In September 2021, the mecha anime series Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z aired a special crossover episode with Neon Genesis Evangelion. Takara Tomy has now announced an Evangelion-01 Shinkalion Z 500 Type EVA figure. It’s scheduled to go on sale in time for the holidays on December 18, 2021. The transforming figure will retail for ¥9,350 (about $82).
The figure transforms into a bullet train. It is inspired by a real-life Evangelion crossover train which ran from 2015 until 2018.
Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion Z is the second series in the Shinkalion franchise, which was originally created as a marketable collaboration between Japan Railways and toy manufacturer Takara Tomy. The series, marketed towards younger children, follows young pilots using bullet trains-turned-giant robots to defend Japan from giant monsters. The most recent Evangelion crossover episode aired on September 17, 2021 and was the third such collaboration.
Originally, the Evangelion 01-500 Type EVA figure was scheduled to release on December 4, 2021, but had to be postponed for undisclosed reasons. Each figure will come with the Evangelion 3-car transformable model, an additional car that transforms into the robot’s weapons, an Evangelion mask, and a decal.
The Evangelion-01 500 Type EVA figure will be released on December 18, 2021. It will retail for ¥9,350 (about $82), but sadly, the official Takara Tomy website does not currently ship overseas.