The RG Evangelion Unit 03 The Enchanted Shield of Virtue Set is the latest Evangelion design reimagined by Bandai. The Evangelion Unit 03 appears in the original Neon Genesis Evangelion anime and the Rebuild of Evangelion movie series under slightly different circumstances. The designers of the RG Evangelion Unit 03 based its appearance and silhouette on the Rebuild of Evangelion designs, providing a more slender frame and narrower shoulders than their anime counterparts. The Evangelion Unit 03, in particular, also receives a minor update to its color scheme. NERV constructed the Evangelion Unit 03 at their second North American Branch, located in Massachusetts, USA (perhaps built on the grounds where a particular Gunpla retailer once resided centuries prior). After the North American Branch suffered a catastrophic failure while testing Evangelion Unit 04, NERV shipped Evangelion Unit 03 to their headquarters in Japan for further testing, leading to its appearance in the main plot of the anime and movie franchise. Much like Evangelion Unit 02, Evangelion 03 is a full production model for combating the onslaught of Angel attacks plaguing the Earth. However, due to the events of the Ninth Angel Attack (the Thirteenth Angel in the original anime), Evangelion 03’s combat potential remains largely unknown.
Included alongside the Evangelion 03 for accessories:
- Pallet Rifle
- Progressive Knife x2
- Progressive Knife (folded) x2
- Entry Plug
- Umbilical Cable
- Evangelion Optical System Protective Cover x2
- Enhanced Shield of Virtue
- Stand for Enhanced Shield of Virtue
The Evangelion Unit 03 shares its excellent design with the rest of the RG Evangelion lineup. This line provides a stellar recreation of Hideaki Anno’s gigantic mechs, embodying the excitement of Neon Genesis Evangelion with a realistic take on these fantastical designs. Evangelion Unit 03 will look dynamic in any pose you could imagine, thanks to the placement of articulation points throughout the model. The surplus of articulated sections provides Evangelion Unit 03 with armor sliding gimmicks in its forearms and legs, showcasing Bandai’s attention to detail.
Weapons and Other Notable Attributes –
The strangest aspect of the RG Evangelion Unit 03 is the inclusion of the Enhanced Shield of Virtue alongside it. This equipment appeared and was taken out of commission long before Evangelion Unit 03 arrived in Japan. As mentioned on the box, Bandai did not provide the Enhanced Shield of Virtue for use with Evangelion 03. Its intended purpose was to supply builders who’ve purchased the RG Evangelion Unit-00 DX Positron Cannon Set and the RG Evangelion Unit 01 with the shield to recreate Operation Yashima after almost two years of waiting following the release of the Positron Cannon Set. Besides the Enhanced Shield of Virtue, RG Evangelion Unit 03 includes the same standard Evangelion weapons you’d find in previous releases.
This kit includes:
26 Runners total (A, B, C, D, E, F1, G1, G2, H1, H2, I1, I2, J, K, L, N, O, AE1, AH, XH1, XH2, XI1, XI2, XJ1, XJ2, R2)
Total Piece Count – 309 with 34 Unused Parts
Materials – PS
Additional Fun information
Pilot(s): Asuka Shikinami Langley/Toji Suzuhara
Unit Type: Production/Combat Type
Code name: Evangelion Unit 3
Overall Height: 42.7(140ft)[approximation]
Grade: Real Grade
Completed Model Height: 175mm(6.9in)
Original Release Date: Dec 2021
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rebuild of Evangelion
Mechanical Designer: Ikuto Yamashita
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