When George Lucas was creating the universe which would eventually become Star Wars and its many spin-offs, he drew on a love of pop culture to help him craft his space opera epic. These influences ranged from the Flash Gordon serials to the movies of Akira Kurosawa. Lucas himself has said how The Hidden Fortress (1958), the tale of two bumbling peasants, a princess, and generals fighting against enemy forces in Feudal Japan was a big influence on A New Hope.
So it’s pretty awesome that Bandai’s new collectible line has taken Star Wars full circle and given us some samurai warrior inspired revamps of these iconic characters. Called Movie Realization, this line came to most fans attention last year with the release of this superb Ronin Boba Fett figure, who quite possibly has an even cooler costume design than his galactic cinematic counterpart. The accessories for Fett are great as well, with a selection of knives and rifle showing this guy is ready to collect his bounty no matter what time period he is based in.
In January he was joined by Darth Vader in full Samurai General gear, with one standard katana and one with red light saber variety. The finishing touches on this Vader figure give him a more royal looking visage, mostly due to the new headpiece he has. There are differences between each figure as well, with two different Vader figures with slightly different headwear and costumes, but both from the Bandai Movie Realization line. I am not sure if these are variants for release in Japan or China or overseas, they do look great and are fun to compare against each other. These variations are both for sale on Amazon.
It seems the floodgates opened from here and next we then had a Royal Guard figure to complete the ranks. The costume remains mostly the same, but the suitable differences in regards to shoulder pad design, decorated costume and modified helmet make this figure stand out.
Now we have the latest release in the series with Samurai Storm Trooper.
Like the rest, the attention to detail and the Feudal Japan design is spot on. Out of all the collectibles on show here, the Storm Trooper seems to best suit this Japanese makeover. The side cape looks majestic and the costume details make for a visual treat. The bow and arrow weapon selection is a nice touch as well. Hopefully, this Storm Trooper shoots better than the ones in A New Hope!
You can buy this particular figure from the official website on pre-order so it is ready for delivery on its March 2017 release. It is priced at about $90. The rest of this line can be found via Amazon at a variety of different prices. It is great to see such fantastic variations of these now iconic figure designs, and though 2017 seem a long, long away we can keep our fingers crossed that we may get a few more releases before thenÂ to keep us occupied.
Images: Amazon, Bandai, Toho Company Ltd.
Source: The Nerdist