MY REI AYANAMI COLLECTION

And here's the most rappresentative page of this website-- My legendary collection of Rei Ayanami figures.
As it's not the biggest or more complete ever, I can proudly say that each figure is tied to a precious memory of my life as a collector, as a fan and as an otaku.
Let me introduce you my "children" as I remind you that they are ordered by acquisition (not by release), from the older purchase (down) to the most recent (up).

For further, bigger pictures of my Reis, you can check the dedicated album on my MFC's account.

CREATORS' LABO #015

Manufacturer: Yamato
Type: Figure
Released on: 2008
Acquired on: December 2015
Comment: I'm not used to collect figures of Rei that appear "out of character" but I made an exception for this beauty born from the collaboration of illustrator Shunya Yamashita and sculptor Mitsumasa Yoshizawa because of its originality of design.
Also, I bought this counterfeited when it was out, and I made it a point of getting the original one, at some point, once I realized my wrong purchase-- It took it a while, but in the end I managed to get the original piece!

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION - REI AYANAMI

Manufacturer: Enterbrain
Type: Figure
Released on: 2007
Acquired on: October 2015
Comment: A beautiful Rei figure coming straight from an anime illustration, the one that made me fall in love with the character-- I found it used for a cheap price, and even if the plug-suit got a bit yellow-ish during the years, this is still extremely charming.

SUPER EXCELLENT SERIES

Manufacturer: Marmit
Type: Doll
Released on: 2006
Acquired on: October 2015
Comment: This doll was released by Marmit to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Evangelion anime. I was intrigued by the "plastic hair", a peculiarity of action figures rather than dolls, so when I had the chance I added it to my collection ^^

EPISODE MINI-DISPLAY FIGURE SERIES

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: 2006, 2007
Acquired on: March 2015
Comment: Another series of tiny figures, this time inspired to the episodes of the TV series.
They come from episode 1 "Angel's Attack" and episode 5 "Rei, Beyond her Heart".

REI FIGUREs bundled with YOUNG ACE magazine

Manufacturer: Kaiyodo x Kadokawa Publishing
Type: Trading Figure
Released on: December 2009, February 2013, October 2013
Acquired on: 2013, 2015
Comment: A set of furoku coming with various issues of Young Ace.
These are not rare items, but they are a must for a collector because of their exclusive release.

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION COLLECTION FIGURE

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figure
Released on: April 2004, 2005
Acquired on: 2014
Comment: This series of figurines comes from a collection dedicated to episodes of the TV series.
Some of them were re-released in 2005 to celebrate an anniversary of Evangelion under the laber Rei Colle and Asuka Colle, as they focused on collections of the main heroines of the series.
The episodes my figurines refer to are, from left to right, "Introjection", "The End of Evangelion", "Magma Diver" and "Lilliputian Hitcher".

COLLECTOR'S DOLL SERIES #1

Manufacturer: SEGA, TECT, Takara
Type: Doll
Released on: 1997
Acquired on: September 2014
Comment: Probably the first "fashion doll" of Rei ever, as a collector it was my duty to acquire it!
I love the shape of her face and the face painting, but I find her neck kinda creepy! Also, I was surprised to see that this has more mobility than the version by Marmit--!

ANGEL CHROMOSOME-XX "Lilith", "Arael" & "Armisael"

Manufacturer: Wave
Type: Figure
Released on: 2006
Acquired on: 2013, 2014
Comment: Designed by Mine Yoshizaki, these "moe versions" of the Angels of the TV series are beyond LOVELY.
I decided to buy only the "specimen" related to Rei.

SUPER EXCELLENT SERIES - MEMORIAL SUPER HEROINE "Perfect World ver."

Manufacturer: Marmit
Type: Doll
Released on: June 2000
Acquired on: August 2014
Comment: I was looking forward to get this doll, even if I'm not fond of the "Perfect World" version and the quality of the toy itself is quite mediocre-- I just loved the face paint of this doll and I was intrigued by its body type :D --Such cute bandy legs∼!

C:MO

Manufacturer: Arcadia
Type: Action Figure
Released on: November 2013
Acquired on: August 2014
Comment: At first I didn't care much for this figure, but I decided to buy it anyway for my collection. Now I'm a happy user, and it's probably my favourite action doll of Rei, even if her over-the-top moe look sets me a bit off.

ACTIVE STYLING FIGURE #001

Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Type: Action Figure
Released on: December 1997
Acquired on: August 2014
Comment: I'm a lover of these vintage thingies, so as I found her at a cheap price I decided to acquire her for my collection! It's very cute, it's really well-made for her size (1/8 scale)!

EVANGELION PM FIGURE

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figure
Released on: July 2010, July 2011, February 2014
Acquired on: from 2013 to 2014
Comment: These PM figures are really a step above the other figures of the same size.
Two of them are the limited editions coming with transparent hair, the most recent one is one of my favourites featuring Rei with the new plug-suit design.

EVANGELION PORTRAITS

Manufacturer: Bandai
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: Starting January 2007
Acquired on: from 2007 to 2014
Comment: I love Evangelion's portraits, the are the perfect mix between a figure and a trading figure because of their size, but they come in such a variety of poses and versions!
--If I could go back in time I would collect only them T^T

MINI-DISPLAY FIGURE COLLECTION "Stars and Constellations"

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: March 2006
Acquired on: 2014
Comment: Coming from a series of gashapon dedicated to astronomy, I picked the figurine representing my zodiac sign back in the days, but since it looked a bit lonely, I added the "Full Moon" to make a pair ^^

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION COLLECTION FIGURE "Special Mission" #1,2

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figure
Released on: August 2006
Acquired on: 2014
Comment: I got the Rei in a military outfit a while back, and since I'm a fan of Sengoku era I had to acquire also the one in ninja clothes in recent times ^^ The figures own changeable weapons, it's really fun to explore the various options!

EVANGELION EX FIGURE

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figures
Released on: from 2006 to 2009
Acquired on: from 2008 to 2013
Comment: This series of figures can be a bit unhortodox for the interpretation of the characters, and sure the difference in scales can be quite bothering, but how can you resist them ^_^ ?
From left to right: "Welcome to NERV Cafe!", "Neo Tokyo-3 Police", "Spring Breeze", "School Swimsuit" ver. 2, "The Night of the Festival" and "School Uniform".

ULTIMATE FIGURE SERIES

Manufacturer: Volks
Type: Doll
Released on: August 2004
Acquired on: 2013
Comment: --Together with the fixation for the action figures I developed the fixation for the dolls, or better, the "fashion dolls" of Rei.
This is one by Volks. There are various version of this same doll, I picked this one, featuring her classic School Uniform in a shorter variant, from Mandarake's website ;3

REVOLTECH MINIATURE bundled with EVANGELION 5th SPECIAL COVERAGE "CR Neon Genesis Evangelion The Final Messenger Strategy Book" Vol. Premium Production

Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Type: Action Figure
Released on: August 2009
Acquired on: 2013
Comment: Another must for collectors (and Revoltech fans like me)! It's a lovely mini-Revoltech coming in a limited edition. I managed to buy it on a Japanese auction.

MICROMAN MA-29

Manufacturer: Takara Tomy
Type: Action Figure
Released on: May 2006
Acquired on: 2013
Comment: After buying the Customa-P I decided to collect all the action figures released by the various companies and next on my list was this cutie. I wasn't very sure of its quality at first, but the versatility of this tiny action figure left me absolutely speechless!

FIGMA #091

Manufacturer: Max Factory
Type: Action Figure
Released on: May 2011
Acquired on: 2013
Comment: I decided to buy this figure 'cause I really wanted a Rei in a cockpit and this was the prettier choice. I'm not very satisfied by the joint system of figmas, but the design sure is lovely. The cockpit is movable too, which is definitely a must!

CUSTOMA-P CFP-01

Manufacturer: Volks
Type: Action Figure
Released on: July 2006
Acquired on: 2013
Comment: As soon as I found it on sale online I had to buy this other rarity.
The design is very fun and intriguing, too bad that the joint points are very frail... Her leg keeps popping out every time!

REAL ACTION HERO #449

Manufacturer: Medicom
Type: Action Figure
Released on: October 2010
Acquired on: 2013
Comment: This is a second version of a RAH Rei in a school uniform, and it was released to celebrate the movie Evangelion 2.0.
I bought it at a local convention at a pretty decent price, also if I really wanted the version in a plug-suit and not this one...

ACTION FIGURE SPECIAL BOX bundled with EVANGELION manga vol.09

Manufacturer: APSY x Kadokawa Publishing
Type: Action Figure
Released on: November 2003
Acquired on: 2012
Comment: This is another fixation from the old days. A tiny action figure with a wonderful design, a mix between flesh and mecha, the dream of every proper otaku.
I have a deep dislike for the manga of Evangelion, but this was a must for every Rei collector back in the days... And it still is.

GRIMROCK! MIX EDITION

Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Type: Figure
Released on: July 2004
Acquired on: 2011
Comment: Presented during an edition of the Summer Showcase these two were available only as a resin kit. The release of the prepainted version drove collectors crazy as the concept and design of these little jewels was too much for words. Took me for ever, but I decided to buy them second hand years later as I found them for cheap on Ebay.
Unfortunately they were kept as crap, as they lost most of their stability over the years, but they are still adorable despite the years that have passed∼

PINKY:COS & P:CHARA

Manufacturer: GSI Creos
Type: Action Figure
Released on: June 2004, September 2007
Acquired on: 2011
Comment: Coming out from a collaboration between the viral Pinky:st, figurines with interchangeable parts, and GAINAX, these thingies were quite popular back in the days, an "oddity" that as a collector I always wished to get. I bought them used during my first trip to Japan.

PULLIP F-579

Manufacturer: Jun Planning
Type: Doll
Released on: February 2008
Acquired on: 2011
Comment: --The more I look at this doll, the less I like it-- Even if it's an important specimen for my collection!
I bought it during my first trip to Japan, as I found it at a really cheap, nice price :3

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION COLLECTION FIGURE

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figure
Released on: October 2010
Acquired on: 2011
Comment: This figures comes in another version with a "Combat Ration". I really like the "desperate look" on Rei's face here∼

EVANGELION FIGURE "Flash a Smile" ver. 1.5

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figure
Released on: April 2011
Acquired on: 2011
Comment: The quality of this figure is excellent, I love the bandage and the ripped plug-suit *_*
I'm not a fan of lying figures, but I made an exception for this one.

[email protected] R-STYLE

Manufacturer: Bandai
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: 2009, 2010
Acquired on: 2011
Comment: These are way cuuuter than their Banpresto's counterparts. I loved how each figure of the series is related to an Angel∼
I got them separately, one from a local shop, the other during my first trip to Japan.

PETIT EVA: [email protected]

Manufacturer: Banpresto
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: February 2010
Acquired on: 2010, 2011
Comment: Released for the Ichiban Kuji lottery of Banpresto, I acquired them separately, one on a local convention and the other during my first trip to Japan. I'm not very fond of these, I find the bases quite intrusive, and [email protected] was really terrible to watch T_T

EVANGELION FIGURE SET

Manufacturer: SEGA
Type: Figures
Released on: 2005
Acquired on: Starting 2008
Comment: I love these sets of figures! They are very dynamic, and the mini-sets coming with them are simply adorable.
They are, starting from left: "Cleaning Time", "Free Study Time", "Club Activities".

TORI-COLLE!

Manufacturer: Bandai
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: Starting 2006
Acquired on: ??
Comment: Toricolle are probably my favourite SD thingies. I stopped collecting them after these two, though.

FRAULEIN REVOLTECH #001, #019

Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Type: Action Figures
Released on: December 2007, July 2010
Acquired on: 2008, 2013
Comment: I'm a fan of action figures, #001 was the first that I bought, but it took a while before I got to really appreciate it. After that I turned into a lover of Revoltech action figures.

SUPER EXCELLENT SERIES - SUPER ACTION DOLL

Manufacturer: Marmit
Type: Doll
Released on: March 2003
Acquired on: ??
Comment: The first doll that I ever managed to acquire! As back then I was a mere student, it took me a while to put all the money to buy it, as it was an expensive imported item... When I finally I managed to gain the required money and I reached the shop to buy it, a worker in the shop asked the owner how much it was, and the owner realized that he miswrote the price... It was around 3 times cheaper ;o; It was a great day indeed.

EVANGELION COLLECTION TRADING FIGURES

Manufacturer: Bandai
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: 2002
Acquired on: ??
Comment: The cockpit is really accurate for such a tiny figure!

HGIF SERIES "Beach Side Collection"

Manufacturer: Bandai
Type:
Trading Figures
Released on: 2006
Acquired on: ??
Comment: I'm not very fond of this series of gashapon, thus I own only this one, which pose I found interesting.

HGIF SERIES "Sadamoto Yoshiyuki Collection"

Manufacturer: Bandai
Type: Trading Figures
Released on: From 2003 to 2006
Acquired on: From 2003 to 2008
Comment: These gashapon where quite cheap and easy to find at conventions, so I used to collect the most of them. This series, based on the illustrations of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, was particularly lovely.

REI AYANAMI

Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Type: Action Figure
Released on: May 2000
Acquired on: 2001
Comment: This is the first figure of Rei that I ever bought, the first to be exported in Italy.
As most of its pieces got lost or ruined during the years, I still treasure it immensely ♥



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