Evangelion Unit 00' (Blue)
Review by animelover24
GX-16, Evangelion Unit 00' is the third issue in the Soul of Chogokin
Evangelion collection. It is essentially the same toy as the GX-15 Unit
The stand, entry plugs and pallet rifle are the same units that come with
the two preceding Eva figures. And, like the GX-14 and 15, The GX-16 also
comes with two sets of shoulder fins. One set holds the progressive knife,
and needle gun; the other set of fins is sleeker with a sharp leading edge.
The GX-16 features a new paint job, head sculpt, and some new weapons.
Included with the Unit 00' are a sniper rifle, a sonic glaive, an N2
bomb, an auxiliary power pack, and the impressive Lance of Longinus. The good
news about the GX-16 is the paint. The deep cobalt blue finish has that candy
apple luster that looks so cool on the GX-14 Unit One, and is so lacking
in the GX-15 Unit Two.
I already discussed the incredible poseability of the Evangelion figures
in the review of GX-15. With the GX-16 I would draw attention to the fine job
of detailing throughout the set. The features on the tiny head, and hands
are crisp, and clean. Panel lines on weapons are sharp, and deeply cut. The
stand reproduces the launch elevator used in the story, complete with
working upper body restraints and a socket for the power umbilical. It also
stores the weapons in a more or less orderly fashion. The Lance of Longinus
is a work of art.
Which brings me to a comment on the entire series of Soul of Chogokin
Evangelion figures. Appreciating the Eva figures and their accessories
depends greatly on familiarity with the anime. And much of the storyline and
imagery in Neon Genesis Evangelion are disturbing to say the least. The
Lance of Longinus is a case in point (no pun intended). Consider the name of
this implement and the imagery surrounding its use in the story. Here we are
far outside the realm of Saturday morning cartoon robots, rocket ships, and
super villains. It's just not kid stuff. Just as Neon
Genesis Evangelion is
not a story suitable for young children, so the SOC Eva, while a toy, is not
a child's plaything.
Like the GX-14, and GX-15, The Soul of Chogokin GX-16 Evangelion
Unit 00' is
an exquisitely crafted figure. Alone, or as part of a set the GX-16 is great
addition to any collection.
GX-16 was released August 2003 with a retail price
|Posted 19 August, 2004 - 15:38 by animelover24|