Run away Shinji! Run away!
Amongst the many Revoltech merchandise and the even more voluminous Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandise, there were, the Mini Revoltechs. Scaled down Revoltechs who had fewer accessories but a pretty good bang for buck. Alas, the sub-line has yet to expand beyond the initial offering of Eva figures and accessory packs, and if their shelfwarming status is any indication, we may not well never see that day..
Honestly, I just wanted to review something a little different for y’all, rather than the usual Transformers, Kamen Rider or G.I. Joe.
If you’re a hardcore NGE purist, I’m sure there’s plenty to complain about in terms of absolute show accuracy, but for what she is, Mini-Eva 01 is pretty darn good. She’s a scaled down version of the Revoltech Eva 01, and that one’s not 100% show accurate either (due to the inclusion of the Revo-joints). On the same note, as a Revoltech figure, Mini-Eva 01’s got to have the Revo-joints, but unlike her larger cousin, she has less room to hide them. That said, for a casual collector, she’s close enough. In fact, for what she is, she looks great.
3.1 out of 4.0
I’m not going to go into too much depth here, but suffice it to say, Mini-Eva 01’s very well articulated. She’s got Revoltech joints for her shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles and spine/torso, so she’s got a good range of movement at those points. But of particular note are her hips, which consist of a series of cut joints. This allows Eva 01 a good range of motion there without sacrificing the aesthetics. I was worried that it’d be like the Revoltech Griffon where she’d have plain old swivel hips that totally kill the articulation. Not so with Eva 01, although the flip side is that her hip configuration can be a tad loose. Oh well.
Eva 01’s foot guards, and especially her shoulder… thingies, are also articulated, which is cool. But her wrists are not articulated.
Finally, and this deserves its own paragraph, Mini-Eva 01 can friggin’ stand (without support from a stand)! Revoltech, especially the early stuff, seem to have an awful limitation in that they can’t frikkin’ stand without support. That’s one of the major drawbacks of the line. Great articulation, but utterly useless without use of stands for support, and some of the early stuff don’t even come with stands. Granted, Revoltech are meant for display and not play, but their inability to stand on their own do limit their playability. So yes, Mini-Eva doesn’t have that problem… much.
3.5 out of 4.0
Mini-Eva 01 comes with an alternate right hand that can work as either a punching fist or to hold a vibro knife. She also comes with a mini-stand. There’s not much here. If you want to give Mini-Eva 01 more stuff, you’d have to buy one of the two accessory packs included with that first wave of Mini-Revoltechs.
For the price and the quality of the figure though, the lack of accessories isn’t too much of a loss.
2.6 out of 4.0
Revoltech Mini-Eva 01 is definitely not the definitive Eva 01. Heck, Revoltech Eva 01’s not the definitive Eva 01. But for what this toy is, it’s very good. It’s got the same Revoltech high end feel, articulation that surpasses most toys, a relatively reasonable price for a Japanese import and heck, while the figure is not in scale with anything, at this size, it makes a great addition to your 3.75″ figures. An escaped biological experiment perhaps? This is one toy that scores higher than the sum of its parts.
3.5 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent