Samurai Darth Vader Leads A Slew Of Crazy Japanese Star Wars Toys

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The Dark Samurai of the Sith! Figures that turn into eggs for some reason! Collectible severed heads! These are just a few of the awesome and/or insane Star Wars toys revealed by Bandai at the Tokyo Toy Show this week that you need to check out.

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First and foremost, is the "Star Wars Movie Realization Samurai Taisho Darth Vader" figure seen above. This 6-inch swordsman will likely drive fans of Hasbro's current Star Wars Black figures insane, as will the eventual Samurai Stormtrooper figure:

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Somewhat less excitingly, Bandai will also be releasing more movie accurate 6-inch Star Wars figures of Vader and the Stormtroopers as part of their Figuarts line (below), which means they'll probably be nicer, better articulated and more expensive than Hasbro's equivalents.

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What's cooler than new 6-inch figures? This diorama of Luke flying down the Death Star trench:

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Look at the little photon torpedo going down the exhaust port! I can't imagine what this will cost, but man, keep a look out for it, if only so you can let me know when I can pre-order it.

But it wouldn't be Japan if things didn't get weird. First up, two very baffling Wacky Racers-esque cars for Vader and C-3PO:

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Then, as mentioned above, figures that inexplicably turn into eggs:

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Japan, America tried this when we made figures that transformed into rocks back in the '80s. As toy manufacturers soon found out, they grossly overestimated how much kids wanted to play with rocks, and I have to wonder if eggs might be the same. Oh well, at least we'll have these:

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The "Head Collection," or basically the Star Wars collectible severed head line! You know, I'd like to pretend that these aren't kind of cool, but I know at some point Bandai is going to release a figure of Vader's helmet with the faceplate cracked open and Luke's head inside, and I'm going to lose my mind and pay $50 on eBay, so perhaps it's best if I don't judge.

[Via The Fwoosh and Jedi Insider]

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pessimippopotamus
Pessimippopotamus

I suppose it was inevitable. Samurai films beget Star Wars beget samurai action figures.

Also, there's a guy who makes awesome custom Star Wars action figures who had the same idea. More here.