This month, Bandai is releasing its Meishou MOVIE REALIZATION Samuraidaishou Darth Vader figure. And, as first revealed back at spring's Tokyo Toy Fair, the follow-up is a similarly samurai styled Stormtrooper. Set to ship in May for 8,424yen, there's now a full preview of the 17cm figure, which ships with three alternate left and right hands, katana and blaster rifle.
The Star Wars movies drew heavily from Japanese samurai cinema. Elements, particularly C3P0 and R2D2, were inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress. The word "Jedi" is thought to be derived from the period drama term "jidaigeki," and Darth Vader's look is said to be inspired by samurai armor. Date Masamune's specifically.
Samuraidaishou Darth Vader, a Takayuki Takeya designed 18cm figure, featuring three alternate hands and lightsaber pieces, ships this month for 9,504yen.