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Evangelion

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Bandai Spirits have released a fair amount of model kits based on the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, starting in the late 90's just after the show finished airing continuing to the present day. These kits are akin to Gunpla models as they are made of colored tray of parts ("runners") that snap-fit together.

While most modern kits receive global releases, some kits are Premium Bandai releases. Premium Bandai is Bandai's official webshop and stocks exclusive merchandise from various series. Since the products can only be bought directly from Bandai and their sites only ship nationally, only a few countries in Asia including Japan, Korea and Singapore have full access to the catalogue. The United States also have access to Premium Bandai however the American site stocks a smaller selection of products.

Also See: Kotobukiya Model Kits

Limited Model (LM) Models (1996-1997)

A look at the runners included LM15

Limited Model (LM), not to be confused with High Grade Limited Model (HG-LM), is a cross-franchise line of models from 1996 featuring both Gundam and Evangelion kits. As the name suggests, these kits are quite limited featuring very little articulation, color separation and detail. Most kits in the line are entirely cast in a single color and only feature ball joints at their shoulders and hips with their knees, elbows and torso being stuck in a single pose. These kits are extremely hard to find and are only recommended for experienced modelers.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
LM01
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EVA-01 Test Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,100 1996
LM02
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EVA-02 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,100 1996 First Evangelion model and Limited model released by Bandai
LM13
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EVA-03 13th Angel Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,100 1996
LM14
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EVA-00 Proto Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,100 1996
LM15
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EVA-00' Proto Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,100 1996
LM22
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3rd Angel Sachiel Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,320 1997
LM23
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14th Angel Zeruel Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥1,320 1997
LM24
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EVA-05 Mass Production Model The End of Evangelion ¥1,320 1997


Limited Model High Grade (LM-HG) Models (1996-1997, 2003', 2020')

A look at the figure and sticker sheet included in LM-HG01

Serving as a more premium alternative to the LM model line, the Limited Model High Grade (LM-HG) line of models are a large improvement featuring color separated parts, articulation in the knees, elbows and torso and a moderate increase in size.

Runner with pre-molded arm assemblies included with many of the HG-LM line of models

In order to more accurately recreate their appearance in the show, the arm assemblies included with the LM-HG line are almost entirely pre-molded with a hard plastic joint covered by a rubber cover which severely limits articulation in the elbows. Despite their shortcomings, these models make up for it by including the most accessories of any line to date with kits often featuring four or more weapon options, umbilical cables and reasonably sized unpainted figures of various characters.

While models in this line are not entirely color accurate, most major details on the Evangelion are captured in the proper color requiring only small details to be painted for complete screen accuracy making them a good choice for a novice modeler looking to get into the hobby. Additionally, the inclusion of detailed figures and lots of basic accessories in need of painting and detailing means even advanced modelers will be challenged by these kits.

While the line originally ended in 1997, it was later revived in 2003 with the release of EVA-01 Type F AFC Experiment and in 2020 with the release of Evangelion Unit-01 (Theater Release Memorial Package). Since these kits were released well after the original run they are quite different in a large variety of ways from the rest of the line.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
LM-HG01
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EVA-01 Test Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥2,500 1996 First LM-HG for the Neon Genesis Evangelion series.
LM-HG02
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EVA-02 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥2,500 1996
LM-HG03
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EVA-00 Proto Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥2,500 1996
LM-HG04
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EVA-00' Proto Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥2,500 1996 Recolor of the LM-HG03, with shoulder pylons and new torso armor.
LM-HG05
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EVA-03 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥2,500 1996
HG-LM06
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Bardiel - 13th Angel Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥2,500 1997 Remold of the LM-HG05 with different arm parts.
HG-LM07
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EVA-01 Test Type Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥3,500 1997 Remold of the LM-HG01. Comes with more weapons, a launch pad and a helmetless head.
LM-HG08
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EVA-05 Mass Production Model Evangelion: Death and Rebirth ¥2,500 1997
LM-HG09
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EVA-04 Production Model Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥3,000 1997 Recolor of the LM-HG05 with different weapons. The silver plates are actually silver-coated, hence the increased price.
LM-HG10
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EVA-05 Mass Production Model The End of Evangelion ¥3,000 1997 Dubbed the "Final Version". It is a remold of the LM-HG08 with better articulations for the arms and the head and comes with different weapons.
LM-HG11
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Sachiel - 3rd Angel Neon Genesis Evangelion ¥3,200 1997 The final model in the original run of the LM-HG line of model kits.
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EVA-01 Type F AFC Experiment Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 ¥3,000 Nov. 2003 While advertised as a LM-HG, it is the first and only LM-HG from outside the anime
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Evangelion Unit-01 Theater Release Memorial Package Ver. Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,180 June 2020 While advertised as a LM-HG, it is actually a remold of the Rebuild of Evangelion #04


Perfect Grade (PG) Models (1997)

The Perfect Grade line started with the Evangelion series and the PG Evangelion Unit-01. The line was then transferred to the Gundam series with the release of the PG RX-78-2 Gundam in 1998. The perfect grade line are known for their complex interior frames and large size and while the PG Evangelion is large, its frame is very simple. Despite its simplicity, the model stands out from the rest with its use of multiple large rubber parts used to cover the various joints and torso of the Evangelion to accurately recreate its appearance from the show. Due to the difficulty of installing the rubber parts, the lack of color separation and the sheer size of the model, this kit is only recommended for experienced modelers.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
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Perfect Grade Evangelion The End of Evangelion ¥10,000 1997 First and only Evangelion kit in the Perfect Grade line.


Rebuild of Evangelion Models (2007-2013)

Runner with pre-molded arm assemblies included with many of the Rebuild line of models

A new line which was created to go along with the Rebuild of Evangelion movies. These kits are somewhere between the LM-HG line and the Master Grade line in term of quality, requiring very few stickers and/or painting to be anime accurate.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
#01
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Evangelion Test Type-01 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone ¥4,180 Aug 2007 First kit of Rebuild of Evangelion. Includes the Gatling Gun.
#02
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Evangelion Proto Type-00 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone ¥3,850 Aug 2007 Comes with the Spear of Longinus.
#03
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Evangelion Test Type-01 Awakening Ver. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance 4,180 March 2010 Recolor of the Rebuild kit #01 with some new parts to match the new look of the Unit-01 in 2.0. Comes with a halo and an A.T. Field left arm, as well as swappable eyes.
#04
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Evangelion Test Type-01 Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance ¥4,180 May 2010 Slight part variant of Rebuild #01 model with new torso armor and arm armor as well as different accessories. Rereleased under HG-LM name June 2020 to celebrate release of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon A Time.
#05
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Evangelion Production Model-02 (S-Type Equipment) Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance ¥5,820 June 2010 Comes with S-Type Equipment parts, the Super-Electromagnetic Crossbow and the Thunder Spear in addition to the standard armament.
#06
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Evangelion Mark.06 Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance ¥4,620 Sept. 2012 Comes with the Spear of Cassius, a halo and a custom stand. The kit also comes with chest parts for the Rebuild kits #01, #03 or #04 to reproduce the impalement scene of the Evangelion: 2.0 movie.
#07
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Evangelion Production Model-02'γ Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ¥4,620 Sept. 2013 Includes construction gimmick to make the Eva-8+2 with parts from the Eva-08.
#08
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Evangelion Production Model Custom Type-08β Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ¥4,620 Sept. 2013 Includes construction gimmick to make the Eva-8+2 with parts from the Eva-02'y.


Real Grade (RG) Models (2020-Present)

A look at the inside the RG unit-01.

The Real Grade line was created in 2010, with the release of the RG RX-78-2 Gundam in July, and was exclusive to the Gundam franchise. Starting in 2020, the line expanded beyond with the introduction of Evangelion kits, starting with the Evangelion Unit-01 from Rebuild of Evangelion.

Real Grade kits all possess extreme amounts of detail on the inside and outside are are color separated to an extreme degree requiring no paint to exactly match the units as seen on screen. Additionally, all Real Grade kits include a sheet of optional marking decals consisting of metallic details, pinstripe lining and unit appropriate insignia to give the kits the signature Real Grade flair the line is known for.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
#01
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Evangelion Unit-01 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,950 March 2020 Includes RG Evangelion base equipment consisting of a pallet rifle, umbilical cable two deployed progressive knives and two stored progressive knives only.
#02
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Evangelion Unit-01 DX Transport Platform Set Rebuild of Evangelion ¥7,150 March 2020 Deluxe version of RG Evangelion Unit-01. Includes special holographic AT Field and Transport Base
#03
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Evangelion Unit-00 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,950 June 2020 Includes base equipment, additional shoulder pylon and chest parts to make both forms of Unit-00.
#04
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Evangelion Unit-00 DX Positron Cannon Set Rebuild of Evangelion ¥7,150 June 2020 Deluxe version of RG Unit-00. Includes positron sniper rifle and head option part for Unit-01 to recreate sniping scene from Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone.
#05
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Evangelion Unit-02 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,950 Sept. 2020 Includes base equipment and thunder spear
#06
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Evangelion Unit-08 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,950 Jan. 2021 Includes base equipment and large sniper rifle
#07
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Evangelion Mark.06 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥5,280 June 2021 Includes Spear of Cassius and halo effect part. Does not include base equipment.
#08
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Evangelion Unit-03 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥6,600 Dec. 2021 Includes base equipment and Enchanted Shield of Virtue.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
#01*
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Evangelion Unit-01 (Night Combat Color) Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,950 June 2021 Special color variant of #01 including dark purple and glow in the dark green parts to recreate night scenes as shown in the films.
#02*
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Evangelion Restraint Transport Platform Set Rebuild of Evangelion ¥2,400 March 2022 Includes transport base and AT-Field effect part from #02.
#01**
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Evangelion Unit-01 (Evangelion 3.0+1.0) Rebuild of Evangelion ¥5,500 March 2022 Parts variant of #01 including spear of Cassius from #07.
#08*
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Evangelion Unit-04 Rebuild of Evangelion ¥6,000 July 2022 Color and parts variant of #08 including a ballistic shield instead of the enchanted shield of virtue.
#01***
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Evangelion Unit-01 BiliBili Ver. (Clear Color) Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,950 July 2022 Colored mechanical clear color variant of #01 including special BiliBili decals. Only available from Premium Bandai China.


EVA Frame Models (2021-Present)

EVA Armour separated from EVA Frame.

The EVA Frame line of models are individually boxed candy toys bought in cases of 8 or 10 depending on the series. There are three types of box; EVA frame, EVA armour and option part. The EVA Frame box only contains the skeleton of the Evangelion unit and requires the EVA armour set to fill out the frame. Each case also includes two types of option parts which vary greatly in contents but generally include weapons or stands for the Evangelion units. These weapons are themed on the Evangelion units included in their series.

EVA frame models are very simple and inexpensive consisting of only a handful of parts molded in two or three colors. These kits make extensive use of pre-painted parts and stickers in order to replicate the smaller color applications such as the units eyes.

Each case includes one of each frame, armour set and option set and each box within the case comes with a piece of Bandai cola flavored chewing gum.

Frame Series Models Included Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
EVA Frame Series #01 (Set of 8)
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Rebuild of Evangelion ¥4,400 Feb. 2021
  • Weapon Option A includes Green Transport Stand, Pallet Rifle and Gattling Gun.
  • Weapon Option B includes crossbow and flight pack for unit-02
EVA Frame Series #02 (Set of 10)
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Rebuild of Evangelion ¥5,500 Sept. 2021
  • Weapon Option A includes two spears of Cassius, a gattling gun arm attachment for Unit-02y, a sniper rifle and a black transport stand.
  • Weapon Option B includes two spears of Longinus and a varity of option parts to give Evangelion 13 two arms and the ability to hold both spears.
EVA Frame Series #03 (Set of 8)
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Rebuild of Evangelion ¥5,192 April 2022
  • Weapon Option A includes New Unit-02's backpack and a double ended saw blade staff.
  • Weapon Option B includes a gatling gun, two blade weapons and parts to build Unit-08y's arms without the supports.

Frame Series Models Included Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
EVA Frame Q Final Battle Set
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Rebuild of Evangelion ¥6,000 Jan. 2022
  • Includes two spears of Longinus, one large scythe, several arm and shoulder option parts for Evangelion 13 (awakened), a head option for Evangelion Mark.09 and Evangelion 13 (Series 2), RS Hopper parts for Evangelion 13 (Series 2) and one clear stand.
EVA Frame Unit 01 vs Unit 13 Set
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Rebuild of Evangelion ¥6,600 May 2022
  • Includes spear of Longinus, spear of Cassius, two forms of the spear of Gaius, several arms options for Evangelion 13, a head option for Evangelion Unit-01, several hand options for both Evangelion Unit-01 and Evangelion 13 and two clear stands.
Premium Bandai EVA Frame models do not include Bandai Chewing Gum


Figure-rise Labo (2021-Present)

Dual injection of clear orange over flesh-tone to portray a more realistic appearance of the plugsuit

Figure-rise Labo is a sub series of the popular cross franchise Figure-rise standard line of character models by Bandai. Unlike regular Figure-rise kits, Labo kits are fix posed models which trade pose-ability and accessories for more complex molding and materials, often using dual injection techniques to create a more visually interesting appearance.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
Figure-Rise Labo #03
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Figure-rise Labo Shikinami Auska Langley Rebuild of Evangelion ¥7,700 March 2021 First and only Evangelion figure in the Figure-rise Labo line.

Model Name Series Price (Yen) Release Date Notes
Figure-Rise Labo #03*
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Figure-rise Labo Shikinami Auska Langley (Special Coating) Rebuild of Evangelion ¥11,700 June 2021 Titanium finish version of Figure-Rise Labo #03

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