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Damn you, Bandai! These look great. In today’s toy world of mashups, the Star Wars Movie Realization series from Bandai is the ultimate “east-meets-west” collaboration. For those who don’t know, George Lucas took to Akira Kurosawa’s films for inspiration. The Jedi Order, lightsabers, Darth Vader’s armor … don’t they all remind you of feudal Japan?

As such, it really does make sense to release a toy line that breaks down our Star Wars favorites to their original inspiration. In this post we tackle SAMURAI TAISHO DARTH VADER (in Death Star Armor), RONIN BOBA FETT, and the ASHIGARU STORM TROOPER.

All of these figures stand close to 7″ tall and come with interchangeable sets of hands to grip their swords and blasters. Darth Vader on the other hand doesn’t carry a blaster (Why shoot when you can Force Choke!) and instead dual-wields his red lightsaber blade and katana. His alternate hand is that of a “come at me bro!” taunting gesture.

In terms of playability, there’s a lot of versatility with poses, however the armor, by design, limits movement. The joints are not fully articulate, but still make for fun play and toy photography.

SAMURAI TAISHO DARTH VADER (DEATH STAR ARMOR)

DEATH STAR ARMOR

DARTH VADER SAMURAI

SAMURAI TAISHO DARTH VADER BANDAI

SAMURAI TAISHO DARTH VADER PHILIPPINES

SAMURAI TAISHO DARTH VADER

RONIN BOBA FETT

RONIN BOBA FETT_2

RONIN BOBA FETT_BANDAI

RONIN BOBA FETT_PHOTOS

RONIN BOBA FETT

RONIN_BOBA FETT JETPACK

RONIN_BOBA FETT_FEATURE

RONIN_BOBA FETT_MANILA BULLETIN

RONIN_BOBA FETT_PHILIPPINES

RONIN_BOBA FETT_PHOTOS

RONIN_BOBA_FETT STAR WARS

ASHIGARU STORM TROOPER

ASHIGARU STORM TROOPER

ashigaru storm trooper manila

ASHIGARU STORM TROOPER BLASTER

storm trooper star wars japanese

ashigaru storm trooper back photo

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