Here’s my first attempt at a written review. For this first review, we’ll be taking a look at the Soul of Chogokin SPEC EVA – 01 (renewal ver.) figure from the ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ series.
For those of you who don’t know, the ‘Soul of Chogokin SPEC’ line consists of numerous show-accurate mecha figures from various series with die-cast parts. This figure is a remake of the original Soul of Chogokin SPEC EVA – 01 figure that was released awhile back. The main differences are remolded parts including its head, chest, abdomen, waist, upper arms, thigh armor parts and its ankle joints. It also features a more show accurate color scheme.
So here’s the box design. I really love how this box looks! This box shares a similar box design with the previous SOC Evangelion figures with a purple color theme. Really beautiful. Opening the top flap reveals a windowed display. All the accessories are nicely positioned and give a really nice view of all the things that are included. I apologize for the lack of a picture, I may include one after I dig the box back out of storage…
All the parts and the figure itself comes in two plastic packages stacked one on top of the other, that’s the best way to describe it. I will be going through the accessories later, but it comes with, beside all the armor pieces, a hand gun, needle gun, progressive knife, pallet rifle, Magoroku E Sword and counter sword with removable sheaths, entry plug, umbilical cord, and six pairs of interchangeable hands.
Those are a TON of accessories which I personally feel are all awesome.
THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL
The manual features numerous pictures and screenshots from the anime and poses of the figure. The second page are the instructions and teaches you how to adorn the figure with its classic purple armor.
The main feature of the SOC SPEC Evangelion figures that differentiates it from the many other Evangelion figures is the ability to remove all the armor to view the ‘naked’ Eva. Fans of the series will know, and this is not really a spoiler, that the Evas are biological beings that have their inner body revealed when the armor is damaged to a certain extent. To be able to do this is absolutely fantastic.
There are so many points of articulation, that it’s not even funny. Too numerous to list here. Just look at the picture. :)
Here’s the figure with its armor attached. The transformation was simple and took me about 15 minutes to complete. Some parts that are tricky include the ‘naked’ Eva’ s shoulder pieces. You have to actually use your finger nail to pop them off by grabbing the edge. As you can see, the figure is still extremely flexible and looks exactly like the anime counterpart. What you can’t see, is that its leg armor pieces are made of die-cast metal. Yup, this actually helps the figure become very sturdy as it lowers its centre of gravity.
First off, is the Umbilical cord and the Entry Plug. Yes, this figure features a working entry plug system with a removable entry plug. How cool is that?
Pellet Gun. This weapon is exclusively used by EVA – 01 in the series. The gun is made of three pieces of plastic and allows you to cock the gun and even load a bullet cartridge.
Magoroku E Sword and Counter Sword. Scabbards do fit very well though not pictured.
Progressive Knife and Shoulder Fin. There are 2 pairs of fins provided with the figure. One pair that are sleek and don’t do anything. The others features a storage space for (the handle of) the progressive knife and a needle gun respectively.
Last but not least, I have to mention that for each weapon, a specific hand is provided. So, if you want to change the weapon that the figure is displayed with, you’ll also have to switch the hands. They are afixed via two pegs on ball joints and while they are not flimsy, do be careful. There is a risk that they will snap off.
In conclusion, I can officially say that doing a video review is much easier than doing a written review. With all the typing and picture uploading, there are still many things left unsaid. But, I digress.
This figure is absolutely outstanding. If you are a fan of Evangelion or Unit 01, definitely get this figure. It comes with a ton of related accessories and features, has wonderful articulation and has a very detailed design. Get this from Hobby Link Japan now!
Personally speaking, I was so impressed by this figure, that I immediately went out and purchased the other two Soul of Chogokin Evangelion figures. :)
Articulation – ☆☆☆☆☆
Accessories – ☆☆☆☆☆
Accuracy – ☆☆☆☆☆
Overall – ☆☆☆☆☆
As for whether I’ll continue to do written reviews, let’s just say I’ll be continuing to do video reviews for some time to come. (Replaced pics with higher quality ones.)