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Kotobukiya 1/6 Asuka Langley Shikinami

Today we'll be reviewing Kotobukiya's latest figure of Asuka Langley Shikinami. This one features Asuka as she appears in Evangelion 3.0-You Can (Not) Redo. She does of course wear her signature plugsuit, which is very form-fitting. Thus, there may be a shot or two that could be considered somewhat NSFW.

About the character:
Asuka Langley Shikinami is the Rebuild of Evangelion movies' counterpart of Asuka Langley Soryu. Like her TV series' counterpart, Asuka Shikinami is headstrong and (outwardly) sure of herself and her abilities. However, the movie version of Asuka tweaks the character's personality somewhat; in particular, she does not appear to be interested in Ryoji Kaji and she seems to be even more distant from the other characters than her TV counterpart.

I think everyone generally knows Asuka, so let's get on with the actual review.

Packaging----------8/10

Kotobukiya uses an interesting box design for this figure. As you can see below, the box is made entirely of plastic and the entire front panel is transparent.

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The transparent effect continues on to the side panel.

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The back of the box is mostly opaque.

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I'm guessing that this box design looks quite impressive sitting on a store shelf. On the other hand, once you unpack the figure it doesn't look that impressive any more. It is worth noting that the top flap of the box is secured with a tab. The tab fits into the top flap very tightly, and some care will be needed when unboxing her not to rip the tab off or tear the back side of the box. I'm guessing a lot of these will carry the "box severely damaged" notation as a result once some of these figures start showing up on Mandarake.

The box measures approximately 30 by 20 by 15 cm, and box and figure weigh in just shy of 700 grams.

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

In my opinion, Kotobukiya hit a home run with the she way she is posed. So, let's take a good look at her!

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A common complaint with various Asuka figures has been that she appears to be overly happy, cutesy, passive, or some combination of the above. It's safe to say that none of those adjectives apply this time, as her pose is quite aggressive, and Asuka's lithe physique shows off nicely from several angles.

Sculpting----------9/10
Painting-----------7.5/10


Unfortunately, probably the biggest flaw with my Asuka was apparent right out of the box.

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Yep, a nice spot of wayward paint right on her chin. It's too bad, because Kotobukiya really did a nice job with the overall design of her face. Her facial expression practically screams "don't frak with me", to use a Galactica-ism. Other than that spot on her chin, the paint work is reasonably well-done, although if you start looking closely you can see little flaws. For example, some of the black lines on her plugsuit aren't quite uniform in width, there are a couple spots on the collar that aren't quite perfect, and if you look on the cuffs of her plugsuit, there are a couple of spots where the orange parts are a little uneven. On the other hand, there's a lot to paint here, so I'm inclined to forgive a few picky errors.

Here's a closeup of her face. Again, that spot on her chin is apparent. On the plus side, this is exactly what a glare should look like.

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Just in case you're wondering, Asuka's eyepatch is well-secured to her face. There is some debate over whether Asuka lost her left eye when she was injured during Rebuild 2.0, or if the eye is still intact but damaged or possibly even altered in some way. I didn't feel like destroying my new figure, so that mystery will have to be left unsolved, I guess.

Here's a shot of her hair. Her bangs disguise any seams that might be there.

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You can see that her hair is slightly translucent. This is not the first time Kotobukiya has used this effect on a figure of Asuka, as we'll see a bit later.

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Here, those imperfections along her collar are a bit more apparent.

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Obviously, Asuka is very slim and her plugsuit is extremely form-fitting. Thus, it's not surprising you can see a suggestion of where her ribcage would be.

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One of the distinctive features of Asuka's new plugsuit are various spots where it has been modified/repaired. I hadn't noticed this until I started looking closely at these photos, but a couple of spots of the darker red paint seem to have found their way on to her upper back.

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The bottom of her shoe.

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Other than that paint on her chin, here's probably my biggest complaint with the finish of the figure. You can see the transition from her neck to her chin could have been done better.

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Here we see Asuka's helmet from a few different angles.


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On that last shot, you can see the black lines are again a little bit uneven.

There is no way to display Asuka with the helmet on; it's only for show. It is held in place simply by wedging it between her thumb and the rest of her hand. I'm crossing my fingers that over time this positioning of the helmet won't deform her hand. The helmet has some mass to it, and so it will fall out of her hand rather easily when she is moved. So, if you plan on moving her or displaying her in a spot where she could easily be jostled, you might want to be mindful of this fact.

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Overall, the quality of the paint work and the quality of the sculpt is good if not perfect. However, the design of the sculpt is outstanding. Maybe I was just unlucky to get one with that flaw on her chin.

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I must admit I could look at this figure all day.

Base----------9.5/10

It's not the first time Kotobukiya has used a base like the one provided for this figure, but her base is very distinctive. Asuka's base is a bust of an Eva unit, presumably cut from stone.

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Her hand is positioned on the head of the Eva.

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I was a bit concerned about the stability of the figure on the base, but as you can see here, when Asuka is placed on the base most of her weight gets distributed along her leg. This actually makes her extremely stable, so I give Koto credit here for a job well done.

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You could almost believe that Asuka is giving the viewer the finger; that wouldn't exactly be out of character.

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

Before we get to the final wrap-up, let's compare her with another 1/6 scale Asuka, ITEM #12338 , also by Kotobukiya.

Here's a shot of the two of them side by side.

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It is worth noting that Evangelion 3.0 takes place roughly 14 years after the events of Eva 2.0. However, all the Eva pilots remain essentially unchanged in appearance. As with most things Eva, this is never fully explained, and a vast number of hypotheses exist which attempt to explain this phenomenon. This figure is of the older Asuka, and ITEM #12338 is Asuka as she was at the beginning of Eva 2.0. While the younger Asuka appears full of bravado, it would appear that as she's gotten older some of that bravado has turned to anger, which seems consistent with the evolution of her character.

Here are the bases for these two figures side by side.

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I was a little concerned that Kotobukiya might just recycle the same base, but as you can see they are in fact different.

As you can see below, on the earlier Asuka Kotobukiya used black lines where various parts of her plugsuit meet but on the newest one, they do not.

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Here, you can see that the younger Asuka's hair is much more translucent. Frankly, I prefer the slightly more muted effect on the newer figure. In addition, the earlier Asuka is a little less stable on her base. As you can see, much of her weight is going to be distributed towards the right side of her body. This makes her a little bit more prone to tipping over, so the newer Asuka is superior in that regard.

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I hesitated before buying this figure, as I was concerned that she'd be too similar to that earlier Asuka. But eventually my fondness for the character won out and those concerns turned out to be unjustified anyway.

In summary, Kotobukiya did a lot of things right on this figure. Her pose and expression are very well done, the lines of her body are beautiful, her base is well designed and attractive, and the overall finish of the figure is good (if not perfect). Taking all of these factors together, I think this figure would be a strong contender for the title of the definitive Asuka. If you are an Asuka fan, this figure belongs in your collection. Or, if you've been looking for that elusive figure that perfectly captures Asuka's fiery demeanor, then this might be just the Asuka for you!

Availability (as of this writing):

Available new through US sources.


As I write this article, she is sold out at the Big Three (AmiAmi, HLJ, and Hobby Search), although it's not entirely unheard of for Koto figures to get additional production runs later on. She has just started to show up at US stores, so (for now) she should be pretty easy to find that way. As I write this, Amazon has her for $68 with free US shipping. It's like they're giving her away! Well, not quite, but at that price, why not add her to your shelf?

THANKS FOR READING!


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Scores9/10

Sculpting
Painting
Posing
Base
Packaging
Enjoyment

11 comments

0pt
Amazing review !The photo resolutions are all clear, I love these !!
Also I think you're highly skilled on figure reviews :)
Looking forward for another.
3 years ago
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Her rib cage bothers me a bit. I weigh about 105 lb and my ribs don't stick out like that.
4 years ago
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Nagara_Venteel (4 years ago) #1689156I have mine on order and honestly am pretty excited about getting her. I have the previous rendition which I am a big fan of. I almost passed on this figure due to my loathing of what was done to her character. The eyepatch makes it hard to pretend. Eventually I settled on her because her face looks amazing. Your review just made me want her more. I really like the comparative shots. Her hair looks much better this time around, but I think I am going to miss those defining black lines on her flight suit.

Yeah, Asuka does get treated a bit shabbily; I've always thought she's kind of been relegated to second fiddle behind Mari, who is a far less interesting character in my opinion. I also like that previous Koto 1/6 Asuka, although this one is a big improvement in almost every area.

Oddy (4 years ago) #1688924Very nice review! Read it all the way through although I'm completely impassive to Asuka.^^'
I've already encountered these whole-plastic boxes - the Koto's New 52 Justice League seriees is packed like that. Hope they've upgraded it a little bit, 'couse when I accidentally dropped Superman (on the carpet!) it burst into pieces. -_-'


Fortunately, the blister inside seems sturdy enough. But I'm not really a big fan of these all plastic boxes since there's no art or anything on the outside. Once the figure is removed, you can't really display the box. Thanks for reading.

V_Redgrave (4 years ago) #1688822Good review. This Asuka is quite stunning, I hope to get her someday :)

She really is nice. She looks pretty amazing on the shelf.
4 years ago
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I have mine on order and honestly am pretty excited about getting her. I have the previous rendition which I am a big fan of. I almost passed on this figure due to my loathing of what was done to her character. The eyepatch makes it hard to pretend. Eventually I settled on her because her face looks amazing. Your review just made me want her more. I really like the comparative shots. Her hair looks much better this time around, but I think I am going to miss those defining black lines on her flight suit.
4 years ago
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Very nice review! Read it all the way through although I'm completely impassive to Asuka.^^'
I've already encountered these whole-plastic boxes - the Koto's New 52 Justice League seriees is packed like that. Hope they've upgraded it a little bit, 'couse when I accidentally dropped Superman (on the carpet!) it burst into pieces. -_-'
4 years ago
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Good review. This Asuka is quite stunning, I hope to get her someday :)
4 years ago
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MetalGearSora (4 years ago) #1688423Thanks for the great review! Mine just arrived the other day but I've still yet to take her out of the package. Once I get the lighting sorted out with my new Detolf though she'll take top spot on my shelf next to ITEM #36094. :D

Somehow, I never picked up that Alter Asuka. That figure and this one would definitely complement each other, though.

Saeko_fanboy26 (4 years ago) #1688529Awesome review!! I can't wait for mine to arrive :)

Thanks for the feedback!

Yupa (4 years ago) #1688603This is definitely my favorite Asuka figure and one of the few figures I own. Thanks for the review.

She definitely is a good one; thanks for the comment.

vietsamurai (4 years ago) #1688667She is one of my favorite asuka figure as well, and awesome review ^_^

She's probably displaced ITEM #12338 as my favorite Asuka. Thanks for the comment.
4 years ago
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Yupa (4 years ago) #1688603This is definitely my favorite Asuka figure and one of the few figures I own. Thanks for the review.
She is one of my favorite asuka figure as well, and awesome review ^_^
4 years ago
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This is definitely my favorite Asuka figure and one of the few figures I own. Thanks for the review.
4 years ago
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Awesome review!! I can't wait for mine to arrive :)
4 years ago
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