I was pretty excited to receive Kotobukiya’s Mari figure, mostly because I’m excited about any Mari figure that looks decent. After unboxing it, though, I was really struck by how much I dislike that plug suit design. This plug suit is featured in the opening minutes of Evangelion 2.0, used when Mari pilots EVA-05. I’m gonna be honest: dark green, off-white, and beige don’t make a great color combination.
Honestly I can’t think of many colors I dislike more than dark green. I always felt that British Racing Green was a terrible color for a car, and now it’s plastered all over Mari. It also made me just not want to photograph the figure. But since I’m procrastinating about something else I have to do, I thought I’d just pound out a review for this one.
Despite the terrible, loathsome, bile-like color scheme, there is a lot to like about this figure. Kotobukiya has done a great job keeping the paint job clean and tidy. They didn’t lay on the gloss but it wouldn’t have worked with this plug suit design anyway. Mari was fairly cheap as far as anime figures go (no doubt the price was aided by Koto’s US distribution chain), but the build quality is still very good. She goes along with Kotobukiya’s Rei (reviewed here) and Asuka figures, with their bases interlocking to form one large platform of rubble. I like Mari’s expression, which comes off as pretty sly if you view her face from the right. I also like the translucent blue hoses coming out of her left wrist. Shiny things are always fun.
There isn’t much physically wrong with the figure. The blue hoses were a bit finnicky to put on but other than that, I have no complaints. The problem, as you’ve probably guessed, is just a matter of design. I don’t like this plug suit design at all. The beige patches on her breasts look like someone with very flat fingers is holding her boobs from behind, but also somehow flipping you a double bird at the same time. The grid patterns on the white parts of the suit are just weird. The package comes with an alternative hair piece for a glasses-free look (the glasses are attached to her bangs, and not made of wire), but Mari looks strange without glasses.
If Kotobukiya makes another Mari with any plug suit aside from this one, I’ll definitely buy it up. Ah who am I kidding, I’ll probably buy the next Mari figure that gets made even if she’s wearing this green atrocity. Anyway, this figure features impressive build quality at a very reasonable price. If you’re an irrational Mari fan like I am, you’ll be happy with it. Better yet, if you’re into customizing figures, this one’s a prime candidate for a fresh paint job. Contact me if you decide to do this, I’ll pay real money.