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Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most heavily merchandised anime series of all time, with everything from games and soundtracks through to clothing and figures demonstrating its continuing popularity.  There's actually enough Evangelion merchandise available for it to have a dedicated catalogue, and there's no signs of a slowdown...
 



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Art Books:
  A large number of artbooks, guides and production books exist for every aspect of the Evangelion franchise.  Amongst the best are those by designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and one - called Der Mond - is available in English through Viz Media.   Click to see a larger image.
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Statues & Figures:
  There are tonnes of statues, garage kits, gashapon and action figures available for Evangelion, just about every character is available in miniature form and more are being released all the time.  The quality of the figures can vary but some are absolutely stunning.  Click to see a larger image.
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Soundtracks:  There are several soundtrack CDs available for Evangelion, including series, film and game soundtracks as well as CDs of music inspired by Evangelion.  Many of the straight soundtracks are being released in the US by ADV Music, and as such are far easier to get hold of than ever before.
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Computer Games:
  Evangelion games have appeared on near enough every console from the Saturn/PlayStation onwards and on the PC.  Mainly ranging from RPGs to fighting games, there have been a few more innovative entries, including some where you have to raise the Evangelion pilots and have the opportunity to change their personalities.  There's even a Strip Mahjong game (we're not kidding)!  Games still get released even after the series finished, and more will no doubt come now the new films are on their way.  Click to see a larger image.
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Obligatory Odd Merchandise!

Evangelion Bike:  This series has more bizarre merchandise available for it than most, with ear pickers, bath salts, pillows shaped like angels, ties and the flip-flops.  Possibly the strangest thing we have seen is the Evangelion BMX bicycle, which is a normal kids bike done in the style of Eva 01.  It looks good, but considering it would set you back a whopping 220, it has to!  By the way, all of this merchandise appears to be officially licensed by Gainax, who obviously know a cash cow when they see one.
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Availability & Prices:

Artbooks:  Only one of the Neon Genesis Evangelion artbooks - Der Mond - has been translated and released in the West, and it doesn't contain 100% Evangelion art.  However, it does have quite a lot and it's a superb book, plus the translated version is not only hardback but also a hell of a lot cheaper then importing the Japanese one.  Der Mond has recently been reissued in the US after being out of print for quite a while, and can be picked up from most specialist retailers for around 17.  You can also order it in to bookshops by using the ISBN code, so here it is:

Der Mond (English Language Version):  1-56931-546-9

Many specialist and online retailers carry at least one of the huge number of Evangelion art books, but the price for the imported Japanese books is pretty much around the 30 mark (give or take a few quid).  Some websites we know to stock Evangelion artbooks include CD Japan, Anime On Line, Otaku UK and the Sheffield Space Centre, but they can also be picked up in many branches of Forbidden Planet and Travelling Man.

Figures & States:  Statues, figures and model kits are very easy to get hold of from specialist retailers and there are a huge variety available, ranging from the 3" 'gashapon' style figures costing around 3-4 right through to limited edition statues costing upwards of 100.  Your best bet for the statues is either specialist toy retailers like Tokyotoys and local comic shops like Forbidden Planet, who are usually able to order them in if they don't already stock them.  Auction sites like eBay* can also be good places to look, as long as you're careful and avoid fakes.  Prices can range from 40 to 100 plus, depending on the type of statue and how limited the run is.  Figures are easier to get hold of and online merchandise retailers often stock them, as do many Sci-Fi and comic shops.  The price again varies depending on the level of detail and size of the figure, but you are usually looking in the region of 5-35.  The model kits are not so easy to come by, but still crop up in some comic shops and at trade fairs.  Your best bet once again is from auction sites*.  Prices vary wildly, but sites that sell model kits often have two prices - one for the model in kit form, and a much higher one for it built and painted - but again the cheapest place to get hold of them built is on auction sites like eBay*.  The amount of figures available is colossal, and they change all the time.  Keeping an eye on sites with regular stock updates - like Tokyotoys - is the best way to keep on top of the latest lines.

Soundtracks:  There are a fair few Evangelion CDs available from online import retailers such as Otaku UK, Anime On Line and CD Japan, ranging from straight soundtracks to spoken word dramatisations (in Japanese) and concept albums such as the incredibly random Evangelion Vox CD - an English language hip-hop take on music from the series.  These imported CDs vary in price depending on the number of discs, but will generally set you back around 20-30 each.  However, ADV Music have recently been releasing the soundtracks in the US and, unless you are after the more eclectic titles, this is by far the easiest way of getting the Evangelion music without breaking the bank.  Online retailers like Anime On Line, Amazon and Otaku UK are great places to pick up these CDs and some specialist Sci-Fi shops, such as Sheffield Space Centre, also stock them.  The imported US CDs will probably set you back around 10-15.

Computer Games:  Games based on Neon Genesis Evangelion are still being released in Japan, and can be found on the Nintendo 64, Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo Game Boy Colour, Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), the PC and even the short-lived Wonder Swan.  Price varies wildly depending on the system the games are on, how new they are and their rarity, but are generally between 10 and 40.  Evangelion characters also appear in several other games, including the Super Robot Wars series - which pits the Evas against other giant robots such as Wing Zero Gundam and Giant Robo - and a couple of obscure puzzle games.  Getting hold of them can be tricky, but import game retailers like CD Japan and YesAsia are good bets, as is the ever-present eBay*.

Others:  There are many other items of merchandise for Evangelion, ranging from the normal (ie. T-Shirts) to the practical (ie. Soap Dishes) to the just plain weird (ear pickers anyone?), and the prices and selection vary between retailers.  There's far too much to cover here, but keep your eyes open in the usual kinds of places - Otaku UK, Tokyotoys and Forbidden Planet are good bets, as is eBay* - and you're bound to find some interesting stuff for a decent price...

*Auction sites can be rife with unscrupulous individuals who will knowingly sell you pirated goods.  Although the risk with figures and VHS tapes is minimal due to the small market and difficulty of manufacturing (in the case of figures and statues), DVD and CD pirating has rocketed in recent years.  To minimise the risk of being ripped off make sure you check Digital Anime's excellent Piracy FAQ.
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