We-hell, I see them every night in tight blue jeans
In the pages of a blue boy magazine
Hey I've been thinking of a new sensation
I'm picking up--good vibrations!----Cyndi Lauper, "She Bop"

Slap Happy North is filled with jubilation to be able to present
His third resin kit
Neon Genesis Evangelion
"Afterglow" Asuka!

I swear, when I started this kit, I had no intentions of its turning out as risque' as it eventually did. And it's not my fault! You see, lots of additions had to be made because of either bad casting or bad kit design. Her fingers were the first thing. They were totally misshappen, and in trying to straighten them out I accidentally broke one of them off and had to replace it with a small nail. Rather than rescult 1/8 scale digits, I figured it would be easier just to obscure them. Maybe by putting something in her hand?

It was at about that time that I first noticed an ad over at The Onion for one of the most bizarre things I'd ever seen. This was The Hello Kitty "Massager".

Yeah, that's pretty much what I said, too. It's a licensed product from Japan--it's for real.

But something so delightfully wrong had given me a wonderful idea for what to put in Asuka's hand. The miniature version you see in the pics is nothing more than the tip of a paintbrush with some hot glue on the end. I also threw out my original sculpt for the bed/base, and re-did another one with more detail that could be turned into a Hello Kitty Bedspread. So that's where that theme came from.

The bangs had to be resculpted because my cats stole that piece of the original kit--can you tell? Made life very difficult because I had to resculpt it directly onto her head and therefore had to paint her in one big piece.

It wasn't until I discovered that her hair wasn't quite flush with the base that I thought about adding the magazines. Those ended up being a nice touch in my opinion, even if they do imply Asuka plays for the other team.

The sweat and uh...other damp surfaces like her eyes are an effect I've created with Triple Thick Pottery Glaze on the figure and Testor's Model Master Gloss Enamel on the bed itself. There's a bit too much on her face, but I am overall very pleased with the look I've achieved here.

And, um, the wooden part of the base used to be a picture frame.