Mie is an original character from Private Beach 3, created by Kurushima. Listed as a 1/6 scale and measuring in at 24cm / 9.36in long the figure actually feels more like a 1/7 bordering 1/8. She comes in a box containing a styrofoam container due to being crafted in cold cast resin, a material that’s very brittle in nature. Some stores even warn potential buyers of the risks involved and it basically comes down to luck getting a figure in its pristine form. Fortunately, Mie arrived in near perfect condition with the exception of a pink anomaly on her left foot.
Included in the box besides the figure itself is a mirror base, an optional bikini top and a required front part of the bikini bottom. There is nothing sculpted as far as genitalia goes which may be a let down to some but on the upside you get an interesting approach to dealing with one’s swimsuit instead.
I reckon most collectors outside Japan will skip this figure for a couple of reasons. It’s rather pricey, it’s made in cold cast resin and it’s from a lesser known company. All three arguments are hard to object to, though I will say that Kurushima has surprised me in this particular case. It has its flaws; like the aforementioned pink color scratch incident, the bikini bottom doesn’t connect properly in the front and I do find the hair a little plain. On the upside there’s great skin tone shading with a fairly done paint job overall leaving a few hiccups here and there, most which are not spotted by the naked eye. While surgically enhanced, the breasts do look alright though it appear Kurushima spent far more time sculpting them compared to her backside, for example. Not to mention the non-existent genitalia even if it doesn’t necessarily hurt the figure’s appearance as it does realistically.
If you’re planning to pick this up my only advice would be to take notice of the red arrow on the styrofoam before removing the final tape plastered around it. It points to the side which should be facing upwards before you lift up half the packaging. If you’re doing it the other way around there’s a high chance that the figure will fall out of its hiding place which isn’t the best practice when in such a frail state.