Actually pre-ordered her yesterday as soon as she went up, but didn’t have time to write this. When she arrives, assuming things follow the same order as I ordered them, Koto’s Shikinami will be my 3rd Asuka figure and out numbering my collection of Rei figures by one.
I’m starting to hate collections, they’re so hard on the wallet. I love ’em to death but it gets so expensive trying to collect ’em all. Sometimes I feel like Ash Ketchum from Pokémon, or just about any children’s advertisement that has to do with collecting, “gotta catch ’em all!” etc… Kotobukiya’s 1/6th line of Eva figures have all been pretty decent and above average for Kotobukiya’s quality in my opinion so I’ve been pretty confident with all their 1/6th figures, ordering anything I thought looked good. So with that I feel finishing off this collection is a must for me, so I’ve continued to do so.
Unlike Alters Shikinami Asuka, Kotobukiya’s Asuka seems have absolutely no wrinkles at all in it, following Asuka’s skin perfectly and smoothly, as I think it did in the anime. So in that respect it feels proper, however comparing to Alters the wrinkles in the material seem to add so much realism to the figure. I think technically Alter’s Asuka is superior in almost every way. So why am I buying another? well part of course what I said in the first paragraph, but part because I, unlike what seems to be a good portion of people, like Asuka’s face and pose in this figure. As I’ve said elsewhere, the feeling I get from her face in this figure is that of just before suprise, embarrassment and anger. I see a little bit of fear in those eyes, combined with a little bit of blank stare.
Picture this scenario if you will. Asuka has just suited up in possibly the most embarrassing plugsuit to date, she’s a little uncomfortable with it but proceeds to put her hair clips in. Just then Shinji walks in completely oblivious to what all is happening having been told to meet Kaji here for a surprise. Asuka freezes for a split second, *snap* Kaji takes a picture just at that moment. The moment just before Asuka realizes what’s even happened, the moment before she can even be embarrassed or angry. The moment before she can kick Shinji and Kaji’s so hard in the butt they feel it in their teeth. That’s what I see in this figure, and that’s the majority of why I’m buying her, for that imagined scenario that came to mind immediately after seeing her painted face looking back at me.
Asuka will of course be 1/6th scale like the other figures in this series, and like the others will be sculpted by Shirahige Tsukuru. She’ll retail for ¥6,800 / $76 CAD and should be released in October of this year. The claimed height is apparently 18 cm.
One last thing I need to mention though… Why doesn’t this one get a base like the other 4?