There is a ton of great Evangelion merchandise out there to choose from. This is because the series has been around since the ’90s and continues to pull in new fans. Evangelion’s influence can be felt all over the world, and the series is even streamed to English partners by major streaming companies such as Amazon Prime.
One of the most common types of Evangelion merchandise you are going to run across is figures. There are several different types of figures, from cheaper prize figures to expensive scale figures that can cost you hundreds of dollars. Goodsmile even has a Nendoroid line that features all the main Eva pilots.
Here are some companies you can get figures from and their general price range:
- Banpresto: $20 – $35
- Ichiban Kuji Prizes: $45 – $100
- Goodsmile Nendoroids: $50 – $100
- Kotobukiya ⅙ Scale Figures: $100 – $150
- Radio Eva Figures: $130 – $300
Some of these figures are only available for purchase pre-owned as they have already finished their print run. This shouldn’t be a problem as Eva figures tend to come out several times a year. Keep in mind that figures tend to ship in large boxes, so shipping them over from Japan can add up to $100 to the price of a single figure, depending on the shipping method you choose.
Interested in collecting anime figures? Check out our full guide on Evangelion figures:
Evangelion Model Kits
The next big line of Evangelion merch has to do with model kits. These are plastic kits that you must clip and fit together. Like Gundam model kits, the difficulty and size of the Eva kits can greatly differ, as can the price. For example, Kotobukiya makes Eva kits, and despite their small size, you can expect to spend over $100 for an Awakened Unit 13.
Evangelion also tends to do a lot of collaborations, so they have many interesting model kits. You can get a Godzilla crossover kit or even choose from two versions of Evangelion-themed lobsters to piece together. The price of cross-over kits heavily depends on the kit, as the lobsters tend to go for around $35 while a Godzilla crossover kit usually goes for around $165.
In general, model kits are rather small, especially when compared to figures. This does make them a bit easier to display as they don’t take up as much room. They are also a great gift for fans who can’t justify spending hundreds on a figure just to stare at it. Since these kits are customizable and can be painted, it leaves a lot of room for artistic creativity.
If you are looking for something a bit cuter or easier to clean, then Evangelion plushies might be the perfect solution. They are a bit harder to find as many of them have wrapped up production, but there are still some neat plushies to choose from if you want to invest. One example is the Evangelion and Alpacasso crossover. This crossover themed the plush alpacas after the different Eva units, and a Nerve Center was even sold with them.
There are also character plushies out there of the cast, with some of the easiest to get being the laying down version of the pilots. New Evangelion plushies regularly appear in claw machines in Japan, but many are not easily accessible unless you are looking on apps like Mercari or trying to win them yourself using an online crane game app.
Bootlegs of Evangelion plushies also tend to be a huge problem. The only way to ensure you’re getting true Evangelion plushies is to ask for pictures of the tags and only order from verified sites or sellers.
The next type of merch you will see of Eva has to do with technology. You can get all types of interesting goods like Evangelion Tamagotchi, smartphones, headphones, and even smartwatches. There are even devices for your kitchen-themed after the franchise, such as sandwich makers and coffee dispensers.
Evangelion tech typically goes for high prices, even when just looking at things like the sandwich maker, which will cost you over $100. You will also need to keep in mind that tech is usually imported and can come with high shipping costs due to having lithium batteries or large boxes.
If you are looking to own the series, you can easily buy the blu-rays from companies like Rightstuf or pick up the series soundtrack on CD or vinyl.
If all the other goods don’t appeal to you, then don’t worry; there are many Eva-themed lifestyle goods to get into. Stores like BoxLunch, Hot Topic, and even Target have their own lines of Evangelion clothing. This includes socks, shirts, hoodies, joggers, shoes, sportswear, shorts, and hats. These are perfect for fans who want to display their love for the series to others while at school, work, or events.
If you want to take the series on the go with you, then you can purchase the manga version from Rightstuf. Nerve bags to carry your books in and artbooks can also be purchased from this website. There are even items like Eva toolboxes out there for purchase that are even more subtly looking than some of the clothes. There are also dozens of officially licensed cell phone cases to choose from.
Here are some other examples of Evangelion lifestyle goods that exist:
- Gym Bags
- Pool Floats
Evangelion has made just about every item you can think of into a piece of merch. In Japan, it’s even common to find that the series is taking over well-known food packets.
Finally, for those looking for a bit more luxury in their lifestyle goods, there is Evangelion jewelry. The brand U-Treasure even made a wedding ring set and an engagement ring themed around the show. Items like this will cost you thousands of dollars at the least, but they are one of the best ways to show your love for the show every single day. If you’re not ready to get married, then you can always pick up a pair of Jins Evangelion sunglasses for a little over $100.