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Paper Model: Chokipeta’s “NEON GENESIS EVANGELION UNIT 01 HEAD BUST”


Evangelion Unit 01 is the flagship mecha of the Evangelion saga. She is piloted by the series’ protagonist Shinji Ikari and inhabited by the soul of his mother, Yui Ikari.

Evangelion Unit 01 or Eva 01 was produced by the Hakone branch of Gehirn as the Evangelion Test Type model. Unlike the other Evas, she was generated directly from the body of Lilith, and is consequently referred to as Lilith’s “offspring” or “clone”. On a physical level, Eva 01 has the same characteristics as an Adam-based Evangelion, so the exact nature of her relationship to Lilith remains a subject of debate.

Eva 01 received her “soul” as a result of the Contact Experiment with Yui Ikari in 2004, but was not “finished” until 2014.

As with the rest of the Eva Series, she was ostensibly created as a weapon to be used against the Angels, and she was the first Evangelion to face actual combat (against the Third Angel Sachiel). Eva 01 is infamous for going berserk and moving without any power supply (prior to the acquisition of the S² Engine from the Angel Zeruel).

While Eva 00 has gone out of control before and Eva Unit 02 goes berserk immediately before being destroyed, Eva 01 is the only Eva that has gone berserk in direct combat, to deadly effect.

I love doing Chokipeta paper models because it does not rely mostly on rigid polygonal shapes. The curves are very effective.

You would hate me for doing this, but since the pattern is lifted from a pirate website, I am not allowed to indicate where I got it from. Really sorry guys…

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Paper Model: PAPERCRAFT-HEROES.COM’s “ASTRO BOY”

Astro Boy is created by Osamu Tezuka, known as Japan’s God of Manga Comics. Astro Boy’s Japanese name is Tetsuwan Atomu, which means Mighty Atom.

The comic book is based on the simple concept of a super-powerful robot built with the likeness, attitude, mannerisms, and even feelings of a young boy. His powers were based on semi-scientific or mechanical principles, and instead of fighting for justice, Astro Boy fought for peace. It was a heartening comic book about a purely innocent boy robot hero who wants not to punish bad guys but to simply stop them from doing evil and hopefully turn them to good.

This innocence was amplified by Tezuka’s art style, which consisted of smooth clean lines and plenty of playfulness. Astro Boy himself is drawn smoothly; his facial expressions consistently retaining a childish demeanor, with the typical manga-large eyes and prominent eyelashes. The bad guys  are drawn with cartoonish features so that they always look redeemable. Every aspect of the comic book is  drawn to maximize the optimistic nature of the Astro Boy concept.

Throughout the years there have been numerous adaptations of Astro Boy in different media forms. There were movies, a live-action series, and comics written by other authors. The most famous of these adaptations have been the TV series that premiered in Japan last 1963 and later that year, in the United States.

The model’s pattern was e-mailed to me by a friend years before. I had a hard time assembling the figure, especially in closing the shapes. Each model part consists of multi-faceted polygons. I would suggest finishing all the parts first before attaching it altogether. The model’s pattern allows the assembler to choose which head the figure will have. The regular head depicts Astro Boy’s wide, innocent eyes that are opened. The alternative head exhibits closed eyes, as though Astro Boy is sleeping, or turned off, as the case may be. The finished model portrays Astro Boy as sitting (if the assembler chooses the open eyes) or slumping (for the closed eyes). The only beef I have with the model is the way the designer made the hands; there were no line markings to signify that they were hands.  They looked like stumps, really. Other than that, this Astro Boy paper model as a whole is satisfactory.

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