The most stylish Evangelion model to date09 October, 2010 by Chad
KT (who last purchased the Itazura Cat Coin Bank) brought us over to China Square Central again this week to pick up this Neon Genesis Evangelion Rei Ayanami figure by Yamato Creators Labo. I’m not a really a fan of anime toys or figures, but if there was one worth considering, it might just be this one.
This is the second run of the Rei Ayanami V2 figure. Both the previous batch of V2s and the original V1 figures were a smash hit with fans last year. This batch was fully sold out even before it had shipped but luckily for KT someone had canceled their pre-order so there was a spare set to be had. This figure set him back $136.
Yamato’s more realistic stylization of Rei is definitely a beauty and the concept was painstakingly reproduced as this well crafted model. The V2 in particular is a lovely figure. Paint work has been dramatically improved over the last version (no more cheap shiny paint) and the eyes have been made narrower and less anime.
As before, special thanks for letting me grab it away for some photos. Photo spam commences.
It was great fun taking specifically taking pictures of a anime figure for the first time. Realized how much trouble the modeler had to be put through to take a lazy drawing and turn it into something that could look good from multiple angles. Excellent craftsmanship here. There are probably more Evangelion merchandise out there than for any other anime but this rendition of Rei has got to be the best yet.
The next figure coming out this November will feature a similarly stylized Asuka Langley. PlayAsia is taking pre-orders for the figure now. USD$109 or SGD$141, inclusive of shipping. Unfortunately since the figures are based off the original series, we probably won’t be seeing a Mari Illustrious model.
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