Evangelion Unit 02
Review by animelover24
There is almost no middle ground when discussing Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis
Evangelion; it's one of those stories that viewers either love or hate. And
the same can be said for Bandai's Soul of Chogokin Evangelion figures. The
gangly, almost skeletal biomechanical monsters are an odd choice to receive
die-cast treatment, but the artists, and engineers at Bandai translated the
spindly design into perfectly sculpted, fully articulated, beautifully
balanced renditions of the animated figures.
Like the Unit One set, the GX-15 Evangelion Unit
Two comes with the
Evangelion figure, two sets of hands, two sets of shoulder fins and three
removable entry plugs, It also features the same stand, progressive knife,
pallet rifle, and bazooka as Unit One. In addition, Unit
Two includes a
battle-axe and a big positron rifle. Unit Two also features a different
shoulder joint than Unit One. The assembly on Unit
Two lacks the curved
armor that extends over the chest on Unit One. The lack of this piece makes
the shoulder more difficult to manipulate. The power umbilical that plugs
into the back of the Evangelion units is a grotesque, and strangely
disturbing detail of the anime. Bandai faithfully reproduces the system with
a pivoting magnetic attachment, and a length of tubing that connects the Eva
loosely to the base.
Just as Asuka Langley Soryu is the least likeable, and most quarrelsome
pilot in the series, the paint job on Evangelion Unit Two seems to start
a quarrel among Chogokin collectors any time someone brings it up. After the
deep candy purple on Unit One most of us were expecting a similar candy
apple red treatment for Unit Two. Go back to the anime. Check the color.
Unit Two is more orange than red. Bandai apparently chose to try to match
the video. Whether it matches the video or not, the vermilion paint on Unit
Two lacks the luster of the purple finish on the GX-14.
Articulation and pose-ability are the Eva's best features. These figures can
stand, sit, kneel, or, crouch. They can keep both hands on a weapon. They
remain firmly balanced on two tiny feet even when leaned over at near
impossible angles. No mater how you pose Unit Two, it looks like it was
flash-frozen live from the Anime, and is ready to jump any second. Because
of the incredible range of poses and attitudes they can assume the Eva's
tend to be the most played-with toys on the shelf.
There are no two ways about it: if you are a fan of Neon
then the GX-15 is a must-have. But even if you are not familiar with N.G.E.
the GX-15 (or any of the Evangelions) is a great toy, and a huge amount of
fun to mess around with. It earns a favored place on any shelf
|Posted 18 August, 2004 - 15:43 by animelover24|