In anticipation of the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tamashii Nations released this line of hybrid Star Wars samurai action figures.
The collection includes never-before-seen figurines such as a Sandtrooper with matchlock guns and an era-specific backpack. The Star Wars samurai figurines are based on familiar characters from the Star Wars saga (as well as some new additions from the latest installation), but also display touches of Japanese samurai culture. The Royal Guard action figure, for example, is based on the traditions of akazone samurai warriors, who dyed their armor with bright red lacquer.
These Star Wars samurai figurines are a ripple in a rising tide of products, fan projects, artwork and general buzz surrounding the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. It's a massive campaign of engagement to generate excitement in existing fans and introduce Star Wars to a new generation.