I’ve been wanting to review this for quite some time! Several weeks ago, I finally got my Nerv Headquarters set, and while I really should’ve kept everything in its boxes for storage, I couldn’t stop myself from opening everything with sparkly eyes and childish excitement and assembling it. In all honesty, I’m the kind of person who won’t go through a lot of trouble when a series has so much merchandise; since well it has so much that there’s not hurry to get anything. A good example of these are both Evangelion and One Piece; series I absolutely love but I’m not crazy looking to get pre-orders on their merch (the only thing I regret is missing Bellemere’s POP figure, if only because she’s so damn cool). Regardless of my faint enthusiasm every time NGE merch pops up, this Nerv base was the exception. Mostly because it’s the damn Nerv Base; when has it been exploited before? All I’m sure is that it never got such a cute rendition, with interactive parts to boot.
As you can see, the Nerv base is composed of five different collectible parts, which you get randomly in a box of ten. Unlike other collectibles of this kind though, you don’t need to guess what you’re gonna get, since each box outright tells you what part you’re getting. If you’re lucky enough to have a nicely-supplied anime store near you that carries these, then you just need to pick what you need instead of guessing in dread.
While the whole thing doesn’t look that big, it’s still a nicer size than I thought it would be (what with merch pictures being a bit deceiving and all). I put mai waifu nendo next to it so you can gauge it by yourselves.
The first box is of course Rei’s. It’s a representation of the well-known escalator scenes where nothing moves… except the background. Being faithful to that, you can move Rei up and down the escalator; and one of her walls has the Nerv automatic door where you’ve got to slide your issued card to open it. If you see carefully it even has the screen messages for the sliding card. Pretty nifty if you ask me!
The second box is Asuka’s, which is basically a bit of her entry plug, big enough to fit her. The door opens and closes, and… that’s about it. Her wall has the synchronization levels panels, which isn’t as cool as Rei’s door, really (still, Asuka SHO CUTE).
The third box is Shinji’s (as you have most probably guessed the boxes follow the Chosen Children order, at least for the first three) and it’s a representation of the first time we see Eva 01’s head in the first episode. If you move the head, the entry plug comes out! 😀 The walls include the walking platforms that surround the Eva, and a little bed. It’s a shame a Kaworu figurine wasn’t included; I mean why bother with putting a bed for Shinji otherwise 😛
The fourth box is Misato’s and it the biggest one in terms of contents. It comes with two parts: with one of the pyramid corners, with the scene of Eva 00 going berserk during tests (it’s pretty awesome)…
…and the secret, underground hiding place for Lilith. Of course it comes with even the Longinus Lance and you can emulate the moment Shinji and Misato see it for the first time. On top of it there’s the Central Dogma Sign. Lilith’s part is the center of the whole base, so you assemble the stuff around it.
The fifth and final box is Gendou’s and why it doesn’t surprise me he is the top of the pyramid. As expected he’s poised in is stoic I’m-a-manipulative-who-knows-all-bastard sitting pose with chin on top of hands. His part includes a screen, the superb Nerv computer and a little Nerv sign hanging behind Gendou. This part also hides the Central Dogma sign of Lilith’s hiding place, so you can only see it when you take Gendou off its high place.
All in all, the Nerv Headquarters are an awesome addition to a NGE collection; or a very unique piece of merchandise among all the huge amount of regular stuff, enough to be the only thing you might want as a NGE fan. As I said I’m not that crazy about other stuff (in fact before this I only had a very few NGE things) but this is more than special by itself, so I highly recommend it for anyone who likes NGE and wants to have at least one nice thing about this awesome series.