We here at Tomopop have seen plenty of Asukas in all different shapes and sizes (and outfits) come and go. And heck, we've even reviewed quite a few of them in the past. One of those was Kotobukiya's Test Suit Asuka (reviewed), which we seemed to like. So it only makes sense, perhaps, that Koto came out with a slightly smaller-scale Asuka in her more traditional plug suit. Well, it's because of Evangelion 2.0, but hey, I'm not complaining.
Is Kotobukiya's new turn with Asuka worth your while, though? You should probably follow me after the jump and find out, since you've gone this far!
So how about that box, huh? It isn't fancy, featuring three big, square windows with a design that evokes Asuka's plug suit, but it's not terrible by any means. I love this little bit of attention to detail, though: the only colors they used on the box are the same ones they used on Asuka herself, and even the Kotobukiya logo is in the same color as Asuka's hair. Very nicely done!
Out of the box, the 1/7-scale Asuka is sitting with her feet tucked somewhat underneath her, one arm bracing her while the other is up on her lips, making her look very playful. The sculpt itself and the pose both aren't too extreme. Asuka's body is well proportioned, and get your mind out of the gutter because I'm talking about the fact that her arms, head, body and legs are all in the correct scale to one another.
From different angles, you can get a little bit better look at some of the detailing on her legs and shoulders, as well as her butt and the bottoms of her feet. There's enough definition, but the plug suit itself really denies Kotobukiya the opportunity to add a lot more detail on her legs and torso besides what the plug suit itself has. So that really means you get to see the striping and seams on her legs, and a bit of detail on the soles of her feet, but beyond that, it's smooth as can be. At least her butt's got some sculpted tone to it, for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing on your figures.
Her left hand's pose isn't too bad; none of the fingers are bent into weird shapes, though I think her pinky is a little too straight. Well, either that or my left hand is screwed up because I couldn't quite pull off the pose myself. But hey, maybe Asuka's a little more dexterous than I am!
The paint work on her hand is spotless; you won't find any missed areas, splotches or bleed over the lines. You can also see her ear in his shot; check out the detail on that. The little things do matter, and Kotobukiya seems to realize that, because where ever they can sneak in a little bit more detail or definition, they seem to do it!
Asuka's face is probably what's going to make or break this figure for you. It's undeniably cute and playful, her mouth open in a bit of a smile and those big blue eyes looking a bit off to the side and up, probably at you. I find it to be an ingenious little bit of figure design: based on how she sits and the number of possible angles you can display her in to really show her off, she's almost guaranteed to be looking at you unless you have her up on a shelf that's higher than your head.
You also get to see that her bangs are well sculpted, and the details around the collar of her neck are as they should be, too.
Up on top of her head, there's not a lot to look at. Minimal detail, but no seam because it's hidden by Asuka's bangs.
Asuka's long red hair is well sculpted in the back, with each of the individual strands having its own definition. Or, in simpler terms, it's not a big blob of PVC. The little plug suit hair pieces are also well sculpted and painted.
Her right arm braces her against the ground, fingers posed naturally and sculpted individually. No problems with the paint, either, but the plug suit seems to take away a bit of the detailing's definition.
If you've seen one Asuka in a plug suit, you've probably seen 20. There's nothing too new in Kotobukiya's version that you can't find on another Asuka, but it's all well detailed, painted properly without bleeding over the lines, and her actual abdomen are doesn't look unnaturally proportioned. Outside of the seams there isn't much detail to look at, but again, that's the nature of the plug suit.
But there's a second part to the statue as well: a broken concrete base with some awfully detailed little cracks and broken chunks in it. Of course, it's not actually broken, but the job they've done using paint to weather the base makes it look like it very well could be!
Asuka fits pretty easily on it, though there are no actual indents or impressions on the base for her to rest in. You can also choose to display her without the base as well, if you think seeing her sitting with that playful look on her face amidst the rubble is a little too odd.
Kotobukiya's Asuka is a nice, solid and detailed 1/7-scale figure that's a good addition to any Evangelion fan's collection, but it won't set your world on fire. The detail that's in Asuka's original design is all there and it's done beautifully by the Kotobukiya crew, but I can't really say this Asuka is the kind you'd have for the main centerpiece of your collection. If you're still building up your Evangelion collection or a collection and general, though, this Asuka might not be a bad addition at all.
[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing a review sample!]
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