These Star Wars Samurai Figures Reimagine Your Favorite Characters as Japanese Warriors
You can walk into any big-box store in the country and find everything from Star Wars action figures and video games to costumes and half-decent prop replicas. But what if you want something a little more original? Right now, the coolest Star Wars gifts you’ll find anywhere on the internet might be these Meisho Movie Realization figures from Bandai Collectibles. Basically, they're Star Wars samurai figurines.
For those who have not come across it before, the Meisho Movie Realization Series reimagines popular movie characters as they might have appeared as samurai in medieval Japan. And since so much of the Star Wars mythology was lifted from samurai culture, it's a natural fit.
The first of these figures is none other than Jango Fett. Though he didn’t get all that much screen time in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, he was absolutely central to the plot. And, more importantly, he had really cool armor. For the Meisho Movie Realization Series, this legendary bounty hunter is reimagined in a feudal Japanese aesthetic, portrayed as a lordless "ronin" samurai. Standing just over 6.5 inches tall, the Jango Fett figure (pictured above) includes two blasters that are attachable to his legs, eight pairs of hands in various actions and poses, and one kunai blade.
Like Fett, Captain Phasma is another character that looks really cool in the films. And for this figure, designer Takayuki Takeya and sculptor Ken-ichi Takagi gave Phasma an even more distinct samurai-inspired facelift. Standing just over 7 inches tall, Ashigaru Taisho Captain Phasma comes with two pairs of hands, one sword and sheath set, and one blaster.