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  1. Graham Swearingen
    Graham Swearingen April 26, 2017 at 9:39 pm |
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bandai Tamashii Nations Movie Realization Ashigaru Stormtrooper, January 2, 2016
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    Graham Swearingen (Stockton, CA USA) –
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    I was finally able to get this Bandai Tamashii Nations Movie Realization Ashigaru Stormtrooper, and it’s exactly what I’d hoped it’d be. Seeing Star Wars characters in this Edo Japan style samurai armor makes a lot of sense. Aside from Joseph Campbell’s work like Hero with A Thousand Faces, George Lucas’ Star Wars A New Hope was heavily influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress. A lot of Ralph McQuarrie’s early original concept art for A New Hope had Japanese influence in character design (especially for Darth Vader who’s helmet shape remained samurai in style).

    The sculpt for this figure is amazing, there is tons of detail and sculpt work on this figure. The paint application is stellar as well, I love the wash used over the armor to give it an almost dirtied ivory look. Articulation overall is pretty fantastic, the shoulder pads are on a ball peg so they have good range of motion and don’t hinder the figure’s shoulder articulation at all. My only complaint about the articulation is the ankle rockers don’t work all that well so standing the figure in certain poses can be challenging, as well as the arms at the shoulder/elbow make it difficult to get the figure to hold the rifle with both hands. It can be done, but it will try your patience. The matchlock blaster looks great and that piece of the blaster rifle is articulated which is a nice touch. The sword sheaths nicely and that piece can be attached to the Stormtrooper’s belt. There’s also a selection of hands, 4 sets of hands in total. Take note Hasbro, start releasing more figures with alternate hands and heads. Charge more if need be, people will pay it. As far as I’m concerned, Bandai is the new standard for Star Wars action figures.

    Bandai and their S.H. Figuarts Star Wars line has been my favorite new line of the year, but then I got this figure. And while the S.H. Figuarts line might be more traditional or have better articulation (depending on the figure, the new Clonetrooper is a bit limited in the leg department) having a samurai figure of this caliber and quality is so awesome, let alone a Star Wars samurai figure. It’s also really cool to see a character so iconic for the last 40 years re-envisioned back to the roots of the concept and aesthetics of the original character design. The Darth Vader figure looks great, this Stormtrooper is stellar, Ronin Boba Fett is releasing now and in just a few months we’ll be getting a Sandtrooper and Emperor’s Royal guard. For any Star Wars collector or fan of collecting action figures, this is a great addition to your collection, there is literally nothing else like this currently on the market. If you can find one for $80 or less, pull the trigger. Once these are gone, they’re gone. Import figures like this are not mass produced like some of the figures state side. This figure comes FULLY APPROVED.

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  2. Ronald Henry
    Ronald Henry April 26, 2017 at 10:05 pm |
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Too cool, January 14, 2016
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    I have not had a good starwars figure in a while. I like samurai figure and starwars storm troopers. Put the two together and bingo. I absolutly like the detail that was put into this figure, the paint apps are nice and in my opinion- looks better than the picture. If your a fan of starwars and like samurai stuff, its something you’ll like to have in your collection for sure.
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  3. Z
    Z April 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm |
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s an excellent ascetic! A wonderful take on an old franchise, February 17, 2016
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    It’s an excellent ascetic! A wonderful take on an old franchise! Worth every penny for those of you who enjoy a collection of any size. A much better decoration than the standard old collectibles!

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