Darth Vader reimagined as a samurai is incredible

Samurai Darth Vader Bandai figurine

If only J.J. Abrams had given us samurai warriors instead of weird new lightsabers.

Who hasn’t wondered what Star Wars would be like if it were set in historical Japan? Thanks to toy behemoth Bandai, now we know. 

The Japanese toymaker has finally released its highly anticipated Samurai Darth Vader collectible—complete with a surprise set of Samurai storm troopers. 

Thai fan S.I.C. Lover has been sharing the goods on his Facebook, and we can’t get enough. In a word, these are awesome.

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The figure’s official title, as revealed in the Tokyo Toy show last June, is the “Star Wars Movie Realization Samurai Taisho Darth Vader.” 

S.I.C. Lover Thailand / Facebook

S.I.C. Lover Thailand

S.I.C. Lover Thailand/Facebook

Darth’s reimagined warlord costume seems to be inspired by 17th-century Samurai armor:

The attention to detail and nuance in Darth’s uniform is impressive—and made all the better when you get a load of his bike as styled by S.I.C. Lover. We’re guessing that’s decidedly not part of authentic Edo-era gear:

S.I.C. Lover Thailand / Facebook

As for the storm troopers, they may not have as many trappings as Vader, but they’ve still got plenty of swag:

S.I.C. Lover Thailand/Facebook

S.I.C. Lover Thailand / Facebook

S.I.C. Lover Thailand

S.I.C. Lover Thailand/Facebook

Each figurine retails for about $57 from CD Japan. At press time, there were only three left in stock. May the shopping force be with you, Star Wars fans.

Photo via Facebook

Aja Romano

Aja Romano

Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.