Bandai's Samurai Star Wars Toys Get Royal Guards, Boba Fett, And Drums

We’ve seen Bandai’s “Movie Realisation” takes on Star Wars before, turning Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers into Samurai — but now the line is expanding into amazing looking versions of the Royal Guards, Boba Fett and, as befitting any Star Wars toy line, more Stormtrooper variants than you can shake a stick at.


The images of the new entries in the line come from a panel at last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration, teasing upcoming merchandise. A new edition of the original Samurai Vader was teased, as was a Ronin Boba Fett, through concept art:

But there were actual figures shown as well, for a Royal Guard — who, as you can see in the header, comes complete with not just a Katana but a giant staff to thwack people with, similar to the rods they held in the movies. But then, came the Stormtrooper variants. First up was a Sandtrooper, who’s key difference was a single yellow pauldron and a hilariously oversized matchlock rifle:


Seriously, that thing is amazing. It’s almost like a comedy skit.

Bandai also teased various extra versions of the standard Ashigaru Stormtrooper, including an Archer, a spearman, and of course, the poor Stormtrooper sap who has to play the drum and keeping them marching to the beat:


You hear that excellent rhythm? Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise.

Sadly, Bandai didn’t offer any details as to when these figures would drop, but when they do, expect the roughly $70 the previous Star Wars Samurai toys have cost.


[via The Fwoosh]

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