It feels like it’s been a year since I wrote a post, as if it must be 2010 already, but surely I jest, right? Is it really the end of another decade? Well damn, so it is. Happy New Year to everyone then! Another year another batch of figures to collect! (Or should I have made my new years resolution “stop ‘wasting’ money on anime figures”?)
Today we’ll be discussing an older figure, a figure from the year two thousand and eight, ah, I remember it like it was yesterday. Actually that’s a lie, I have no idea what happened in two thousand and eight. Anyway, Ayanami Rei here is a slightly older figure that has been previously reviewed by many other people already, but that’s ok, I’m going to do one anyway!
Ayanami Rei is of course from the über popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you don’t know of this series, I suspect you’ve arrived at this post by accident.
This version of Rei is produced by Alter and is actually their second Rei figure, their first was produced in 2005. Unlike their first rendition of Rei, this figure is only 1/8th scale, and actually seems quite small due to Rei’s curled up pose. Rei retailed for ¥5,800 / $68 CAD though I paid $61 CAD shipped (via EMS) one year after her original release date of October 2008 via Play-Asia as she was on sale at the time.
Rei’s pose has me swaying back and forth, is it a sexy pose, or is it a cute pose? She looks cute and vulnerable curled up as she is, but she also looks sexy, because she’s showing off her figure, bum and long legs. But I guess it doesn’t matter, neither are mutually-exclusive from each other, and the pose is very attractive.
I think the pose also hits on the traits people (otaku?) are attracted to in her character and those like her. She looks fragile and helpless, vulnerable as I said above, as if she needs you to protect her. One thing I’m quite happy about though is that she doesn’t have any injuries, casts or bandages, while they would fit in well with her character, I personally don’t find them very attractive. Though of course, that’s not to say she’s immediately unattractive with them, just not my preference for her. I don’t like to see people hurt (well, unless they’re morons).
Some fun with Rei’s pose, if we turn her over, it looks as though she’s cowering in fear. Very interesting how the dynamic changes so quickly, cute and vulnerable to ‘you gonna get raped’. [2019-06-22: That’s not fun at all wtf past me]
As seems to be one of Alters virtues, they continue to live up to (modern) expectations with regards to paintwork. Like all Eva figures, the paintwork required could have been be rather simple, Rei’s plugsuit could be a simple white colour but Alter has added darker tones to give the suit some depth. They’ve also shaded her hair creating nice pale blues which match her character art very well indeed.
Numakura Toshiaki’s sculpt has been transferred quite well in the molding process. There are very few defects, in fact I think the defects I see are just paint bubbles. Being the person I am, I’d like to find one defect I could point out to everyone but I honestly can’t find one, even on the side we don’t see. Good job Alter!
I really like this version of Rei, much much more than the Kotobukiya version I reviewed last year. Rei’s pose is so much more natural in this figure and so much more attractive because of it. Rei’s base in this version however is increadibly plain, essentially just a sheet of shiny black plastic she lays on. Though it does have a nice mirror finish which you can see illustrated quite well in some of the pictures where you see my ugly ugly UGLY yellow blinds. Ew.
I really need to buy new blinds…