Square Enix, the same Japanese company that brought you the Final Fantasy series of games, has designed a new line of Star Wars figures. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and the generic Imperial stormtrooper have all been given a makeover by the Japanese company. Not only have they been shrunk down to action figure size, their design has been given a complete overhaul. They are being released as “Variant Playarts” models, and come complete with plastic flames and force energy.
This is not the first time that Square has redesigned iconic, classic characters. There is an Iron Man figure that is coming later this year that features a new updated look. Then we have this crazy “Variant Playarts” Batman figure done by Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura. When we say the Batman figure is crazy, we are not kidding. The helmet design is ridiculous, and there are these two weird monster arms growing out of Bruce’s shoulders.
Unlike that Batman ridiculousness, these Star Wars figures actually look remotely like the originals, and are slick as can be. The stormtrooper looks like he may actually be able to hit his target, and his armor looks like he may have seen some battle. The dirt a grime makes this figure’s armor look more functional than the sanitary, white armor used in all the films. It also makes the stormtrooper look more menacing, and like a member of an evil empire than the original.
Darth Vader and Boba Fett have also received makeovers, but they are nowhere near as drastic. Boba Fett’s armor maintains it’s original color scheme, and Mandalorian style – canonically legendary gear obtained only by a few incredibly skillful and brave individuals that offers immense protection from gunfire and the elements,, it just adds more scratches, dents, and gouges to his armor; giving him a battle worn look.
Now we get to the man that drives all of the Star Wars films; Darth Vader. This Vader redesign has just a few tweaks from the original. Making him look more ready to join his troops in battle than the Vader you have seen in the films. His chestplate is cut differently, giving the appearance of a more full range of motion. Vader has also been given a set of should pads, bulking him up, and adding to his menacing appearance.
Boba Fett and the stormtrooper are set to be released in July, but Vader comes earlier, hitting otaku shop shelves in May. The Variants might be called “Play Arts,” but they’re not toys so much as expensive collector’s editions — the detailed figures are set to retail for 12,960 yen ($108).
Here are more images of each of the figures. Which one do you like the most, or least? Would you like to see any other characters get this sort of redesign treatment? Let us know in the comments section, that is right below all of these images.