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Figure Unboxing and Assembly: Hatsune Miku - LOVE IS WAR version

Prepare for a counterattack!
This is the deluxe (DX) version of one of the holy grails of the Hatsune Miku's ongoing figure production line: the Love is War version! Also known as Koi wa Sensou, the vocaloid song was a hit among the masses, both within and outside of Japan and this figure was released in 2012, and re-released again this this year.

Right out of the box, you can see that the DX version comes with a lot of stuff and this means that it'll be ♪♪(o*゜∇゜)o~♪♪ Assembly time!

Thankfully, GSC always provides an instruction sheet in both English and Japanese, so let's look at that while assembling the figure! Though, I did find that it may be easier to assemble this figure if you don't follow GSC's assembling sequence fully, so sit tight for my input! I'll be sure to point these out when I get to it~

This figure is greatly split into two sections: the base and the figure (Miku). However, the base had too many parts to place in one image, so I split it up into two, with the stand and larger microphones in the image above, and the railings and pink microphone cord in the image below.
Here is Miku with her pigtails detached. She also comes with a microphone to hold, and a long part that would be joined to the base.
Now that we are on the same page and armed with GSC's handy instruction sheet, let's begin assembling! “o(-ε´- *)ヵ゛ンバル

Using GSC’s instructions sheet, the first step is to align the five pegs and peg holes on these two parts. As the layout of the pegs is a star-shape, I recommend putting the apex of the star in place first, then matching the other four points after.

Here’s how it should look assembled together, at different angles so you have a better idea of how it should look like. Surprisingly, it’s rather stable despite the small pegs.

The next part to assemble would be the long pole with the small teal speakers attached at the end. For this part, you will have to align the jutting out part indicated by arrow 1 to the depression indicated by arrow 2. After which, it’s just a matter of sliding it right down to the base.

It fits quite snugly and is rather stable.

So far, so good!

According to the next section of GSC’s instructions, the next part to assemble would be the railing. There are 3 parts to the railing but let’s take a look at the two that have to be joined together first.
The parts indicated by the white arrow are the peg holes, and after setting up this portion of the railing, you get a nice hinge-lookalike!

This whole ensemble is supposed to be placed at the edge of the base as well and in the image below, you can see which peg hole each leg of the railing is supposed to go into. 

However… if you recall, I mentioned that there are 3 railing parts, which means that this isn’t all!

Here’s the last railing part~

GSC instructs us to put this railing part in right now and place the large speakers on either side of Miku after this step, then place the assembled Miku on the stand. I followed as per their instructions but found it incredibly challenging to push Miku onto the base. So, my recommended sequence would be to leave this section of the railing for last. After putting in the hinged railing parts, continue by assembling the large speaker on Miku’s left on first, followed by Miku herself, then the speaker on Miku’s right, before finally putting this lone section of the railing in place.

Nevertheless, my pictures are taken when I was still following GSC’s instructions, so bear the above point in mind as we move on using GSC’s instructed sequence by putting that railing section on!
Next up, the large speakers. There’s two of them and there’s virtually no way of putting them on wrongly. Just slip them onto place on the base (you’ll want to put a hand below the base panel to support the force you put when pushing the speakers in place) and…

Lo and behold! The speakers have magically appeared on the base!

The very last part of this assembly session is to put Miku into place. There are 3 steps to this – assembling Miku, placing her onto the peg, then arm her with her accessories!

To assemble Miku, firstly, you would have to put her pigtails in place and for this, the pegs on both sides of her hair are differently shaped to help you identify which piece goes where.

After which, you’ll have to put her onto the base!

If you followed my proposed sequence for assembly, this should be easy enough. However, if you followed GSC’s instructions like I did, you would have to have thin af hands and fingers to be able to either squeeze between the speaker on her right and her position on the base (so she’ll be fitting onto her peg straight) or wiggle between the railing parts to hold onto her shin and foot to exert pressure.

Definitely not an experience I’ll like to relive again…

And last but not the least, her accessories. She comes with a handheld microphone and a pink wire cord. I recommend fitting the microphone into her hand first as it’s rather nerve-wracking to wiggle it in between her digits. However, do note that her fingers are made of a flexible material and should be able to withstand the pressure and angle you use to insert the microphone in.
 Lastly, you would have to put the pink cord into place. This cord holds its shape rather well and the figure only comes with one piece, so be sure not to put any unwanted stress on it and bending it out of shape! Insert it into the peg hole right at the bottom of the handheld speaker and style the rest of the pink wire as you’d like!
And that’s all for today since she’s now fully assembled! I hope that this slight changes to her proposed assembly route would help anyone who’s putting her together in the days to come.

Stay tuned for my review post for this figure!

~ Reina-rin

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