Vash, pacifist or lord of destruction?

Charaben Vash

Vash the Stampede – ARTFX J – Re-Release

There was a time, back in 1998 when, if an anime fanatik asked you if you know Vash the Stampede and you said no, they would look at you in shock. Vash the Stampede, the hero of the anime Trigun was as popular as Ichigo from Bleach, or Uzumaki Naruto from the Naruto anime.

Vash the Stampede

Vash the Stampede

Known as The Humanoid Typhoon because of the chaos and destruction always surrounding him, Vash became a legend, traveling from town to town. He was a gunslinger that wielded a humongous silver revolver, trying to protect love and peace, virtues his adopted mother held dearly. Because of the destruction that surrounds him, two Bernadelli Insurance Society reps named Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson found him while investigating claims made due to damages caused by the mysterious ‘Humanoid Typhoon.’

Name: Vash the Stampede – Re-Release
Release Date: 2015-12-15
Size: 19.0 cm
Material: PVC ABS
Scale: 1/8
Anime/Manga/Game: Trigun
Sculptor: Tatsuya Hattori
Brand: Kotobukiya ARTFX J
Category: Anime PVC Figurines

This re-release, based on the anime movie Trigun: Badlands Rumble comes with the Humanoid Typhoon’s removable sunglasses and a Kuroneko-sama figurine. Apparently, the sculpture was produced under the supervision of Yasuhiro Nightow, creator of Trigun, to make sure the figurine is as close to the manga and anime as it can be.

Vash the Stampede

Vash the Stampede

Standing with his legs spread wide like a pro gunslinger, turned sideways to be sure he is a narrow target Vash aims his iconic revolver. Will his aim be true and become part of your collection?

Overall: A clear shot score of 9.25

Paint Job – 8
The paint job is almost beautiful. The metal bits look very believable, and his crimson coat’s shading is nice and consistent, the effect that the creases in the coat give are quite impressive. The down part on the paint job is that the hair is not Vash. It is golden coloured instead of the wheat-yellow we are used to. Thus, we are forced to give it an 8 out of ten.

Sculpting – 10
The sculpting is impeccable, and Tatsuya Hattori really did a smashing job. The pose is weird and unusual, but that just add to the originality of the figurine.

Design – 9
The design is a piece of art. Vash looks alive as if he is ready for a gun battle with a bandit stupid enough to take on the ‘Humanoid Typhoon’. Even the generic bloodied stand of the figurine looks quite brilliant. The figurine oozes with originality.

Display Worth – 10
Who would not want this in their collection? This is Vash the Stampede! ‘Nuff Sed.

Vash the Stampede

Vash the Stampede

Verdict
The figurine is perfect, despite the little flaw with the hair colour, but hey Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of Trigun was involved so it makes the ‘must-have-this-value’ of this figurine just more appealing. For older anime fanatiks that have been watching since the 1990s, this figurine might just be the best thing since Astro Boy (one of the oldest anime out there, for those who do know). And the younger fanatiks that saw this might also want to grab one. Trigun is a classic, as is Vash the Stampede.

Kuroneko-sama

Kuroneko-sama

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