May 03 2010

If Star Wars was a Samurai Epic

Published by at 4:15 pm under Images,Movies


So yes, we’ve kind of been on Star Wars overload the past few weeks, but I’m sorry, amazing stuff keeps popping up that I feel like I’m obligated to share. Such is the case today with Samurai Wars, a series of action figures that imagines what Star Wars would have been like if it were a Samurai epic, a concept that shouldn’t be too hard to imagine seeing how the Jedi were essentially space samurai and major plot points of the series were taken from Akira Kurosawa.

These come courtesy of Sillof’s workshop, and cover the full spectrum of characters from Threepio to Chewie to Fett to Solo to Skywalker to Vader and beyond. You can see most above, but you really want to check out the full gallery below.











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19 Responses to “If Star Wars was a Samurai Epic”

  1. chrystanion 03 May 2010 at 4:21 pm

    maybe its just me…

    But Im getting “Shredder” from TMNT vibes from Darth Vader.

  2. moeon 03 May 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I definitely get a shredder vibe and Leia is TERRIFYING!

  3. vincent_Don 03 May 2010 at 5:20 pm

    yup.. it’s shredder

  4. J5on 03 May 2010 at 6:56 pm

    This seems like an alternate reality casting for star wars: David Carradine as C3PO, Jackie Chan as R2-D2, Anthony Hopkins as Obi Wan, Ralph Macchio as Luke, Benicio Del Toro as Han Solo and what looks like a Japanese Helena Bonham Carter as Leia.

    The masked ones could be whoever….

  5. Berton 03 May 2010 at 7:18 pm

    The lack of Yoda is disturbing…

  6. chrystanion 03 May 2010 at 9:00 pm

    @ Bert,
    Or do you mean “Disturbing, is the lack of Yoda”…

  7. Linkageon 03 May 2010 at 11:00 pm

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  9. smashing sugaron 05 May 2010 at 10:08 am

    @chrystani –

    actually, to be grammatically-correct in Yodaspeak, i think you’d have to say, “Disturbing, the lack of Yoda is.” ;)


  10. MacGyver1138on 05 May 2010 at 9:26 pm

    This seems like a better fit than Steampunk, most likely for the reasons stated in the article.

    I like the R2-D2 idea. I don’t know if I like Daniel-san/Luke, though.

  11. [...] A while back I featured a series of toys from a guy named Silof. They were Star Wars characters imagined as Samurai warriors, and they were thoroughly awesome. [...]

  12. doomedon 02 Jul 2010 at 7:01 am

    Gay and lame, another pointless cash in, almost a bad as the anime version of wolverine.

    The characters look nothing like starwars, Leia looks like a 40 year old travsvestite.

    I’d imagine medieval times, like the crusades, you know knights and such being more suited to star wars than fuedal Japan. Some people will ruin anything for a dollar.

  13. pooron 05 Aug 2010 at 6:35 am

    doomed is as stupid as he is homophobic. If u wern’t so retarted u’d kno GL ripped off samurai films 4 inspiration so this makes sense. lol

  14. crackedfanon 02 Mar 2011 at 9:28 pm

    @Chrystani, “Disturbing, the lack of Yoda is.” learn teh linguistics! haha. seriously, wheres yoda?! secondly, thatd be awesome, samurai starwars. no? just me?

  15. The Lurking Baton 13 Jun 2011 at 7:14 am


    Star Wars WAS a Samurai Epic!
    Back In 1958!!!
    When it was called
    “The Hidden Fortress”
    and directed by
    Akira Kurosawa!!!!!


  16. Star Wars Goes Full Samurai |on 20 Dec 2011 at 10:00 am

    [...] seen such a thing imagined in action figure form, but now we have a more traditional view of what might have been through Steve [...]

  17. meon 15 Feb 2012 at 8:32 am

    anyone notice han solo is called ‘han dokuen’ like HADOUKEN (street fighter)

  18. Randallon 30 Mar 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Too funny

  19. Randallon 30 Mar 2013 at 5:52 pm

    This is too funny!!!

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