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Alter Akiyama Mio figure review

March 7, 2010

Although she arrived on my doorstep a while ago, hadn’t made time yet to snap some photos of Alter’s gorgeous 1/8 scale PVC figure of Akiyama Mio from “K-ON!”.

The first release of Alter’s “K-ON!” figure series, she turned out to be a truly excellent figure so can’t wait for Yui, Azusa and the other girls to be out and complete the ‘Houkago Tea Time’ music band set.

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When the prototype was originally shown, many commented they weren’t fond of the facial expression as not typical enough for Mio, but personally I feel the facial sculpt of Alter’s Mio is exactly how it should be for the “K-ON!” bass player.

Mio looks full of life, joyous as if she’s having a great time rocking with her friends and that’s what the けいおん girls are all about.

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Experimented with the lighting this time round, had one color changing rgb led bulb which when set to purple had a nice overall atmosphere to capture Mio in, so added a few of those shots.

Alas the ones taken with red and blue didn’t come out as good.

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Alter has improved in terms of quality of their figure releases this past year. While they were always among the best manufacturers out there, they have stepped it up a few notches, this not only for more expensive and large figures like their Fate and Nanoha releases, but this more ‘regular’ figure as well.

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Great sculpt, exquisite detailing, perfect paint job and finish, overall I’m quite impressed with this Mio figure.

Am concerned about the solidity of that single leg support, even though it sports two pegs going into the figure’s foot.

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It does give Mio a dynamic pose, but there’s bound to be a lot of stress and weight on that single leg, so am worried it will lean with time or perhaps worse, break off near the foot pegs.

Maybe I can insert a transparent plastic or acrylic block under her left foot for additional support?

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Noticed that when placed on a surface with tremors -like a desk- the figure tends to precariously shake when any vibrations are transferred through to it from the base up.

That just can’t be good for the solidity of that supporting leg on the long run. Fear I’ll soon have to secure her in my Detolf display case.

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Had noticed the Dioder leds from my Detolf display case emit nice white light so went and bought a few other led lights at a hardware store.

Next to energy saving light bulbs which have been heavily promoted here for environmental reasons, recently two brands came out with assorted led lights and spots, conveniently the also come in E27 fitting size and often in both cool white and warmer white.

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Got a few of the cool white bulbs that have 36 or 48 leds each and used them for this photoshoot.

Although next to advantages such as low energy consumption and nearly no excess heat emission their disadvantage is that they are very directional, casting harsher shadows and at usually only 90 to 100 lumen per set, think will have to get more if want to depend only on the led lights.

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Of course, had to include some detailed shots of Mio’s bass guitar which is absolutely impeccable and boasts terrific detailing. If the instruments of the other girls will be equally well detailed and finished as this one, will be an amazing “K-ON!” figure series!

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Alas couldn’t think of much more interesting angles or shots to make, so stuck to these more standard shots. Mio’s pose doesn’t yield itself to many different angles.

With such an amazing Mio figure I can hardly wait for Yui and Azusa to be out!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. mefloraine permalink
    March 7, 2010 8:21 pm

    Her support (or lack of it) definitely does seem like an issue. >.<

  2. March 7, 2010 8:55 pm

    Nice figure. I wish I could afford to buy them 😦

  3. March 7, 2010 9:48 pm

    Snapping is probably a greater issue than warp or lean.

    I really like the bass guitar on this figure.

  4. March 7, 2010 10:29 pm

    Ah thats a bummer that there seem to be stability issues.Its a simple PVC Leg? Not ABS or with inserted Steel rod?
    Personally I have no interest in her because its K-on but the bass is really great ^^

  5. tangular permalink
    March 8, 2010 2:08 am

    I’m definitely worried about the leg support. It would’ve been nice if they did something like they did for the Nadie (El Cazador) figure and have a rod (or at least something) to support the free leg.
    Overall she’s a great figure though, as long as she’s able to keep standing xD

  6. Devastator001 permalink
    March 8, 2010 5:04 am

    Thankfully I’m immune to K-On so I can save bit more cash, but I do agree she’s a nice looking fig ^_^.

    I ideally you could get a small clear plastic block to brace the other leg so that she wouldn’t lean

  7. March 8, 2010 8:45 am

    This is a very beautiful figure. I’m just waiting for hopefully another costume of Mio.
    “Great sculpt, exquisite detailing, perfect paint job and finish, overall I’m quite impressed with this Mio figure.”
    Agreed.
    I love her pose too!

  8. March 8, 2010 3:54 pm

    She looks good ^^. I had her on pre-order but later canceled her (perhaps a doll instead? ;))

    The way she is supported on one leg does look a bit worrisome. Thankfully I have not had any problems with leaning figures but from what I’ve seen/read, they can be fixed by warming the PVC and restraining the figure back to its original position.

    Your lights are a bit harsh on some parts but overall they look good. Mio’s face looks a bit odd on some of the pics though because the light seems to be reflecting off her bass and into her face xD

  9. March 8, 2010 5:10 pm

    looks nice. But I’m not Mio maniac. I will wait for other Alter releases. Maybe Mugi-chan. Only maybe.

    Anyway cool shoots, but I would use the purple light witn an dark background. Doesn’t fit well with an bright background.

  10. March 9, 2010 7:37 am

    @super rats
    Yeah, fear that with wobbling or movement, the pegs on the base might snap off due to stress.
    The bass guitar is exquisitely detailed for its size.
    @mefloraine, tangular & Devastator001
    The single leg support has me worried a bit, especially once it’ll be summer, even through she’ll not be exposed to any direct sunlight. Thinking about adding another plastic peg or block.
    @Blowfish & Devastator001
    I shall have to lure you two into the ways of “K-ON!” and entice you to join the moe moe kyun fandom. XD
    @Yi
    Well as this Alter figure of Mio was the first one, stuck to that pre-order. With all the different ones of Mio in another oputfit coming out (like the maid outfit, ending song gothic outfit) it’s sheer madness!
    @anonymous_object
    That’s the disadvantage of leds, you get a small cone of harsh light in the middle and if you use a diffuser that’s a bit too thick, it blocks out all the light right away.
    Either I’ll have to shelf out for expensive pro lioght set or get more leds on some sort of big array… still pondering.
    @GREW
    No Azunyan? Sacrilege! XD
    Excellent suggestion, I’ll try and get some other color backgrounds or perhaps a black curtain/cloth. Only have a few background sheets and they’re all yellow-grew colored. >_<

  11. March 11, 2010 8:30 pm

    Ahhhhh Mio !!!! fangirl screaming…
    I love her so much and this is a great figure you got there. Indeed the peg must be subject of a constant pressure so i hope she will stay good and that nothing bad is going to happen to you.
    Her face is exactly how i would imagine Mio, cheerful and full of happiness 🙂

  12. March 12, 2010 5:32 pm

    This is the better Mio for the moment. The sculpture is just beautiful, and I like the base. Sadly, for the moment, no picture on Shadonia. I can not take picture (the face is too bright).. I will add your link at my review when… I will succeed my photoshoot..

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