Figma Racing Miku (2013 EV Mirai Ver.)

While I’ve always kept an eye out for a Racing Miku, I never quite planned on getting one of the many Figma variations available from Good Smile Company. My personal favorite costume variation would be the Sepang Version statue, but I’ve always managed to steer myself away from an impulse buy like that based on the reasoning that it would be too much of an odd-ball in my current collection.

So how did I justify this random Figma Racing Miku when I have no other Figmas in my current collection? By building a model car with Racing Miku livery first and using this figure as an accessory to that build, of course.

Max Factory has released a Racing Miku variation for just about every year and every occasion – this 2013 version isn’t even remotely similar to the standard 2013 release. The “EV Mirai” version is supposed to be a variation based on Racing Miku’s partnership with the electric bike manufacturer “TEAM MIRAI”.

Even though she was meant for a bike and not a car, I liked the slim-fit racing suit and bright color palette more than the other Figma variations that were mostly green and had accessories like parasols and checkered racing flags.

The molding is generally crisp, with the usual joints and articulation we’ve come to expect in most mainline Figmas. The standard Figma action base is of course included, though surprisingly despite Miku’s tiny feet she doesn’t really need the support unless you’re making her do crazy things in midair.

Like the Supar Racing Miku Kiicckkkkkkkk…!!!

I tried to be a creative poser, but it seems to be particularly difficult with a character that isn’t combat-focused and doesn’t have a sword or gun to swing around and look threatening with.

Sitting is particularly awkward to pull off, mostly due to her hip joints and jacket not being designed for it. The jacket tied around her waist (along with the removable jacket arms tied in the front) are made of soft PVC plastic, but are still firm enough not to bend flat for a realistic sitting position.

I feel like the clear hair tips could be a polarizing design feature, but I dig the transition effect.

Despite not having any sort of swords or guns, Miku can still fight on with her trusty racing helmet and juice bottle.

Specialized hands are given for each accessory – the juice bottle is actually molded together with the right hand so you just swap the entire unit out at the wrist – this does mean she can’t ever drink out of her left hand though.

The nyanko-style racing helmet has an indent on the bottom for one of the specialized hands with a tab to grab onto it, though it’s also possible to use any of the open palm hands to have her hold it under her arm.

But of course, what kind of helmet would it be if she couldn’t actually wear it?

Naturally, it’s a head-swap deal, so as much as it would be possible for Miku to hold her own severed head in her arms as she wears the bike helmet, I’d like to spare myself the nightmares.

I may as well showcase the car she was meant to pair up with here as well – I got this Figma for the sole purpose of being a duo display with my custom Good Smile NSX after all.

As I mentioned in the NSX’s post, Miku’s just a bit too big to scale properly with the car, but for the most part the difference isn’t discernible unless you’re specifically trying to picture her in the driver’s seat.

The quality and sculpt detail is crisp and on-point, as we’ve come to expect from the Figma lineup, but I’m not super confident on how this particular Miku would stack up on her own as an individual figure – she’s more of an complimentary piece for my purposes after all. There are plenty of other Figma Mikus out there with a more extensive accessories list and play potential.

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