Monday, September 15, 2008

Mikuru Asahina Figma





Alright, time to travel to a closed space about Mikuru Asahina. As most everyone knows she's from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I pre-ordered her from ToysLogic, which is an American shop. It was a couple months ago when I put her up for pre-order I believe. She was scheduled for a much later release date in the states than in Japan. About a month and a half later at least, from ToysLogic. I had pre-ordered her, and then a few days later ordered a Keroro plush for my son from them. Well, they decided after around 3 weeks that they would wait till Mikuru was released to ship out my Keroro plush, and that they'd ship them together, and did I mention that they then charged me without asking first, for both of them together (cheaper on shipping I suppose). Anyways, I ended up getting charged for them both around the beginning of August. She was set for release on August 30th. They got her in stop quite early and notified me that she was ready to ship and billed me. A whole month later, after the release date, they mailed me and said the Keroro plush wasn't in stock and wouldn't be for quite some time, if ever (even though it was and still is listed as in-stock). They refunded my money and told me that Mikuru was again ready to ship. Well she just arrived the same day as Miku, this last Saturday. I will never buy from ToysLogic again, I wasn't the least bit happy with them, in fact I had originally ordered about 5 figma from them but then canceled and moved over to Hobby Search, who although they cost more for shipping I believe it's well worth it for the speedy delivery and top notch service they've shown me so far.





As for the figure herself, she came with 3 faces in total, worried, normal and extremely unhappy, as well as an extra pair of shoes just like the rest of the Haruhi gang, and of course the extra hands as usual. Her hair is really well made and her head moves around more than many because her hair isn't as long or crazy as many of the figmas. She could happily travel along with me some day soon that's for sure. Now one thing that I noticed after doing all this is that my particular Mikuru has a loose midsection. It's not so loose that she falls apart, but if I were to shake her from the top or bottom the other side would wobble back and forth, as if it didn't fit perfectly. It doesn't seem to be too big of a problem, yet, but I am a bit concerned about it. After her horrible imprisonment at the hands of her box and her long trip overseas and sitting in a warehouse somewhere in California for weeks, she's probably just stressed out. I wasn't really expecting too much from this figma, but I find that her faces make her very fun to mess with. One of these days when I'm bored, I'll probably do one of those Mikuru no tease things like I see on DannyChoo so often.



10 comments:

Optic said...

my favourite shot would have to be the one where she's trapped in her own box. xD
She is an adorable figma to play with. I love her. The mikuru craze is starting to affect me ever since finishing the haruhi series for the 2nd time. I'm tempted to get all the mikuru figures. lol

James said...

Yeah i agree , the pic on her in the jail box is great ^^

Poor Mikuru , always having problems (her biggest is Haruhi :p)

Justin said...

Love the box shot! I can see you are having fun with your Mikuru a lot...the thing with figmas. You can play with them any way you want, and never get bored of it.

Which reminds me, the last pic is disturbing! +.+

Otaku Dan said...

she is a very cute figure and it is fun to play with her unhappy face.

Mizunaga said...

ToysLogic? Doesn't sound very logical to me.. ^^;

Well, at least you still got your Mikuru. Better late than never.

Anonymous Coward said...

damn no pant*u

:~~~~

BZou said...

Her being trapped her own box is pretty darn cute. Love the pics man.

Plasmatdx said...

"my favourite shot would have to be the one where she's trapped in her own box. xD"

I laughed so hard when I saw that picture!

Acesan said...

Heh. Mikuru is one of the funnest figmas to take photos off as she easily comes with the best expressions in the Haruhi gang (meanwhile I only like the 1 expression for Haruhi >_>).

lovelyduckie said...

Hobby Search does have the quickest service but my god EMS shipping on each individual item can get intense. After my Mishiro Shuraki's shipping was $32 (the figure itself cost $48) I stopped using them because the weight and size of the boxes the figures come in is too unpredictable for me to always guess what I'm about to be charged for shipping. They don't let you know how much shipping cost until they've already charged you and it's out the door. I don't think they were ripping me off but it was more then I was willing to pay for shipping.

PS - Mikuru's scared face is amazing she is my favorite Haruhi figma!