The Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise is a merchandising titan, parceling out its logos, characters, and mecha to the likes of keychains, mousepads, and instructional typing software. And, of course, figures. Lots of figures. Figures of all different shapes, sizes, poses, and quality.
It is a bit odd then that there aren’t many standard-scale figures of Asuka in her plugsuit. In fact, other than her Revoltech figure and a Kotobukiya one which featured her curled up tight against Rei, this figure is the only one that I know of. One of Alter’s earlier products, this rendition of Asuka is built in a manly 1/5 scale, although she is rather compact due to her seated position.
She comes with a most boring base, a solid red plastic disc with no interesting markings or features, and she doesn’t need it to sit upright. Her sculpt is solid, as is her paint job, although the skin tone isn’t Alter’s best work; it’s a bit lifeless, and her size exacerbates its conspicuousness. Her plugsuit hugs her in all the right places, and I particularly like her facial expression; rather than the nitroglycerine-tempered fireball she is presented as in the anime, she’s shown here in a rather placid mood, sitting while she adjusts her cuff. The sculpt complements her introspectiveness as well as adding a touch of vulnerability, making for a very appealing figure.
This was one of the first figures I bought; I got her three years ago, and I like it a lot. This is not one of Alter’s more ambitious figures, but it’s definitely high quality and more importantly, one of the best plastic depictions of Evangelion’s tempestuous firestarter.