EVANGELION PROTO TYPE 00/00
ROBOT SPIRITS (BANDAI)
Despite being a pretty big fan of the whole big mechas versus big monsters sub-genre, I somehow managed to avoid any major exposure to anything Evangelion until the last two years. I know, shame on me. Last winter I marathoned my way through Neon Genesis Evangelion and it’s follow-up movies, and then after a few months, my brain started working again, and now we’re kind of here? I did enjoy the show, despite it’s brain breaking properties, and I certainly was down for some toys. Fortunately for me, there’s a lot of options on that front! I’m decidedly going with something generally more on the recent side, and I’m kicking off my collection with Eva Unit-00, who I’m taking a look at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Evangelion Proto Type 00/00, or Unit-00 for short, was released as part of Bandai’s Robot Spirits toyline. She’s figure 270 in the line, and marks the second of the Evas for the line. This particular version of Unit-00 is based on her appearance in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. While Units 01 and 02 remain rather similar to their original designs, Rebuild does mix things up a little bit more for Unit-00, who in the original begins as an orange mecha, and then switches to blue for her more armored appearance. In Rebuild, she instead keeps a more consistent orange and grey color scheme between both appearances. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and has 54 points of articulation. This sucker’s pretty darn mobile, with a very impressive range of motion. My prior exposure to Robot Spirits was through the Pacific Rim figures, and they were solid for what they were, but the posability definitely wasn’t like this. The figure’s designed for a lot of deep poses, as the Evas are prone to get into within the series, and that definitely works out very nicely. I was also quite impressed by the engineering of the articulation, and how it works within the sculpt. By far the coolest part is on the neck, which has a segmented construction that actually simulates stretching and compressing. It’s really cool. In general, the sculpt, which is quite an impressive piece of work, does a really good job of working in the articulation in an aesthetically pleasing way, while still maintaining a nice bit of accuracy to the source material. Speaking of accuracy to the source, Unit 00 has two different looks in Rebuild, and this figure is actually designed to replicate both of them. Right out of the box, she’s in her later, more armored up appearance, complete with the shoulder pylon things. The shoulders are even on separate joints, so that you can keep them properly oriented, and out of the way of the arms when posing, which is pretty cool. The shoulders, chest plate, and part of the thighs swap out for secondary parts, allowing for a conversion to the more streamlined appearance from earlier on, which looks pretty good too. I’m more a fan of the out of the box set-up, but extra display options are always fine by me. Unit 00’s color work is bold and clean, which is what you want to see on such figures. A lot of it’s done through molded plastic, but the actual paint application that’s there is cleanly applied as well. I certainly had no issues with it on my figure. Unit 00 is quite nicely accessorized. There are, of course, the previously mentioned alternate armor pieces, but on top of that she gets six sets of hands (fists, gripping, flat, relaxed, and two different styles of open gesture), an umbilical power cord, knife, smaller rifle, larger gun (complete with a spinning drum), handcuffs, an alternate open port for the plug, and some sort of crucifix antenna thing that I assume is somehow plot relevant to Rebuild. It’s a really impressive selection of extras, and pretty much covers anything I could possibly think of wanting for the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I hadn’t seen anything Evangelion-related until the last two years, I also hadn’t gotten any of the toys, since I (typically) steer clear of toys for things I haven’t really experienced. After watching the show, I definitely found Unit 00 to be my personal favorite of the main Evas, and I was definitely down for some version of it in toy form. I’ve been looking at my options, and then this one wound up being the first of the Robot Spirits Evas to come into All Time, which certainly made my choice quite simple. It’s a really fun figure, and probably the most fun I’ve had with a Robot Spirits release. There’s so much cool stuff going on, and so many different options for display, but at the core of it, there’s a figure that’s just really, really fun to play around with.