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8:00 AM on 10.21.2014

Kahotan previews the Eva Racing Nendoroid Asuka

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 ...

Tianxiao Ma


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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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Contest time: Win an Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q and more photo
Contest time: Win an Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q and more
by Vanessa Cubillo

Greetings, Tomopop readers!

It's time for another exciting contest where we're giving away some fun prizes. What are we offering this time? Well, one winner will get a Kaiyodo Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q Fraulein figure, but that's not all! Along with this figure, the winner will also receive a few mystery prizes. Don't you just love a surprise? 

So how can you win? It's easy! Just leave a comment on this post answering one question. What are your favorite capsule toys? If you know me, it's going to be no surprise that I say anything Sailor Moon. Answer by June 3 for a chance to win.

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6:00 PM on 05.23.2014

There is now a story behind Transformers x Evangelion

Just yesterday, we finally got to see what the ever-weird Transformers x Evangelion crossover would result in toy-wise. TakaraTomy is now giving us more with an official page, story, and what will hopefully be a resulting Sta...

Andres Cerrato



1:30 PM on 05.22.2014

MP Optimus Prime x Evangelion is about as creative as you thought it would be

Were you expecting something really cool when it was announced that Transformers would crossover with Evangelion? Maybe something like that stylized Revoltech that made people actually seem genuinely interested in the possibi...

Andres Cerrato