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Kotobukiya 1/7 Asuka (Gothic Lolita)

Today we'll be reviewing one of my favorite non-canon figures of the lovely Asuka Langley Soryu, namely Kotobukiya's Gothic Lolita Asuka, first released ages ago back in 2005. There may be a shot or two that is a little bit NSFW.

About the character: I'm pretty sure most everyone knows the one and only Asuka, so let's get on with the review!

Packaging----------8.5/10

The design of the box front is definitely in keeping with Asuka's gothic theme, with the ornate design around the window and the little purple butterflies. Eva fans have seen that red cross plenty of times as well...

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The design of the sides is similar.

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The back of the box features an interesting design. It's not obvious (at least to me) if this is a drawing of the figure or if someone at Kotobukiya got creative with a photo and a graphics editor.

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When I was repackaging Asuka to take these shots, I remembered what a pain it was unpacking her. She had some of those annoying little twist-ties holding the blister together. Fortunately, you don't seem to see those as often today compared to a few years ago...

The box is reasonably large for a 1/7 scale figure, as Asuka's base occupies quite a bit of volume. The box measures 23 by 18 by 17 cm and figure and box weigh just shy of 500 grams.

All in all though, the packaging is attractive and functional.

Posing----------9.5/10

This is a very distinctive pose, with Asuka kind of sprawling out on a set of stairs. Because of her pose and that wall at the side of the stairs, it should be noted that this figure has only about a 90 degree arc from which she can really be viewed.

Let's have a look at Asuka.

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My only real complaint about her pose is the somewhat limited range of angles from which she can be viewed. In addition, because of her seated pose, she looks best when viewed from slightly below. Here are some shots of Asuka when viewed from above...

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...from approximately eye level,

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...and viewed from slightly below.

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This is quibbling, although it might be something to keep in mind.

Sculpting----------9/10
Painting----------9/10


I love Kotobukiya, although they might have the most variance in overall quality among the big manufacturers. So, I wasn't sure what to expect when poring over Asuka millimeter by millimeter. As it turned out, there are not that many issues to be found in paint and sculpt, which is rather surprising given the age of this figure!

This figure was based on a garage kit which got released way back in 2004. Apparently, this figure was first released in July 2005 (according to Hobby Search's website), and she got at least two re-releases in December 2009 and May 2011. According to the receipt I had stashed in the box, I got Asuka from a US store way back in December 2008. Since the red variant of this figure ITEM #2582 got released in November 2008, I wonder if this one got another production run at that time as well. Looking at the receipt, she set me back a whopping $39 new; those were the days...

Anyway, I digress. This figure seems to depict a slightly more mature and reserved Asuka than the norm, which is kind of a nice departure. However, it seems to me that her hair might be just a little bit too orange.

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Her little heart-shaped earrings are an interesting feature, although I'm guessing the "real" Asuka would never dream of wearing that sort of thing!

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This might be my favorite angle from which to view her. I like how she's kind of gazing off to the side...

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Her bangs do obscure her face a little bit from certain angles, though.

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Given the age of the figure, I was honestly surprised to see how neat the painting was on her hair and on those ribbons. You can see a little bit of excess paint or something on one side of her bangs, however.

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Her twintails are nicely sculpted.

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I like the little bows she has on the backs of her sleeves.

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Right behind her ribbon, there's some kind of a flaw running the length of her ponytail.

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I have to say that I really like this outfit. Granted, Asuka would never be caught dead wearing such a getup, but the black and white in her dress will make her stand out if you display her with a group of more shall we say traditional Asukas!

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Any time white and black are a figure's primary colors, any painting errors are going to be magnified, but generally there aren't too many problems on that front. Maybe the trim is on her sleeve is a little uneven, but it's not something that stands out.

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Like on her sleeve, that white trim around her bustline is just a little bit uneven in spots.

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That dress is very form-fitting, as you can see a suggestion of her ribcage, and it looks really tight around her waist. My one complaint about the design of the dress is that I would have liked to see a little more *something* on the front below her bustline. Maybe some lace, some trim, or a suggestion of some stitching. Then again, maybe I'm just being really picky...

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There's a little bit of a seam in her sleeve. You can see a couple messy spots in her hair, too.

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Asuka's dress shows off just a little bit of cleavage...

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All those ruffles in her skirt turned out quite nice. They are nice and crisp, and definitely not clumpy in any way.

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I don't think Kotobukiya intended Asuka to be displayed from this angle, but if you do so, you get a fairly aggressive pantsu shot.

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Since she's been sitting on those stairs for almost 6 years, it's not surprising that a little bit of paint transferred onto her leg and panties. This not really a flaw in the figure, but if you get a preowned Asuka, I'm guessing you should expect to find some paint transfer in that area.

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A second pantsu shot.

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This Asuka really has a killer set of legs! They are very attractive and shapely. Those black stockings don't hurt, either...

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I guess those are meant to be straps on her shoes.

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There's a little bit of a color gradient on her shoes as well.

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Overall, I'd have to say that the quality of this figure is excellent, particularly considering its age. She'd hold her own quality-wise with many figures released today!

Base----------10/10

Every now and then, Kotobukiya will really outdo themselves with an attractive and functional base design, and one of the most distinctive features of this figure is the set of stairs on which Asuka sits.

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The cracking of the plaster is a nice touch in keeping with the gothic theme of the figure. Look at all the detail where there are little pieces of stone scattered about.

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In principle, Asuka could be displayed without her base, but why would you?

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I have exactly one small complaint about this base design. If it were up to me, I might have made that wall next to the steps just a little smaller. At its highest point, that wall is almost 5 inches (13 cm) in height, and so it makes for a little bit of a challenge trying to find the right spot to display this Asuka to get a good view of her without blocking other figures.

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Surprisingly, the base is not as gigantic as it looks. It's only about 4.5 inches (12 cm) square. Further, since one of her feet is meant to rest on the step below where she sits, she's really quite stable even though the individual steps are pretty shallow.

Scale Comparison

Kotobukiya lists Asuka at 1/7 scale. Her canon height is 5'1" (155 cm), and I measure the total length of her body at about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm), so she looks to be on the small side of 1/7 scale.

For comparison, Ruri Gokou ITEM #61728 is listed at 1/8, and you can see Asuka is a little bit larger. Ruri would also approve of Asuka's fashion sense, I think.

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I might have to permanently display Asuka with Kobato here...

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Asuka with a couple of my other favorite non-canon Asukas. ITEM #36174 is at the small end of 1/8, and bunny Asuka ITEM #1156 is probably closer to 1/7 scale than this particular Asuka.

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Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9/10

In summary...

Arguments for: Surprisingly good quality for an older figure, unique design, distinctive and attractive base, and Asuka is looking fine in that outfit!

Arguments against: The goth-loli outfit has no basis whatsoever in Evangelion canon and the base, while distinctive, might make it a little bit tricky to find a good spot to display her.

Overall though, this is really an excellent figure, and if you are an Asuka fan, this one would be well worth tracking down and adding to your Asuka army.

Availability (as of this writing)

Not particularly rare.

She doesn't seem too hard to find (although she's not quite as omnipresent as she was a few years ago) and there seem to be plenty of these figures circulating around (485 MFC'ers claim to own her!). I'd expect to pay somewhere around 3000-3500 yen for a nice preowned Asuka.

If you want the red variant of this figure, ITEM #2582 , she seems a lot scarcer, and I'd expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of 6000-7500 yen for that version.

THANKS FOR READING!

Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll in blog/16533 as well.

If you liked this review, here are some of my other reviews (of some Asukas and older figures) you might also enjoy:


Kotobukiya 1/6 Asuka Langley Shikinami blog/9804
Sega Prize Asuka Bunny blog/12330
Ichiban Kuji Asuka (Test Suit) blog/14485
Yamato Creators' Labo Rei and Asuka blog/10442
Good Smile 1/8 Arin (Pangya) blog/14918
Alter 1/6 Maia Mizuki (Daphne in the Brilliant Blue) blog/12215
Good Smile 1/8 Mishiro Akatsuki (Shuraki) blog/13810
Kotobukiya 1/6 Hitomi (Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball) blog/12493

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victorviper (2 years ago) #3201865Lost, huh? I'm sure there's an interesting tale there. Anyway, hopefully your new Asuka will be just as nice as you remember :).
Indeed. It involves a mixture of paint transfer on her legs, scratches in her shoes and in the base, a friend who used to paint miniatures, me having the crazy idea of giving her to him for fix, and him disappearing for several years. I still have the original box and empty blister :P

But she already arrived, and she surely is beautiful <3 Every inch of her is magnificent, and is as elegant and pretty as I remembered her. I'm very happy to have her again. :)

Shine on!
R.M.
2 years ago
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Ruben77 (2 years ago) #3199672I used to have this figure ten years ago when she was first released. Some years later it was lost. A few weeks ago (before I joined MFC) I stumbled upon this review of yours, and decided it was time to get her again, so I searched, and bought one. I'm waiting for it to arrive :)

Lost, huh? I'm sure there's an interesting tale there. Anyway, hopefully your new Asuka will be just as nice as you remember :).
2 years ago
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I used to have this figure ten years ago when she was first released. Some years later it was lost. A few weeks ago (before I joined MFC) I stumbled upon this review of yours, and decided it was time to get her again, so I searched, and bought one. I'm waiting for it to arrive :)
2 years ago
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DKL (3 years ago) #2349603The Asuka figures I see tend to not look like Sadamoto's illustrations (but then, it's kinda like that with Evangelion in general too... I feel like it's really only Mamoru Hosoda's movies that actually capture the look of Sadamoto's designs)... are there any that get close?

You bring up an interesting point. This Misato ITEM #20072 came to mind as being pretty faithful to one of Sadamoto's illustrations from the Der Mond artbook.

Of all the Asukas I own, this Kuji figure ITEM #69037 oddly enough might be the most faithful to Sadamoto's character design.
3 years ago
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Moro (3 years ago) #2348797That's a (weirdly) filtered photo of the figure on the back of the box. This figure is based on an illustration by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, I believe it's in the artbook Die Sterne though I also have a poster of it: PICTURE #24799


The Asuka figures I see tend to not look like Sadamoto's illustrations (but then, it's kinda like that with Evangelion in general too... I feel like it's really only Mamoru Hosoda's movies that actually capture the look of Sadamoto's designs)... are there any that get close?
3 years ago
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Strife212 (3 years ago) #2348983Nice :)
I found her the other day for £5 at a car boot sale! (Kind of like a garage sale)


Wow, that's a nice find. Here in the US, you seldom find interesting things at garage sales...
3 years ago
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Strife212 Original Blue
Nice :)

I found her the other day for £5 at a car boot sale! (Kind of like a garage sale)
3 years ago
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Moro (3 years ago) #2348797That's a (weirdly) filtered photo of the figure on the back of the box. This figure is based on an illustration by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, I believe it's in the artbook Die Sterne though I also have a poster of it:

Her hair is way too bright, I agree, it should have been darkened to match the illustration better, but considering its age the figure is quite nice overall.


Wow, I'm kind of jealous that you have that poster! The Die Sterne artbook has been on my list of "things I should probably try to track down eventually" to go along with my Der Mond book.

But back to this Asuka, I agree that if only her hair wan't so orange...
3 years ago
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That's a (weirdly) filtered photo of the figure on the back of the box. This figure is based on an illustration by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, I believe it's in the artbook Die Sterne though I also have a poster of it: PICTURE #24799

Her hair is way too bright, I agree, it should have been darkened to match the illustration better, but considering its age the figure is quite nice overall. She looks nice with Kuroneko.
3 years ago
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