Figure Review: Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

When this figure was announced, I thought Kotobukiya must have needed another quick cash injection. Their creative guys probably held an emergency meeting. Obviously, the strategy is to release another Rei figure. But what to dress her in? Clown suit? Dinosaur suit? Bear suit? Many sleepless nights passed, and finally they decided to go for the plugsuit again. Except this time, instead of an Eva-00 bust, she would be leaning on rubble. Instead of 1/6 scale, she’d be 1/7 scale. And instead of looking upward with her back bent at an unnatural angle, she’d be looking slightly less upward with her back bent at an unnatural angle. Brilliant, they thought. It’s like a whole different figure!

Like most of Kotobukiya’s Evangelion girls, this Rei has been twisted into an awkward posture to draw attention to the hip/butt area. As long as you don’t think too hard about her spinal health, I think it’s a decent look. It certainly accentuates her curves.

I found her face to be odd. It’s not bad by any means, but doesn’t really look like Rei. Kotobukiya’s figures often end up looking a bit off from the original character designs, so this isn’t unusual. Even her hair color is wrong; it can take on a lavender/purplish hue under artificial lighting.

The finish isn’t as meticulously clean as something you’d find from Alter. The figure has more stray paint and dust specks than I’d like, although it looks good where it matters. The sculpt for the legs and butt area is somewhat rough, looking as if Rei is packing some cellulose. As for the fitment into the base, her left leg doesn’t engage the peg all the way. It doesn’t have to in order to stay upright, but it can lead to instability if you’re moving the figure around.

On the plus side, I think the figure’s more interesting than Alter’s version, which has Rei lying down on a plain black rectangle. The rubble base and supermodel pose add the slightest bit of flair to this figure.

It still doesn’t change the fact that what you’re seeing is something you’ve probably seen thousands of times already. Kotobukiya deserves credit for the execution, but the concept is, well, assaulting a deceased equine.

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya
This figure has helped me develop a fondness for translucent PVC. Her hair catches the blue light particularly well.

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya
The base looks good but doesn't engage completely with her left leg. You can see it floats a little above the spot where it should rest.
Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya
My favorite view of the face.

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya
Here you can see a little sloppiness in the finish, such as the shading on her interface headset.

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya
Up close the paint work looks rough, but in person it's fine. The glossy finish of Rei's plugsuit is of good quality, though some of the detailing can be sloppy.

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya

Rei Ayanami by Kotobukiya
A great touch: rust stains coming from the rebars.

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