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New Star Wars “Samurai” Collectibles Announced by Bluefin

Bluefin offers Star Wars fans and ardent collectors something unique as it highlights a variety of super-detailed figures from the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line by Tamashii Nations.

The Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and artfully reimagines several Empire characters from the legendary films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry. Each figure is exquisitely crafted by some of Japan’s top sculpting talent and constructed with hybrid materials featuring up to 15 points of articulation to create endless posing possibilities.

The newest addition to the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars product line is the “Ronin” Boba Fett, which debuts in December and depicts the intergalactic bounty hunter as a “lordless” Samurai warrior via the sculpting talent of artists Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi. The “Daisho” Darth Vader depicts the Dark Sith Lord as a Samurai General clad in sinister black “Death Star” armor and will debut in January 2016. It will be followed in May 2016 by the imposing Akazonae Royal Guard, outfitted with a Japanese-style katana and pike and resplendent in beautiful crimson-robed armor. Pre-orders for these figures are available now.

Fans that want to dive into the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line immediately can select from a trio of figures – available now – that includes the “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper, and the Samurai General “Taisho” Darth Vader. Each is clad in a unique set of armor and comes with an array of weapons and other accessories.

Meisho Movie Realization “Ronin” Boba Fett

Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $89.99

Available December!

Everyone’s favorite bounty hunter goes medieval! Boba Fett joins the Meisho Movie realization series in a spectacular feudal Japan aesthetic, appropriately portrayed as a lord-less “Ronin” Samurai via the sculpting talent of artists Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi. In addition to his EE-3 rifle portrayed as an flint-lock style blaster, this deluxe figure set features an extensive array of accessories that includes a characteristic backpack missile that can be removed/attached, and a moveable helmet mounted scope. In addition to a short ninja-style katana and sheath, numerous ninja-style blade accessories that are also included can be subtly attached to shin and forearm area mounting points.

Meisho Movie Realization Samurai General “Daisho” Darth Vader

Height: Approx. 7 inches; MSRP: $89.99

Available: January 2016

The greatly popular Samurai General Darth Vader makes a comeback in an all new Death Star motif. Another stunningly unique artistic interpretation master crafted by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, Darth Vader – Death Star Armor – has a revamped armor design. Most notable is the fearsome Death Star-style crest on the helmet and highly detailed chest plate pattern. Set includes interchangeable hands, gun (large, small), and katana sword (light saber and regular).

Meisho Movie Realization “Teppou Ashigaru” Sandtrooper

Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $89.99

Available: March 2016

The third figure to join this unique series is the artillery packed Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper! The Sandtrooper version comes with two gun powder type rifles and a Japanese katana sword ready for battle. A special backpack is designed with meticulous detail and finished with a rusty patina look. Flexible material makes posing the Sandtrooper holding a firearm a breeze. The set includes three sets of interchangeable hands, blaster rifles (small and large), a Japanese katana set, and backpack.

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Meisho Movie Realization “Akazonae” Royal Guard

Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $89.99

Available: May 2016

The imposing crimson-robed Akazonae Royal Guards are next to join the Samurai General’s side in this high-quality Japanese feudal take on the Star Wars legacy. The Akazonae Royal Guard comes wielding not only the iconic force pike-esque staff, but a traditional Japanese-style katana as well. The front robe pieces are removable, giving the option of displaying the Guard in a samurai armor fashion. For further nuanced posing, the Akazonae Royal Guard set also includes interchangeable hands. The unique use of “wa,” Japanese style also makes for a one of a kind sculpt design that fans cannot find anywhere else.

The following Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars products are available now through various retailers:

Meisho Movie Realization Samurai General “Taisho” Darth Vader

Height: Approx. 7 inches; MSRP: $92.99

Available Now!

An exquisitely rendered figure of Darth Vader portrayed as a Japan feudal era Samurai General. A unique artistic interpretation master crafted by acclaimed artist Takeya Takayuki, this original stylized figure pays homage to the Japan aesthetic and film influences on Star Wars. Tamashii Nations’ Movie Realization brand takes the theme of movies and infuses that concept into high quality figures. And the secret ingredient? All figures have an added pinch of “wa” (Japanese style) that makes for a one and only, unique design – from the tip of his sharp lightsaber-turned-katana to the meticulously sculpted Samurai-esque armor. Look closely at Vader’s helmet and one will notice the Imperial insignia arranged in elaborate “wa” style. Set includes two interchangeable lightsaber parts and 3 sets of interchangeable hands perfect for posing the Samurai-styled Sith Lord as he manipulates the Force.

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Meisho Movie Realization “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper

Height: Approx. 6 3/4 inches; MSRP: $81.99

Available Now!

In this interpretation, Samurai Vader’s foot soldiers of the Empire come clad in far-gone Japanese feudal era attire and armament. The exquisite figure has been master crafted by Japan’s top sculpting talent and features hybrid materials used for dynamic posing possibilities Set includes katana and blaster rifle accessories, as well as three sets of interchangeable hand parts.

Ralph McQuarrie Stormtrooper Statue ‐ Concept Artist Series From Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles has debuted the Ralph McQuarrie Stormtrooper Statue ‐ Concept Artist Series. The statue is inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s pre-production artwork for Star Wars: A New Hope.

It’s expertly crafted in 1:5th scale, the soldier of the Empire is depicted patrolling a corridor of the Death Star. You’re able to display with switch out Lightsaber or blaster hand, the figure is fitted with a distinctive helmet and armor .

The first in Sideshow’s Ralph McQuarrie Concept Artist Series, the Stormtrooper will soon be joinged by Boba Fett and the Lord of the Sith himself – Darth Vader.

You can get the figure for $399.99 or with a payment plan for as little as $51.43/month. The edition size is still to be determined.

 

 

 

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Stormtrooper Faces Charges

stormtrooper lockdownIt would appear dressing up as a Stormtrooper is now a crime. In Lynn, Massachusetts, students were surprised when George Cross showed up to their school dressed as a Stormtrooper from Star Wars. The 40 year old man showed up as school was about to be let out.

The sight of what us pretty common place at any geek convention scared the shit out of the school because they couldn’t tell if the toy gun he was holding was real or not. This caused the principal to delay the dismissal and the police were called. Cross was then placed under arrest.

Cross was arraigned on charges of disturbing a school and violating a city ordinance of loitering withing 1,000 feet of a school.

Cross said:

I bought a costume, I was walking through the neighborhood showing friends, and then all that.

Police were not amused by the event. Lt. Rick Donnelly of the Lynn Police Department said to the news:

We just can’t have things like that taking place in front of the school.

Clearly no one has ever heard of Star Wars in the town….

We fear if the 501st Legion were to show up, the army might be called.

(via WHDH)

Preview: Toy News Round-Up

Wow, lots of stuff popped up lately. Had some things going on in life and I got a little behind. Hell of a week for that to happen. So here’s the round-up.

 

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Mattel showed off the first ever Star Wars themed Hot Wheels vehicle. This toy will be at SDCC in July. The roadster is designed to look like Darth Vader and comes packaged inside his own lightsaber. The package features red glowing lights, lightsaber sounds and Vader’s trademark heavy breathing.

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NECA reveals the next 18″ Jager from Pacific Rim…….Battle-Damaged Gipsy Danger. Gipsy comes ready for battle with the famous Plasma Cannon that lights up AND swivels. The LED lights in the chest and head from the original version make a return. This behemoth is ready to defend the world this September for about $100.

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Bandai has taken the wraps off a great new addition to the S.H. Figuarts series……….Star Wars! The first figures out of the gate in 2015 look to be a Stormtrooper and Dath Vader himself. It’s pretty apparent, from my other posts, just how much I love the S.H Figuarts line, and getting Star Wars figures now makes me extremely happy. I can’t wait for a side-by-side review with the Black Series Stormtrooper and Vader. Based on these early pictures, I’ve got a feeling who the winner will be, do you?

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In more S.H. Figuarts news, Bandai gives a first look at the Mega Man Zero star, Zero. Loaded with weapons from the series, Zero comes with; Z-Saber, the laser pistol Buster Shot, and the Triple Rod. Zero also gets a shield accessory and the traditional interchangeable expressions and hands. Zero hits in November for around $50.

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At the Tokyo Toy Show, Takara displayed the first painted version of the latest Masterpiece Transformer, Ultra Magnus. The quality of the figure looks great, as does the scale. He does look a little bulky at the shoulders and legs. More looks are needed at this figure before judgment is passed. But wow, Ultra Magnus!

To close things off, an entry into the WTF?!?! category.

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Factory Entertainment announced this piece for SDCC: Archer – Sterling Archer Tuxedo Action Figure. No words, I have no words. This is a variant of the regular Archer figure that will be released and it looks like THIS?!?! Were they going for a retro style here or trying to mimic the look of the show? Either way, they appear to have missed the mark. I was worried about these when they debuted, but they were early, and I assumed they would improve, they have not. This is a big dissapointment to Archer fans who were looking forward to great figures from a great show. Thankfully, there’s only 1500 of these and if you want to toss away $25 they’ll be available at SDCC in July.

 

 

 

Happy Star Wars Day TK-421!!!

“TK-421, why aren’t you at your post? TK-421, do you copy?”

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Halt!

What was TK-421’s life like before that fateful day? What was it like after? Did they kill him? Did he remain a prisoner on the Falcon and by extension have his life saved? Who knows, but we’re not here today to theorize about the fate of TK-421 (421 to his friends), we’re here to talk toys!  Today’s talk is about Hasbro’s Black series Stormtrooper. Let’s go!

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Release me!

All the (six-inch) Black series figures have come in this rather striking, minimalist packaging. The figure is clearly visible as are the included accessories. I personally really like the minimal design, the cool shadow character logo and film scene on the back. A little blurb about the scene is written on the back too. I like to think this packaging was designed like this because they don’t need to go overboard; people know who these characters are.  By going that route, they have created something unique and captivating. All right, let’s bust it open.

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Pew!

Stormtroopers have always been one of favorite things from the Star Wars Universe. I adore the asymmetrical armour design, the contrasting colour scheme, and their versatility no matter the environment. I was surprised the Sandtrooper was the first trooper released (a great figure in its own right) but I’m a purist. I love my vanilla trooper.  As with the other figures in this series the sculpt is near perfect. Scratch that, it is perfect! This is the best small-scale Stormtrooper ever produced.  Over the years I have had many a trooper and this by far is the most accurate. All the little touches make this figure stand out. From the armour pieces, the pouches on the belt, to helmet details, everything is spot on. I can’t say enough about how great the sculpt is, the head especially. The size is perfect! It re-creates the appearance that the helmet is actually OVER a person’s head. A fact many companies forget to take into account when it comes to their figures (*cough*Iron Man figures*cough*). The Stormtrooper comes with two weapons to horribly miss his targets with (couldn’t resist). The E-11 blaster rifle is the same one that came with Han and the Sandtrooper. While the DLT-20A blaster rifle is a debut weapon in the series. Of note, this rifle is used by IG-88… future release perhaps?

The Black series is leaps and bounds ahead of any other Star Wars line in terms of articulation (and most other aspects too). This figure features all the points of articulation one could hope for in a 6” scale figure.  Swivel/rocker ankles, ball/socket mid-section, cut bicep, and ball joint shoulders easily allow for some cool possibilities for posing the troopers in battle ready positions.  The only point some may consider as missing would be a cut joint at the thigh. This was more than likely omitted to maintain armour sculpt integrity. The over-sized ball joint (due to his large melon) and rocker peg on the neck lets the head look up, down, side-to-side, and tilted without obstruction. The downside being that neither Luke nor Han’s head will fit (without some dremeling) on the joint. More than likely we’ll see a con-exclusive set of Luke and Han in armour to recreate the prison escape from episode IV somewhere down the road.

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Hello

If there is a fault with this figure, it lies in the paint. While not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, some issues do exist. Overall the paint is great, due to there being so little of it. The armour is all white with black body segments in-between, easy-peasy. The problems arise in the small details. The helmet paint apps are solid. The blue highlights are spot on while the grey segments are clean and have no bleeding into the white. The mouth slits however are a problem. The paint lines don’t match with the sculpt and in a couple of spots continue onto the white of the helmet. The paint at the knee joints is also a bit of a mess. There are white paint applications that go from the armour up onto the black body segments in a sloppy manner and the peg holding the knee together is the wrong colour. The peg is white and stands out like a sore thumb against the black of the body segment. My trooper also has an odd white paint app on his holster. I have no idea why and I haven’t seen this on any other figures while looking online. These minor issues don’t detract from the figure as whole and when the figure is displayed on a shelf, these problems are almost invisible. It was just a bit shocking to see paint issues like this on a figure in the Black series. I also have the R2-D2 figure, another character with a minimal paint scheme, and he is perfect. No bleeding, no lines out-of-place, nothing. I just find it a bit off-putting that a figure that cost a penny short of $30 had issues like this. Maybe mine is an exception, I’d love to hear from anyone else about paint issues with their troopers.

I really hope this didn’t come off sounding like I don’t like this figure, I really do. It’s one of my favourite pieces in my collection right now. It’s all the more special because it is the only Stormtrooper I’ve ever seen in the wild and am so thankful I was in the right place at the right time to get it. I have no idea how people have assembled armies of these guys… oh wait yes I do… the internet!

I highly recommend this figure. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection. One word of note, take a second and check the paint on the one you grab, just to be safe.

May the Force be with you, always.

Thanks everyone!