Today we’re going to look at the newest Vocaloid figma: Kaito. As usual, figma Kaito is from Max Factory.
Kaito was one of Crypton’s first Vocaloids, but unlike the blue haired diva who has carved out for herself a sizeable chunk of the internet, Kaito was initially a failure. Crypton had yet to realize the potential of designing a proper character for their software which made it easy for Kaito to sink into obscurity. It was not until Miku became a sensation that Kaito was resurrected from his temporary grave and became a part of the Vocaloid family.
As far as figures go, Kaito received the nendoroid treatment fairly early on, but a figma was mysteriously absent for years. It seems that there were no plans for a figma Kaito until the fans came to his rescue in Goodsmile Company’s poll which invited fans to vote for characters who they wanted to see figures of. Kaito dominated the male figma chart and is finally the figma we see today.
Len happens to be my favorite male Vocaloid(I voted for him in the poll >_>), but Kaito has his charm. I also take any opportunity to purchase a figma of a male character so long as I am familiar with them, so Kaito was an instant preorder.
Now that the long wait is finally over, let’s take a look at his box!
Kaito’s box follows the theme established by previous Vocaloid figmas with a grey background accented by his image color.
His box further matches the others by having the plain silver background that was present in early figma boxes. This means no di;stage punchout for Kaito, but this shouldn’t be a problem for those displaying their Vocaloid figma collection together since none of the others have punchouts. It’s all or nothing!
Moving in closely, Kaito’s hair is a lovely cobalt. He has very beautiful eyes as well(seems Kaito’s turning out to be quite the dreamboat).
Speaking of his eyes, I should bring attention to Kaito’s being sculpted after the updated and more lifelike Vocaloid designs rather than the original box art that figmas Miku,Len,and Rin came from. I’ve never seen it, but I hear that the Kaito used for Vocaloid concerts looks just like this, so that is most likely what he was based off of.
I like this approach much more since the first three Vocaloid figma faces can come off as unsettling.
His coat flares out at the waist, and as I mentioned earlier, is slightly bendable. The blue trim is slightly raised which means it had to be hand painted. My Kaito’s trim is less than perfect in places. It’s a small nitpick, but I think the trim would have turned out better if they employed the same method of painting as with Inori Yuzuriha.
You can also see the sliver knuckle on his belt.
The sleeve is flared and has an attractive yellow stripe. With yellow and dark blue, Kaito narrowly escapes being labeled a bumble bee. There is also a yellow arrow on his arm. I suppose the arrow is to reinforce a futuristic theme.
Now that we’ve seen Kaito, let’s proceed with what he comes with.
The faces are basically toned down versions of those included with the nendoroid. To match the realistic proportions of figmas, Max Factory tends to avoid outrageous expressions which is unfortunate since figmas who do have crazy faces like the Lucky Star Girls and Mato Kuroi are very fun to play with.
Now for the character specific accessories!
That’s all that Kaito comes with! Now that we’ve seen Kaito, let’s take him out for a photo shoot~
There’s a pretty patch of clovers outside. Thankfully they haven’t been mowed down with the lawnmower just yet…
As you can tell, I was not very inspired by Kaito. He’s a decent figma. A good sculpt and good finish, but I found nothing about him to be spectacular or intensely inspiring. Perhaps some snow for Miku 2.0’s arrival will help me to get more mileage out of him.
Still, fans should be very pleased since it is Kaito!