When the samurai went into battle, they had armour on them, wore helmets and face-masks and looked menacing. Darth Vader is like the SciFi version of the samurai warrior.
DiD released this figure of Date Masamune (September 5, 1567 – June 27, 1636), a Japanese samurai of the Date clan, famous for his crescent-moon helmet which gained him a fearsome reputation and made him stand out from other daimyo (great warlords in feudal Japan under the Shogun) of the time. He also wore an eye patch over his missing eye (smallpox robbed him of sight in his right eye), for which he was often called dokuganryū, the "one-eyed dragon."
DiD's samurai is simply stunning! The armour's design is intricate and layered individually at some places and to top it off, each piece is die-cast metal and not some cheap plastic! The design of the samurai armour was meant to be strong enough to provide adequate protection and yet light and flexible to permit free movement by a sword-fighter.
Samurai body armour (tosei gusoku) comprised one piece of metal for the chest and body, and another piece for the back while the armour protection for the arms composed of small pieces of metal bound together. His hands were also protected. The intricate details of the layered kusazuri (skirt) can be seen.
Amazing details on the die-cast metal katana (long sword) which is exclusive to the samurai. He also carries his sidearm, the wakazashi, a samurai's constant companion, worn from waking until sleeping and even kept within reach during the night. Besides serving as an additional fighting sword, it was often used to perform seppuku (ritual suicide performed by a samurai facing defeat or dishonour).
The mempo (half-mask) with yodare-kake (for throat protection), protected the samurai's lower face and made the wearer look intimidating.
HOLY SH@*T IS THAT FIGURE GREAT!
yeah you betcha i crapped my pants when i saw this :)
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