Hatsune Miku, an iconic Vocaloid who has shaped countless careers and dramatically changed anime and otaku culture forever, celebrates her 16th birthday this year, and what better way to celebrate than with a brand-new breathtaking scale figure!
This incredible 1/7th scale figure captures Miku’s nature across Japanese pop culture, with her iconic outfit and outpouring stance looking towards the sky. The focal point is her two giant, angelic wings–each representing a different aspect of the legendary Vocaloid.
One wing is comprised of various instruments, musical notes, sheet music, and a variety of other musical motifs and iconography that represent her impact on and origins across the musical world. Piano keys also line the ends of her wings, with all the components of both wings blending beautifully as if they’re flowing.
The other wing represents the arts and creativity aspect of Hatsune Miku and the countless illustrations and creative endeavors that she inspires every day. Paper, paint easels, open books, manga, and a wide variety of stationary tools can be seen spread out, flowing open as if a breeze is carrying them outwards. The spread-open shape of the wings is cleverly and beautifully put together, with the variety of dynamic positioning creating the wings’ shape while maintaining its symbolism.
The dynamic sculpting of the figure isn’t just on the wings, either! Miku’s hopeful, sky-facing pose is amplified by her iconic twin tails flowing back and spreading outward, as if pushed by a powerful and cinematic gust of wind. The same goes for her dress, with it flowing outward and even small pieces like her belting showing movement.
The small details are brilliantly sculpted as well, with careful attention given to all of Hatsune Miku’s accessories. The ruffles in her dress and the pattern of her vest look like they could have been molded from real cloth, and each strand of her hair has been given its own attention to create a realistic flow. The slight folds in her leggings as she poses also showcase the level of detail, as well as the semi-translucency of her sleeves!
Miku’s face and eyes also capture a type of hope and wonder that seems fitting for her 16th anniversary, with her gaze set on the future and the exciting things that are to come for the first Vocaloid. Her sparkly eyes and blushing face capture this perfectly and emulate the faces of excited Miku fans everywhere.
Her sparkly dress compliments her starry base beautifully, and the spinning stars is symbolic of Hatsune Miku’s timelessness. The figure is a wonderful piece both symbolically and visually, capturing Miku’s 16 years in a way that can be appreciated by anybody!
That's not all, though! This figure is also getting a Nendoroid version, with a smaller chibi-style version of Miku's 16th birthday design! This collectible figure features the same pose, design, and elements as the original scale figure, but in a smaller and more compact form!
The Nendoroid includes a variety of accessories and additional parts, and of course showcases her symbolic wings! Even with a more simplified design, fans can easily see the individual parts making up her wings, such as the instruments, stationary tools, and papers.
Nendoroid Miku also comes with interchangeable face plates, like this gently smiling face that shows her happiness with her anniversary celebrations. It even comes with a cute cake for her to hold and celebrate with, including candles!
She can also be posed with a box of her original art and design, paying homage to her roots and reflecting on 16 years of Hatsune Miku. With these different accessories and Miku's three changeable expressions, fans can display this cute figure in any way they want, celebrating Miku's birthday however they'd like!
Hatsune Miku: Happy 16th Birthday version is up for pre-order now until October 25th, 2023, with an expected release date of October 2024! Orders can be placed on the GoodSmile Europe Online Shop in the link above.
Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Happy 16th Birthday version pre-orders can be placed until September 20th, 2023, with a release date of December 2023!