Bandai has announced that its S.H Figuarts line of highly-detailed, hyper-poseable action figures is adding a new license: Star Wars.
The first two characters to in development for the S.H. Figuarts Star Wars figure line are Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper. Darth Vader is based on his appearance in The Empire Strikes Back and includes what’s being referred to as a “moveable” cloak, lightsaber and switch out hands. Pricing for Vader has yet to be determined and a 2015 release is anticipated. The Stormtrooper includes his trusty blaster pistol and, like Vader, does not have a determined price, but is also slated for a 2015 release.
In addition to the S.H. Figuarts line, a second series of figures named the Movie Realization line–overseen by artist Takayuki Takeya, of Kamen Rider fame, and sculpted by Junichi Taniguchi–is also in the works. The Movie Realization line also includes Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, but this time the figures will be designed in a Japanese Samurai aesthetic. The Movie Realization Darth Vader will ship in the winter of 2014, for an undetermined price, and there are no additional details on the Movie Realization Stormtrooper.
S.H. Figuarts figures range in price from $35-$50 depending on the license, but we understand that Bandai may not have rights to export these outside Japanese borders, at the moment. We expect more details about Bandai’s Star Wars lines during this weekend’s Tokyo Toy Show.