Wave, known for making 1/10th scale bikini laden figures, has done what no other figure company could manage. They’ve given Asuka her own face! She’s not looking off into the distance serenely, she’s not overly content or happy, no, she’s tsundere! Was that so hard to accomplish? Good Smile Company? Kotobukiya? Alter? Yeah I didn’t think so.
When I ordered Wave’s Shikinami Asuka Langley I was worried about her size, I’d never ordered anything 1/10th before and didn’t bother doing any math prior. So I was a little surprised when I received her and she wasn’t all that much smaller than the usual 1/8th scale figures. She’s 17 cm tall and while noticeably smaller she’s not too small to forget. For example, Drossel von Flügel (figma) comes up to Asuka’s breasts so she’s still bigger than a figma. However, standing her next to any of my 1/8th scale figures she’s easily dwarfed and next to the 1/6th scale Asuka’s I have she looks strangely tiny.
I’m still undecided about price versus received quality/size. She retailed for ¥4,725 / $57 CAD and while I paid $45 CAD I still feel it’s a bit high. Perhaps a $35 price point would have been more reasonable, but then the exchange rate continues to get worse and average figure prices continue to grow as well further compounding the issue. It could be that perceived value per dollar in Japan’s economy differs from my own. Additionally, perhaps lowering the price further puts her too close to a prize figures level.
Asuka and Rei have worn just about every type of clothing available, and some not, but it’s still nice to see Asuka out of her plugsuit and into something more casual, especially when it’s cannon. I’m sure the school uniforms of Evangelion in it’s day were a fetish had by many, but these days skirts have gotten shorter and generally uniforms have gotten cuter and as such the Eva uniform appears drab and boring. Most definitely so when compared to the latex form-fitting plugsuits. Because of this it’s easy to understand why the characters are thrown into anything but their school uniforms. Thankfully with the revitalization of the franchise Gainax chose to include something a little different from the plugsuits or school uniforms. Jean shorts, bra and an apron. Now, perhaps that’s not a bra, but it certainly looks like one, despite my feeling that Asuka wouldn’t just wear one around the house in case Shinji came home. Either way, lucky SOB.
It would be interesting to understand why the Evangelion girls have maintained their popularity over the years, and further why they’ve been imagined into so many different roles and personas beyond their originals. Is it due to a looser licensing of the franchise allowing others to produce items without worry from Gainax, or just something inherent in their characters or the time in which they arrived on the scene. Perhaps people just connect better with them due to their lack of perfection and how nothing works out for them, they’re tortured throughout the series and you wish them to be happy and elsewhere, hence the re-imagining of their roles. Who knows.
Ogawa Youzou has managed a pretty decent job with the small scale of Asuka, fitting in a reasonable amount of detail for a production 1/10th scale item. Unlike some larger figures she has a fairly prominent collar bone and respectable detail in the wrinkling of her apron and shorts. However the size of Asuka’s breasts has been enlarged or perhaps left at 1/8th scale for some unknown reason. Originally I thought this was because of the apron and how it would add extra thickness to her chest since it’s a cast-off item, however even cast-off Asuka’s breasts are too big. Either that bra of hers is seriously padded or she’s received some implants since Eva 2.22. Her hair is reasonably good for the scale, there’s obvious room for improvement in the paint however.
The coolest feature of Wave’s Asuka has to be her movable head. Such a simple difference between the norm but really adds a lot of characterization to her. Asuka can go from flat out angry to tsundere to shy all by angling her head different ways. I can understand how on some figures this wouldn’t be a desired feature, but in the more simplistic figures like Wave’s Asuka it’s a definite welcome addition and one I wasn’t aware I’d be receiving. I now understand how people swap heads between Wave figures, there’s just a ball joint they connect to on the neck.
It’s really too bad Wave doesn’t produce 1/8th scale figures, Asuka thus far doesn’t fit in with my collection very well scale-wise. She’s a cute little figure and I love the tsundere attitude she’s displaying, that in addition to her scale makes her pretty unique in my collection filled mostly with happy or serene girls. I don’t think I’ll be displaying Asuka with her apron off though, she just isn’t as cute with it off and her too large breasts stand out too well. With the apron on you get a reasonable display of cleavage, some nice definition in sideboob and an overall cuter appearance.
I’d love if you’d cook me dinner Asuka…
- Asuka finally has her own face, tsundere!
- Cannon non-plugsuit clothes
- Rotating head lets you change her expression
- 1/10th scale is too small
- Expensive for the small scale
- Breasts enlarged or padded bra
- Paintwork could be better