This is beyond awesome! It’s pretty much common knowledge at this point that inspiration for Darth Vader's helmet came from ancient Japanese Samurai. Now Yoshitoku, a 300 year old doll company, has sort of taken a step in reverse by embracing that history and creating an official Darth Vader Samurai Doll!
As part of an annual celebration on May 5th Japanese households display Samurai dolls a means to wish for success in their sons’ futures. This doll was created specifically for these times and is sure to make any geek find success… as a Sith Lord.
It’s incredible to us how awesome this thing looks. The face has more curvature in the way most Samurai masks do, but still clearly portrays our favorite good-guy-turned-bad-guy-turned-good. The classic sword sports a red sheath as a nod to Vader's favorite lightsaber color and a gold Galactic Empire logo fits nicely on top of the helmet -- I wonder if there is one on the back of his robe…
These dolls are very limited -- seriously, they only made 30 -- and cost about $1,700! Yoshitoku began accepting pre-orders on May 9th and will stop accepting them after June 10th. If you want this collectible to top off your Star Wars shrine room you better act fast!
This isn’t Yoshitoku’s first foray into Star Wars dolls. The company has apparently offered Darth Vader-themed helmet and armor displays in the past, along with Stormtrooper-inspired Samurai dolls.