Continuing with the Evangelion kick, let’s take a look at Asuka as a motorcycle racer. There is a peculiar dearth of Asuka figures out there, although Alter and Kotobukiya each recently unveiled figures of her in her recent motion picture form. When I try to think of a definitive Asuka figure, my mind draws a blank, and so it doesn’t bother me when I see any of the Eva girls dolled up in a manner incongruent with their anime presentation. Heck, they’ve been used to pitch canned coffee and instructional typing software, among other things, making them perhaps the most protean anime characters around.
This figure is a prepainted recast from E2046, with the original sculpt being done by Vispo. It’s done in 1/6 scale, with Asuka and her bike measuring an impressive 24 centimeters in length and 23 centimeters in height. It appears that Asuka has given up a career as a mecha pilot to become a sport speedster instead. We’ll disregard the triviality that she isn’t yet old enough to operate a motor vehicle; if a girl can drive a robot the size of an apartment building to war, she’s old enough to drive a bike.
Asuka is both (outwardly) confident in her self-image and accustomed to wearing tight clothing and so she’s naturally sheathed in a racing suit with the front unzipped, showing the world that she understands what it takes to succeed as a sportswoman. In case anyone’s forgotten her name, it’s imprinted on her rear, giving it a second reason to command the attention of admiring onlookers. Hilariously, the perverts at E2046 decided to cut out the crotch of her suit, but only the crotch. I’m not entirely certain why they did that … okay, I know exactly why they did it, but I’m not certain what the thought process was that led them to that decision. Regardless, it does add to her sex appeal (or sluttiness). Hey, being demure and reserved is all well and good, but it doesn’t get a racer girl any GoDaddy endorsements, you know?
As good as Asuka looks – and she looks damn good – one could make a strong argument that the bike should take top billing here. I’m not a big fan of motorcycles – I think they’re deathtraps, personally – but this one looks very realistic, with all the chains and gears and levers seemingly in their correct places. It’s painted in Asuka’s characteristic cherry red and festooned with logos. I really can’t say enough about how detailed it is – even individual screws are present, and an instrument panel is provided, though generally hidden from view by Asuka’s helmet.
The expression that Asuka wears is the Asuka I know, looking cocky and sexy. Off the top of my head again, I don’t remember too many figures of her that depict her that way; Alter’s old one casts her with a worried expression, their upcoming one and Kotobukiya’s 1/6 scale one both give her a contented, good-natured smile, and Kotobukiya’s figure of her in a test suit looks rather passive. I much prefer to imagine Asuka as a spunky, aggressive fireball than a victim, though I suppose that’s what she ended up as.
E2046 gives a big blocky base to stand her on, though she doesn’t really need it. I didn’t use it for most of these pictures, being that my acrylic sheet probably can’t take its weight. I really need to clean that sheet one of these days.
Yeah, I know that her shades look out of place with the black background, but when you’re as cool as Asuka is, the sun shines on you all the time, right?
The paintwork and assembly are excellent, as usual. This figure doesn’t have many loose parts – just the figure, the bike and its stand, and her glasses and helmet. It’s quite straightforward to put together.
I don’t think I have anything to complain about regarding this figure. It’s a stunning rendition of Asuka, superbly detailed and exquisitely sculpted. She looks perfect as a bike racer, and I’m quite happy with how both the figure and the motorcycle turned out.