Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Limited Model HG Evangelion EVA-00 Prototype Blue

















First functional Evangelion unit created, serving as EVA-00 Prototype Blue, operated by Ayanami Rei which appeared later in the T.V anime 1996 after an up-grade on the yellow prototype with extra shoulder pylons and new torso armor. One of Bandai's Neon Genesis Evangelion kits, released around the same time the show was airing in Japan, EVA Unit 00 receives a nicely poseable and well-detailed rendition as 'Limit Model High Grade', LMHG model kit in short, stands about 25cm tall when completed. The kit requires plenty of touch-up so I bought myself a built and painted fully preowned kit. Remarkable job by the previous owner, kudos to you! Humanoid looking with elbow joints enclosed in flexible rubber. A rubber like sleeve encapsulates the joints in the forearms producing the iconic powered suit appearance of the Eva units. EVA 00 is best looking EVA (it has a monoeye and even the chin things the Gundams have, so if Char piloted an EVA he would pilot a red version of Unit 00... 

Iconic and an insane amount of accessories from removable entry plug, umbilical chord, Lance of Longinus, progressive knife, pallet rifle, sonic glaive. My favourite weapons of choice definitely are the Lance of Longinus and the huge shield, used in Operation Yashima (very satisfyingly detailed). The entry hatch do open exposing the removable pilot's entry plug. All of the accessories are molded in either black or grey and needed paint to look more anime accurate, though the detail on the equipment in general is impressive. Likely downsides are the bending of the elbow (restricted by rubber) and balancing the slender kit. The head can turn 360 but does look down/up though the neck does have a very organic feel to its movement due to the collar and torso which bend with a hunch.

6 comments:

chrismandesign said...

This story behind this revised EVA 00 is different in the manga (which) I have not seen yet), in the anime and in some of the subsequent theatrical releases (movies), which is kind of confusing in a series that is already hard to digest... But as far as I remember, it was not actually just an update (because the original EVA 00 -yellow-orangish- armor was damaged beyond repair, during combat against the angel Ramiel), rather a reconstruction of this armor with spare parts and some improved features for combat (melee)...

On the other hand, I wanted to get this kit some years ago and I was actively searching, but since it was a limited edition, the prices were increasingly higher, so I just gave up... However, at least I was able to get another EVA 00 -yellow orangish- to assemble and paint, once I improve my skills and the previous one I have will be for spare parts and test, HEHE !!!... =D

deSMOnd said...

The animation shows darker blue than yours. Which color is the original version?

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> Chrismandesign
EVA units get wrecked so easily which make me wonder how the crew keep up with those repair. The T.V and movies happening can be very different at times and I would be confused at times. The kit is really old and it could be a reason for the low availability. Recently, I managed to sell away my extra piece (snap built but unpainted).

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> Desmond
This is a fully painted piece and I think it’s fairly close to the anime. The original plastic colour is even paler..

David John Shewsbury said...

Ah another Evangelion.... strange but true, despite being truly popular amongst Japanese pornographic community and fans alike, Evangelion is one of those anime that I never have the chance to watch and after many years now, I just skip it but the merchandise from the series never seems to ceased...

Dennis aka Katsuden said...

>> David
EVA is so big in Japan that Rei was once their tourism ambassador and the release of the OVA movie from 1.0 to 3.0 (retelling with changes) also keep the steam going. When EVA director was involved in the production of Shin Godzilla, it brings both EVA and Godzilla to new heights and idea of EVA vs Godzilla!