'Star Wars' meets Kurosawa in samurai figurines
I really want these Samurai Wars action figures. Make sure to check the links to see a Stormtrooper, Vader, and Boba Fett!
Critics like to point out that in some ways, the original "Star Wars" was something of a rip-off of Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress." And in some ways the films definitely are similar. One fan/artist, however, wishes they weren't just alike, but that Kurosawa had been the one to make his movie first. So the artist, who goes by the name "Sillof," made some custom action figures which, in his opinion, resemble characters Kurosawa would have used had he made "Star Wars" himself, 50 years ago. And they're awesome.
Sadly, these aren't for sale. I wish they were: I'd buy them. I love "Star Wars" and I love Samurai films, and I've actually wondered what it would have been like had Kurosawa been in charge. I have to say, this is pretty close to what I'd had in mind.
What's even better is the awesome backstory of Samurai Wars that Sillof has put together. It includes a full plot synopsis, the story of found stills from the "lost" film, and even full casting for all the main characters. It's so fleshed out that it's almost real, and I kind of wish it were.