Standing Max Factory’s Mari next to Kotobukiya’s, I wish I could send Koto’s back to Max Factory for a repaint. She really looks plain and dull next to MF’s Mari, despite the fact she’s insisting I admire her bottom. A demand I have no issue complying with.
Pre-orders are so far out that I often forget the details of the items I’ve ordered. While I never forgot that I ordered Mari, I did forget she was the same 1/6th scale as Kotobukiya’s run of Evangelion figures. This is especially funny for me because I’ve recently been of the opinion 1/6th figures lack the needed detail for their size and sold Good Smile Company’s Saber for that very reason. Then arrives Mari to rub it in my face and remind me that I have a bunch of acceptable 1/6th figures already. Though, I should say GSC’s Saber was probably closer to 1/5th than 1/6th, she was quite a large girl.
At first glance Max’s Mari looks rather uninspired, as if Chieri just crapped out an Eva figure because it was demanded of them rather than having any interest in doing so themselves. She looks like something Wave or even SEGA could have come up with for their prize figures, but if one is willing to take a second look at her you’ll start to notice she’s actually really well done. The pose comes from a piece of official art in the Bluray of Evangelion 2.22 and while there’s not a huge amount of detail in her plugsuit like say Millimeter Modeling’s Asuka, she’s not 1/4th scale either and plugsuits are fairly simple. The creases and looseness in Millimeter Modeling’s Asuka doesn’t quite look as sexy as an unnaturally perfect fitting plugsuit anyway.
What makes Mari stand out from her common simplistic appearance however is her colour. She’s so much more vibrant than Kotobukiya’s Mari and even seems to fit in rather well amongst the others. Though, unfortunately her metalic finish causes all of the others to look inferiorly painted. Which is a real shame, because the others were all quite good. Though, I wonder, if they had the same finish as Mari would they look good with it? I’ve always really liked Alter’s Ayanami Rei for example and she has an incredibly matte finish. A question to ponder.
Continuing to compare Max’s to Koto’s, Max’s appears to be a much more accurate representation of Mari. Her face doesn’t look strange, and her glasses look sexy rather than nerdy. Additionally Max’s Mari has bright blue eyes, very noticeable and even managing to draw one’s attention towards them, rather than her body. Kind of sexy in it’s own right, though her curves are pretty nice I have to admit. Well, except those breasts. Those of you who know me already know this though, they’re too big of course. I think if I were to pick the best Mari representation I’d have to go with a cosplayer, yes a real person. Chamaro’s done an excellent cosplay of Mari and is very attractive, so take her, place her into an exaggerated anime style and she’d have the perfect breasts and proportions for my ideal Mari (and back to 2D where we belong).
Sometimes with a figure there are various scenes you can imagine them placed within, however there’s only one I imagine Mari in. I picture her standing atop an Evangelion, serenely overseeing the chaotic post-apocalyptic landscape below, wind blowing through her hair and a vibrant blue sky above. Shame I couldn’t find a way to recreate that, I searched around on Google Maps for my local post-apocalyptic landscape but was unable to find one unfortunately.
Starting with this review I’ve decided to discontinue the use of my old quantitative hard numbers approach to rating things. As my opinions change and skew with time the consistency of the rating system diminished to the point of uselessness. So from now on I’ll be using a qualitative approach, giving some quick bullet points of traits I believe positively or negatively affect the figures quality or appearance. It’s my hope this will be more useful to visitors than everything being 3+ stars. Additionally I’ve hidden the Gallery to save space, clicking “Gallery” will toggle it’s display.
- Accurately sculpted.
- Vibrantly painted with a nice metallic sheen.
- Nice detailing such as painted lips, very rare thing to see.
- Displays well with Kotobukiya’s 1/6th Evangelion series of figures
- Simplistic apperance.
- Paint spots on her left buttocks.
- Strange look to her bottom, the legs of her plugsuit bulge out around her bum. Likely caused where her legs join her torso.