GoodSmile Company gives us a Racing Miku… Transformer?

Unveiled over the weekend, GoodSmile Company showed off the next item in their Wonderful Hobby Selection in the shape of a collaboration with Shouji Kawamori to give us a racing Miku “Transformer” (and I use the term lightly here).

The figure is fully transformable from its GT Racing car form and is based off a piece of artwork which Kawamori drew back in February. As for the transformation mechanism itself, rather than using the body to become parts of the humanoid body, the car body itself seems more to wrap around a separate humanoid figure and folds and attaches itself to certain areas when the body becomes visible. It’s kinda reminiscent of the toy line from the Transformers: Robots in Disguise series from 2001, with the visible parts of the car simply hanging off the body. 

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these… items, they are now available to pre-order on the GoodSmile Online store for ¥8,000 and you have until December 10th to get your order in. 

Seriously though, what the heck? Anyone seriously interested in getting one of these? Are there really big enough Miku fans to go that far?

[via wonderful Hobby Selection website]

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2015 Snow Bell Miku gets both a Nendoroid and figma!

Snow Miku Snow Bell ver. is cute. Like, beyond belief adorably cute. Way too cute to be left as just a single figure so Good Smile Company and Max Factory are spreading the love. 2015 will be the first year were a new Snow Miku design will be used for both a new Nedoroid and a new figma! Ah, they’re so great, and I’m glad we’re finally getting a figma that isn’t just a repaint of another Miku. Both figures will also be accompanied by their own little Yukine bunny figure.

Details are pretty light at the moment, though I’m sure we won’t have to wait too long before we see and learn more about these figures. Of course they’ll be available at Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter) on February 8 when we’ll all have the opportunity to place an order online! As a special treat they’re also adding Snow Bell Miku to the Hatsune Miku Project Diva arcade game. 

[via Kahotan’s blog]

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Hatsune Miku goes from Letterman to new Play Arts Kai

[Update: Now with actual images. Duck face?]

Yes, we all have seen that thing that happened last night. (In case you haven’t it’s after the break.) It’s now time for better things and with New York Comic Con opening in just under 4 hours, the lid’s coming off on quite a couple news items. Square-Enix, no stranger to taking things and making them in their own image, will now do so with a version of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku in their Variant Play Arts Kai line.

The sketch for the basis of the figure was released this morning, created by famed artist Tetsuya Nomura. He’ll be at the show signing autographs, hence this card and the hidden announcement on said autograph card. Hopefully I’ll get more concrete details about this release later today. Stay tuned this afternoon when the show opens to updates from us here at Tomopop.

Now, if you would like to witness the end of Western Civilization as we know it, hit the jump to watch the awareness that was last night.

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Snow Miku 2015 design revealed

I’m already dreading the snow’s return this winter, but the cold temperatures will also bring back Snow Miku. As such, her 2015 design has been revealed today on the Piapro blog. It’s a mixture of three different designs, starting first with the white-coat-wearing Miku designed by Thalang, and a design of Yukine — the little rabbit mascot — by nekosumi and Haneyuki. The final illustration is a mix of both by Nardack, with a flowery feel to it that reminds me more of spring than winter.

The Sapporo Snow Festival is Feb. 5-11, 2015. I imagine we’ll be seeing some info on pre-orders for Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015 before then, but what do you think of the new design?

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Give Miku a splash of color with the Tell Your World version

As far as Miku variants go, the “Tell Your World” version isn’t terribly radical. In fact it’s mostly just a cool splash of paint on the standard Miku design. However the sculpt has a delicacy and sense of motion that really bring this figure to life (not surprising as it’s by Sakurako Iwanaga).

There isn’t a ton to differentiate this Miku from all the other ones that have ever been released (and I do type that with a slight bitterness), but if she’s up your alley then you can pre-order one. Or if you’re undecided, check out Kahotan’s preview. The MSRP is ¥10,000 and she’s set to ship in May 2015. If you order from Good Smile Company directly, you’ll get an A3 sized tapestry. Sweet! But the only twin-tailed virtual idol for me is still Persona 4‘s Rise Kujikawa.

[ Pre-order at Good Smile Online ShopHobby Search | AmiAmi | Big in Japan ]

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2015 Snow Miku Nendoroid (and Rabbit Yukine) sculpt revealed

Good Smile Company has released a photo of its upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku 2015. The figure is based on option #4 from the fans’ poll while her accessory, the Rabbit Yukine, is based on option #3. The two will be accompanied by a lily of the valley accessory.

While I’m still happy that my favorite design won, the unpainted sculpt is rather boring. All of the magic in this one is clearly in the colors and, as such, I hope to see it painted soon. Rabbit Yukine, by contrast, looks adorable even without any color. All in all, I think my favorite Snow Miku design is *still* the Magic Snow version although I still have high hopes for this one.

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Check out Miku’s P-p-p-p-pumpkin face in this Nendo Halloween Miku gallery

Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn’t like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.

However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn’t a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, “dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween”. Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he’s not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she’s still pretty neat.

Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she’s apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can’t get her there, GSC’s online shop will have her available in limited quantities.

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It’s no trick! Nendoroid Halloween Miku has been fully unveiled

Mamitan has unveiled the fully painted Nendoroid Halloween Miku. As previously reported, the figure will be first available at Miku Expos in Los Angeles and New York City during October.

Nendo Halloween Miku is absolutely adorable, but I have to admit being a little baffled as to why the character is holding a candy cane. I mean, that’s really more of a Christmas thing; I can’t even recall ever seeing candy canes for sale except around the winter holidays. Did they run out of candy corn and think, “Well, this also has ‘candy’ in its name so it’ll be a decent substitute”? Given that the original artwork depicts Miku as being armed with a fencing sword, the fact that she’s instead holding a candy cane is even more unusual.

The character will apparently also come with a holiday-appropriate Jack-o’-Lantern (did you know that Jack-o’-Lanterns were originally made from turnips?) which matches her Halloween-y outfit. She even has these cute little vampire teeth! Although I adore the overall look, I’m going to try waiting in case the design also gets a figma.

 For additional release information and a look at the artwork, be sure to check out our original coverage. Otherwise there’s a full image in the gallery.

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Prepare for a treat with Hatsune Miku Halloween Nendoroid launch events

On the official Hatsune Miku Facebook page they’ve revealed two big east and west coast events for the USA of particular interest to us here at Tomopop. On October 11 and 12 the Los Angeles Center Studios will be hosting the Hatsune Miku Halloween Party event and exhibition. Meanwhile Wallplay in New York will be hosting the Hatsune Miku Universal Positivity art exhibit from October 9 to 19. 

The big news is that these will both act as the US launch events for the upcoming Hatsune Miku Halloween Ver. Nendoroid figure! Based on stunning art by Suoh (seen above) this is going to be one heck of an eye catching Nendo. Aside from the one preview shot of the figure from behind we don’t know a whole lot about the figure, but I’m sure we’ll see more as we move towards the fall. 

Looks like this figure will be a real treat! The only trick will be getting your hands on one as the’ll only be available at special events. 

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Racing Miku got some upgrades for 2014

For those of you keeping track, this would be the fourth Racing Miku design we see this year. I took a look through the history of Racing Miku figures (just scale, not counting prize figures, figmas, etc.) and she has really grown from being a Miku costume to her own thing. Miku’s versatility in promoting Good Smile Company is truly endless.

This version of Racing Miku is the regular 2014 version – not the one for that Mirai EV racing deal or the two 2013 designs that got pushed to this year and next year. Got all that? Kahotan’s preview has the ins and outs of this figure, along with a GSC production team interview.

I think from a photgraphic standpoint she should be an interesting figure. I’m not super hyped about this design, but her pose, the hair sculpt, mechanical pieces, and striking silhouette should make for some creative shots. She’ll be out for pre-order soon.

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