You remember Desperado? Yeah, that one movie with Antonio Banderas. In that movie, he was wandering mariachi who happens to carry around lot of guns and kills drug cartel associates. Nicholas D. Wolfwood is sort of like that, except he’s a preacher and he carries around a cross-shaped machinegun/bazooka hybrid (Punisher). In Trigun, he first met Vash via sheer coincidence at the desert (different in Trigun Maximum, as he was sent by Knives to keep an eye on Vash). Since then, he’s been in various conflict with Vash, or against him as well. Throughout the series, Wolfwood built up lot of fan base for being an overall badass and sometimes compassionate character. Much like Vash, I had to get Woldwood just because.
‘I am known as Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III. Dont hesitate to call.’
Vash the Stampede, also known as Humanoid Typhoon, is the most wanted man in all the badland. He is also the main character of the anime ‘Trigun’, which is one of my favorite anime of all time. In Trigun, Vash is searching for his brother Knives, while dodging bullets from bounty hunters, fighting off Gung-Ho Guns, and chasing after donuts. Trigun the anime may have been over decade ago, but recently Vash came back in big screen. Trigun: Badland Rumble is theatrically released anime, in which Vash gets mixed up in battle between bounty hunters and big hulking robber known as Gasback. To promote the movie, Kaiyodo released Revoltech version of Vash the Stampede and Nicholas D Wolfwood.
When I got Vash for the first time, the box size threw me off for a second. Couldn’t be helped since this was first revoltech I got since revoltech Optimus Prime. But I can understand why they had to opt for bigger box.
First of all, Vash comes with lot of accessories. 11 hands (including fists), 2 extra faces, clear plastic stand, unique bullet-hole pillar stand, foot stand, gunshot effect, and orange accessories box.
Second, Vash is TALL. He’s taller than the tallest revoltech I had before Vash came in, which is Krauser II (by 1 inch). Heights aside, Vash looks fucking amazing. There are details everywhere on his body, from belt buckles to metal kneecap, everything is molded in and painted superbly. The molded-in folds on his coat makes overall aesthetics look dynamic, and paint-apps are applied to near-perfection. This is level of detail work I’d expect out of SIC-line (or something close to it) and Kaiyodo has done it. Good work, sirs.
Vash’s two extra faces consist of serious face and sunglass face. Both faces are done well, especially the smile and serious faces, as the spot under Vash’s left eye is included in both faces.
One thing that doesn’t seem to change is revoltech figure’s ability to produce so many poses. With Vash, it goes the distance, as the coat tails are articulated as well. It also helps greatly that Vash’s hip joints are revol-joint as well, which greatly helps with posing. Mixed with various hands, Vash can produce tons of poses, silly, badass, and his signature poses. One drawback with Vash is his stability. He can stand up still, but it takes some fiddling and/or using his coat tail to stabilize him.
The foot stand is a great idea, albeit it succeeds halfway. Because it’s a peg-on, the foot has to be flat on top of the surface. Sometimes, because of ankle joint’s limitation, the foot tends to tilt backwards. In that case, the foot stand becomes useless because it becomes unpaged. So the stand is useful on certain cases, as a stand. However, you can also use the foot stand as special effect, such as jump effect, or dash effect.
I love the hell out of the bullet-hole pillar stand. It’s unique and sculpted well, not to mention colored well too. You have to peg the bottom onto the V-shaped clear stand base, and then peg Vash’s right foot on the peg in the mid-right of the broken pillar. The problem is that the pillar doesn’t peg onto the V-shape base well. It’s not loose, but given its shape I was hoping it was more tight-fit, since Vash tends to lean backward using this stand, and often the pillar would get disconnected form the base.
When it works, Vash looks extremely marvelous. It’s almost like a high-detail statue.
5 LOVE AND PEACE out of 5
Being a huge Trigun fan, this was no-brainer for me. After getting it though, I got lot more than I imagined. Everything from top to bottom are great, and there are so much you can do with this figure. Highly recommended to everyone, and be sure to support Trigun : Badland Rumble when it arrives stateside.
‘Now, count your crimes.’
(Special thanks to Hobby Japan & More for the SHF Skull)
Sokichi Narumi appeared briefly in Begins Night: Kamen Rider W movie part, and already he’s one of the most bad-ass character in Kamen Rider history. As the boss of Narumi Detective Agency, which young Shotaro was part of, he took a job which required rescuing a certain person (Phillip). During the job, he encounters Masquerades and Saeko, which forced him to transform into Kamen Rider Skull. I’ll probably re-iterate this in my upcoming Decade x W movie review, but Skull is fucking awesome, period. Given that, it’s natural for Bandai to create SH Figuarts Kamen Rider Skull. I just wish it wasn’t Tamashii Web Exclusive.
‘Now, let’s breakthrough’
(Special thanks to CSToys for this one )
Ryu Terui was a terrible character for the first one and half of the episodes he was in. He was angst, emo, MY PARENTS ARE DEEAAADDDDD, and out for blood. But after realizing that his way almost killed an innocent person, he decided to abide by Shotaro’s rules. Since then, he slowly became likeable, and fought along side Shotaro and Phillip as Kamen Rider Accel. Accel was originally released on July, but I missed the pre-order (by being broke). Better late than never, since I got mine at Power Morphicon.
While attending Morphicon, Stan came across Mark Musashi (GARO, Sh15YA) , aka the quintessential ass-kicker in Tokusatsu genre. Stan asks quick and simple question to Mark about one thing: Garo
Linkara, better known for AT4W/Atop the 4th wall (http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/)and History of Power Rangers (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/hopr) , was attending Power Morphicon and Stan had the opprotunity to ask him few questions regarding Power Ranger toys.