Summer’s fury has no mercy for this fans’ figures.
For the last week, the sun’s rays have been baking Japan with record-setting heat. Actually, maybe “frying” is the better term, since we’ve caught wind of people frying up pancakes on the hood of their cars…
It’s not just hot enough to cook food, though, but anime figures too.
— げんき (@genkinokakera) July 22, 2018
While every member of the Evangelion cast is a flawed or otherwise imperfect person, reliable Ritsuko is, for the most part, a stand-up individual. Unfortunately, the same can no longer be said here. The summer heat has been so intense that it’s caused Ritsuko’s plastic body to lose its structural integrity, warping her ankles and causing the figure to bend over in what would actually be an astounding display of balance and muscle strength in real life. More than one commenter was reminded of Michael Jackson’s anti-gravity lean.
リツコ vs マイケル・ジャクソン
— 🔊徳川家鷹🔊 (外向き電飾300Cデビュー予定) (@ROLLS_Ash_LOVE) July 22, 2018
While most who saw the photo of the heat-damaged Ritsuko were shocked, some veteran collectors knowingly nodded their heads as they recalled similar experiences from past heat waves.
— 柳生蒼 (@yagyuusou) July 22, 2018
If there’s one thing to be thankful for, though, it’s that @genkinokakera’s Ritsuko isn’t a high-grade, limited-edition figure… So it seems that heat warping is something that cheaper anime figures are more prone to than their premium-priced counterparts.
Still, here’s to hoping that with the fourth Rebuild of Evangelion movie finally having a release date, we’ll see some new Ritsuko merchandise is in the works.