Behold! The first post and review of 2014…made with pictures from 2013.
The first review of the year will be of nendoroid Luka Megurine by Goodsmile Company!
Luka Megurine is the third installment in Crypton’s series of character Vocaloids. Unlike Miku and Rin before her, Luka sports a mature appearance and identifiably husky voice. The name Megurine combines Japanese words meaning “around” and “sound” which hints at another first for the character Vocaloid series which is Luka’s ability to sing in English in addition to Japanese.
Nendoroid Luka was one of those figures that I liked, but never planned on owning. There is nothing wrong with Luka, but with the untold number of figures in existence, if I were buy absolutely everything that I liked, I’d be broke. So restricting purchasing to only things I love, I was content with owning the figma, and resigned to admiring nendoroid Luka from afar. Then came Goodsmile Company’s Halloween contest. I love photo contests because they are not only an opportunity to win awesome prizes, but also a way to test yourself and see how your work fares against others. Previously GSC’s contests had come to me at the worst time, or in the worst form. In my first year of figure photography was the contest held for Wonderfestival, but being a newbie, I had few good pictures and no idea what to expect. Then came the recent summer contest which was for scaled figures only. I entered, but to no avail. Finally this contest came along which was for nendoroids only. I was happy to have previously added Kirito and Snow Miku to my collection, and was even more happy to learn that comics were allowed. The result was Pumpkin Carving which ended up winning in the “Funniest” category. Winning was an awesome enough prize, but it also meant that I was to receive my very own nendoroid Luka. Soon enough Luka arrived, and the nendoroid family got a little bigger.
Surely you can tell by the cruddy box shot that this is one of my questionable flash reviews. But I swear that with the exception of the box shot, this one is better than the last, and it better be because there is not an ounce of sunlight in this review *weep*.
Anyway, the box is classic nendoroid fare and is very similar to nendoroid Miku’s with the exception of the border which is hot pink to match Luka’s image color. Luka is nendoroid number ninety-three, and was first released in 2010, but this Luka which the fine folks at GSC LA sent me is from the 2013 rerelease which frees me from having to deal with one of the unfortunate problems of the original. More on that later.
Unpacking Miss Luka, she is quite the darling with pink hair and chubby cheeks.
I am so used to figmas, that opening a nendoroid every now and then is always a pleasant surprise just because they have a different air to them.
I love the gold used for her headphones and other accents because it actually looks like gold instead of the sickly brown usually seen on figures with supposedly gold finishing.
The shock of blue is very pretty too.
Since it easily gets in the way of moving her arm, the piece of hair hanging over Luka’s shoulder can be posed side to side. The articulation is a simple peg with no joint, so the hair can be removed entirely without damage, but it leaves an apparent hole in Luka’s head which is not ideal.
Previous Vocaloid costumes were based off of school uniforms, but Luka’s is more like a China dress which is fitting for her age.
The dress combines shiny black with gold and hints of light blue. The gold lines are very neatly painted, and the sculpting for the brass instrument like design on her chest is crisp so that it does not look like an unidentifiable lump.
Another thing that is difficult to miss is Luka’s bountiful bosom. Even as a nendoroid, she’s miles ahead of Rin and Miku!
Even though her outfit draws inspiration from something different, Luka manages to retain signature Vocaloid motifs which helps her to not look out of place alongside her counterparts. This includes the flared sleeve on her left arm and zig zag belt around her waist.
Looking at Luka’s sleeve, I’m really in awe of how well the thin lines are painted!
The back of Luka’s outfit is rarely seen because of her hair, so in order to inspect it, her head needs to be removed. It is here that we see the hole in her back which identifies a very helpful change made for the 2013 re-release. The first Luka used one of GSC’s circular nendoroid bases which required her skirt to be balanced on a semi-circular plastic piece. Many early nendoroid bases relied on balance which is very troublesome if you do not want your precious nendoroids to topple over regularly. This base with a flexible arm keeps Luka upright much better!
Now let’s see what accessories Luka has.
I like the variety shown in Luka’s faces. Her neutral face is cute while the graceful face shows her maturity and is great for swapping with other nendoroids. The third face is a reference to one of Luka’s popular songs, Double Lariat, in which she bears this expression and never stops spinning. The Luka show in the Double Lariat video looks just like a nendoroid, so it’s nice to see GSC taking note of these things and including them with their nendoroids since Vocaloids are all about the fans!
But what was that about face swapping?
That’s right, Luka’s faces are interchangeable with other nendoroids which makes getting a new nendoroid even more fun!
Let’s try her faces on the others!
Who knew Snow Miku could become even more beautiful?!
Because of the they are designed, nendoroids are inherently what I’d call fiddly. Sometimes pieces are difficult to attach, hair will get in the way, or parts will just fall off, but considering their cuteness and how happy I am with many of my nendoroid photos, I have to say that the fiddliness is well worth it.
Tako Luka is a fan creation based on the resemblance of Luka’s hair to octopus tentacles.
She is called Tako Luka because tako is the Japanese word for octopus.
Tako Luka is one of those things that you either find disturbingly creepy or heart wrenchingly adorable. Luckily I am of the latter group and love little tako.
Tako Luka is nendoroid petite size but obviously shorter because of her lack of a body.
The hair(?) is one of my favorite things about Tako because of how soft it looks. It’s like she’s made of marshmallow! That’s some excellent shading~
The other endearing feature would have to be her face which is just precious.
I’d say Tako Luka is half the fun!
Luka is a fun little nendoroid. I would not call her spectacular, but with Tako Luka and a serene singing face, she makes a fine contribution to any nendoroid collection. And considering how I got my Luka, I’m more than pleased to own her!