Here's another #Christmas themed action figure. Neon Genesis Evangelion action figures, no less. And, yes, this is the second time I'm reviewing these things. So with that said, let's get on to the review!
I tried looking up which company made these awesome figures. I found a lot of rerelease from #Sega Premium, but all in all, I couldn't really find one company that links these figures to it. So I'm not sure, and I can't find that old review I did on my old blog. Still, I suppose we can just go on with the review all the same. Right off the get-go, it's clear that this is Holiday-related pieces. Rei in a green box while (fittingly) Asuka is in the red one. The decoration of gold stands along with the artwork showing the Evan ladies with their festive clothing should abate any question as to what kind of 'toys' these are. Color scheme, window box, and shape--all in all, it's a well-designed box to fit and convey the theme. I honestly really like it and I kept the box through the years to store the figures and to have a Christmas themed item around when I want to mix my nerdness and the Holidays together.
"Limited". A wreath. Very Christmas indeed!
It comes with a comic book/manga. I thought the pages inside would have a spinoff Christmas story inside involving the Evangelion characters--sadly, it doesn't. Not that the convoluted and at times bat-sh!t crazy story was bad or anything, I was just expecting a holly-jolly theme. They spent the time to market the manga with holiday-themed waifus. Oh well. Misleading covers aren't new to me (ahem).
Let's start with the first child, shall we? While Rei is not my favorite Evangelion girl, she is definitely looking fantastic in her Holiday get-up. Tailored to have more of a Santa Clause attire, it's definitely modified to be a bit more feminine--obvious by the (impractical) short dress skirt for the winter sleigh ride. She's got the anime trenchcoat and the boots to give her warmth through the night of delivery. Of course, can't forget about the hat! Rei's also got a festive/angelic rod to help give directions to the elves and Pen-Pen inside the Christmas bag to assist with putting presents under the Christmas Tree. Needless to say, Rei is definitely ready for the cheerful Holiday with this figurine adaptation.
The pose is a very 'lets-go-spread-the-Christmas-Spirit' feel to it. And, of course, as it is an anime, it's got a fanservice vibe to it as well, which, I'm not really against. Nerdgasm + Festivities is never a bad thing for me. I think it's rather adorable and sexy all at the same time so, no complaints!
The paint job is pretty stellar. They picked a pretty robust red that fits the Holiday theme and skin tone to hair, it's pretty good. Not a lot of shading to add depth to the color, but oh well. The one thing that really falls flat is the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Doesn't seem like there is a lot of effort placed towards it. All in all, it's a pretty good paint job so I'm not complaining. Rei, in my opinion, was well done.
All in all, Rei is actually a pretty decent figurine. Nicely sculpted, well colored, and it's a character from a franchise that I absolutely adore. Again, Rei is not my waifu, but at the very end, she's not a bad looker either.
It should be no surprise that Asuka is my favorite character in Evangelion; she's one of my favorite characters in anime, period. I have a thing for the Tsundere gals so can't blame me when this feisty redhead with the fantastic color scheme for her plugsuit and her Eva Unit caught my eyes. Funny enough, I absolutely adore her in the famous yellow dress. Her later appearances with the "Rebuild" are also nice modifications of her original looks; especially when she wears that jacket, that stern look in her one eye, the eye patch, and the crispier new animations. And while Asuka may not only be sharing the spotlight with Rei as lead Eva pilot lady, Asuka still stands out and stands tall right next Rei and Mari.
This outfit is definitely festive. And while Rei gives me the Ms. Santa Clause vibe, Asuka feels like an elf. A high class, sexy elf. While Rei does show some legs, for some reason, the way Asuka is posing is just flat out sex appeal. Festivities! And yes, the sculpting, the pose, and just the overall delivery of her outfit just works for me.
Now, I'm not going to show the backside of this figurine because the disappointing part will be exposed. The chimney is hollow. Doesn't bother me as much but I feel like it's kind of lacking. I mean, I'm sure it doesn't matter that much but I figured to point out.
The colors are great! The red is vibrant and Asuka fits at home with her auburn hair and fair skin. With the not-norm expression on Asuka definitely gives her a holly-jolly vibe! I love this figurine!
Now, I'm not going to show the backside of this figurine because the disappointing part will be exposed. The chimney is hollow. Doesn't bother me as much but I Feel like it's kind of lacking. I mean, I'm sure it doesn't matter that much but I figured to point out. ting, the pose, and just the overall delivery of her outfit just work for me. n of Evangelion--of Asuka. These are a win-win. Despite the small things I find annoying about them, it's still a fantastic pair!
Until Next Time!