impression that Big Bad Toy Store, the first to offer pre-orders for the D-Arts Mega Man X action figure, was merely offering the option to import the figure from Japan. However, this isn't the case.
Adam Newman of Bandai's Collector's Toy Department contacted me yesterday to inform me that, like Kotobukiya, the company intends to sell the D-Arts MMX figure within America. Turns out, Big Bad Toy Store is the first of many hobby retailers to offer the American version of the figure, slated to release in May (just one month after the figure's domestic Japanese release).
Other comic/hobby/anime specialty retailers associated with Bluefin (Bandai's distributor in the US) will carry the figure around then, too. These stores should be taking pre-orders next week.
In short, if you're considering importing the figure, you might want to hold off. You'll be able to score the figure, sans the all-too-often hefty import fees, within the US very soon.
Thanks for the tip, Adam!