Meisho Star Wars Movie Realization Figure – Darth Vader: Death Star Armor

February 4, 2016

Death Star Samurai
One look at these Bandai Meisho Star Wars Movie Realization Figures makes us dream of a Star Wars/samurai crossover film. This isn’t as much of a stretch as you might think: the Star Wars films already drew heavily from Japanese samurai cinema. George Lucas has long acknowledged that he was influenced by Akira Kurosawa films, to which the Star Wars films owe part of their visual storytelling and narrative elements. The word “jedi” itself is believed to be derived from the Japanese word jidaigeki (“period drama”), and parts of Darth Vader’s suit design (especially his helmet) came from samurai armor. George Lucas even asked samurai film mainstay Toshiro Mifune to play the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. Rumor is that when he turned the role down, he was then offered the role of Darth Vader.

These figures bring forth an alternate reality where maybe Toshiro Mifune didn’t turn down George Lucas’s offer to fill the iconic role, and the samurai influences of the films were taken to the utmost extreme. Designed by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, this reimagining of Darth Vader as a samurai general comes with a Death Star crest on his helmet (which is removable if you so desire) and an intricate chest plate pattern which resembles ribs. Fully articulated with soft plastic parts, these figures are near-infinitely posable, so you can recreate any scene from Star Wars or your favorite samurai films.

Product Specifications
- Meisho Star Wars Movie Realization Figure- Darth Vader: Death Star Armor
- Officially-licensed Star Wars collectibles
- Iconic Star Wars characters reimagined in samurai style
- Designed by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki
- Fans of Star Wars and samurai cinema will find the extreme level of detail most impressive
- Materials: Plastic (ABS and PVC)
- Dimensions: 7″ tall
- Includes
Katana-style lightsaber
Inactive lightsaber hilt
Katana with scabbard
4 sets of interchangeable hands: fists, open, grasping, and force-choke
- Ages 15+
- WARNING – SMALL PARTS – Not intended for children under 3 years of age

Available now HERE.

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