Thursday, 28 February 2013

Figure Review - Robot Damashii Evangelion Unit 01

This has been a long time coming, but I finally pulled the trigger and got myself the Robot Damashii Evangelion Unit 01 figure from the Rebuild of Evangelion four-part movie series. I picked up the figure from the post office this morning and raced home to open it up. Without further adieu, let's get started!

Once I removed the figure's box from the packaging, I was disappointed to see that the corners have been dented. Whoever packed this box did not do it carefully enough since there was hardly any padding inside the packaging. That garnered Amazon a slightly negative review from me. However, the rest of the box was a-ok, and the figure intact. 

Eva Unit 01 is my second Robot Damashii figure, the first being the Nirvash Type ZERO spec2, which I bought last summer. This figure is absolutely loaded with accessories! We have an assorted set of alternate hands, a pair of prog knives, a couple of rifles, an umbilical cable, a pair of extra horns, the berserker head, and the infamous AT Field accessory (with stand). 

Once I took the figure out of its packaging and put on the relaxed open hands, I took some time to admire the detailing on this figure. It is the most movie accurate Evangelion figure that I have ever seen and perhaps own. This blows anything that Revoltech has done out of the water. The detail is that great. One would think it hopped right out of the screen. 

In regards to height, the Robot Damashii Eva 01 is quite taller than any other figure in its respective line. It stands as tall as a typical Ultra-Act figure. When scaled next to a Revoltech Eva figure such as the pictured Revoltech EvaEvo Evangelion Mark .06, the Robot Damashii figure looks to be about the same height. Do not be fooled though. In person, the Robot Damashii Eva 01 is a few inches taller and make the Revoltech Evas look anorexic. 

The articulation on this figure is far superior to the Revoltech Evas. There are certain poses with this figure that are complicated or impossible to do with the Revoltech figures such as the pose above, replicating the scene where Eva 01 prepares to sprint to intercept the 8th Angel from Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance

The prog knives, umbilical cable, and rifles are typical accessories that any Evangelion figure should be accompanied with no matter what company releases the figures. In terms of accessories, they pretty much match the quality of the accessories one would find with any Revoltech branded Evangelion figure.

What I found most interesting and positive about this figure that differentiates it even more from the Revoltech Evas is that Tamashii Nations put detailing on the bottom of its feet. Normally, Revoltech's Evangelions have a solid orange coloring on the bottom of their feet, but Tamashii's Robot Damashii Evangelion figures have them detailed for absolute movie accuracy.  

Finally, the berserker! No figure of Eva 01 is complete without its berserker head! The Robot Damashii figure perfectly replicates the ferocity of Eva 01's berserker mode in the alternate head sculpt. However, the one thing that differentiates it from the Revoltech EvaEvo Unit 01 is that its right eye is not busted. The latter though was going for a more direct movie reference while this figure wasn't. 

Now, my favorite accessory accompanied with this figure is indeed the AT Field. The AT Field is essentially a thin piece of translucent plastic that can be attached to a custom stand. Under the right lighting, the AT Field effect is absolutely fantastic. The only thing that would complete this display is if Tamashii Nations eventually released the fourth Angel, Sachiel, into the S.H. MonsterArts line (which they've been teasing us about for the last couple of years). 

Overall, the Robot Damashii Evangelion Unit 01 is an absolutely great figure. I favor it now more than Revoltech's Evas. Don't get me wrong, as much as I love Revoltech's wide range of Evangelion releases, I find the Robot Damashii figure more movie accurate and fun to fiddle around with in regards to articulation and accessories. My ultimate rating for this figure is a full 5/5. It is that good. If you're a fan of Evangelion, I highly recommend this figure. 

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Latest Purchase

Despite my previous vow in not buying anymore Ultra-Act figures (unless they are of the kaiju themselves), I could not help but order myself the just released Ultraman Nexus Junis figure. I should be receiving it next week along with my S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah now in stock

Heads up, the S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah is now in stock at Amiami, and Hobby Search. I just received my payment notice from the latter. I expect to receive the figure sometime early next week.

Here are some more product photos at the following links:

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Ultra-Act Ultraman Taro Images

A couple new images of June's Ultra-Act Ultraman Taro figure from Tamashii Nations' website.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Coming Next from X-Plus

X-Plus just posted darkened images on their blog of what appears to be their next figure in the Toho 30cm series. It turns out that it will be a figure of Godzilla 1984. The internet RicBoy exclusive will have it include a miniature figure of Shockilas, the giant sea louse.

Tamashii Nations June 2013 Products

Here are a couple of items of interest from Tamashii Nations this June.

Ultra-Act Ultraman Taro

D-Arts Blastoise


ALSO, a special mention. The S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 1964 will be up for preorder at Tamashii's web shop on March 4th for around 6090 yen (approx. $65.29 USD) and will release in July. More information as it becomes available. 

Product Images of S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah

Tamashii Nations have uploaded a new page showcasing images and details about the S.H. MonsterArts  Destoroyah, which officially releases on the 27th.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Evangelion 3.33 DVD/ BluRay Release Date

Jumped on the wagon a little late with this news bit, but here we go.

Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo will be released on DVD and BluRay disc on April 24th in Japan. Still no word yet on a North American release through Funimation.

NECA Pacific Rim Action Figures Available for Preorder

Just got wind that BigBadToyStore is now accepting preorders for the first wave of action figures being released for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming giant monster epic, Pacific Rim. Check 'em out!

S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah Box Art

The box design for the S.H. MonsterArts Destoroyah has surfaced. Also another image showing the figure's scale with last November's S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 1995 was uploaded as well. The figure officially releases next week on the 27th. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Latest Purchase

Finally decided to order myself the Robot Damashii Evangelion Unit 01 figure from Should get here by early next week.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Monday, 11 February 2013

NECA Pacific Rim Figures

Three of NECA's Jaeger figures from the upcoming movie, Pacific Rim, have been displayed at Toy Fair. 

Gypsy Danger

Striker Eureka

Crimson Typhoon

New Bandai America Godzilla Items

Toy Fair has unveiled some new plans for Bandai America's line of Godzilla figures!
Adding to the six inch line of figures are Little Godzilla and King Caesar.
Tokyo Vinyl will also add King Ghidorah and Minilla as well.
There will be a new set of Chibi figures that will include Godzilla, MechaGodzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Destoroyah, and others.

Revoltech Eva Unit 08a and 13 spotted @ Wonderfest

Thanks again to John Thomson to acquiring these.

Images have surfaced from Wonderfest of the awaited figures for Evangelion Unit 08a and Eva 13 from the movie, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, which was released in theaters in Japan last November. Unit 08a appears to be sculpted based on its appearance towards the beginning of the film. Hopefully we'll get sculpts of both 08b and 02b based on their upgraded appearances from the middle to later half of the film as well as a figure of Evangelion Mark .09.

UPDATE: Found more high quality images of Unit 08a.

UPDATE: Found a closer, higher resolution photo of the prototype for the Revoltech Eva 13.