Kotobukiya Black Vash photo
Kotobukiya Black Vash

NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya's Black Vash

If you see this Vash, you done messed up
Oct 12
// Tianxiao Ma
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...

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 3

Everything else!
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
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...
ARTFX Vash the Stampede photo
Just in time for Wonder Festival
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 un...

ARTFX Vash the Stampede photo
ARTFX Vash the Stampede

Kotobukiya turns its ARTFX Vash into The Gunman in Black

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
Jul 10
// Andres Cerrato
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...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya

Prototypes galore, including one from Prince of Tennis!
Feb 11
// Brian Szabelski
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...

Kotobukiya to show a recolored Vash at WonFes

Vash the Stampede Black ver. imminent!
Feb 06
// Kristina Pino
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! 

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Vash the Stampede

Jan 17 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: ArtFX J Vash the StampedeFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: ¥9,500Available At: HobbyLink Japan | J-List | ToysLogic | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store The box pretty much shows everything you'll be getting: What you might not be able to see very well is how Vash is wrapped like a mummy in plastic. Kotobukiya went all-out wrapping the figure and all the various accessories, even the paper insert with instructions. I tore through the packaging quickly enough and attached Vash to the base. It's a weird arrangement - the base has four metal pegs that connect to the feet. The problem is that the pegs aren't stuck to the base. They can be pushed right through the holes, so it's a bit annoying to attach and detach the base from the figure. With the base attached, I have to say, Vash looks pretty cool. The level of detail on this figure is bordering on astonishing. Kotobukiya has a great sculpt here, capturing the absurd amount of straps, buckles, and torn up fabric featured in Yasuhiro Nightow's character design. The coat is made of soft plastic, so you don't have to worry about anything breaking off. One thing I found odd was Vash's face. It looks weird without the glasses. I thought it was pretty dudebro-ish, like the kind of guy who would be named "Slater" and plays Call of Duty between rounds of beer pong at the frat house. It's only after the glasses go on that he really becomes Vash the Stampede. Vash's glasses don't come attached to his face, which is unfortunate, because they come off pretty easily and can get lost. The revolver sits pretty securely in the hand. The definition in the detail on the gun is lacking, which sucks because it's such an iconic weapon. Aside from the aforementioned issues, I don't have any other problems with the figure. Even the thing with the base isn't a huge deal; Vash stands pretty well on his own (although to get the pegs out of his feet, I had to use my teeth). I think the best part of any Vash figure has to be the coat. Just look at that bad boy: It's finished in a glorious, glossy red, and I absolutely love it. Side note: the rubble I used is from Kotobukiya's Evangelion figures, and doesn't come with Vash. The sculpt of the coat and Vash's pose make for a very striking outline, so I decided to do some silhouette shots. The figure looks best from a high angle, I found. Head-on it looks too skinny, and from some other angles (especially from behind) you really notice the odd bend in his arm. As a nice bonus for buyers, you get a little Kuroneko-sama figure! This is the only Kuroneko whose authority I recognize. This is the proper Kuroneko, not some goth-loli poseur who isn't even a cat. Kotobukiya did a fantastic job on this Vash figure. The only problems were minor, so I'm very happy with the package overall. The figure just pops with its vibrant red, and does a good job representing the Trigun aesthetic. I'm excited to put the upcoming Wolfwood figure next to Vash, as they'd look amazing together. Well, that about does it for the review. Be sure to browse the gallery to see the rest of the set in higher resolution, and comment away!
Made of love and peace
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 ab...


Kotobukiya's Wolfwood now up for pre-order

Ready to bring some punishment to your wallet
Dec 20
// Tianxiao Ma
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...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Oh yeah, they do more than Whatever X Bishoujo
Nov 27
// Tianxiao Ma
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...

Kotobukiya's ArtFX Wolfwood from Trigun gets teased!

For those times when you need a hot man of the cloth
Nov 08
// Rio McCarthy
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...

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Plamo, PVC, and whatever else you like
Nov 07
// Tianxiao Ma
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,...
60,000,000,000$$ of potential amazing
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 C...


NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya show display

Something for everyone at the Koto booth
Oct 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So what did Kotobukiya bring with them to New York Comic Con this year? Maybe it would be better to ask what they didn't bring? The Koto booth is packed with an impressive display ranging from US$9.99 Evangelion ice tray...

Are you up for some more Vash? I'm always up for more Vash! The folks over at Kotobukiya's blog have added a few more pictures, and even if it's only a handful I'm happy to see more and more trickle out. You have no idea how ...


Kotobukiya's Vash is up for some love and peace

Aug 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Oh yeah! It's been a long time but another scale figure of Vash the Stampede is on the horizon! We've posted before on Kotobukiya's new Vash. This one hits all the right notes, though in that pose he does look like a super-si...

Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Kotobukiya

Jul 29
// Brian Szabelski
Sure, we've gotten some big announcements from Kotobukiya so far, but there's much more in store from the Japanese figure maker. Beyond Co-poche and the previously revealed Dark Magician, Kotobukiya had to offer: Oreimo...

Oh God, there's the 1/7 ArtFXJ Vash the Stampede in color

Jul 25
// Andres Cerrato
I just literally jumped up when these pictures came across. I knew that Kotobukiya was ready for our money when they announced a pair of PVCs for Trigun, but now we get to see the first results of their efforts. Their renditi...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Spring is this Saturday in Japan, and Kotobukiya will be one of the figure makers attending the event. But what will they have with them? Well, if the above teaser from one of the official Kotobukiya Twitt...


While Tokyo Hunter snapped us some great photos of Kotobukiya's upcoming figures, they weren't the only things on display at Kotobukiya's booth. Thanks to the marvels of 2chan, Twitter and Twitpic (and the folks at MyFigureCo...


Revoltech Trigun figures are now available for preorder

Apr 15
// Chris Seto
Get ready ladies and gents! AmiAmi and Hobby Search are now taking preorders for Revoltech Vash the Stampede and Nicholas D. Wolfwood!! Both are giving a little discount if you preorder now, with AmiAmi offering just a l...

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