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Kagamine Len -Project DIVA- AFT SPM Receiver SEGA Figure Review

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WOW! It's been 4 MONTHS since I've done a review on here! I'm so sorry for the long absence!

There are a few reasons for my long absence. Not to make excuses, but there hasn't been a whole lot of new figures coming out recently that I've been interested in getting. Also my money situation has been applied to things other than getting anime figures...which leads into the next point: I've been very busy with a lot of real-life things; mostly some trips that I had over the past few months (3 of them, including Phoenix Comicon and Anime Expo) as well as where this review comes from.

During one trip I just took with my fiancé, we went on a 2 week cruise. During this cruise; she picked up a figure at a store in Oslo, Norway. And, as she usually does when she gets a new figure, she asked me to do a review of it and post it here.

So, this is that review! From the game series, "Project DIVA- Arcade Future Tone", this is Prize version Kagamine Len:





(I apologize for the photos being different this time; I took them while I was on the cruise and used the lighting and items for reference I had available on me at the time. Therefore the photos are of a slightly different quality than my normal reviews).

(Each photo can be clicked on to give a full-size view of the image, even if the image itself doesn't display).





Here's him in the box:

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From the Vocaloid game with the subtitle, "Arcade Future Tone", Kagamine Len is one of the main guys in the game along with Kaito. Of course there are other famous Vocaloid characters as well like Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Meiko and Megurine Luka too.

The front of the box fits the music theme of the game, with amps and sound level graphs as a backdrop. As with most Prize-type figures; he comes in a windowless box but with a picture of the figure included on the front. The names of the game as well as the figure are printed in big, bold letters in Japanese next to the Japanese logo (surprisingly no English letters here, on the front).

Made by SEGA Prize, however their logo on the back of the box. The one on the front in the top corner is actually Jamma's.

Sides of the box:

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The sides of the box carry over the color scheme from the front, but this time it features Len's full English name instead of just in Japanese. The lightning bolts and speech bubbles are a bit misleading, as they give off the appearance that the figure is electronic and makes sounds, though.

Also for some reason this side of the box has a slightly different version of the Len figure than is included with the box. Inside the box (as will be shown later) the figure has a closed mouth; but this side shows him with a slightly open mouth...another very misleading feature; as it doesn't show which version is included or shows the possibility for a variation/alternate face part, which is not included.

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The other side of the box just shows him from a close-up view and a few random English letters along with the word, "YEAH!". This is probably more related to the game itself than the figure, again.

Back of the box:

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There is just a tiny inset of the figure on the back of the box; again with a speech bubble. While I'm certain that the speech bubble is saying something about the figure itself most likely; the fact that it's a speech bubble again makes it look like the figure talks (and what's worse, with my inability to read Japanese, it seems like he has 15 different phrases, thanks to the "15" in the speech bubble). Of course this is my own ignorance to blame here for that; but I still feel that it is very misleading to do it that way.

The rest of the back of the box is fairly generic; mostly Japanese text with warnings and corporation logos.

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There is even some designs on the inside of the package flaps; which is something sometimes done with Japanese figures. They just say, "START", "STOP", and have the + and - symbols from batteries on them; but add nice touches to the figure's box.

Inner Core:

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The figure comes in a standard inner core design most Japanese figures have. It holds the figure together well in the package and shows it off nicely at the same time.

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The back of the inner core holds the base in a separate plastic piece; also a very common packaging technique.

Also there are no instructions with the figure, as he only comes with the figure itself and the base:

Base:

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Putting him on the base is very simple. This is because all 3 holes are different sizes, and the pegs are separated by a set of 2 and 1 alone. So the figure does only fit onto the base one way and it's easy to know when you have it lined up properly.

Out of the package, front view:

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After taking him out of the package, he's ready to go; only needing to be put on the base. The figure is really nicely done; by the usual standard for prize figures.

He is wearing his "Receiver" game-accurate outfit; one of his many designs featured from the game.

Side view:

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Thanks to the base having one set of holes that hold the figure only one way and the text on the base itself; it's very easy to tell which way the different sides of the base are; despite the base itself being round in shape.

He has a very nice body shape, matching that of the game and character quite well. The pose is also very nice; being quite dynamic in nature and well sculpted.

Back view:

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There are no alternate parts or poses to this figure, but it really doesn't need it at all.

The base is pretty thick, thicker than most prize-type figure bases usually are. This is not a bad thing; just unusual.

Other side view:

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The quality of the figure really seems to be on par with other SEGA and other prize figure makers in terms of overall quality.

Close-up detail:

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He has really great attention to detail, even close up. Len is really well painted and sculpted, as I previously mentioned.

The facial expression is really pleasant; even without the alternate versions shown on the box. The front tie is made of a separate, clear plastic piece and even that has nice paint applications on it.

Size Comparison:

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Again, as I was on a cruise, my resources for this review were very limited. So I just used the cruise card as a scale reference, since it is the same size as a standard credit card/other type of card and doesn't contain any personal information on it (at least not on the back, the photographed side).

The figure is actually quite tall, compared to most SEGA prize figures. This is because it is a SPM figure; which stands for "Super PremiuM".

Overall:

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Kagamine Len is a nice character (my fiance's favorite, actually) and this is a very nice design for him. SEGA prize figures are always of a great quality, so this is really a good figure overall.

Well made, nicely posed, and good paint apps and sculpt make this figure really nice. The only negative aspects to the figure are actually related to the box, not the figure itself. The box shouldn't have had the alternate face shown on it (and only on one side, oddly) as well as the various speech bubbles making it look like the figure itself talks (of course they did it to make it look like Len was talking about the figure, but it didn't really work).

As for the price...we got it second-hand from a store called "Neo Tokyo" in Oslo, Norway; so I can't say if it's worth the price or not. But overall I would say that it's a good figure worth getting for a good price.



Recommended for everyone. No play value, only for display.

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Kommentarer6 kommentarer

1pt
I see this figure a lot on display at conventions, but never saw it's box. I really agree in how misleading the box looks. It indeed looks like he is a radio receiver or maybe an alarm clock (would have been cool though :P ). I do like the box design and think this is quite a solid prize figure. :)
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MetalSamamon (4 måneder siden) #24453863Thank you so much, BVibes! ^___^ I love Oslo too! Aker Brygge was beautiful; I wouldn't mind living there someday! ^^ Karl Johans Gate was nice too! I was there for one day, sadly...it was a port stop on the cruise; but we were there for most of the day (like 9am - 10pm, if I remember right).
You went to some cool places, I don't think I got to go to either of those but it has been a few years so I may not remember well.
I wasn't in Oslo very long on my visit. We were closer to the ocean and we drove on a boat to these rock islands and and we also went to an old town. Lots of interesting places. It was beautiful there, I wouldn't mind living there some day as well! I will surely go again. :D
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Miaeka (4 måneder siden) #24456835Great review! I have the twins and on their clear bow/tie parts, I can see some glue residue. Does your len have this too?

Thank you so much, Miaeka! ^__^ Yes, it does have a little bit of glue residue; but it's very minimal. It's actually kinda hard to notice, if you're not specifically looking for it.
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1pt
Great review! I have the twins and on their clear bow/tie parts, I can see some glue residue. Does your len have this too?
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BVibes (4 måneder siden) #24453679Nice review! I also like and own this figure, he's huge! And as you said the details are nice.
Interesting you got it in Oslo, I have family from there. :D I've visited and I love it there. How long were you in Norway?


Thank you so much, BVibes! ^___^ I love Oslo too! Aker Brygge was beautiful; I wouldn't mind living there someday! ^^ Karl Johans Gate was nice too! I was there for one day, sadly...it was a port stop on the cruise; but we were there for most of the day (like 9am - 10pm, if I remember right).
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1pt
Nice review! I also like and own this figure, he's huge! And as you said the details are nice.
Interesting you got it in Oslo, I have family from there. :D I've visited and I love it there. How long were you in Norway?
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