Fräulein 001 Ayanami Rei – 綾波 レイ

Rei FaceAfter reviewing Getter and Hellboy, I thought perhaps I should take a look at some of the more feminine characters in my collection, and what better place to start than with one of the most popular girl characters in the Japanese Manga / Anime world.

Background:

Rei is a 14 year old girl from the series Neo Genesis Evangelion which made its manga debut in 1995. She pilots the prototype Evangelion Unit 00, she is socially withdrawn, almost emotionless at times and doesn’t really interact with anyone. The story line is very complex, so I will not get into detail about it here.

Name: Ayanami Rei (綾波 レイ)
Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Line: Revoltech Fräulein Series No. 001
Sculptor: Enoki Tomohide
Scale: Non-scale
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: 2008
Original Price: ¥2,190 (approx. $28AUD / $23USD)
Height: 150mm / 5.8inches

Packaging:

Rei comes nicely packaged, the window displays the character well. On one side of the box there are diagrams and text showing how the Revoltech joints and the new “E.L.F” design of the Fräulein line works, although it is all in Japanese the pictures are pretty self explanatory. On the back and one side of the box are some images of the Rei in various poses, this is a good starting reference when posing with your own figure.

  • Rei Packaging
  • Rei Contents

Accessories:

Rei comes with two extra sets of hands, and the Lance of Longinus. Firstly, the lance is very nicely painted in a rich metallic red and comes packed in 2 halves. The two extra sets of hands allow for Rei to hold the lance and express different poses properly, which always makes for a more diverse figure.

Form/Sculpt:

Rei front and back

Being the first of the Fräulein series, there is plenty of room for improvement. The plastic used for this figure feels very fragile, and slightly on the cheap side, however the sculpt is quite good in terms of detail. Don’t get me wrong, I do like this figure, in fact I actually think the head was quite nicely done, especially the face, the expression suits her perfectly.

Articulation/Action:

  • Rei looking to the side
  • Rei looking back

Being a revoltech series action figure, the articulation on this should be pretty good, after all revoltech is all about the joints. Well, not entirely. Yes there are 18 points of articulation, with 10 of these being revolver joints however, movement is still quite limited. For example, the shoulder revolver joints, has a total of 12 clicks, but the figure will only allow 2 clicks of this joint before it decides to fall out of place. Another crucial joint, being the hip joint, which has a total of 24 clicks, will only allow for a maximum of 4 clicks of movement. I won’t get into too much detail, but you get the idea, it’s not bad but it could be better.

  • Rei relaxing
  • Rei laying on the ground
  • Rei looking up
  • Rei's feet
  • Rei holding the spear
  • Rei floating
  • Rei holding the spear again
  • Rei balancing

Paint/Print:

Again, being the first of the series the paint application is not too bad, but not the best. I have to say in its defence white is a hard colour to get right believe it or not, and on this figure, some areas have a bit of a blue hue reinforcing that “cheapness”. However I think this figure has been saved due to the hair and the face, the hair has very good paint application from dark to light shades of blue, and the eyes are sharp and defined.

  • Rei face detail
  • Rei back detail

Overall:

If you are a fan of Rei, you will love this figure anyway, even if you’re not, you will enjoy owning it. It is fun toy to play with and a nice figure to display, just don’t look at the figure too closely, that is, anywhere apart from the face.

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2 Comments

    Looks nicely done. Would like to see full body images though, also what material is used to make these figurines?

  • There you go, new images:)

    They use various plastics with different durometer (hardness) depending on what they want the part to do, on the box it says PVC, ABS and Nylon so I suspect this is what they used on this figure.

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