In my assessment of Max Factory’s 2020 Miku as a potential preorder target, I indicated my intention to part ways with my Volks Miku if I ultimately acquired the Max Factory figure. I now have 2020 Miku in my possession thanks to some bargain bin action at Hobby Search, which means it’s time for Volks Miku to bow out. I wanted to grab some photos of her to commemorate the time she spent in my collection and I figured I might as well make a short review of it.
It’s hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when Hatsune Miku figures were a rarity. If memory serves, Good Smile Company and Volks were the first two companies to put out PVC figures of the now-iconic virtual idol. I owned both at one time, but I decided I preferred the Volks version, and subsequently sold off GSC Miku.
Unfortunately, Volks Miku was always a bit overshadowed by the circumstances under which I acquired her. Like all Volks releases, she was an exclusive and she arrived at a time when I really didn’t have a very good understanding about how to go about acquiring such figures. I ended up enlisting Tokyo Hunter‘s help to locate a copy for me well after release and the total cost with proxy fees and shipping came out to about $250, which wasn’t entirely unreasonable at a time when this figure was going for 18-20K yen on Yahoo! Auctions Japan, but it’s still a lot to put down on one figure even now and it doesn’t look like a great buy in retrospect given the abundance of Miku designs available today and the decline in value on this one in particular.
The most striking aspect of Volks Miku are her huge twintails, which are sculpted as solid masses rather than individual strands. It’s a bit unconventional and I’ve seen a few negative comments over that aspect of her design, but it never bothered me, personally. Miku’s right arm is interchangeable to adjust the pose slightly, which is a feature I never took advantage of outside of the photos for this review. This figure is officially 1/6 scale, but I find that sizing rather generous and I’d place her more in the upper 1/8 to lower 1/7 range.
Quality-wise, this is rather mediocre figure. The finish is pretty rough in spots, particularly on the hair (but not the twintails, oddly) and along the edges of the tie. The figure does, however, look pretty good at normal viewing distances.
The display base is very simple, albeit oddly square when so many bases are circular, and features stylized text spelling out Miku’s full name. One notable aspect of the design is that the exposed pegs are actually on Miku’s feet rather than the base. The fit is a bit loose, but the figure is stable enough on the shelf.
As I indicated earlier, I felt like this was the best of the early Miku designs, and it served me reasonably well as the representative Miku of my collection for the past five years or so. The figure hasn’t aged particularly well in the context of the many other options available at this point and if I was dead set on getting a figure featuring Miku in her classic idol outfit now, I would probably pick one of the Max Factory versions (standard and Tony version) instead.