Evangelion Unit 00' (bootleg)
Review by EVA_Unit_4A
This version of Evangelion Unit 00' is based on the 700'+ tall biotech robot from the popular & controversial anime saga from 1995, is little more than a copy of the LM-HG models produced by Bandai. And I say this because it stands at exactly the same height as the 8" LM-HG models. But it's not a model; it's a pre-painted toy.
There are two joints at the head & neck, and single joints located at the shoulders, elbows, mid-torso, hips, knees, and feet. The mid-torso joint doesn't hold worth a crap, so Unit-00 always wants to tip over. There is a hidden joint at the shoulders where the pauldrons (the wing-like armor structures) connect to the upper arm. This joint, also, is very flimsy and does not want to sit upright with the rest of the arm. And, no, the pauldrons do not open to reveal hidden weapons like in the series.
There are few weapons provided: a Pellet Rifle, a Sonic Glaive (a spear), a Progressive Knife Mk-1. But they are of no value because the bootleg's hands don't hold them; they are molded into fists only. However, the box art does show them being able to hold weapons.
The only accessory aside from the weapons is a power cable that can attach to the Eva between the two thrusters on the back. The cable is a simple rubber tube about 7" long, and can easily be removed from the plug. The armored hatch where the pilot's Entry Plug cockpit would go cannot be opened. The chest armor can be removed easily, because it was manufactured as a simple snap-on piece. There is just a blank area with two pegs that holds the chest in place.
Poseability is reasonable, aside from the lousy waist joint. Elbows & knees rotate only 45-degrees, the hips rotate about 180-degrees, and the shoulders and head rotate a full 360-degrees. The shoulders & ankles are ball-&-socket joints.
Paint is good, but could use some touch-up. The markings on the lower and upper arms are accurate & consistent with Unit-00's markings in the series, though they do not glow.
There are other toys from this line produced by the same company, each with their own accessories, including (not shown)-
- Evangelion Unit-00 (yellow version, without pauldrons)
- Evangelion Unit-01
- Evangelion Unit-02
- Evangelion Unit-03 (13th Angel version only)
- Evangelion Unit-04
- Mass Production Evangelion Units-05 through 13 (without wings)
- 3rd Angel Sachiel
Recommendation- if you don't want to waste you time and money on a model and don't care much about posing, then this is the way to go. If you want accuracy and a good finished look, you should try to get your hands on Bandai's LM-HG series and do it yourself.
This is, however, one of the better toys of an Evangelion Unit that I've ever seen. It's not too small that it can't be easily seen on display, but it isn't all that fragile like the Kaiyodo poseable sculptures, or limiting like the old Sega releases. For a bootleg, it's well done.
|Posted 12 July, 2004 - 15:10 by EVA_Unit_4A|