It has finally arrived. My Love is War DX Miku!
You should have seen my face when I went to pick this up from the post office. The box is huge! I brought in my Tony Taka Miku to help provide a sense of scale. This is definitely the largest figure I’ve ever bought. There were no windows in the box showing the figure – you’ll see below that it wouldn’t have made any sense. The box itself has an excellent design, really accentuated the style of this figure.
Opening the box, you see a fearsome array of parts! I haven’t seen the box for the regular edition of Love Is War Miku, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they used pretty much the same box, with just some text changes. There’s two layers of clamshell here, and some really diabolical use of tape, and wire to hold the clamshells together. Seriously, who puts a knot in those bits of wire?! I ended up just prying apart the clamshells enough to claim everything out of them.
Here’s Miku’s clamshell! You get a good look at her and part of the base.
Here’s the giant megaphones and railings that make up the rest of the base.
Instructions and the wire for the megaphone. The pictures provide all the illustration you need to put this all together. The wire is a pain. I may never buy another figure with any kind of wire again.
Looks like Miku’s twintails get extra support, which is good. Looks like they’ll need it!
Miku without the rest of her base. The pose ends up looking a little weird to me. Also her butt is sculpted very strangely. I wish I’d thought to take a picture at this stage but it didn’t occur to me until I had the rest of the base together. My camera stopped cooperating with me at that point, but maybe I will take a picture later. Her underwear is very strange as well. Her skirt is wonderful, looks very windblown, as well as her belt.
Her hair is just gorgeous. My only worry is that the smaller bits seem a little brittle. Hopefully nothing happens to them.
They’re a little difficult to see in this picture, but Miku’s boots have some really nice blue highlights! It’s not a trick of the reflection, it’s the painting. I am impressed.
More great detailing in her shirt, and the hand holding the megaphone: her trigger finger actually curls around the trigger! And look at all those nice wrinkles in her sleeve! Her face sculpt is beautiful, as well as her hair! On an intial examination, I saw absolutely no seam lines.
The base is complete. The quality is just great, everything looks like it’s actually metal. I’m always impressed when something manages to look heavier than it is.
Love is War Miku all put together, next to Tony Taka Miku for reference, again. These are the two most expensive figures I own, and I love them for different reasons. I also suspect that there’s a lot less wire than in the model pictured on the box. Trying to get it to do what it was doing in the diagram was super frustrating.
Now for some closeup shots of the details, specifically Miku’s shirt and arm warmer things!
Here is an example of my camera being uncooperative. It’s an automatic, I don’t have any control over the lens, which sucks often. I *thought* it would focus on Miku, but instead it focused on the megaphones behind her. This shot is still cool, but it’s a little frustrating. If you have any tips that don’t include “buy a new camera,” I’d love to hear from you.