Jun 142021
 

After several successful launches of several versions of Hatsune Miku in Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Doll series, they’re now looking towards officially adopting a fan-created Nendoroid Doll design to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the series in November 2021!

Good Smile Company is looking for designs from artists around the world to be used in an upcoming Nendoroid Doll Hatsune Miku release. The theme for this art contest is “Win Everyone’s Hearts ♡ Date Outfit Coordination“! (Alternatively, “A date outfit that will strike him/her in the heart “)

Nendoroid Doll Hatsune Miku Design Contest Details

  • Theme
    『Win Everyone’s Hearts ♡ Date Outfit Coordination』
  • Time Period
    5:00 PM on June 14th, 2021 JST ~ 5:00 PM on July 26th, 2021 JST
  • Result Announcement Date
    November 2021
  • Number of works to be selected:
    1
  • Target Character:
    Hatsune Miku
  • Qualifications:
    Be a registered member of Piapro.jp, and conform your submissions to the collaboration rules and guidelines (explained in English below).

Submission Format

  • Work Size:
    Please be sure to use only the provided JPG or PNG templates, do not modify the template size or specifications.
    [CLICK FOR JPG TEMPLATE] [CLICK FOR PNG TEMPLATE]
  • File Format:
    JPG, PNG
  • Color Mode:
    RGB
  • Post Tagging:
    Please submit your artworks with the tag “ねんどろいどどーる” (without quotes). This is critical to your submission being eligible for selection. If this is not done during the submission process, it cannot be changed, and you will have to submit your entry again. This tag should be automatically added if you use this link, or the link at the bottom of this article to begin your art submission.
  • Tag locking:
    Please make sure the tag for “ねんどろいどどーる” is locked. This is critical to your submission being eligible for selection.
  • License Terms:
    Please submit your artworks without any licenses. This is critical to your submission being eligible for selection. If this is not done during the submission process, it cannot be changed, and you will have to submit your entry again.

Example of incorrect and correct license setting on Piapro submission.

Additional Notes

  • You can submit any number of artworks created by yourself.
  • High resolution data of the winning design may be requested, so keep all files safe until the winner is announced.

Precautions

  • Be sure to use the 3-view templates provided for your illustration.
  • Please note that detailed expressions and elements may be difficult to recreate in 3D/fabric, so some details may have to be omitted.
  • Please avoid using an excessive amount of shapes, patterns and colors, as this makes recreation in figure form more difficult.
  • Please make sure to lock your submission tag.
  • Please note that some modifications may be made to the chosen design.
  • Please avoid placing any text information on the submission. However, the corresponding character arm tattoos (i.e., “01”) is fine.
  • Derivative characters (i.e, Snow Miku and Mikudayo) are not eligible for selection.
  • Please remember to post your submission without any license conditions (check example above).
  • The adopted work will require data to be converted to CMYK for printing. Please note this might result in some slight color change.

If you’ve followed all of the rules and guidelines above, you can submit your designs using the link below!

-> Click here to begin submission <-

If you did everything correctly, your submission will appear on the collaboration submission list page. If it doesn’t appear, then you probably forgot to remove licensing terms, or forgot to include or lock the “ねんどろいどどーる” tag. Delete your post and then try again!

Good luck everyone!

Good Smile Company x Piapro collaboration page:
https://piapro.jp/pages/official_collabo/gsc_doll/index

 

Jun 142021
 

Hatsune Miku is once again lending her aid for safety awareness in the Hokkaido prefecture of Japan! In response to an increase in deadly motorcycle accidents, the Hokkaido Prefectural Police Traffic Department has adopted Hatsune Miku in a motorcyclist safety awareness campaign.

Motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers alike are encouraged to avoid dangerous and unreasonable driving habits, and to avoid speeding through traffic for the safety of yourself and others.

The rather cute campaign artwork featuring Hatsune Miku as a motorcycle police officer was illustrated by Kyushii, and is likely be featured in advertisement spaces across the prefecture to raise safety awareness.

Ride safe out there!





Jun 092021
 

Live Band & Piapro Characters group photo via @mikuexpo

Hatsune Miku Expo 2021 Online has finally come to a close! The online event featured three concert broadcasts to cover various time zones, and several Digital Stars DJ events to pass the time between concert showings. Below is a recap of the broadcast contents, and some of the new upcoming merch teased during the event!

Miku Expo 2021 Online Snapshots via @cfm_miku & @cfm_miku_en

The full concert spanned nearly 90 minutes and broadcasted a total of 3 times to cover time zones for viewers around the world. 16 songs were featured, some classics, and some new ones! Check out the full setlist below:

  1. World is Mine feat. Hatsune Miku by ryo (supercell)
  2. Alien Alien feat. Hatsune Miku by Nayutan Seijin
  3. Drag the ground feat. Hatsune Miku by Camelia
  4. Buraikku Jikorizer feat. Kagamine Len by JesusP
  5. Ungray Days feat. Kagamine Rin by Tsumiki
  6. Ghost City Tokyo feat. Hatsune Miku by Ayase
  7. Thousand Little Voices feat. Hatsune Miku by Vault Kid, Flanger Moose
  8. Highway Lover feat. Megurine Luka by MikitoP
  9. Karakuri Pierrot feat. Hatsune Miku by 40mp
  10. Romeo and Cinderella feat. Hatsune Miku by Doriko
  11. Innapropriate Lady feat. MEIKO by OSTER Project
  12. Reload Words  feat. KAITO by sat(Katakuna-p)
  13. Teo feat. Hatsune Miku by Omoi
  14. All I Need Are Things I Like feat. Hatsune Miku by PinocchioP
  15. Lucky☆Orb feat. Hatsune Miku by Emon
  16. Highlight feat. Hatsune Miku by KIRA

In-between the concerts, there was also the Let’s Paint 3.0 activities, and the Digital Stars DJ Live performances before each concert showing. These DJ Lives featured DJs from the U.S. (Tokyo Elvis & Flanger Moose), Japan (Utsu-P & PinocchioP), and the EU (Vault Kid & KIRA).

Did you enjoy some or all of these event activities, and what did you think? Share your experiences below in the comments! But first, let’s move onto the new figure announcements…

Alphamax has announced they’ll be creating a scale figure based on the Miku Expo 2021 main visual art by Ryota sometime in the near future. For now, we just have the 3D render prototype reveal, but no other details such as the scale size, release dates, etc. So stay tuned for updates on that!

Tokyo Otaku Mode has announced an upcoming exclusive Hatsune Miku figure, designed by LAM. What’s unique about this already cool-looking design is that a jacket based on the one Miku is wearing will also be made available alongside the figure! Further details of course will be announced at a future date.

Miku Expo 2021 Online Official Site → https://mikuexpo.com/online2021/

May 292021
 

Good Smile Company’s Wonderful Hobby Life For You!! 33 event was held online yesterday, and featured a few notable Hatsune Miku figure reveals, as well as updates on previously teased upcoming figures! Check them out below, or look at the full WHL4U33 gallery on the official site.

  • Figure Title: Racing Miku 2013 Rd.4 SUGO Support Ver.
  • Scale: 1/7 scale
  • Manufacturer: Goodsmile Company (Previously by Aquamarine)
  • Release Info: TBA

  • Figure Title: Hatsune Miku: Virtual Popstar Ver.
  • Scale: 1/7 scale
  • Manufacturer: Max Factory
  • Release Info: TBA

  • Figure Title: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku NT
  • Scale: Non-scale
  • Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
  • Release Info: TBA

  • Figure Title: figma Racing Miku: 2021 Ver.
  • Scale: Non-scale
  • Manufacturer: Max Factory (For Goodsmile Racing)
  • Release Info: TBA

  • Figure Title: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Stage Sekai Ver.
  • Scale: Non-scale
  • Manufacturer: Good Smile Company
  • Release Info: TBA

Via WHL4U





May 202021
 

Hatsune Miku is joining Good Smile Company’s newest Nendoroid series Swacchao! This special and more affordable series of Nendoroids features some of your favorite characters in a new chair-sitting position. This release is based on the previous Nendoroid Hatsune Miku 2.0, and there’s also an optional parts set for those that already own the original Miku 2.0 Nendoroid!

Hatsune Miku joins the Nendoroid Swacchao! series!

Hatsune Miku from “Character Vocal Series 01: Hatsune Miku” is joining the new Nendoroid Swacchao! series! Nendoroid Swacchao! figures feature a Nendoroid sitting in a chair, making it easy to display them on desks, shelves or areas tight on space! The figures can even be displayed on the edges of your desk or shelf, so enjoy collecting and displaying them everywhere!

*Use the included stand to display.

Also available: Nendoroid Hatsune Miku 2.0 Swacchao! Parts Set

▼Nendoroid Swacchao! Special Site
https://www.goodsmile.info/en/swacchao/

The Nendoroid is now available for preorder from Good Smile Company’s online shop for 3300 JPY ($32.99 USD), with orders being accepted until July 1st at 12:00 PM JST. She’s expected to ship out in December 2021. You can also preorder her from these other online shops!