Unlike previous toys of the Eva-01 from the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, the gimmicks this figure comes with are more part swaps, so as to keep the overall sculpt clean and accurate.
This is an interesting choice because while it means the figure is very accurate to the design, it can result in some fragile parts that need to be carefully handled.
Apart from the rifle and gatling cannon, the notable part swaps are for unsheathing the progressive knife in the shoulder and opening the mouth on the head.
In prior kits and toys, these features tend to be included in the design itself. While that is technically more accurate to the functionality from the anime, it does impact the overall sculpt.
In that, what MAFEX have done here is to priotize the sculpt over the functionality of the design. Instead opting for part swaps to maintain the overall accuracy.
It’s an interesting choice and not one I see very often and the results are worth it.
Specifically, the sculpt and paint job on a figure of this size are very good indeed. So if you are after visual accuracy, with a solid amount of articulation, and at a reasonable price, then this MAFEX figure has you covered.
However, this approach does come at a cost and that is the shoulder parts and some of the articulation is a bit delicate. This means the figure needs to be handled with care and is definitely more for collectors that like to display toys rather than play with them.
If that is what you are after and you don’t want to break the bank, then this MAFEX Eva-01 toy is worth picking up.