April 11, 2011 02:10 am
So I guess I only do an Eva strip every time a Rebuild movie comes out.
Which means it's that time again, and coincidentally it was also my birthday, so my wife got me a Revoltech figure of Asuka Langley-
This is a figure of her new plugsuit that she wears starting halfway through the film (no additional spoilers here). On the plus side, there is additional orange. I love orange. On the downside, apparently the orange is like a translucent torso window. I was about to type that somebody in NERV loves fourteen year old girls a bit too much, but then I realized the Internet would implode from the sheer unrivaled obviousness.
The best thing about this Revoltech figure, really, is the little box that it comes with that you can store all of Asuka's extra parts in. Oh my god that's so wonderful. I lose accessories like people lose skin flakes. The parts kind of have to settle in just the right way for the lid to close, but it's certainly a far cry better than just having to keep the packaging tray forever to store all of the tiny hands.
In addition to all of the extra hands, Asuka also has two additional faces. This would be most excellent, except the face I would like the best, the angry shouting face, doesn't really look like such when you plug it into the back of her cranium and slap her bangs back on. See, the bangs cover up her eyebrows. In anime, usually the eyebrows are drawn through the hair, eliminating this visibility problem, but this is a three-dimensional object. With the eyebrows covered up, it just looks like she's happily shouting. That's her wearing the angry face in the suspended-by-the-display-arm image, for reference.
Another difficulty is how the hands swap out. I really have no idea what I'm doing with most of these pieces. Some of the extra hands have the wrist-joints connected to them, and some of the extra hands have to connect via an extra wrist piece. On top of this, there are two different sets of wrist-cuffs or whatever to place over this set-up like a washer. Why is this done this way? I do not know.
The actual figure is great, of course. It's a Revoltech figure, and so it's a big pile of ratcheted joints. That's what Revoltechs do best, is be a big pile of joints. Hell, even the hair is jointed. It splits up into three parts, so you can have it fly in the breeze however you please.
The wife and I still need to find the time to see Evangelion 2.22 together. I have seen it in English, as Asuka sounding like anybody other than Tiffany Grant is just wrong to me, but Maggie cannot stand any English dub of anything. This is one of the few things in which we are incompatible. So when we get some time I'll have to brave through the English subtitles. Which is fine by me, since it was a pretty crazy/awesome movie that I don't mind seeing again.