A big part of Star Wars' meta-mythology concerns how the movies drew heavily from Japanese samurai cinema. Elements, particularly C-3P0 and R2D2 were, in part, 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. Bandai paid tribute to this in a series of figures, now headed to North America.
Riding the wave of excitement around The Force Awakens, Japan's All Nippon Airways introduced a Star Wars collaboration earlier this year. At the time, this included fall 2015 plans for a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft outfit in the motif of an "always reliable and loved by all" droid and dubbed the ”R2-D2 Jet.” Announced this week, R2 will be joined by the new BB-8 on a Boeing 767-300 and a Boeing 777-300ER.
Japanese artist Masumi Ishikawa has overseen the creation of a trio of officially licensed Star Wars prints in the classic ukiyo-e style. Hit the jump to check them out.
Characters from all 6 of the currently released Star Wars films will be appearing on stickers packed-in with Lotte Confectionery's "Bikkuriman" chocolate wafer candy beginning in June. Hit the jump to learn more.
Riding the wave of excitement around the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, Japan's All Nippon Airways has launched a site for their Star Wars collaboration. The centerpiece of this will be a plane outfitted in the motif of a certain "always reliable and loved by all" droid. Taking off in autumn 2015 on ANA's newest 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the ”R2-D2 Jet” will spread its wings worldwide. Get a look after the jump.
As Star Wars prepares to return to theaters, a couple of Japanese figures markers have begun offering alternative takes on its iconic characters. Bandai is releasing their MOVIE REALIZATION Samuraidaishou Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, Good Smile Company is releasing their Nendoroids, and Square Enix is releasing a very mech Variant Play Arts Kai Darth Vader in May, followed by Stormtrooper and Boba Fett figures, now available for pre-order ahead of July releases.
Classic '90s space flight simulator/space combat computer gaming meets classic '80s sci-fi anime as the OtaKing (Paul Johnson, not to be confused with Gainax co-founder and fellow YouTuber Toshio Okada) has presented the final, finished results of four years of work with a Star Wars: TIE Fighter tribute. Check it out after the jump.
Good Smile Company has scheduled an eclectic selection of characters for their latest round of Nenderoid releases. Coming in June, July and August, chibi versions of the titular leads of Hozuki no Reitetsu and Yuki Yuna is a Hero will be joined by Star Wars' Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. Get a look after the jump.
The freezing and carving are over and 66th Sapporo Snow Festival, running through February 11th, has begun. The official chibi display of Love Live's Honoka, Umi and Kotori is there, halating snow, and looking less creepy than it did earlier. On the other hand, Madoka Magica: Rebellion Story's Kyubey is looking appropriate creepy. And of course, home town girl Hatsune Miku is at the center of it all. Get a look after the jump.
You may have heard that new Star Wars movies are coming. That's at least in part because Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012. Disney previously bought Marvel for a similar amount in 2009. These two deals resulted in the comics rights to the franchise going from Dark Horse to Marvel as of January 1st. And, as a result of THAT, the out of print Star Wars manga is back.
Along with the S.H. Figuarts Chibi Usa Moon, Bandai has launched a slate of other pre-orders that includes Super Mario World Yoshi, Star Wars Meishou MOVIE REALIZATION - Ashigaru Stormtrooper, S.H. Figuarts - Darth Vader and Stormtrooper and S.H. Figuarts Avengers 2 Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark.43. Get a look after the jump.