One of the figures I got from AFA08. This is a very special Mikuru figure that I have been thinking of getting for a long, long time. Produced by ATELIER-SAI, she retails for a hefty 7200.
Before revealing the specialness of this figure, let us proceed with the review.
The box keeps in tradition with the other Haruhi figures produced by ATELIER-SAI and has a yellow/cream and orange colour scheme. I do like the windows that are located all round the box though.
One of the important things to check for when purchasing a figure, is the official sticker. With the proliferation of bootlegs, one can never be too careful. However, it is a pretty safe bet that the stuff sold in Singapore and trusted sites like Hobby Link Japan and Hobby Search are all original.
The figure comes with the following accessories:
A pair of exchangeable hands and two guns. The guns are a replica of the toy guns seen in Episode 00 of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu.
Sadly, they don’t have ‘For Ages 10 and Up’ on them.
The base is huge! Definitely one of the bulkiest ones that I have in my collection.
Also, since the figure is only supported by one leg, to prevent any potential leaning, there is a metal rod cast in the leg. Good stuff.
Completed and ready to display, Mikuru is striking her trademark ‘Mikuru Beam’ pose.
Here are some more pictures of her with her with her hands exchanged.
The all – important Pantsu Shot.
… and like any good figure, the skirt is removable. I do like the detail on the pantsu. With the ribbons and all. (*O*)
As to why the figure is so special,
It made a cameo appearance in multiple episodes of Lucky Star! Yup, Konata owns this exact same figure and displays it on her television. How awesome is that?
The above screens as seen from my Acer Aspire One Laptop are from Episode 10 of Lucky Star. If you are still not convinced of the accuracy of the figure, check out this GIF I made.
However, if you think that this is a perfect figure, you’d be wrong. There are several flaws to the figure. Let me explain.
One of the biggest flaws of the figure is the base. Even though the figure is well supported, the place where the figure plugs into the base is extremely loose. With only one day of display, the figure already started to sag to the right. Perhaps this is a flaw on only my figure…
Also, the paint on the back of the pantsu started cracking. Perhaps this is because this figure is pretty old. Not to mention the horrible cast line on her left thigh.
Lastly, at 7200 yen, I think it is a little overpriced. I finally picked this figure up at AFA08 only because there was a special price drop.
Other than that, this figure is pretty alright. It is indeed a great addition to your collection and I’d recommend you pick this figure up if you are a Mikuru fan or a Lucky Star fan. Too bad my TV is a flat screen, otherwise, I’d definitely display it there. (^.^)’