Miku Hatsune: Love is War (DX Ver.)
Good Smile Company
Today I'm showing the long awaited Love is War 1/8 scale statue by Good Smile Company!. This was announced over two years ago now as far and was hotly anticipated when it first appeared, and now it's finally out. This figure shows a different side of Miku to usual and is probably my favorite vocaloid appearance along with Meltdown for Rin, which luckily also got a figure a while back. If you want to see any of the pictures in the review bigger, just click on them.
First off, that shipping box. Woah. One of the largest I've had, it certainly rivals even 1/4 scale boxes. Luckily, GSC offer a flat rate of 2000 yen on their EMS shipments, which was a real lifesaver here. This would have cost 8000 to ship for sure from most shops. Shipping was slow as is usual with the GSC store, and tracking numbers didn't work for a lot of people. It arrived safely in the end though, which is the main thing.
Once we get that out of the way, we see the Love is War box itself. I really like how they've styled it, it's pretty smart in my opinion and fits the theme well. No window on this box but lets face it, it would be pretty useless anyway. Other than the illustrations you can see here, the box is totally black. I guess people know what they're getting when they order this so there was no need to cover the box with text.
Opening up, we are greeted with Miku and her stage encased in a huge amount of plastic.
It was all secured well, including with those dreaded cable ties. Getting them apart took a fair while, but at least it holds the figure safely during transit.
A close up of one of the ties securing the two parts of the box together.
These are the two halves seperated. The loudspeakers and Miku.
Instructions! Usually I leave figure instructions in the box but that wasn't happening here. The construction of this was extremely elaborate and probably would be really daunting if it was your first figure. It was pretty hard for me anyway!
This is the complete set of parts laid out in all their glory.
I decided to assemble the base first. I didn't take pictures of the process because I was focusing on making it. The base has some fairly fiddly parts but nothing too difficult if you take your time. It's truly impressive once assembled though, and in all honesty I have to say that it's the best statue base that I've ever come across. Here are some shots: (Remember to enlarge if you want!):
The weathering effects on the base are nicely executed in my opinion. The sculpt is really detailed too, with plenty of bolts and minor details scattered around.
An extreme close up of one of the large megaphones. These were exlusive to the DX Ver which was only available directly from Good Smile Company.
The floor is really nicely done with actual grating.
And now for the main attraction, Miku herself. The base was okay to build; Miku really wasn't. Putting in her twintails needed an insane amount of force, I was seriously worried about breaking them or even snapping her head off. After much pushing and turning they finally went in. Be warned if you have got one coming! Once together though she looks great.
Her trademark shouting face is present and looks pretty accurate. The twintails are blowing in the wind just as they should be, but they are really hard to put on.
The pose and overall theme evoke the song and illustration rather well.
Her boots and gloves are glossy, as with usual GSC style. It really suits Miku though, because her stuff is actually meant to be shiny.
Paint and sculpt wise Miku seems pretty top tier and generally spot on. You'd expect so for this price though!
Love is War Miku was illustrated by Shirou Miwa. I'm a fan of his works and I'm lucky enough to own one of his comiket doujins, Vocaloid Visual Works. It has all the original Love is War artwork in, so I planned to display the two together.
This is the actual original illustration which this figure is based on:
Unfortunately we don't get any seagulls with the figure. ;(
And lastly, here is where I put the statue on display. I was expecting it to be large but it really is huge.
If you're interested in Love is War at all I'd advise hunting down either this or the normal version if possible. The quality is great and it does justice to the Love is War theme. The main gripe (other than the price) is probably the difficulty of getting the thing together, but once it's done it's certainly worth the effort. It would make a great centerpiece to a collection!
I guess if I had to give a score, it would be