This post has been started for what I believe to be some of the sweetest character figures ever produced. Of course I'm talking about the Japanese produced Kotobukiya/ArtFX models! They're definitely right up there with the Marmit figures in quality, and I dare say much better looking than the benign design of those WAY overpriced Frenchy Attakus statues. Sacre bleu! Though, I've always wondered why these Kotos are referred to as "models"? All one has to do is snap a few limbs together and ya don't even have to paint 'em, so I don't know where calling these figures "models" got started. I tend to think of them as statues or even works of art considering their price(ouch!), size, and superb detailing. What do you call them? Hopefully this post will become a place where fans and collectors with much, much more knowledge than myself can post information in a wide range of all things SW Koto related. To get the ball rolling here I'll make a few comments in general and on the two figures I've acquired (so far); Darth Vader and Darth Maul. Let me start off by saying no picture can do these characters justice. From the military sheen on Vader's helmet & boots to the amazing detail on Maul's eyeballs--these guys are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Even the terrific Unleashed figures have to tip their collective helmets in admiration to these guys. Usually an afterthought on other figures, the pegged platforms they stand on is very pleasing to the eye. Specifically, it's cool how the designers left the plastic slots under Vader's feet clear (unlike the yellow color in some pictures). I display this bad-boy on top of a sturdy lampshade, put a red/orange lightbulb in the lamp, turn it on, and voila! You got yourself a menacing pose straight outta Bespin. I get tons of positive comments on him, even from the ladies, wink wink. Vader was a little more difficult to snap together than Maul, but shouldn't be that much of a problem considering these figures are aimed at the older fans. Another thing that's great about Maul is that his limbs turn easily, thus allowing a higher degree of posability. (Totally just made that word up) Picking up these two villains was a no-brainer, but some of the other characters have led me to pause a little bit. Like, why do the Japanese designers insist on an "almost anime" design on some of the figure's faces? It seems like all of the caucasians have small eyes and big noses. Well, maybe on the Stormtrooper figure it's suppose to be Mark Hamill's face BEFORE his early 80's car accident. Watch the road, buddy. Please share any of your Koto information, release schedules, advice, stories, problems, haves & wants, etc. That's why this post's been started; to cut our own slice out of the Star Wars figure pie. (Uh, that sounded better in my head) Unleashed has their own post, so why not Kotobukiya? Have at it . . . .