This RAH has a very long title, Real Action Heroes Hatsune Miku Honey Whip Deluxe Ver. If I understand it correctly, there was a voting in 2015 which Hatsune Miku module should get a RAH:
The initial choice was Honey Whip (No.4 in the image), but in fact it got two releases, Standard Version and Deluxe pack which I'm reviewing now. the difference is that the Deluxe Version also has clothes and accessories for No.7, the Supreme Module (which I persistently call the World Is Mine, because that's where this dress first appeared). The price was crazy, but, as it happens to most RAHs, it declined dramatically in the aftermarket.
The box and its sides have the Honey Whip art:
Inside there are two layers for the two outfits and accessories. The hair should look different, too, so there's a special twintail set for each module:
I was hoping to get the red duvet for the World Is Mine variant, but alas. Instead, I found a double-sided manual on dressing the doll:
That's what she looks like when wearing her Honey Whip outfit:
Pretty as it is, this outfit has several drawbacks. The belt is made of plastic, so it's hard to remove the skirt. What's even worse, the clothes stain, and that's what I've predicted since I first saw her prototype:
To undress her, you have to remove her hands and feet. Honey Whip version is wearing boots, so she has pegs like Bratz dolls, while Supreme has "real" feet:
This is what the Supreme module looks like. I've tried to picture her next to the World Is Mine figure, but I think I've failed:
The interchangeable twintails are pretty, although the second set is long and very heavy, so it tends to pop out all the time:
Miku has interchangeable hands, mostly for the Honey Whip module, but one set with green nail varnish is for Supreme. She also has as many as four faceplates! I have to say they're a little tough to apply, RAH Levi's magnet faceplates are much more convenient:
- Written by Yoruno
Pesca la tua carta Sakura and Cardcaptor Cherry were made in Italy and Korea, respectively, when the anime was aired in these countries. Unlike the dolls by Trendmasters, they both have original molds. I've chosen the dolls wearing the famous 1st Opening outfit - it's red in the Italian version and pink in the Korean version.
The Korean doll is two centimetres taller. Both boxes have Sakura images on the front and sakura flower ornaments, but the shades of pink are very different. The Korean box has an anime-inspired landscape background inside.
The reverse sides of the boxes are even more different. The Italian one advertises other Sakura dolls by Giochi Preziosi, while the Korean one introduces the main characters and shows Sakura's battle outfits.
The Italian doll has two bonuses, which are a character card and a cardboard Clow medallion.
Instead of bonuses, the Korean doll has accessories, the Sealing Wand and Kero-chan!
The dolls next to each other.
Now let's compare them in detail.
The hats. The Italian Sakura's hat is very close to what Sakura wears in the anime. I couldn't take it off because it's secured with a plastic pin; I doubt if it can stay on the doll's head without it. The Korean Sakura's hat looks like a chef hat, to be honest, and it doesn't have the ribbon on its top. It used to have an elastic band inside, but the previous owner cut it off.
The shoes. Neither pair is perfect, the Italian one being truer to the original. Still, the doll can't even wear it properly. The Korean shoes are just some generic loafers.
The kneesocks. The Italian ones are trimmed with lace - which shouldn't be transparent, but at least it's there! The Korean doll is wearing plain socks.
The skirt. The Korean doll's lace underskirt is gorgeous, even though it's not exactly what Sakura wears in the anime. The Italian doll's underskirt is more faithful to the source but the fabric looks a little cheap. As for the skirt itself, one agin we witness a different interpretation of the colour: the band is gold (the Italian version) or white (the Korean version). In the original it's very pale gold, so I think both variants are allowed.
The top. Both tops are made to match the skirts (which means they have similar strengths and weaknesses). The Italian Sakura's chest ribbon has pointed edges, which is nice but incorrect.
The gloves. Absent - in both cases.
The wings. As you see, the fabrics are very different. The Italian Sakura's wings are glossy, while the Korean one's are felt. They are also bigger and much better shaped.
Face. The most important part, probably. If these dolls came naked I think I wouldn't be able to tell they were one and the same character. Both have a certain likeness to Sakura and both are quite off, only in a different way.
Here they are together with Liccarize Sakura (not the 1st Opening version, unfortunately).
I think it's very interesting to compare how different manufacturers see the same character - especially in this case, when the character is Japanese and both toymakers are from abroad!
- Written by Yoruno