Hatsune Miku 【Magical Mirai 2016】 Nendroid Review

Well hello!

It feels like it’s been ages. So many things have happened lately…( ꒪Д꒪)ノ My little sister got married, I ran another 5k, and I’m in the middle of my summer semester at school. It’s been hard finding time to actually relax and work on videos and posts. BUT TA-DA; I MADE IT HAPPEN TODAY.

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Last week, I received a long awaited package in the mail from Good Smile Company. After being delayed around three times, the Magical Mirai 2016 Nendroid has made it home!

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Unboxing this cute patootie was filled with so much anticipation and indescribable weeb noises that I just could not contain myself.  First off, the hair looks flawless and was painted beautifully. I love the modest gradient they achieved because it gives the hair more depth in my opinion. (*’∀’人)♥

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Now, ya’ll know that as much as I love my figures regardless, I am always looking at those T I N Y details because that’s how you know they were made with love. And by God, this Miku was made with a lot of love. Out of the nendroids I have seen and owned, this has some of the prettiest details. The tiny “01” on the gloves and the diamonds on the socks are what really stood out to me. Not to mention ruffles and the ribbons underneath the skirt. Those finer details are well worth the wait because it shows that GSC cares about their product. It makes my heart swell, I tell you what.

Overall, as I said before, this nendroid was worth the delays and worth the money.  I paid about $42 (¥4200) which isn’t awful at all and if you ever get the chance to buy one, DO IT. You will weeb so hard, I guarantee or your money back. Anyways, if you would like to see/hear my weeb and unbox this precious figure, go ahead and watch the video down below!

Anyways that is it for today! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and video; if you have any comments or questions in regards to nendroids or this specific nendroid in general, feel free to leave a comment down below! With that said, have a wonderful week ahead of you and I will see you all next time!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Good Smile Racing & Team UKYO Racing Miku 2016 SQ Figure Unboxing

DID I STUTTER?

For real though, here’s that second post this week like I promised. ╭(♡・ㅂ・)و ̑̑

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Let me tell you about how I found this figure!!!! Anthony told me about a local comic book store that also carried manga and figures near the IKEA I go to. There just so happened to be a day where I had to go to IKEA and we decided to kill some time at the comic book store he mentioned. LOAD AND BEHOLD MY GOOD READERS; the precious figure was just sitting on a shelf…staring at me in all of it’s glory. And needless to say…I bought it.

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Shall we begin with the box? The box art is so ridiculously lovely and for some reason the partial color gives it (and me) a lot more life. ˚✧₊⁎( ˘ω˘ )⁎⁺˳✧༚ The side art features the same artwork as the front but full scale. The other side features the name of the item. On the side; lots of tape, bubble and plastic wrap, and cardboard. This figure it so snug and protected, I love it.

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Every necessary part of the figure was wrapped in it’s own little plastic and a pain to open. However, assembling the figure was actually quite easy and not to strenuous. The only difficult part I recall was inserting the hand, but that only took like a minute I believe.

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Let me be honest; this figure it gorgeous. With any Hatsune Miku figures, my main focus of detail is on the hair and oh my gosh it’s there. It does appear that because the hair has a few individual strands; they may break though the figure itself is plastic. The dress is painted wonderfully and the sponsors on the back are perfect with little to no error. The only issue I have with this figure is the feet; it looks as though the paint will cheap easier which kind of makes me a little “meh,” but not enough to regret purchasing her.

Overall; this figure was a good buy for only $35 though I could’ve purchased it cheaper elsewhere having done my research. She’s made a lovely edition to my figure collection and overall Vocaloid collection. If you are interested in purchasing; I found her for $20 on Amazon! Here is the link! Anyways, that wraps it up for this post. I hope you guys enjoyed and I shall see you next time~! (°◡°♡).:。

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

【初音ミクスイートパンプキンねんどろいどこ〜で】 Review + Video

Hey everyone!

I had made my first pre-order with Good Smile Company a while back and it finally arrived last weekend. Granted, I had intended on making this post a bit earlier but it was a stressful and busy week at work so I didn’t get time to plan like I intended. Anyways, here’s my review of the Hatsune Miku Sweet Pumpkin Nendroid Co-de!

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My order with Good Smile Company went incredibly well and their customer service is very responsive and courteous. I had an issue where my bank sent me a new credit card without notifying me so I had to change a lot of things including this item. Good Smile Company answered my questions and assured me that once it came time to pay, it’ll be an easy process and it indeed was. Once she was shipped off, I received the box within 3 days and was thrilled to know she was packed firmly. I was very very happy and very very excited.

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After unboxing this adorable figure, I immediately fell in love with the details. I’ve only had one Nendroid prior and although it was adorable, it didn’t have as many details as this.  The hair is painted and shaded so incredibly and the candy on the hem of her skirt is A+ to the max. The only qualm I have is that in the photo used for reference, there were tiny bits and pieces in her hair that I adored, but I understand why they were left out.

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One thing I did notice, granted I have never owned a Nendroid Co-de before, is that they don’t come with extra face plates or extra arms for different poses. It’s a little upsetting but now it makes sense why the Nendroid Co-de figures are cheaper than actual Nendroids. If I am correct though, Nendroid Co-de figures are meant to kind of mix and match with one another…but you can do that with regular Nendroid figures to an extent, so please! Correct me if I am incorrect…

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Overall though, I am so thrilled with my purchase and I would totally suggest that people get this Nendroid if they can find it! I honestly like this module better than the Halloween Miku released during Miku Expo so it was great compensation for missing out on that release. I adore her and I am so happy to add her to my Vocaloid collection!

If you’d like to see me unboxing this figure and assembling her, please watch the video below!

And that wraps it up for this post today! I hope you all enjoyed it and I hope to be back soon with something fun and exciting. If you have a Nendroid or a Nendroid Co-de, leave a comment down below on how you like it or if you have any suggestions on pre-orders! Have a fantastic Sunday and an awesome week guys and I will see you next time!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Current Faves +August 2016+

Hello all!

I missed doing current favorites posts…actually, I miss posting in general. I’ve been going through a hefty writer’s block hence why I’ve been working on YouTube videos rather than writing. (。•́︿•̀。) However, I felt that this month had some lovely favorites that I wanted to share with you as we relax together during this Labor Day weekend.

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+ Diamond/Micro/Nano Blocks +

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In case you haven’t checked out the YouTube channel; I’ve really gotten into nano blocks…or was it diamond blocks…so many different names for tiny legos! Σ(-᷅_-᷄๑) I normally purchase mine at a local Korean shop in Annandale, but they do carry a few brands at Barnes and Noble. They’ve become rather theraputic for me and my anxiety but these can get a tad expensive depending on the brand. In terms of completing a build; it can take me anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, but I normally try and have snacks and tea on hand.

+ Exit Tunes presents EDM3 +

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This freakin’ album is the epitome of #3Hype5Me. Earlier this year, I purchased the first EDM compilation album from Exit Tunes and I adored it. So when the cross fade for the third installment was released, I immediately went ahead and ordered it and I was far from disappointed. As of today, my favorite tracks from the album are “Satallite” and “ARTIFICIAL SKIN.” It may not be great music for relaxing but it does help me wake up in the morning on my way to work and keeps me sane during traffic hours.

+ Alex and Ani Bracelets +

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There are two people to blame for my recent addiction to Alex and Ani; thanks Alex and Katie. I cannot tell you how this happened but I remember being so flipping excited to buy the Jellyfish bracelet from their “Under the Sea” charity collection…and the feeling is still the same when I buy another. My latest bracelet is the Unicorn charity bracelet and holy crap, it is too precious for words. I love the look of each one and the idea of revealing bits and pieces of my personality to people via each bracelet. The unfortunate part is that they are a tad expensive so collecting all of the ones I set my sights on will be rather difficult, but I’m in no rush.

+ Starbucks “You are Here” Mugs +

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If you’re unaware, I thoroughly enjoy traveling. I love the process of leaving my home to go somewhere brand new and different. I have been noticing that I have a ridiculous addiction to Starbucks so if we go anywhere…I like to make sure there is a Starbucks nearby so I can get a latte or refresher when necessary. When we were in New York for Miku Expo, I thought…WHY NOT BUY A FRIGGIN’ STARBUCKS MUG AS A SOUVENIR RATHER THAN SOMETHING LOGICAL. And now here I am because I adore these mugs. I love the artwork and I love how large they are and to be honest, they’re only $13 which is not bad at all for a souvenir in NYC or other places.

That’s a wrap for my August favorites! I hope you guys enjoyed and if you have any questions or comments about any of the items on today’s post, please feel free to drop a comment down below and I will reply as soon as I am able to. As always, have a fantastic week and I will see you all next time~!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Room Tour (๑́•∀•๑̀)ฅ

Hello Hello~!

I came to a realization after being on YouTube for hours one day…I’ve never done a room tour for you guys. I suppose a big part of it was that I didn’t feel my room was that great to share with people, but I’ve been reorganizing and putting in new furniture lately so I feel that I’m comfortable sharing my space with you guys. Finally. (๑•́ω•̀๑)

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Just for grins and giggles; 95% of my room furniture is from IKEA. Other stuff varies from Target to Small Shops here and there. I don’t quite have a specific theme for my room, but I hope you all like it still!

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Let’s start with where the magic happens. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) And by magic I mean ridiculous amounts of sleep and staying away from the sun. Also…don’t let the large amount of pillows fool you; I only use two. In terms of specifics, I know I got the bed spread from Target. I’ve been on a really big white phase when it comes to decorating. I feel that white helps brighten an otherwise quite dark room like mine and it helps produce better pictures because it’s bright.

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My TV stand is actually a bit awkward. I got with the mind set that it will be useful when I move out at the end of the year. Don’t get me wrong; it definitely will but I didn’t take the size of my SMOL TV into consideration so it looks a bit too big and awkward…so I only took pictures of the spots I liked. | ू*꒦ິ꒳꒦ີ)。oO

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My favorite part of my room; my shelves. ❤ They hold my manga collection, my Vocaloid collection, Sailor Moon collection, and my slowly growing Card Captor Sakura collection. They are so bright and colorful and I adore them. Both of the shelves are from IKEA and were quite cheap! They hold so freakin’ much and you can adjust the height of each shelf and it’s magnificent. Absolutely adore them and I plan on getting a few more.

Sadly, the other pictures I took came out a tad weird because the settings on my camera are literally EVERYWHERE and I was heavily disappointed with how they came out. However, I did want to share some pictures I took while we were downtown last weekend! Hopefully that makes up for the rather short post. _:(´□`」 ∠):_ Anyways, I hope you all have an amazing weekend! I’ll see you next time. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ( ◞・౪・)

【初音ミク Project DIVA X -Complete Collection-】Unboxing + Video

Well hello!

It’s been a wee bit of a while, huh?

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of brainstorming and planning for the website and YouTube channel’s re-vamp. I’ve got a lot of changes to make but I know they will be for the better to enhance your experience here at Simply Taylor Rae. WITH THAT SAID…

A week ago, I ordered something from CDJapan and it finally arrived yesterday so I filmed and took pictures while unboxing it and OH MY GOD. It’s Miku Bae again. Sorry guys…

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Yep, that’s right. I ordered「初音ミク Project DIVA X -Complete Collection-」 and I got the limited edition along with little to no regrets. It wasn’t too pricey either, so YAY. But like I said; I also did a video to go along with this post so that will be down below after all the pictures and what not!

LET’S GET STARTED~.

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The Collection is kept in a rather nice and high quality box compared to Project Mirai Deluxe box I got a while back. It’s not flimsy and the artwork (by KEI) is GORGEOUS. It’s easy to open and the artwork goes all the way around.

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As soon as you open the box, you’re greeting by the best freakin’ phone stand you’ve ever seen in your life. You also have the logo floating all over the inside of the box.

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The phone stand is made of acrylic and very easy to assemble. It does it’s job well by holding your phone and it looks like Miku is waving to you to put your phone on her. I don’t know how I feel about that last statement, I’m so sorry. (シ_ _)シ But I actually really liked this little addition more than I thought I would. It’s so cute; I don’t know whether to bring it to work to be used or leave it at home with my other Miku stuff.

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Underneath the phone stand lies a cute booklet filled with lyrics and incredibly adorable artwork for each song featured in Project DIVA X. I am definitely loving the illustration for “Love Trial.” (*’∀’人)♥

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And finally we’ve reached the TREASURE of the box; the CDs & Blu-Ray. The front of the CD case is decorated with the same image featured on every piece of merchandise for this freakin’ game apparently…not that I mind, I find it quite adorable but it’s a tad redundant I suppose. The back of the case lists the songs featured on each CD as well as the PVs for the Blu-Ray. The case is quite thick since it holds 3 CDs which I am actually a bit surprised seeing as how the Project Mirai Deluxe box had a bunch of smaller cases…I guess it makes more sense like this.

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The CD art also features the same exact artwork. Nothing new except that the CDs are one color whereas the Blu-Ray is the actual full-colored illustration. I have nothing to really say about these except THE MUSIC IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND I AM FANGIRLING EXTREMELY HARD.

This video covers much of the same stuff; just with better commentary and you get to watch me fail putting together the phone stand. (੭ु ‾᷄ᗣ‾᷅ )੭ु⁾⁾

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THIS WAS SUCH A LONG POST OMG. It was so worth it though. I love this box set so much and I’m glad I got to share the unboxing with you guys! If you purchased or planned on purchasing this item; leave a comment down below! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

I have a weekend trip coming up in two weeks, so I’ll be sure to either vlog or take pictures for you guys! I also plan to do an unboxing of another item soon, so stay tuned!

Thank you for reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (ง ´͈౪`͈)ว

Travel Diaries: Miku Expo & NYC

I’m back from New York and oh boy, do I have a lot to tell you guys!

For those who didn’t know; I traveled 4 hours up the road to New York for Miku Expo and it was an amazing trip. I originally planned to vlog it but unfortunately, Anthony couldn’t find his camera and I didn’t want to carry my big camera all around the city, so I just decided blogging it would be best. SO TA-DA.

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This was definitely a more prepared trip than when we attended back in 2014. We secured our train tickets a bit closer to home rather than from D.C. and we also booked a hotel room right beside the concert venue since I would be walking back to the hotel by myself. I also anticipated spending a lot of money on merchandise and goods, so I prepped that as well. I’ll start this blog from the beginning of Saturday morning…⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

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Saturday morning; Anthony and I were awake by 5:30 to get showered and dressed as well as to finish packing for the overnight stay. It was definitely an off morning for me; I forgot a lot of Miku Gear I wanted to wear and I almost left behind my phone charger which was crucial. But I managed to bring everything necessary for the trip and we made it to the train station a bit ahead of time.

Honestly, the train ride wasn’t as bad as the last time. We arrived only 15 minutes late because of engine problems during the switch from diesel fuel to electric, so I had plenty of time to explore NYC with a friend.

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And of course that friend just so happened to be Minuettee from Twitch! We’ve been friends since around the time after I started streaming and I absolutely adore this cutie-patootie. She showed me around NYC and took me to Starbucks (of course, because we are so freakin’ classy omg), Skylight Diner, Macaron Cafe, and Midtown Comics! We also chatted on Skype with our friends and I was so excited to finally be with Minny~! ꒰♡ˊ͈ ु꒳ ूˋ͈꒱.⑅*♡ She also took me on my first NYC cab ride…it was so interesting but I felt like I lived such a sheltered life; everything seemed so new and it was like more culture shock. (∗॔꒪⺫ॢ꒪)

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After taking me on my first cab ride, Minny and I sat in the VIP line for about 2 hours or so where we chatted with other fans including a couple employees from Good Smile Company in Japan. To be honest; Miku fans are some of the nicest fans I’ve ever met. It’s an incredible sight to see so many people from different backgrounds coming together for one concert.

Anyways, around 6:30 we were able to go into the venue where we received our VIP bags and got early access to the merch table. Speaking of which; Minny and I had a plan. Minny would go secure a location as close to the front as possible and I would go purchase the merchandise. The plan was successful and we actually had a good spot; but we are so freakin’ short and the people in front of us just so happened to be really tall but they were nice enough to move around so we could see.

So the concert started with the opening band, Anamanaguchi, and they did a phenomenal job getting the crowd pumped and ready to go. I wish I had taken pictures during their set but I was honestly jumping up and down have a blast. They had a relatively short set, but it was amazing. After Anamanaguchi performed; within minutes the opening animation began and Miku popped up with “The World is Mine” and the entire audience ERUPTED with 「世界で一番お姫さま!」(Sekai de ichiban ohime sama!) and it was on from there. There were so many awesome songs played but I think my favorites were “Remote Control” by Rin and Len, “Ten Thousand Stars” by Miku, and “Sharing the World” by Miku and Anamanaguchi. It was an emotional rollercoaster and at the end during “Star Fragment” I looked over at Minny and we just hugged each other. Miku Expo has always been a positive experience for me and to see it again and feel so much excitement and to sing loud and obnoxiously and wave glow sticks around…it was such a happy feeling inside of me and I wish it never had to end.

With that said; the concert was beautiful and amazing and I am hoping that another one will be around in the future. We ended up leaving the venue around 10:50 or 11pm and headed to CVS to pick up some snacks and drinks. After that, Minny and I parted ways sadly and I went to my hotel room and passed out.

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The next morning, Anthony and I woke up fairly early to explore NYC before heading to our train back to VA. It was a lot of fun; we got pancakes and Starbucks while attempting to find the Disney store. Needless to say we didn’t find it, but we found a cool gaming store in the area and I ended up buying something from it…har har. We ended up just heading to the hotel to get our stuff, check out and wait at the train station until our train arrived.

And that pretty much sums up our entire trip…(๑́•∀•๑̀)ฅ

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Thanks for sticking around with that long post…I was so excited to share the trip with you guys! I’ll be posting a video and a haul post tomorrow hopefully if all goes well! As for today I am going to call it a night but I wanted to say a huge thank you to Minny for taking me around NYC and making my Miku Expo experience amazing. ❤ I’ll see you guys next time!!!!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae (๑꒪▿꒪)*