The Emperor's Royal Guard, known under the Republic as the Red Guard and under the Empire as the Imperial Royal Guard or Imperial Guard, were the personal bodyguards and assassins of Sheev Palpatine. Armed with force pikes and fully clad in their anonymous helmets and crimson robes, the Royal Guard were silent, imposing, and deadly. Those who proved themselves to be the most promising of the Imperial military were selected for duty as a Royal Guard and had to fulfill stringent requirements based on size, strength, intelligence, and loyalty to the Emperor.
Royal Guards were completely covered in flowing blood-red robes and featureless scarlet masks concealed their faces. They wielded force pikes, a type of melee weapon with a vibro-edged head. Additionally, each of their robes also hid a heavy blaster pistol, a vibroblade, and various other weaponry. The Emperor's Guards first appeared in the 1983 movie "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi". The conceptual drawings varied from centurion-like warriors to priest-like monks, but a common thread tying those designs together was the deep red hue.
This Bandai Tamashii Exclusive Star Wars Movie Realizatio Akonaze Royal Guard action figure is a Samurai inspired version of the popular Star Wars character. I have collected quite a number of these Bandai produced Samurai-styled Star Wars figures including the Samurai Taisho Darth Vader and Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett 7-inch action figures (posted on my toy blog HERE) and Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper plus Ashigaru Stormtrooper action figures (pictures HERE). This is a nice addition to the ranks of Star Wars Samurai inspired figures.
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Action figure with accessories in box
Instruction sheet. There's the option of attaching the robe in front of the figure by removing the crest.
Bandai Tamashii Exclusive Star Wars Movie Realizatio Akonaze Royal Guard action figure with force pike
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Review of Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization 7-inch tall Ashigaru Stormtrooper action figure posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE
Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization 7-inch tall Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett action figure reviewed HERE and HERE
Action figure review of Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization Samurai Taisho Darth Vader 18 cm figure posted HERE and HERE
Comparison pictures of Samurai Taisho Darth Vader & Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett 7-inch action figures HERE