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Sega Prize Asuka Bunny

Today we'll be doing a review of one of my favorite figures, Sega's Asuka Langley Soryu bunny, released way back in February of 2008. She is of course donning a bunny suit, so a few of the shots in this review could potentially be considered somewhat NSFW. Proceed accordingly.

About the character: I think most everyone knows Asuka, so let's proceed straight to the review!

Packaging----------6/10

Well, you generally don't buy inexpensive prize figures in the expectation of getting a great looking box to display and Asuka is no exception.

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I actually kind of like the design of the sides, if in a sort of cheesy "I probably could have made this design myself using my Windows 3.1 machine back in 1995" way.

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That black finish on the box will show every little scuff and scrape, but fortunately I doubt most collectors of this figure will insist on a perfect mint condition box anyway. The blister inside is sturdy enough, so even though the box is rather blah, it should do its job and get Asuka to you safe and sound.

Posing----------9/10

In my mind, the way Asuka is posed and her expression are the real highlights of the figure. Sure, this figure is pure fanservice plain and simple, but it's not done in an in-your-face style, which I find refreshing. And unlike many bunny figures where the subject is either very cheerful, clearly embarrassed, or is giving off a "come hither" vibe, Asuka's expression is quite interesting, almost melancholic. Underneath all that bravado, Asuka is a very sad girl after all and so this would be very much in character for her. Thus, her expression in conjunction with the bunny outfit makes for quite an interesting design in my opinion.

Let's take a look at Asuka.

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Evangelion purists might argue that nowhere in the anime or manga does Asuka ever wear such an outfit (and they would of course be correct), but compared to some of the other non-canon Rei and Asuka figures out there, the concept is not outrageous.

What frankly amazes me is that an MFC search for "Asuka bunny" search.php?over... turns up only this figure, its color variants, and a couple of garage kits. A search for "Rei bunny" turns up only a couple of garage kits, and no finished PVC figures. Given the vast number of figures of Rei and Asuka that have been made, how is that possible?

Sculpting----------7/10*
Painting-----------8.5/10*


*-The ratings take into account the fact that this is an inexpensive prize figure, and represent ratings relative to other prize figures.


Overall, this is one of the nicer prize figures that I've seen. Like all prize figures, she has a few issues and a couple of them are quite noticeable, but all in all Sega did a pretty nice job.

From this distance, Asuka's face looks nice enough.

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Closer, you can see an errant speck of paint on her eye and there's not really any shading or highlights on her face. Also, her eyes look a little lifeless from certain angles. As a plus, both of her eyes still seem intact, so apparently this figure must be from an alternate future where the events of the third impact never happened!

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Close-up of Asuka from a slightly different angle. From this angle, her eyes definitely seem just a little bit lifeless.

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The detail on her bow tie is okay, although you can see a spot or two on her collar that didn't quite get painted. In addition, there is kind of a messy spot in her cleavage.

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Her bangs are quite substantial. There is a spot or two where a drip of excess paint is visible.

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There's really not a lot that could go wrong as far as painting goes, which on a prize figure is a plus. You can see that a little paint from her hair finds its way onto her hairband, and some paint from her hairclip spills over to her hair, but overall the painting is fine for a prize figure. Her bunny ears are not quite the same color as her hairband, though, and you can see a piece of hair that looks like it was just tacked on her head.

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The way Asuka's hair hangs in her face, it will obscure her face from certain angles.

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Her hair from the back. I think it looks pretty good, and more on her hair color a bit later. That gap beside her right ponytail sometimes bugs me a little bit, but I have yet to lose sleep over it.

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Even though her pose is pretty static, there are a few wrinkles and creases in Asuka's outfit.

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She has a pretty conspicuous seam line running down her arm.

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I rather like the way Asuka's shoulders are positioned. Her shoulder is quite messy, though.

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That area around her inner thigh is a little bit messy.

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The level of definition on her hands and fingers is acceptable. Her nails are not really defined, though.

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One thing that is interesting is that her cuff links and tail are covered with a fuzzy material. I've actually wished for that feature on some higher-end bunny figures, so it's a nice touch on an inexpensive figure such as this one.

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Again, I really like the way she is posed, sprawled out like that.

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A closer view of her bunny tail. Like her cufflinks, her bunny tail is covered with a fuzzy material. One small downside is that fuzzy tail will eventually attract its share of dust and lint, even if you keep her inside a display case as I have. You can also see the biggest flaw with the figure in this shot; more on that in a second.

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Here's probably the biggest flaw in the figure. You can clearly see a nasty spot on her backside; a piece of debris must have found its way into a mold somewhere along the line. Every time I see one of these show up on AmiAmi preowned, I'm tempted to buy a second one on the off chance that just maybe it won't have the same defect.

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You can see a similar defect on her ankle. However, as a plus, Sega actually paints the soles of her shoes a different color. This is a detail that doesn't always make it into higher-end figures, so it's appreciated here.

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For some reason, Sega decided to plaster some copyright information on the bottom of Asuka's thigh. Granted, you won't normally see it unless you're looking straight up at her from underneath a glass shelf, but why put it there?

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I really like the job Sega did sculpting Asuka's calves! They are quite shapely and attractive.

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Asuka fans are probably well-aware of one particular idiosyncrasy when it comes to her character design, namely the color of her hair. I own 17 different Asuka figures, and I'm pretty sure that no two of them have exactly the same hair color. So, how did Sega do in this regard?

You can see that in both the Evangelion anime and the figure world, Asuka's hair color can vary greatly from scene to scene or item to item.

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Here is Asuka together with her manga and anime selves. Personally, I like Sega's choice for her hair color, as it's the brownish-red I tend to associate with her. I suppose if your mind's eye contains a different image of what she is supposed to look like, we might disagree on this point.

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Asuka with some of my other favorite Asukas. The nice thing about being a fan of such a popular character is that there is a very diverse collection of figures available!

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Now, Sega doesn't list her scale, so you might wonder how she compares to other figures.

Nagi is 1/7 scale, and Taiga is 1/8 for comparison.

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So, it appears she is close to 1/7 scale. Head to toe (bunny ears not included), she's about 8.75 inches (22 cm) tall, so at 1/7 scale that would make her just over 5'1" (154 cm). I've seen her canon height listed at 5'1", so she would seem to be right about 1/7 scale. The way she's posed, she's just over 6 inches in height.

Base----------NA

Asuka doesn't come with a base, nor does she need one.

Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9.5/10

Let's summarize the high and low points of the figure.

Arguments for: The pose and her facial expression, Sega's choice for her hair color, and it's Asuka in a bunny outfit! Further, she is approximately 1/7 scale for those who like somewhat larger scale figures and amazingly if you want a figure of Asuka in a bunny outfit, this is pretty much it until FREEing does their 1/4 Asuka bunny.*

*-the wishful thinking portion of this review. FREEing, if you make it, I'll buy it! In fact, I might buy one for each room in the house!

Arguments against: One or two really distracting defects in manufacturing, lifeless eyes, copyrighted thigh.

However, for a cheap prize figure (one that was made over five years ago no less!) the overall finish is not bad at all.

Even though she's not perfect, this Asuka is one of my very favorite figures. Asuka is my favorite anime character, I like the pose and her facial expression, and considering how inexpensive she was, she almost certainly is at the top of my collection in terms of enjoyment per unit cost. I'd say this is a figure that absolutely deserves a spot in the collection of any Asuka fan.

Availability (as of this writing):


Long sold out new, fairly easy to find secondhand.

If you're looking to add Asuka to your collection, be aware there are four different variants of this figure. In addition to this figure, there is ITEM #1157 which is essentially the same figure with a black bunny suit and a red dealer's vest. And, there are two limited color variations ITEM #82805 (pink metallic suit) and ITEM #142629 (black suit with gold metallic vest). For the normal red version or the standard dealer version, about 1500-2500 yen plus shipping ought to be sufficient to fetch you one. If you want one of the limited colors, you'll pay a bit more and they are slightly harder to find, but I'd say somewhere in the ballpark of 3500-4000 yen sounds about right for those.

THANKS FOR READING!

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews you might also like:

Kotobukiya 1/6 Asuka Langley Shikinami (Evangelion 3.0) blog/9804
Yamato 1/6 Rei and Asuka Creator's Labo blog/10442
Kotobukiya 1/8 Maryan (To Heart 2) blog/11782
QuesQ 1/8 Taiga Aisaka bunny (Toradora): blog/8880
FREEing 1/4 Ryomou Shimei bunny (Ikki Tousen) blog/10130
FREEing 1/4 Mikoto Misaka bunny (A Certain Scientific Railgun): blog/8950
FREEing 1/4 Kuroko Shirai bunny (A Certain Scientific Railgun): blog/8666
Sega Prize Sena Kashiwazaki (Haganai) blog/9654
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    Scores8/10

    Sculpting
    Painting
    Posing
    Packaging
    Enjoyment
    Asuka+Bunny

    If FREEing made a 1/4 Asuka bunny, would you buy it?

    • 29%Hell yes!
    • 26%Maybe.
    • 18%Probably not.
    • 26%Definitely not.
    • 34 votesVotes are public

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    Moro (3 years ago) #2008581It's nice to see reviews of older figures, especially older Eva figures. I have a few really old Eva figures from the original series, some that came out only a few years after the series aired!

    Thanks for the comment. I think it's good to have reviews of older figures here on MFC. Generally, there's a lot more variation in the overall quality of figures the further back you go on the time axis, and there have been times where I've really wished for a review when some older item has shown up on AmiAmi preowned.
    3 years ago
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    It's nice to see reviews of older figures, especially older Eva figures. I have a few really old Eva figures from the original series, some that came out only a few years after the series aired!
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    puffyvulva (3 years ago) #2007574Mine has the butt defect too, so it's probably an issue with the mold and present on all of them.

    I've seen it in other photos of the figure, so you're probably right.

    Leo22334455 (3 years ago) #2007761Nice review! She actually looks great and I Sega are alway really creative with their Asuka prize figures (How many times Ive had to hold back from buying asuka prize figures).
    The red lippy doesn't do it for me though _(: such a shame but the rest is really gorgeous!


    ITEM #72684 is another good Sega Asuka. I'm regretting not pre-ordering ITEM #167201 as well, as she seems to be really in demand...
    3 years ago
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    Nice review! She actually looks great and I Sega are alway really creative with their Asuka prize figures (How many times Ive had to hold back from buying asuka prize figures).

    The red lippy doesn't do it for me though _(: such a shame but the rest is really gorgeous!
    3 years ago
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    Mine has the butt defect too, so it's probably an issue with the mold and present on all of them.

    Nice figure for the price, though!
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    Maakie (3 years ago) #2007278Woah, huge déjà vu. I thought you already reviewed this figure in the past. Or did we have a talk about this figure or something? It feels so...similar. :S
    Anyway, the figure is looking great, but something I realllyyy not like is her lipstick. It makes Asuka look...not very Asuka-like. I do really like the puff balls and the overall quality of this figure. :)


    I'd been meaning to review her for a long time, I know that I've mentioned how much I like the figure, and I've used photos of her in several of my other reviews for purposes of comparing scale so maybe that's the feeling of deja vu. :)

    I could agree with you about the lipstick, but since she doesn't really have any shading or highlights on her face, she needs some type of color on her mouth. They might have overdone it a little, though. I wish FREEing included the fuzzy cuffs/tails on their bunny figures...
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    Woah, huge déjà vu. I thought you already reviewed this figure in the past. Or did we have a talk about this figure or something? It feels so...similar. :S

    Anyway, the figure is looking great, but something I realllyyy not like is her lipstick. It makes Asuka look...not very Asuka-like. I do really like the puff balls and the overall quality of this figure. :)
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    kevinlowl (3 years ago) #2007038Very nice review. :)
    She's a nice figure for a SEGA prize, though I don't think I'll be getting her. I don't like out of context figures, especially for a series like this. I think all the swimsuit/maid/bunny figures is a way people use to keep their mind off or rather distract themselves from the depressing happenings in Eva, lol.


    I'm not generally a big fan of most out-of-universe Eva figures, but I do have a few such Eva figures (this one, ITEM #6657, and ITEM #1298). Then again I like bunny figures, maid figures and swimsuit figures anyway, so those are the most likely suspects. On the other hand, something like ITEM #13940 is a little too silly for me, although different people have different tastes, I suppose...
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    Very nice review. :)

    She's a nice figure for a SEGA prize, though I don't think I'll be getting her. I don't like out of context figures, especially for a series like this. I think all the swimsuit/maid/bunny figures is a way people use to keep their mind off or rather distract themselves from the depressing happenings in Eva, lol.

    One thing that impresses me about this figure is the two thin stripes on her bunny outfit doesn't seem to have any paint bleeds. That is really, really good quality for a prize. I can't say the same for certain scale figure manufacturers though. *cough* Kotobukiya, FREEing *cough*
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    Bloempje (3 years ago) #2006607Thanks for the review, i was not sure if should get this asuka or not, and after your review i think i will buy it. I really like her pose :)

    If she was simply sitting, standing, or kneeling, the figure wouldn't be as interesting. But the way she has her leg stretched out behind her makes for kind of a unique pose.
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