Welcome to this week’s bi-monthy figure review. Today we are looking at Racing Miku 2018 produced by Aquamarine!
I would say 2017 and 2018 Racing Mikus are some of my favorite designs. Mainly because they managed to get 2 well-known artists. Tony Taka (Shining series) did 2017 while Hiro Kanzaki/Hanasoumen-P (Oreimo, Eromanga Sensei) did 2018.
I find it very fitting that Kanzaki was able to do the illustrations/design for a Racing Miku seeing how he is a big Miku fan and producer himself. The face is distinctly his artstyle although sometimes it feels that the eyes are a little too big on this particular figure; but it’s not that bad.
As for the figure itself this one is not produced by Max Factory or Good Smile but by Aquamarine! I’ve owned quite a few Aquamarine figures and production quality isn’t too bad. They definitely did a good job capturing the sprit of her base art.
While I wish Aquamarine used the transparent plastic for Miku’s hair, I am still very satisfied with how clean the paint job was.
I am pleasantly surprised how detailed the sceptre is! Overall, a smooth gold finish.
I see minor paint splotches here and there but at first glance overall quality is great. I think they did a great job with the gradients such as the one on her pleated skirt and hair.
My favorite part of the outfit is actually the bow in the back! I love huge bows but I appreciate they gave it a nice contract by using a glossy navy coat. The decals also turned out very crisp.
A side note: I think out of all the Racing Miku outfits this one definitely translated the best into the real-life race queen outfits.
Overall very happy with this figure as it matches the simple base art and has great production. Unfortunately, I don’t remember if I ever ordered the Good Smile version which is in a very dynamic pose but I would like to see how their interpretation compares. I also have the Summer Version on preorder by Max Factory so at least I can compare that one side by side with the Aquamarine version.
If the photos piqued your interested, I believe this one is still on sale at the Good Smile online shop.
Thank you again for reading! Hope you visit again for my next reviews for June!