Banpresto Hoshii Miki – THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Beyond the Brilliant Future!

Miki is best idol!

Miki

Afuuu~

How are you guys doing? I’ve been going to bed late all week so I’m super sleepy lately. Quite fitting for the lovely, typically sleeping beauty, Hoshii Miki from the ever popular The IDOLM@STER franchise.

Why don’t we spend a bit of time on Banpresto’s Miki prize figure based on the movie THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Beyond the Brilliant Future!

Miki

Last time I showed you the ever tsun tsun Maki from Love Live! whom I claimed was best girl. I have to admit I lied, Miki is best girl when it comes to idols. Although thinking about it, Maki is definitely best school idol for me together with a certain “super idol”.

Interestingly enough, my feelings are completely reflected when looking back at a certain ranking when thinking about idols.

Miki

I should probably go give those rankings another shot. I now have better subsequent familiarity with the Cinderella girls following the airing of the anime and my second watching of Love Live! has endeared me more with the characters.

Still, I’m pretty sure Miki will remain as my number one idol!

Miki

If I actually sit down and think about for a bit, I’m not entirely sure why that is. Perhaps it is her relaxing, carefree nature? May be the appeal of her extreme contrast of her usual behavior compared to when she get’s serious? Could be her looks, I always had a thing for pretty green eyes!

Could be that I just really like how nice it sounds whenever she says “Honey”. :D

Miki

I actually have been wanting a Miki scaled figure for a really long time now, in particular I wanted one with her wearing one of her stage outfits. Sure there is the older MegaHouse versions and such but I feel those reflect Miki more in her looks from the original games. I tend to prefer the slightly different look from the anime and the subsequent Im@s games.

Recently there was the rendition from Phat but I felt her pose ended up hiding her body a bit too much.

Miki

Luckily for me there is this version by Banpresto which checks all the boxes for what I wanted. Although, I do feel a bit conflicting when I think of the movie, I do not have kind words for the movie original characters and the lack of focus on the 765 Pro girls.

This is actually the first prize figure I have ever bought, I am quite surprised at how well it looks at a glance. Not bad at all for the relatively low price that I paid for her.

At least that is until you take a closer look.

Miki

Miki

If we look around Miki’s self proclaimed best assets the some of the painting starts to look a bit rough. This is especially noticeable with things such as the buttons in her clothes and the belt on her skirt.

Miki

Looking around scuffs are visible here and there showing a bit of paint transfer well and some of the seam lines could be handled a bit better in my opinion.

Miki

I could also totally do without the rather thick base this figure has. Is there even any reason why something like that thick is needed? Still better than a certain cheesecake.

Miki

Am I unhappy with the end product? No not really, quite on the contrary I’m quite happy. I always wanted a nice Miki figure in one of her stage outfits and this prize figure fits the bill. Plus, it didn’t break the bank!

That said though, I wouldn’t be opposed to a more modern rendition of Miki by any of the usual suspects in the figure world in all the good fluffy and glittery idol image similar to those old MegaHouse figures.

Miki

In the end, I’m super happy to have added this lovely Miki to my collection. She sits in my desk, and after about a month I haven’t gotten tired of looking at her.

Now that I have taken a closer look at prize figures, I can set my expectations and think about how much I would like to pay for them.

Miki

By the way I should mention that on September 30th was my blog’s 6th anniversary. That’s six years more than I expected to be still be blogging…

Anyways!

I think it’s time to sign off and go take a nap, until next time peeps!

6 Comments

  1. They may not be the best, but prize figures can still be good, especially with the way prices on “real” figures are going.

    I still like the Menace one I have a lot.

    • Indeed, I feel a lot more comfortable spending money on them now or at least on Banpresto offerings. I will probably get some in the future as I have noticed prize figures tend to fill some gaps left by their more expensive brethren.

  2. I never thought you would be into Idols like this, maybe you want a cute, rich waifu ;D
    Nevertheless, I’m happy that Miki inspired you to create these amazing pictures, the background and the lighting are so cool ;)

    Woah this figure is a nice one, she really looks like Miki from the anime with a sweet face and pretty hair, yeah the outfit is
    looking fantastic, too. I never imagined Banpresto to create such a pretty figure, sometimes prize figures are that convincing,
    even with some roughness here and there they can look great as a whole.

    • Oh no! You are discovering I am actually idol trash! I wouldn’t mind a cute, idol wife even with overzealous fans that would probably threaten my life!

      Yup, nice figure, now I’m thinking of tracking down a few other Banpresto figures and buy them if they are cheap enough.

      Your compliments about the photos and lighting made my day today!

  3. Eugh, those Megahouse figures did not age well with time. The anime is a godsend to this franchise, and this figure captures the anime look really nicely! You got a good sense with colours, by the way — I wouldn’t have thought to use a green backdrop for this figure, but they go well together. How did you come to decide to use green?

    Also, based on what I learned about both Love Live and Idolmaster from sadpanda, I must agree that your choices of best idol are the strongest choices.

    • Yeah… I did get that feeling, I was amazed I remembered them looking nicer. I do agree about the anime, without it I don’t think I would be a fan. I can’t play the games and there is only so much one can learn from doujinshis.

      Why did I choose green you ask? Well, that’s Miki’s image color, simple as that.

      Good thing you agree with my idol choices, I would not want to end our friendship over one bad choice on your part.