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11:00 PM on 01.25.2015

Universal Studios Japan can turn you into an Evangelion figure

3D scanners aren't anything new, Gentle Giant used them over a decade ago to make Jakks Pacific's WWF/WWE Real Scan figures. But with time comes innovation and now anyone can have a figure made of themselves if they know wher...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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9:00 AM on 01.22.2015

Alter's Asuka Jersey Version sees re-release

Who doesn't like getting a second chance on cool items? Especially ones with high praise. So maybe you read the Tomopop review, and decided to go for one and were too late. Alter has come through! Asuka gets a re-release. And...

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Tomopop Review: Alter's Asuka Langley Shikinami Jersey ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Alter's Asuka Langley Shikinami Jersey ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

Alter has made a couple of Asuka figures before, with the last one released almost four years ago. If that one was too happy and/or immodest for you (those test plugsuits can be quite revealing), this release may be more to your liking.

Although I don't find this figure to be particularly noteworthy, I have been wanting to expand my Eva collection for a while without shelling out for RAHes or Revoltechs. Read on to see how this Asuka measures up.

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Kahotan previews the Eva Racing Nendoroid Asuka photo
Kahotan previews the Eva Racing Nendoroid Asuka
by Tianxiao Ma

Since we saw Nendoroid Rei, the natural progression would be to see Nendoroid Asuka because they are the only two characters in the whole of Evangelion. It's still strange to me that the first Nendoroid Eva pilots we get are the Eva Racing designs, but something is better than nothing.

Actually this Asuka is way better than nothing. Whereas Rei is mostly unexpressive, Nendoroid Asuka has a cheerful smile and an angry face. I also like her selection of arms and legs better (but let's be real, I'm buying both). Kahotan says they'll both be up for pre-order in a couple of days, but make sure you take a look at her preview in the meantime!

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Eva Racing Nendoroids kick off with Rei Ayanami photo
Eva Racing Nendoroids kick off with Rei Ayanami
by Tianxiao Ma

Aside from a custom creation a while back, the Evangelion pilots have never been made into Nendoroid form. It looks like that will change soon with the Evangelion Racing Nendoroids on the horizon.

Kahotan has a preview up of Nendoroid Rei Ayanami in her race queen outfit. It takes design queues from her usual plug suit, but is quite a bit more revealing. As far as accessories go, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot: you'll have an alternate smiling (barely) face, and two parasols. Rei will be a Good Smile Online Shop exclusive, and will go up for pre-order on Monday.

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9:00 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above photo
Amakuni's new Asuka is a cut above
by Martin Siggers

Amakuni have recently carved out a lucrative niche collaborating with Hobby Japan magazine, producing high quality exclusive figures for the publication. That collaboration doesn't look like it's about to stop anytime soon either, as today the two put their latest work up for order, an impressive 1/6 rendition of Asuka Langley Shikinami from Evangelion 3.33.

The posterior-emphasising pose is a little reminiscent of Alter's take on the same character, but Amakuni's version holds its own well through the addition of a distinctive long halberd, which I don't remember from the film but adds a unique touch. It's a nice pose, graceful yet relaxed and made more noticeable by the decision to use Asuka's new plugsuit from the film, and intriguing mess of red, purple and white which shouldn't really work but somehow does.

All in all it's a very cool take on one of the most-overexposed characters in the figure world, and I'm definitely pondering an order. As an exclusive, you know the drill - a high price tag plus the additional cost of a proxy, though in this case that's somewhat offset by the generous size of the figure. Asuka is available now at ¥11,000, and is expected to arrive next May.

[ Preorder at Big in Japan | Nippon-Yasan ]

[ via Akiba Hobby ]

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8:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Get over your mommy issues with Clayz's Rei Ayanami

No you haven't fallen into a time warp, this is an Evangelion 2.0 figure in 2014. Like, a thousand years after the film's release. Why this Ayanami? And why now? I don't know, but I welcome it. The subject admittedly isn't th...

Tianxiao Ma



[Update] Japanese 7-Eleven stores give away two giant Evangelion prizes photo
[Update] Japanese 7-Eleven stores give away two giant Evangelion prizes
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[update: All 25 of the statues put up for sale sold out in two minutes at that price. Two minutes! That's insane!]

Ever wonder what it would look like if NERV was funded by a major international convenient store chain? Probably not, but you're going to find out. 7-Eleven in Japan is working with the Evangelion franchise to produce giant two meter tall Unit 01 figures colored in 7-Eleven green, orange, and red. Best part is fans (only in Japan) don't even have to walk into a store to score one of the two up for grabs. One will be given away to a random person who visits 7-Eleven's Japanese Twitter account and retweets the announcement. The other one simply requires liking their Japanese Facebook page. The giveaway only runs from now to August 11 so fans will want to act fast.

Sounds painless, but if you're a glutton for punishment you could always buy one. 7-Eleven is taking orders until August 31 for anyone crazy dedicated enough to drop ¥1,700,000 (a little more than US$16,600) on their choice of either 7-Eleven colors or normal purple. On the brightside the delivery guy will also put it together, though apparently they want a lot of space to work so I have to wonder if they'd work outdoors. 

I certainly wouldn't be against winning one (if I was eligible), but I don't know if there's any character I would pay as much as a car to own a figure of. 

[via Rocket News 24, Anime News Network]

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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Sega prize figures photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Sega prize figures
by Scarecroodle

Sega's Summer WonFes booth featured prize figures for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vocaloid, and Terra Formars, among other properties. Among the highlights were a seated Gendo (!!!), Caster (Fate/EXTRA CCC), mini Terraformars, the Evangelion pilot girls, and a pretty nice Meiko.

Of course, there were also a lot of things I couldn't identify, including what appears to be an unpainted prototype for one of the Terra Formars BUG members.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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4:30 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo's Mega Sofubi Advance

Did I just completely miss this whole arm of Kaiyodo's corpus? I'm always awed and amazed (sometimes not in the best way) by super-huge toys. In this case, I definitely got a good impression, though. As I turned the corner, I...

Kristina Pino





Contest Results: Who's our Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q winner? photo
Contest Results: Who's our Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q winner?
by Vanessa Cubillo

Two weeks ago I asked readers to name their favorite capsule toys, and boy did I get a lot of responses! Readers named Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, and more. There was no wrong answer.

All of this was to see who wanted to win an Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q toy and more. So now it's time to announce the winner!

Chosen by random, the winner of this contest is Okan ahin!

Congratulations! Please email me at Vanessa@tomopop.com Thanks to everyone who entered. We'll be having more contests coming up very soon. 

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