Joining the ranks of Bandai Tamashii Nations samurai inspired Star Wars Imperial army is this latest addition: the Tamashii Nations “Movie Realization” Yumi Ashigaru Stormtrooper Archer action figure. The figure will be approximately 6.7 inches (17 cm) tall, and as with other figures in the line, is fully articulated. Made with high-quality PVC and ABS plastics, the figure will come with three sets of interchangeable hands, a sword and sheath, a quiver with arrows and a bow. In addition, the bow can be folded up and attached to the quiver when the trooper needs to use the sword.
I gave the Tamashii Exclusive Movie Realization Taikoyaku Stormtrooper a miss as I didn't quite fancy the design. He has a drum attached to his upper torso (chest and abdomen region) and his job is to beat on his drum to rally the troops. Traditionally, the Taiko Yaku was a vital member who kept the rhythm and maintained the troops formation. He even has a a conch shell attached to his waist, ready at any second to signal troops to attack.
This Yumi Ashigaru Stormtrooper Archer action figure looks a lot more up my alley because I have a thing for archers and the foldable bow is certainly most tempting. I don't really dig the huge shoulder armor on his right arm and find that it does not complement or gel with the overall look. It looks out of place to me. But I applaud the folks at Bandai Tamashii Nations for thinking out of the box and giving us a whole new refreshing look at an age-old subject, the Star Wars Imperial Stormtroopers.
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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
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Comparison pictures of Samurai Taisho Darth Vader & Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett 7-inch action figures HERE
Review of Bandai Tamashii Movie Realization Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper 7-inch action figure HERE and HERE
Comparison pictures of Bandai Tamashii Star Wars Movie Realization Teppo Ashigaru Sandtrooper action figure and Ashigaru Stormtrooper action figure can be seen HERE
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