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Star Wars is famously inspired by Japanese samurai films. So it makes sense for Bandai to release this wonderful Samurai-style Darth Vader.

Dubbed, "Movie Realization Samurai General Darth Vader," the figurine was recently displayed at the Tokyo Toy Show. Designed by Takayuki Takeya, the 7.8-inch figure is slated for a winter 2014 release in Japan. Price is TBA, reports IT Media.

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Did you know that George Lucas apparently offered the Darth Vader role to Toshiro Mifune? According to Mifune's daughter, the Star Wars creator did.

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