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Vault Review: Vash the
Stampede (Revoltech #091)

With the upcoming release of the new Trigun movie: Badlands Rumble, it’s no surprise that new figures are also in the works. What did surprise me, or should I say delight, is that these figures are being made by Revoltech. But how does this new Vash the Stampede stack up against previous versions?

Vash the Stampede: the Humanoid Typhoon, these are the names of a dangerous man. A man who destroyed an entire city and is now worth 60 Billion Double Dollars. A man who is stalked by bounty hunters and insurance adjusters alike. But Vash, with his motto of peace and love, is more interested in eating donuts and finding food than shooting his gun. This philosophy doesn’t keep him out of trouble though. This is why he’s followed around by two insurance agents, Milly and Meryl, who try and minimize the destruction. Suffice to say, hijinks ensue in this unique space western that still has a very serious, and sometimes depressing, side to it.

There have been a couple different attempts to produce Trigun figures over the years, some more successful than others. In 2000, McFarlane produced a figure of Vash in its Anime toy line. A year later, a company named Toy Tribe began producing a line under the banner of Planet Gunsmoke. This was a nice line of figures at the time, and one of the first few toy companies to use the direct market exclusively back then. They were able to produce five characters plus variants: Vash and Dark Vash both with and without glasses, Wolfwood, Bloody Wolfwood, Monev the Gale, Dead Monev the Gale, Meryl Stryfe, Gazelle the Peacemaker, and Bloody Gazelle variant. In 2006, Jazwares would try their hand at the Trigun license. The line consisted of Vash, Shirtless Vash, Wolfwood, and Knives. These figures were released in very limited quantity though. One reason speculated was based on the poor quality of the figures themselves, whether this is true or not remains to be known.

This brings us up to today, and Revoltech steps up to the plate. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I can already tell you that they blow the previous companies out of the water. With their first release we get the expected Vash and ever present Wolfwood figures. Tune in next week for Wolfwood’s review, where you might find out that I’m not as happy with him as one of the previous company’s figures.

I’ll say it right here, Vash’s look is damn near perfect. The sculptor, Yamaguchi Katsuhisa, really did a fantastic job on this figure. His classic red coat is covered in sculpted details like folds, wrinkles, buttons, piping, and plates of armor. Likewise, his legs and uncovered arm are packed with wrapping and armor pieces being held together with bolts and buckles. Even the bottoms of his shoes have treads on them. Though all the technical details are superb, Katsuhisa took it even farther by perfectly portraying Vash’s trademark spiky hair, zigzag sunglasses, and knowing smirk.

Even with this top notch sculpt, it’s the paint job that takes this figure’s look to perfection. Vash’s coat is molded red, yet there are many areas both on the surface and underneath the flaps that have been painted in dark browns and light blacks. This gives the light handed impression of shadow and possibly grime. Vash’s legs and arms are covered with small shiny bass colored plates and the dull worn grey of metal. The lenses of his glasses have been painted with a glossy coating, and they even remembered to put the small speck of a birthmark under his left eye. Speaking of eyes, although small, they are incredibly expressive on both faces that you can see them. Continue to Page Two….

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10 comments to Vault Review: Vash the
Stampede (Revoltech #091)

  • orionpax636

    Dammit Vault, keep these excellent figures to yourself.

    Thanks for posting that comparison shot with the Toy Tribe version. I normally avoid Revoltech after collecting a couple – while the articulation’s usually satisfactory, I never could accept their tendency to make miniscule figures that are usually pretty expensive.

    I might have to get this one though. I never watched the whole series, but the many episodes I watched were enjoyable – Vash wasn’t totally the incompetent doof that Inspector Gadget was, and there was always that hint that he was more of a bada$$ than he was letting on.

    The Toy Tribe version, while decent, always seemed hollow. Also, this one looks great next to Monev.

    • AdventureVault

      NEVER! MWHAHAHAHA!

      Glad you liked the review. I was a big fan of the old Toy Tribe stuff, but there’s no topping this Revoltech Vash I think. Plus, I was happy that he still went well with Monev, since I doubt they’ll make another one of him. They are a little expensive, but most of that is the import cost. Sadly, if we lived in Japan, these would only be slightly more expensive than a MOTU figure.

  • Great review, great pics as always, Vault!

    Could it be no Kuroneko is included because it’s not in the new series? I don’t know if it is or not, just speculating.

    And I think you’ll lose your mud over the upcoming Lupin III figures 🙂

    • AdventureVault

      Thanks Steve, I was pretty happy with the pictures also.

      You scared me with your comment about Kuroneko not being in the new movie, so I watched the trailer just to be sure. Yup, he’s in it. 🙂

      I haven’t decided if I’m getting those Lupin figures yet. But I might have to buy the car if they put that out.

  • Adrian

    Nice review, Vault. First time in a long time that I could tell you really enjoyed having one of your toys.

    • AdventureVault

      Thanks Adrian! It’s hard not to love this Vash figure. He’s got a lot of personality to him.

  • dayraven

    man, if ever there was an anime that lends itself well to the revoltech aesthetic, this was the property! (or one of)

    he looks very good. my personal take is revoltechs are too msall for the price, but then again, aside from the revolver joints themselves, each fig is unique, so i suppose it’s not without its points. your photography here lent itself well to the sense of dynamism that revoltech and vash both aspire to, so kudos there. as adrian say,s your enthusiasm for this fig shows in your review. keep up the good work (and don’t ever be afraid to excel past this either!)

  • Snowglare

    Vash is high on my wishlist. Glad to hear more good things about him, though you make a good point about the lack of a goofy face. Molded gun hands aren’t much fun either.

    Eager to see your Wolfwood review. I’m up in the air on him. Love the character, don’t have a figure yet, not sure either one’s quite good enough.

    • AdventureVault

      Wolfwood will be this week. You’ll have to check back, maybe it’ll help you make up your mind.