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Samurai Wars Figures By Sillof
Jay Cochran - April 18, 2010


These custom figures were done by Sillof who has created some custom 3.75" figures based on what Star Wars characters might look like in a Akira Kurosawa movie.

Here is how Sillof describes the making of these figures:

"Samurai Wars is a line of custom figures that imagines what a Star Wars movie directed by Akira Kurosawa would look like. George Lucas has said publically what a fan he is a Kurosawas and also the influence that Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" had on Star Wars.

Chipao / C-3PO
For 3PO I went with a tall and lean body type. I used various browns and yellows for his golden color. I tried to capture 3PO's stuffy demeanor with the arm pose. The golden disc is representative of 3PO's stomach disc, and the black sash would be his exposed wires.

Ryuuto / R2-D2
For R2 I went with a short and stout body type. I kept the classic colors scheme. I thought the conical straw hat would be the dome, and I liked that it obscured the eyes. I tried to represent the various panels on R2 with the patches and button latches.

Soto-Mu Bushi / Stormtrooper
Sotu-Mu Bushi, literally translated means "storm warrior" The classic white armor became white samurai armor. I kept the black under clothes.

Princess Layu / Princess Leia
For Leia it was a pretty literal interpretation. Her white gown is now a white kimono, her trademark hair buns were moved up and back, the gray sash and silver buckle are supposed to be her belt. I even gave the scabbard a coiled rope to be like the wires around her long blaster.

Daku Joutei / Darth Vader
Daku Joutei literally translated means "Dark Lord". Vader's samurai influence is obvious so I decided to go more extreme in his samurai incarnation. The red scabbard is representative of his red light saber blade and I tried to capture the look of his mouth/grill with the fangs on his demon mask.

Sora Hokosusha / Luke Skywalker
Luke was also very literal. His movie costume was already very Asian, I just played up the elements more and kept the classic color scheme.

Obu Wankabe / Obi Wan Kenobi
Obi Wan is another character with obvious samurai influences. He is supposed to be a masterless samurai or ronin. I kept true the look of the movie character. I decided to add the eye patch for a different look. The blue scabbard is supposed to represent his blue lightsaber blade.

Chikushou / Chewbacca
Chikushou literally translated means "beast". My incarnation of Chewbacca is that of an Oni demon. I kept the brown fur, blue eyes and bandolier. I initially planned for him to have an actual crossbow, but I opted in the end for an club, the traditional weapon of an oni.

Han Dokuen / Han Solo
I kept the very Asian name Han and Dokuen translated means "solo" Han has the classic blue pants, cream shirt, and black vest. My idea for Han was for that of a junk captain who had hung around the port city of Nagasaki (the only port that allowed trade with the west) and had been somewhat westernized. That explained his western pistol and allowed me to infuse western elements into the classically iconic cowboy-esque character.

Fetababe / Boba Fett
I always have to have a Boba Fet in my Star Wars lines. My version has replaced the bounty hunter with his Japanese counterpart of a ninja. I tried to capture the iconic Fett pose and replace my original idea of a crossbow with the more ninja-esque straight bladed sword. The classic colors are there as is the piece-meal armor. The quiver is representative of the rocket pack."

For more on these check out Sillof's site.


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