So after much anticipation, Samurai Darth Vader has finally been released. Samurai Darth Vader is part of the samurai-inspired Star Wars figures by toy maker Bandai. Officially labeled as Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars Samurai Taisho Darth Vader and Trooper (sheesh, talk about a long name). The collection features vary close attention to details on both Samurai Darth Vader as well as his storm troopers. Apparently George Lucas was inspired by Samurais for his figures, so the combination of the two worlds, 17th century Samurai and the futuristic Star Wars, somehow makes sense. here is the best quote that I could find online:
This Star Wars Samurai General Darth Vader Movie Realization Action Figure is an exquisitely rendered figure of Darth Vader portrayed as a Japan feudal era Samurai General! A unique artistic interpretation master crafted by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, this original stylized figure pays homage to the Japan aesthetic and film influences on Star Wars. Tamashii Nations’ Movie Realization brand takes the theme of the Star Wars movies and infuses that concept into high quality figures. And the secret ingredient? All figures have an added pinch of “wa” (Japanese style) that makes for a one and only, completely unique design! From the tip of his sharp lightsaber-turned-katana to the meticulously sculpted Samurai-esque armor, just look closer at Vader’s helmet and you will even notice the Imperial insignia arranged in elaborate “wa” style! Set includes two interchangeable lightsaber parts and three sets of interchangeable hands perfect for posing the Samurai-styled Sith Lord as he manipulates the Force. Stands 7-inches tall.