miku: Hey, I was waiting for you! Where are you taking me for lunch?

There are of course some defects in fit and finish to be found on this figure, but probably what stands out the most are these mold lines in her hair. You can also see a couple of spots in her hair where a little more sanding might have been in order before she was painted.

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Miku's ponytail is supposed to be tied with a ribbon and you can see the painting there is a little sloppy. Also, the transition from her bangs to the rest of her hair is a little abrupt.

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One thing I really like about this figure is Miku's wild and messy hair! Of the many, many, many Miku figures out there, I'd estimate that about 85% of them depict the character with her signature long twintails, so I appreciate the opportunity to have a Miku on my shelf that mixes up her look a little bit!

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One of the distinctive features of this figure is all the flair on Miku's outfit. In particular, the big tieclip really stands out; maybe I'm crazy, but it looks to me like a hybrid of a script M and a dinosaur :). All the stuff on her outfit and the loose necktie kind of gives Miku a gal-like appearance, which is an interesting look for her.

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For some reason, when I saw this emblem on Miku's sweater, the first thing I thought of was a crane game. Given that this is a prize figure, I guess that's appropriate. Come to think of it, it also kind of looks like the Tokyo Big Sight :).

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Miku's left arm has to be attached to her body, and despite my best efforts to get her arm perfectly flush, there was a little bit of gap there. You can also see a mold line running down her arm, and the painting on the white stripes on her sleeves could be crisper. However, for a prize these types of things are easy to forgive. I've seen a lot worse on figures costing 5 times as much...

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The fact that her headphones have bows on them is kind of cute. I also thought it was funny that her headphones have these right and left indicators on them!

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My Miku had this big smear of white paint on her sleeve. It looks like the sweater is molded in pink plastic as opposed to being painted pink, so maybe an aggressive Magic Eraser treatment will fix this up.

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Miku's fingernails are painted in her signature teal color, although the nails are not actually sculpted and the size and shape of the fingernails are not quite uniform.

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Sometimes stripes + cheap prize figure = painting disaster, but generally Sega did a really good job on this front!

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This just wouldn't be Miku without some thighhighs, and since the vast majority of Miku figures give her black stockings, I like how the white thighhighs give her a slightly different look while still being distinctly Miku.

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I own a lot of Sega prize figures, and probably the most common sculpting issue that arises is mold lines, particularly on the legs. This figure is not immune from that effect, but this flaw is not nearly as pronounced on this figure compared to many other Sega offerings.

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One of my favorite things about this figure is Miku's pink high-top shoes! Until I saw the figure in person, I didn't notice her shoes have a little bow on the tongue which is similar to all the bows on her sweater; that's kind of a neat small detail.

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I also like how Sega sculpted a fairly detailed design on the sole, as it would be very easy to just forget about that part of the figure.

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Nice calves are one of my more peculiar moe points, and this Miku certainly has nice ones!

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Pantsu check beneath the spoiler tag. You could skip this if you are currently in a pantsu-unfriendly environment :).

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Plain white is the order of the day.

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The trim around the edges is well-differentiated and pretty uniform in size. I also like how you can see her thigh muscle working a little bit where Miku's leg meets her torso. Someone working for Sega obviously put in some effort here.

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Scale Comparison

Miku herself stands about 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and her ponytail and the fairly thick base add about another 1/2 inch (1 cm) to that. Since Miku is established to be 5'2" (158 cm) tall, this puts her right about 1/7 scale, which is in line with most of the recent Sega Mikus.

Here is Miku with Good Smile's "Tell Your World" Miku ITEM #236245. That figure is 1/8 scale, and you can see that the Sega Miku is considerably larger.

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I've got these two displayed side by side on one of my shelves, and I rather like the way they look together. Kotobukiya's Shii Arisugawa ITEM #559 is 1/7 scale and you can see that she and Miku are pretty similar in size.

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This Miku has some gal-like traits, and so here is Miku with a full-fledged gal, Max Factory's Galko-chan ITEM #396908. Galko is a large 1/6 scale for comparison.

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I don't have a ton of pink figures in my collection, so Miku's pink sweater does make her stand out. Here is Miku with one of my favorite pink figures (and one of my favorite figures overall), Plum's Saki Nagatsuka ITEM #320011. Saki-chan is 1/7 scale.

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Project Diva Future Tone features dozens of modules for Miku, and Sega has been slowly but surely making them into figures. From my count, they've made 9 or so figures of Miku in various modules from the game, so there's about 70 or 80 to go :). Here is Miku with another Sega prize that mixes up her look a little bit, ITEM #401018. You can see how these two figures are very similar in scale.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9.5/10

Arguments for: The figure nicely duplicates the appearance of this module in-game, Miku's wild hair and gal-like, slightly himedere appearance make for a little bit of a change of pace, large scale for a prize, overall very good quality for a prize figure.

Arguments against: Not too many to speak of; mainly just the usual small issues you'd expect with an inexpensive prize figure, some possible concerns with leaning long-term.

Keeping up with all the Miku figures that get made would be almost a full-time job, but this one immediately caught my eye when it was first teased. I really like how her design is not just the same-old-same-old Miku, and so if you've got one or two or three or thirty Miku figures and you'd like to add one more which mixes up her appearance, I really can't recommend this figure enough particularly considering its good quality and low price. Sega made a winner here!

Availability (as of this writing)

Easy to find.

The vast majority of these Sega Vocaloid prizes are not all that scarce, and so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one of these, although they seem to sell pretty fast when they hit the various preowned sites. I paid 2400 yen for mine, and if you live in the US, several sellers also list her for sale on Amazon for abut 30 bucks. Now that new figures regularly go for $100 or more, 25 or 30 dollars for this figure is a real bargain!

THANKS FOR READING!

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also find interesting:

Good Smile 1/8 "Tell Your World" Hatsune Miku blog/23585
Sega Hatsune Miku (Striped Bikini) blog/12993
Plum 1/7 Saki Nagatsuka (Ro-Kyu-Bu!) blog/25051
Max Factory 1/6 Galko-chan (Oshiete! Galko-chan) blog/32401
Max Factory 1/7 "Racing Miku" Super Sonico blog/33612
Max Factory 1/7 Rin Kagamine blog/30313
Sega FNC (Upotte!!) blog/13389
Sega Tomoyo Daidouji (Card Captor Sakura) blog/19864
Sega Asuka Langley Soryu Bunny (Neon Genesis Evangelion) blog/12330
Sega Rei/Asuka "Gothic Night" (Neon Genesis Evangelion) blog/22325
Taito Super Pochaco "Winter" blog/30343
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    スコア8/10

    Sculpting
    Painting
    Posing
    Base
    Packaging
    Enjoyment

    コメント数:15

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    secretly-otaku (27日前) #23914072A little late, but thank you for the nice review. A very good looking prize figure, indeed. I love how she looks next to Galko!

    It's definitely one of the better prize figures in my collection. I think she and Galko complement each other well. I've got Galko, Miku, Shii ITEM #559 and Arisa ITEM #752 displayed together and I like the way the four of them look together.
    27日前
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    A little late, but thank you for the nice review. A very good looking prize figure, indeed. I love how she looks next to Galko!
    27日前
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    Pahsmina (1ヶ月前) #23560844Supercute photos. <3 This is one of my favorite Miku outfits, so I'm quite tempted to pick her up....especially after this review.

    Thanks for the comment :). If you like this Miku outfit, this really is a great figure.
    1ヶ月前
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    jesmagicchild (1ヶ月前) #23562746I got Ribbon Girl from AmiAmi's preowned section.
    I know that PlayAsia had preorders for Nekomimi Miku, but I missed out on that.
    So I'll be stalking either AmiAmi's preowned section or Mandarake for it now.


    I always forget about Play-Asia, so thanks for the reminder :).
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    victorviper (1ヶ月前) #23560117
    Did you manage to preorder that figure somewhere? I ask because after HLJ basically quit doing preorders for Sega prizes, I've always had to resort to just hunting them post-release.
    That cat Miku figure is so cute, though! *Starts humming Nekomimi Switch*.


    I got Ribbon Girl from AmiAmi's preowned section.

    I know that PlayAsia had preorders for Nekomimi Miku, but I missed out on that.
    So I'll be stalking either AmiAmi's preowned section or Mandarake for it now.
    1ヶ月前
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    Supercute photos. <3 This is one of my favorite Miku outfits, so I'm quite tempted to pick her up....especially after this review.
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    Daichukiyo (1ヶ月前) #23554601Great review! ♡ Your photography skills are amazing! I especially love the background in the pictures and comparison with other figures ~ I really need to get my hands on one of these Miku's seeing all of the great reviews on her! (^◡^)

    Well, thank you for the nice comment :).

    jesmagicchild (1ヶ月前) #23554594As always another great review. ;)
    I have this Miku, and I have to say; I was surprised by how large she was.
    In a good way of course.
    I also agree that the quality is really good.
    It makes me really excited for this upcoming Miku; ITEM #549834
    I can't for her to show up.


    Did you manage to preorder that figure somewhere? I ask because after HLJ basically quit doing preorders for Sega prizes, I've always had to resort to just hunting them post-release.

    That cat Miku figure is so cute, though! *Starts humming Nekomimi Switch*.
    1ヶ月前
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    Great review! ♡ Your photography skills are amazing! I especially love the background in the pictures and comparison with other figures ~ I really need to get my hands on one of these Miku's seeing all of the great reviews on her! (^◡^)
    1ヶ月前
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    As always another great review. ;)
    I have this Miku, and I have to say; I was surprised by how large she was.
    In a good way of course.
    I also agree that the quality is really good.
    It makes me really excited for this upcoming Miku; ITEM #549834
    I can't for her to show up.
    1ヶ月前
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    Lucidream (1ヶ月前) #23523276Sega is making really good prize figures. If only their own games were as good. I think I'm going to buy her, it looks really nice.

    If you are a Miku fan, I would strongly recommend this figure or any of their recent offerings from Future Tone.
    1ヶ月前
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