Star Wars Samurai Collectibles

Now these are cool. You may have seen action figure mods before that reimagine Star Wars characters in the samurai era, and now there’s something official to enjoy. They range from 6 3/4 to inches in height and cost around $80 – $90. Darth Vader and Stormtrooper figures are available now, and the rest will be next year. Official details and funky pics below.

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, offers Star Wars fans and ardent collectors something unique as it highlights a variety of super-detailed figures from the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line by Tamashii Nations.

The Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and artfully reimagines several Empire characters from the legendary films with feudal-style Japanese armor and weaponry. Each figure is exquisitely crafted by some of Japan’s top sculpting talent and constructed with hybrid materials featuring up to 15 points of articulation to create endless posing possibilities.

The newest addition to the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars product line is the “Ronin” Boba Fett, which debuts in December and depicts the intergalactic bounty hunter as a “lordless” Samurai warrior via the sculpting talent of artists Takeyuki Takeya and Junichi Taniguchi. The “Daisho” Darth Vader depicts the Dark Sith Lord as a Samurai General clad in sinister black “Death Star” armor and will debut in January 2016. It will be followed in May 2016 by the imposing Akazonae Royal Guard, outfitted with a Japanese-style katana and pike and resplendent in beautiful crimson-robed armor. Pre-orders for these figures are available now.

Fans that want to dive into the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line immediately can select from a trio of figures –available now – that includes the “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper, and the Samurai General “Taisho” Darth Vader. Each is clad in a unique set of armor and comes with an array of weapons and other accessories.

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Star Wars: Aftermath Out Now

Force Friday is over, and many of the new Star Wars toys and goodies were unveiled, and since we know that all comics, books and video games from this point forward are all official canon, Disney are revealing lots of products ready for December’s new film, The Force Awakens.

Chuck Wendig’s book focuses on events after Return of the Jedi and is available now, and you can read an excerpt here.

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The second Death Star has been destroyed, the Emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire, and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over.

As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance-now a fledgling New Republic-presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.

Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world-war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is-or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.

Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit-to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies-her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector-who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.

2014 Is Dark Horse’s Year

Sure, they may have just announced that they’ve (unsurprisingly) lost their licence for their critically acclaimed Star Wars comics to Marvel, but that’s not all that Dark Horse publish. It is a shame that as of next year, no more Star Wars comics will come from the Horse as they have added significant layers to the SW mythos over the last twenty years, but Dark Horse are confident that their diverse line to continue to impress audiences this year. Official press release below.

DARK HORSE PROCLAIMS 2014 TO BE

THE YEAR OF THE HORSE! 

Before we had even taken the time to look at the Chinese zodiac calendar, we knew 2014 was shaping up to be one of the best in Dark Horse Comics’ nearly thirty-year history!

In 2013, Dark Horse saw record sales growth in every channel and received what may have been moreaccolades than ever for its publishing line.

As we enter 2014, we go boldly into a year that, as the Chinese foretold, was destined to be ours!

We have partnered with our good friends at Comic Book Resources to bring Dark Horse fans an early look at what the year holds in every aspect of the business, from new comic series to books and products. Today we begin a four-part interview with Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson.

Look for a new interview each week and exclusive announcements, first looks, and more!

 

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Before we look forward though, let’s look at the past. Dark Horse have done very well in publishing some of the best comics of 2013, as you can see below.

DARK HORSE TOPS A RECORD NUMBER

OF YEAR-END LISTS IN 2013!

 In 2013, Dark Horse set records in every sense of the word. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia topped nearly every major bestseller list and the Nielsen BookScan report! The company saw record sales in all markets, as well as at every major convention! Multiple titles sold out of first printings! New original series like Steve Niles and Dave Wachter’s Breath of Bones garnered 10 out of 10 reviews for their entire run! It didn’t stop there. Just before the new year, as critics’ year-end lists rolled in, Dark Horse found a place on nearly every one of them!

 As we bid adieu to a banner year, we’d be remiss not to share one last highlight with you . .

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the very best of 2013! 

Amazon’s Best Books of 2013: The Black Beetle | MIND MGMT

Big Shiny Robot’s Best of 2013: 47 Ronin | MIND MGMT

iTunes’ iBooks Best of 2013: MIND MGMT | Bad Houses | The Creep

io9’s Best Products of Comic-Con 2013: Game of Thrones figures

IGN’s Best Products of Comic-Con 2013: Zelda figures

Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Comics of 2013: Buzzkill | Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight | Hellboy in Hell

Salon.com’s Best Superhero Comics of 2013: The Black Beetle

NewsOK’s 10 Best Comic Book Series of 2013: The Black Beetle

Time Magazine’s Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels: Bad Houses

Paste Magazine’s 10 Best Comics of 2013: MIND MGMT | Bad Houses

Paste Magazine’s 13 Best Webcomics of 2013: Battlepug

ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013: Hellboy in Hell | The Black Beetle | MIND MGMT | Catalyst Comix | The Fifth Beatle | Star Wars line

WhatCulture’s 50 Best Comics of 2013: Bandette

io9’s The Very Very Best Comics of 2013: MIND MGMT | The Fifth Beatle

Digital Spy’s Top 10 Comics of 2013: Hellboy in Hell

Huffington Post’s 10 Best Comics of 2013: Concrete Park

Newsarama’s The Best of Best Shots 2013: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Ghost) | Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT) | Amala’s Blade

The Onion’s A.V. Club’s Best Mainstream & Superhero Comics of 2013: Dream Thief | Hellboy in Hell | MIND MGMT

Bloody Disgusting’s Best Comics of 2013: Abe Sapien | Hellboy in Hell

Bloody Disgusting’s Top Miniseries and Ongoings of 2013: The Black Beetle | Dream Thief | The Goon | The Victories

Bloody Disgusting’s Top 10 Debut Issues of 2013: Buzzkill

Bloody Disgusting’s Best Comics Miniseries of 2013: To Hell You Ride

Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 1: Sabertooth Swordsman

Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 2: Dream Thief | Blade of the Immortal | Hellboy: The Midnight Circus

Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 3: The Black Beetle

Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2013 Part 4: MIND MGMT | The Fifth Beatle | Hellboy in Hell | Bad Houses

Comic Bastards’ Comic Book Round-Up: The Best Part 1:

• Best Single Issue: The Goon #44 | The Massive #17

• Best Ongoing: MIND MGMT

• Best Miniseries: Baltimore | Darth Vader and the Ninth Assassin | The Black Beetle

Comic Bastards’ The Best of Part 2:

• Best OGN: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus | Last Man Standing | The Last of Us: American Dreams

• Best All-Ages Title: Itty Bitty Hellboy

Comic Bastards’ The Best of Part 3:

• Best Book of 2012 We’re Still Talking About: Conan the Barbarian

• Best Revival: Brain Boy

• Best Adaptation: The Last of Us: American Dreams | The Art of BioShock Infinite | The Star Wars

Multiversity’s 2013 in Review:

• Best Ongoing Series: Hellboy in Hell | MIND MGMT | B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth

• Readers’ Choice for Best Ongoing Series: MIND MGMT

• Best Writer: John Arcudi | Matt Kindt | Kelly Sue DeConnick

• Best Artist: J. H. Williams III

• Best Miniseries: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys | Catalyst Comix | B.P.R.D.: Vampire

• Best Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

• Best Graphic Novel: Sin Titulo | Hellboy: The Midnight Circus

• Most Overlooked Series: Catalyst Comix | MIND MGMT | Gamma

• Breakout Writer: Frank Barbiere | Joshua Williamson

• Breakout Artist: Ulises Farinas | Greg Smallwood

Uproxx’s 15 Best Comic Books of 2013: Buzzkill | Star Wars

Unwinnable’s Best Comics of 2013: The Shaolin Cowboy | Hellboy in Hell | B.P.R.D.

VICE’s Ten Best Comics of 2013: The Manara Library Volume 5

The Village Voice’s 2013’s Best Graphic Novels: Sacrifice

PopCandy’s Best of 2013: Bad Houses

USA Today’s 2013’s Best Graphic Novels and Collections: The Black Beetle Volume 1 | The Fifth Beatle

USA Today’s Best Comic Books of 2013:

• Best Cover Artist: Jenny Frison

• Most Insane Read: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight

• Best Throwback: Star Wars

• Honorable Mentions:

• Rookie of the Year (Character): Buzzkill

• Best Miniseries: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Return of the Jedi’s 30th Anniversary Video

Yes, it’s been three decades since the classic ending of the classic Star Wars trilogy and here is a great 10 minute video commissioned by Entertainment Weekly starring a gaggle of celebrities such as Kevin Smith and Eli Roth espousing its values.

Star Wars Reads Day

There is such a thing? Yep! It sounds like Read Comics In Public Day, which is held in August every year, but this event is obviously focused on George Lucas’ greatest creation. You can find more details right here.

Find a Star Wars Reads Day Event Near You

On October 6th, 2012, fans will come together to celebrate reading and Star Wars. Join in the fun by finding an event near you in the map provided below. All events will have giveaways and a raffle. Select events will have authors and/or costumed characters on hand from the 501st Legion, the Rebel Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs and the R2 Builders Club.

Darth Maul: Death Sentence #1 Review

Out now is the debut issue of Darth Maul’s new mini-series. Yes, he’s back in the land of the living. Here’s my review.

Conan #3 and Star Wars #5 Reviews

Amongst the bevy of great features during Broken Frontier’s Image Month are two Dark Horse reviews of mine.

That’d be Conan the Barbarian #3 by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, and the grand finale of Star Wars: Agent of the Empire-Iron Eclipse.