Despite being released almost two decades ago, the Evangelion franchise is still going strong in terms of toy releases, with the now familiar EVA Unit-01 Test Type being a very willing victim of this infinitely dreadful commercialization. Joining in the fray is previously covered manufacturing newbie, Sentinel, who has decided to release its own version of what is probably the most well-recognized, if not, then certainly right up there, mecha in human history. The RIOBOT Creation line is a non-scaled articulated mecha product line that’s quite a bit bigger than your usual Robot Damashii. In fact, it’s a bit similar to Bandai’s less popular Soul of Chogokin SPEC toys, which also unsurprisingly released an EVA Unit-01 of its own. Sadly reception to those hasn’t been too warm.
What makes these RIOBOT ones any different? For starters, the sculpt looks awesomely detailed to the tune of the new Evangelion movies, which in my opinion, looks vastly superior to the TV anime version in terms of aesthetics. The attention to detail by Sentinel especially in the translucent rendering of the green shoulder pads also tells you they’re not messing around with this one. Couple that with more accessories (please spear me with that Spear of Longinus) and manipulators than the competition can only dream of giving out (Bandai, as most should know by now is a cheapskate) and you’ve got yourself a winner. Sentinel’s RIOBOT EVA comes out in January 2012 for a not so friendly, yet possibly worth-it, price of 7800 yen.
Images taken from Cybergundam.