Normally, I’m not much of a hybrid guy. I like things to stay in their own niche. I don’t need steampunk DC characters or action warrior Disney princesses, but this mash-up of Star Wars and Samurai by Meisho Movie Realization line is pretty amazing.
The Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and artfully reimagines Empire characters from the legendary films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry.
Each figure is exquisitely crafted by some of Japan’s top sculpting talent and constructed with hybrid materials featuring up to 15 points of articulation.
Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars figures available NOW include the “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper.
Everyone’s favorite bounty hunter goes medieval! Boba Fett joins the Meisho Movie realization series in a spectacular feudal Japan aesthetic, appropriately portrayed as a lord-less “Ronin” Samurai via the sculpting talent of artists Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi.
In addition to his EE-3 rifle portrayed as an flint-lock style blaster, this deluxe figure set features an extensive array of accessories that includes a characteristic backpack missile that can be removed/attached, and a moveable helmet mounted scope. In addition to a short ninja-style katana and sheath, numerous ninja-style blade accessories that are also included can be subtly attached to shin and forearm area mounting points.
The imposing Akazonae Royal Guard debuts in May 2016, outfitted with a Japanese-style katana and pike and resplendent in beautiful crimson-robed armor. The imposing crimson-robed Akazonae Royal Guards are next to join the Samurai General’s side in this high-quality Japanese feudal take on the Star Wars legacy.
The Akazonae Royal Guard comes wielding not only the iconic force pike-esque staff, but a traditional Japanese-style katana as well. The front robe pieces are removable, giving the option of displaying the Guard in a samurai armor fashion. For further nuanced posing, the Akazonae Royal Guard set also includes interchangeable hands. The unique use of “wa,” Japanese style also makes for a one of a kind sculpt design that fans cannot find anywhere else.
The Royal Guard have one of the coolest visuals in all of the Star Wars mythos so I’m not surprised they got the treatment and it makes me even more curious to see how the line handles other favorites like Snowtroopers and Scout troopers.
The “Daisho” Darth Vader depicts the Dark Sith Lord as a Samurai General clad in sinister black “Death Star” armor and will debut in January 2016. The greatly popular Samurai General Darth Vader makes a comeback in an all new Death Star motif.
Another stunningly unique artistic interpretation master crafted by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, Darth Vader – Death Star Armor – has a revamped armor design. Most notable is the fearsome Death Star-style crest on the helmet and highly detailed chest plate pattern. Set includes interchangeable hands, gun (large, small), and katana sword (light saber and regular).
How insanely cool is the armor’s incorporation of the Death Star?
You can order/pre-order the figures here.