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2:30 AM on 10.12.2013

NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya's Black Vash

Vash the Stampede is sporting his slick black threads at NYCC. It's not January yet, so you'll just have to live with another round of preview coverage. This is the "Gunman in Black" version of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Vash figur...

Tianxiao Ma

3:00 PM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 3

There's still more! Kotobukiya's booth was also loaded with stuff that had been previously announced but hadn't been seen 'in the wild' before, so it's our first chance to look over some upcoming releases. For me the highligh...

Martin Siggers

Kotobukiya has a new bonus for its Vash 'Gunman in Black' photo
Kotobukiya has a new bonus for its Vash 'Gunman in Black'
by Andres Cerrato

It was just Wednesday when Kotobukiya announced that its ARTFX Vash the Stampede was getting a variant in the form of "The Gunman in Black." That version of the Humanoid Typhoon won't be out until December, but if you were undecided before, perhaps the addition of a new bonus will interest you.

The Gunman in Black will also include a variant head, which can be swapped out with the original ARTFX Vash. This variant is more like the original Vash, just with his hair having black streaks along the sides. He hasn't used up all of his power, so most of his hair is still there. The Gunman in Black special edition will be available as a pre-sale at WonFes with it later appearing on the Kotobukiya limited shop. At the show, he'll be available for in pre-sales for ¥9,500 and ¥9,975 on the web shop.

The additional head is a bonus for WonFes, so there's no word if it'll make its way into the U.S. release. We'll see more of the finished product along with many more at WonFes in two weeks, so stay tuned.

[Image via Kotobukiya]

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8:00 PM on 07.10.2013

Kotobukiya turns its ARTFX Vash into The Gunman in Black

Kotobukiya's effort with the ARTFX Vash the Stampede (reviewed) was well-received when it released earlier this year. The company, not one to shy away from releasing variants, is set to release Vash as the "Gunman in Black" i...

Andres Cerrato

11:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter was packed with a ton of new prototypes, along with a few old favorites like the Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and Wolfwood.  Your list of figures in our gallery includes: Blac...

Brian Szabelski

1:00 PM on 02.06.2013

Kotobukiya to show a recolored Vash at WonFes

According to a tweet and this blog entry by Kotobukiya, there will be a black outfit version of their recently released Vash the Stampede figure (reviewed by Tian), and it's going to be shown off at Wonder Festival!  Besides the color change, Kotobukiya also confirms that the new figure will also feature new accessories, so it won't just be a plain ol' recolor. Get hype! 

Kristina Pino

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Vash the Stampede photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Vash the Stampede
by Tianxiao Ma

I hope you all know what Trigun is. See, in the mid 1990s, there was very little anime in the U.S. The internet wasn't exactly crawling with fansubs yet. A company called Pioneer brought to the U.S. a memorable series about a klutzy (or is he?) gunslinger named Vash the Stampede. It started out all lighthearted and funny. Then, it got serious. Then, it got awesome. Then, a legion of Trigun fans were born, me being one of them.

In 2011, Trigun got a film installation: Badlands Rumble. It was a pretty crappy movie, I thought, but some good did come from it. Kotobukiya decided to go be awesome and make a figure of Vash, sporting his signature upside-down revolver and red coat. It came out last week, so I decided to give it a thorough review.

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8:00 PM on 12.20.2012

Kotobukiya's Wolfwood now up for pre-order

It seems like just yesterday we were marveling over unpainted prototypes of Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Nicholas D. Wolfwood. But the day is finally here ladies and gentlement: Wolfwood is available for pre-order! There's not much m...

Tianxiao Ma

9:00 AM on 11.27.2012

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Though I mostly know Kotobukiya as a maker of anime figures, they've been featuring a lot of American properties as of late. It's nice to see Kotobukiya putting the focus back on their anime figures at MegaHobby Expo. Here ar...

Tianxiao Ma

11:30 PM on 11.08.2012

Kotobukiya's ArtFX Wolfwood from Trigun gets teased!

Mwahahaha this is the figure I've been waiting for for a while now! The elusive Nicholas D. Wolfwood has finally been teased in his ArtFX form by Kotobukiya. Images of the figure showed up on the Trigun: Badlands Rumble twitt...

Rio McCarthy

12:00 AM on 11.07.2012

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya had a diverse array of products on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. You can see some of their character model kits, such as the Combat-san Rookie, Yotsuba&!'s Danbo (and miniature version) and Yotsuba,...

Tianxiao Ma

NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya's Vash the Stampede photo
NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya's Vash the Stampede
by Brian Szabelski

By now, we've all seen Kotobukiya's 1/8-scale ArtFX J series Vash the Stampede online (and you can pre-order him from Japanese retailers), but Kotobukiya brought the silver-painted prototype to New York Comic Con. As this was the first time we'd seen him up close, we got a few shots of the prototype, and ... well, just look at him. All that detail on his jacket, his gun, his trademark spiky hair ... give a lot of credit to sculptor Tatsuya Hattori for putting together one of the best looking pieces we've seen for 2013 so far. That doesn't even mention the worn and torn base, the removable glasses or Kuroneko-sama coming as an accessory.

And for those of you asking about Wolfwood ... we don't have any new news to report on that front other than with Vash as a January release in Japan and a February release in North America, Wolfwood should be coming sometime in 2013.

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