This figure came right out of left field, I don’t think anyone saw her coming. Two years after the release of their Ayanami Rei and just in time for the release of Rebuild of Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance, Alter’s decided it’s time for an additional member to their small one character cast of 1/8th scale Evangelion figures, Shikinami Asuka Langley donning her splendid Test Type plugsuit.
Only noticing this figure even existed due to a post on The Banzai! Effect I immediately consulted Twitter as to the proper course of action. Buy or not to buy. Most everyone who messaged said that she was a must buy, and rightly so. I was only use them as a scapegoat anyway, so that later on I would be able to blame others for my empty wallet.
Like everyone, I’m not sure why they decided to change Asuka’s plugsuit, I suppose the obvious answer might be sex appeal, I mean just look at how low cut it is around that pleasant bum of hers. However, it’s not like the original plugsuit hid anything either, her bum was easily visible through the ultratight latex-like clothing. I think perhaps this plugsuit goes a little too extreme, the original seemed tight and sexy, but still sleek and with the illusion that perhaps it was functional in some way. The new is a little over the top and perhaps a little backwards. I could see this prototype suit as being the original, and the other as being the new, but this reversed order seems off. All said though, it’s not like I’m really complaining, I’m quite happy to see Asuka in a translucent ultratight contour matching megathin pair of futuristic no-so-coveralls.
Asuka is planned to be released in October of this year, 2 years after their Rei figure. She will be 1/8th scale and measure in around 23.5 cm tall, though I’m unsure if that includes the metal stand part of her base or not. She has quite the reasonable MSRP given the relative market at the moment, ¥7,800 / $92 CAD. It’s unfortunate that the Canadian Dollar isn’t doing so well against the Japanese Yen but that’s the price one has to pay I suppose on the International money exchange markets. Asuka is sculped by Yagyu Toshiyuki instead of Numakura Toshiaki, the sculptor of their Rei. Other works by Yagyu include Chua Churam, Clalaclan Philias, KOS-MOS Ver.4, Lala Satalin Deviluke, Saber Lily and Senhime, all quite splendid works making for quite a good portfolio.
I was just starting to think not much had been released recently…