First review in 2018! It’s going to be Figma Meiko from Vocaloid! Meiko is a humanoid persona voiced by a singing synthesizer application called Vocaloid developed by Yamaha Corporation and distributed by Crypton Future Media, Inc. She was initially released in November 2004 for the first VOCALOID engine. There has since been a second installment developed for the VOCALOID3 engine, dubbed MEIKO V3. Her voice is provided by the Japanese female singer-songwriter, Meiko Haigō which her name comes directly from her voice provider’s name. Meiko is Miku Hatsune’s older sister in the VOCALOID world, The Figma has the box designed simillar like the current Figma series above 200 numbering, Meiko’s box was printed red and black with several promotional photos of the product with informations mainly written in Japanese, and inside the box there’s yellow colored inner tray paper. The red colored box depicts Meiko’s outfit and the yellow inner tray was likely from her name logo. Her product number is 328, which she is a standard release. Well, let’s see what’s inside!
Meiko comes up with 2 alternate faceplates, 1 alternate skirt, 1 microphone with a stand, 1 microphone cable, 1 stand display and 8 alternate hands with 1 extra wrist joint.
Meiko usually wears red outfit which is sleeveless red dress from neck to her lower boobs with zipper which covers her breast cleavage but, reveals her midriff and red miniskirt with white belt. Meiko also wears black colored tight bike shorts and a pair of brown ankle boots with white lining, this Meiko’s design was based from her appearance in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd. Yeah, tipical idol character design which wore a revealing outfit but, Meiko appeared to be like fully grown adult woman instead of teenager like most idols. Meiko’s miniskirt may looked like she can move her legs without any worries on creating dynamic poses but, not so much after I handled her. Meiko also got the same articulations style like other figmas so, you can do part swapping without any worries. The materials are mostly made from PVC and ABS, and she got approximately 29 points of articulations. Actual product also close enough to her promotional photos so, I have no complain on her quality so far.
After comparing from her appearance in Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd, Figma Meiko is looking accurate enough especially on her eyes and dark brown colored hair. Although, in Project DIVA 2nd Meiko is looking cuter and has gentle expression, while the figma appeared to have more cheerful looking. Her dark brown hair is short but, the layered bangs are long enough to cover her ears and there’s 1 ahoge on the front of her fringe but, they’re not stand upright. Meiko’s irises are colored dark red with pale red shade, there are 3 faceplates given for Meiko. First faceplate is her smiling face expression which is a standard faceplate for most figma figures… This is Meiko’s default faceplate out from the box. Second faceplate is cheerful singing face, Meiko is singing happily and cheerful, which she usually shows this expression during her performance. And third faceplate is a charming winking face, Meiko is winking to the viewer/camera with a little open mouth smile. Well, all of this faceplates can still be use for other purposes but, out from all of them… I like her charming winking faceplate more, because Meiko looks so seductive with this faceplate. Anyway, despite her cute looks Meiko got slight deep voice like adult woman. Supposedly, Meiko should also be given with alternate fringe with headset or simply a headset part since Meiko sometime uses headset in her original counterpart.
Meiko is an adult woman with cute looking face although she has no official given age but, it can be assumed she’s around twenties. Meiko got large boobs (gladly not too overdid it) and tall looking features, Meiko’s proportions was done pretty accurate enough to her appearance in Project DIVA 2nd.. Her red dress are mostly made from soft material while the rest are standard hard plastic, Meiko’s paintjob is looking good atleast after I did some cleanup, my Meiko’s midriff was originally dirty when I opened from the box. Unfortunately, I’m having a bad luck on having her quality unsatisfying… When handling her left arm, I feel like there’s something wrong on her left upper arm shape so, I did some comparations on her arms and I was right… My Meiko got 2 right upper arms which you can see both arms has both “R” mark on their peg holes. Other problems are my Meiko is missing her panties (despite she was actually wearing tight shorts) and there’s 1 permanent tiny black spot on her… Yeah, I know this is sucks but….
All that problem were solved quickly thanks to Goodsmile Company customer service. Now, my Meiko is in perfect shape! For sure, I really need the left upper arm and panties since they’re both missing.
Meiko’s abs is looking good although not really prominent compare to Archetype-She Next but, atleast her back doesn’t have that huge gap like She Next had. Meiko has her peg hole joint for her display stand on the upper back of her red dress, her soft material red dress seemingly glued to her upper torso. Lol, kinda curious what would she look like if those red dress were taken off but, can’t go risk myself to do that. Meiko is pricey enough, no… Sadly, every new Figma releases now are getting too expensive….
Meiko got rotateable head 360 degrees and we can do rotate it without any worry due to her short haired.
We can also bend Meiko’s head and chest to the side, up and down but, couldn’t go dynamic.
We can swivel her chest 360 degrees but, Meiko’s waist was left unarticulated.
I can make Meiko do crossing arm pose nicely although, her boobs are quite in the way for perfect posing. And Meiko also got 2 cut on her legs between her tight shorts which we can twist both of her legs 360 degrees for a certain posing.
Meiko’s articulations was done pretty standard like other Figmas so, we can create any dynamic pose on Meiko. Despite wearing miniskirt, posing her legs are still limited unless we do a little force to push the skirt but, her legs would be pushed back down. However, it’s not really a big problem unless you wanna make extreme pose on Meiko.
We can also move Meiko’s arms, wrists up and down to the side. However, as I said earlier about her skirt, split pose is impossible to do on Meiko but, atleast I can still make her do high kick pose nicely.
Meiko’s crouching and 2 kinds of sitting pose are still looking good but, not perfect due to her skirt.
Meiko was given with a pleated version skirt, which the sculpt shows a waving moment to recreate the moment she’s dancing during her performance. Her default one was the plain one and shorter and to change her skirt all you have to do is to remove her skirt from her belly, then detach the 2 legs and the panties from the default skirt to attach them in the pleated skirt, then attach the pleated skirt to her belly and you’re done! With that waving skirt she’s looking more attractive although she’s already attractive enough for me lol.
More of Meiko’s accessory is her long Microphone with a separated long cable part, actually it’s a flexible wire material that allows to recreate the cable’s movement for Meiko’s posing with her microphone. To attach the cable you just have to attach the wire top into the peg hole located under the microphone’s handler, then you may set the position of the wire to recreate any posing you wish for Meiko’s singing pose. Also, you’ll need Meiko’s hand grip part for holding the microphone’s pole and the light open splayed hand for holding the microphone’s handler. I have to say, this is once again another unique accessory I got from Figma, as I usually got a simple small mic from Figma The Idolm@ster. The sculpting and everything looks pretty solid so far like a real deal but, small sized however, it bothers me a bit with the other wire’s top where it supposed to be attach as it doesn’t have another peg hole for it but, it can be solved by hiding them into the microphone’s tripod or maybe behind Meiko’s body or any other hideable objects. Also, the microphone’s material seems really fragile, for sure handle it with extra care and keep them away from children!!
She comes up with total 10 option hand parts. The one out from the box Meiko was already attached with open splayed hands like every standard figmas but, the finger shape was done a bit differently. The extras are 1 pair of light open splayed hands for holding her microphone’s handler or any other kind of posing you wish to recreate, 1 pair of hand grip for holding her microphone’s pole or any other accessories, 1 pair of fistful hands for any kind of purposes you like and 1 pair of hands with pointy finger for her trademark gesturing pose but, still can be handful for other purposes. There’s also 1 extra wrist joint included incase you miss or break it.
Meiko also comes with her own standard figma display stand, which allows us to maintain the figure from falling. With the stand we can recreate Meiko’s trademark jumping pose.
COMPARISONS AND PART SWAP
Up to surprise me, Meiko is incredibly tall she’s taller than Nene and Mikuru adult ver. even almost stand equally to SHF Tyranno Ranger!! It can be assumed Meiko’s height is higher than 165 cm but, there is no further information found of her actual height but, it doesn’t matter since she’s not a scaled figure. Meiko’s skin color is even brighter than Archetype-She Next or even Mikuru, her skin color would probably equal to figma Rem.
Yes, we can do part swapping on Meiko but, since the existing of the two torso and the alternate pleated skirt I can make 2 Meiko with alternate design. By swapping needed parts like arms, legs and head, another Meiko is done! Here, I uses Nene’s head, Archetype-She Next’s arms and Mikuru Adult Ver.’s legs. With Meiko’s body, the customized figma seems to be closely equal from their height, that means aside her long legs, looks like Meiko also tall due to her long torso as well.
After handling Meiko she came up better than I expected atleast, I can say this due to GSC’s customer service for sending me a replacement parts. Although I’m still slightly disappointed with her limited movements on her legs but, that is to be expected as well after seeing one of the promotion pictures of her shows her jumping pose. I can already tell she couldn’t do the pose perfectly and… Meiko also appeared to be an alcoholic woman, she could have been included with a bottle of sake with a glass like her Nendoroid counterpart. However, the Nendoroid version appeared to be different from her figma counterpart, I think it’s because the version is based from a different engine. But, both are still the same Meiko lol… Unfortunately, my biggest let down is her actual price was a little too much for a figma that is given with a so so accessories… If only she’s given with more accessories, I can still tolerate her expensive price. However, I’m still gonna recommend this figma if you like Meiko or any Vocaloid series, she’s practically decent and top in quality unless you’re having the same bad luck like I did. It tooked quite some time for GSC to produce her figma counterpart, despite her nendoroid was considered as the first character of the original Japanese Vocaloid 1 characters to be made into a nendoroid lol.
- Good sculpt work, paintjob and materials.
- Close enough to her game counterpart.
- Very nicely done body proportions, I don’t spot any gap on her looks.
- Nice and fitting accessories.
- User friendly on dealing several parts.
- Need more fitting accessories.
- Some paint issues but, tolerable enough.
- Limited leg movements due to her skirt.
- Posing the cable wire to make a natural movement was hard.
- Expensive price.
Wow! I love the Zyuranger’s trademark choreograph pose!
You girls made the pose looks so sexy….
Yeah, Burai is dead in Zyuranger….
More review coming up soon!