Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: [Good Smile Company] Hatsune Miku -Lat Type version-

Figure Information
Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
Origin Series: Vocaloid 2
Scale: 1/8
Height: Approximately 17cm tall
Original Price: 5,500 Yen

Figure Packaging:

Lat gets a different feel this time as opposed to the first few Vocaloid boxes like the original 1/8 Miku, 1/8 Rin or the 1/8 CM Version; why I mentioned these figures is because of something you'll find out later. The feel and design this time does give a less appealing one for the package but the light colors used does pretty much go well with the figure inside. While the box design doesn't quite appeal to me, the figure itself is a completely different story.

Figure Detail:

Based off on a very popular model in MMD, the figure itself captures the essence of the model quite nicely, though, while slightly different from the original Miku we know the Lat type provides its own unique look and the figure captured it pretty well. And if you ask me, she is even 100x cuter here than the actual LAT model. One undeniable factor is that this adorable Miku wears glasses and that though still retaining a headphone, they are obvious different making it look more like our average headphone.

While her shirt looks white, they're not completely white, more of a dirty white if you ask me and it does make a good reference to the MMD model. GSC has a knack of making their Mikus really glossy and Lat isn't exempted either, from the shirt and tie down to the stockings, every piece of clothing this Miku wears have been done in a very glossy manner. While it might not be to the cup of tea of everyone, it doesn't ruin the figure's image in anyway, in fact, if you ask me, it helps make Lat stand out when in display cause she is quite the petit when displayed with other 1/8 scaled figures. Lastly, while extremely small, she retains the "01" imprint on her left arm but this time as part of her "armband" which isn't quite noticeable from afar but definitely a note worthy detail.

One last thing to note is that Lat comes with fake support pegs which you plug on to her left foot to help on balancing the figure. I call them fake support pegs because these pegs aren't a part of the base, you really just plug it on her foot and let it rest on the base, thus balancing Lat and preventing her from too much wiggling.

Options and Extras:

Now the reason I mentioned some GSC Vocaloid figures in the packaging section is because Lat actually has two bases and the one you in the details section is something which can be linked to the bases of the mentioned figures, following the very same style of having a hexagonal base but this time, it's in pink. Additionally, Lat comes with another black and teal round base which I prefer actually and to which I think suits the figure much better.

So, there you have it, GSC just provided you variations on how to display your Lat.

Lat also comes with two mics, you can choose which a rounded tip one and a somewhat rectangular tipped one but yeah, it's a matter of preference actually and either will look just fine for Lat.

Lastly, Lat comes with an extra glasses which you can ultimately equip on to a nendo; and one of my test subjects would be the petit Yomi, to somehow capture her make over on the recently concluded BRS TV.


While she comes with glasses; by default packaging, she isn't really wearing them and as such, it does add, yet once again, another display option and I seriously think there's a big difference in the appeal when you put on the glasses and when you don't. Personally speaking, I love the feel of the one without glasses as it give an innocent feel around her.

While the pose itself isn't something that looks very appealing, it does have it's good points in certain angles; angles wherein you'll realize just how cute Lat can be... If that's not cute enough then you can always put on her glasses as this adds a huge charm boost on the figure, the glasses does give yet a different feel but makes one (or at least me) realize just how cute and adorable Lat can truly be. A really great charmer for a Miku figure, something which I haven't felt that much since the original Miku release.

Final Thoughts:

Lat is no doubt one of the best Mikus out there to date, while seemingly different in design, it does give us a very good representation of the 3D Model. If you're still looking for a good Miku and a sure keeper, Lat could be the one you want; just a natural charmer at first sight if you ask me and she does come in a very very friendly price too. I highly recommend getting at least this Miku if you've always envisioned her as one who is of the cute type.

I do give Lat Miku a 5 out of 5

1 comment:

  1. Really awesome, I am extremely happy to seen this toys and wanna a copy of this. Although I have some another toys that I collected from PIJ I’m excited! I’m going to have these in week!