But thankfully for those who did not get one, Max Factory decided to push back their other releases and dedicate themselves to just doing new production runs of Haruhi, which were released in April and May, bringing the total up to about 15000 pieces in existence. I’m not sure if those who bought Haruhi at the black market price feel proud of their first-edition figure, but I patiently waited for the 3rd batch because I was in no hurry. An added bonus was that the Asahina Mikuru figurine of the same series was released at the same time.
Haruhi’s official retail price is 3990 yen (S$50) while Mikuru is going for 4800 yen (S$60). These are average prices for 1/8 scaled PVC figurines. But does Haruhi actually live up to the hype, and is Mikuru actually worth getting? Probably, they are not expensive and look good but have a couple of problems worth mentioning.
Let’s go with the 19cm-tall Haruhi first. The moment I held it, it was plainly obvious that the PVC material used was of an inferior standard to Max Factory’s usual high standards. Whether or not that was due to it being a 3rd batcher, or because of the relatively low price tag, I do not know. The material felt slightly rubbery and bendy, which was a far cry from the sturdy plastic used for other figures from the lineup.
But in terms of viewing, she looked awesome and very much straight out of the promotional pictures. The facial sculpt, energetic pose and trueness to the anime series makes it a great figurine. This is the first figurine of Haruhi in her school uniform and not a bunny suit, so there is another reason for getting her.
She comes with optional parts, an interchangeable right hand so you can have Haruhi hold either her director’s loudhailer or just pointing. Her armband can be changed according to the role as well.
While some might praise this interchangeability, I note that it comes at a price – the quality of the areas near the changeable parts are markedly lower, with moulding lines and shoddy paintwork.
On the whole, Haruhi is great because she looks like she has jumped straight out of your screen and the replicating of an anime character’s energy and not just the appearance, is the hallmark of a great figurine. Pity about the paintwork and material issues though. I note that to differentiate each batch of Haruhi, different coloured panties are used. So I got white, what’s yours?
Mikuru is the busty girl who suffers from Haruhi’s overzealous sexual harassment. Her obvious attributes are shyness, large breasts, and extreme cuteness. Are these found on the Max Factory figurine? Yes!
Mikuru stands at 18 cm and is dressed in her waitress outfit. The first thing I noticed about her was the pose – her entire weight rests on one foot and she’s leaning forward and slightly to the right. In such cases, unless there is some sort of anti-warping mechanism, the figurine tends to gradually lean until it kisses the ground. Unfortunately, on Mikuru, there’s no such safeguard.
Nevertheless, her pose captures the gist of her character very well. Mikuru has an awkward and shy expression on her face while doing this sexy pose that brings focus onto her chest area. This is the exact sort of pose that Haruhi forces Mikuru to strike in the anime. I especially like the well-sculpted face and expression, which really bring out the reluctance in her. A humourous touch is her left arm doing the “Mikuru Beam” pose, which she did while filming the SOS-Dan movie.
There is great detail on this figure, exemplified by the replication of the mole on Mikuru’s chest, as well as a little nametag with her name printed. I particularly was impressed by the mole because at a scale of 1/8, it’s barely larger than the sharp end of a pin. Btw, white undies too. I especially like how there is no headseam at all due to the use of the frilly head dress . As Paris Hilton, now happily in jail, would say, "Wow, that’s hot."
Look at the tiny mole. I think it looks tiny because the tits are huge.
There are lots of other Mikuru figures around but this is the only one I own, because I feel it does a great job of replicating the feel of the character. In other words, it’s like the Haruhi figure mentioned above. I also got them both because they come in a set with future releases of the other major characters of the series, like Nagato Yuki, Asakura Ryouko and perhaps more.
Each figure comes with a white ABS base, printed with their full name.
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