One of the oldest truisms in geekdom is that Boba Fett is awesome. The bounty hunter lit a fire in the imaginations of countless nerds over the past 37 years (myself included), and he has since become not only one of the most popular characters in Star Wars history, but also one of the most marketable. In a galaxy far, far away, everyone knows Fett is a masterless sell-sword, ready to offer his allegiance and skills to the highest bidder, making him the closest approximation to a classic traveling ronin that we see in the Original Trilogy. With this fact in mind, the newest figure in the Star Wars Meisho Movie Realizations line by Bandai Tamaishii Nation is the most effective and best-realized concept yet.
In case you’re late to the party, let me catch you up– the Meisho Movie Realizations series re-imagines the characters of the Star Wars universe as warriors from feudal Japan (an influence that, not coincidentally, was all over the DNA of the original films from George Lucas, a huge fan of the legendary Akira Kurosawa). Most of the figures released thus far have been based on Darth Vader and various Imperials, wearing slightly stylized samurai armors inspired by their on-screen appearances. Boba Fett follows suit, but the character’s nature as a bounty hunter with no permanent allegiance means his status as a Ronin (wandering samurai) fits perfectly in this iteration of the Star Wars Universe.
Adding to this concept, Boba Fett’s iconic armor lends itself to the stylings of feudal Japan moreso than the Stormtroopers or Vader, and the figure’s gorgeous, all new sculpt is truly stunning. This figure straddles the line between worlds perfectly, maintaining an instant recognizability to the cinematic villain from the Star Wars movies, while also presenting as a believable- if slightly fantastic– samurai warrior.
Ronin Boba Fett’s sculpt is meticulous and filled with details, as the layers of his weaponized armor converge into a truly imposing form. Some aspects of the character design– like the Mandalorian insignia on his shoulder pad or the ever-present jetpack– are adapted fairly directly, while others are swapped out brilliantly for Feudal era features. I’m honestly kind of in love with the idea that Boba Fett’s shin-mounted tools would become removable throwing knives, and that his grappling hook would be morphed into a wrist dagger. It’s all perfectly well conceived, and thoughtfully planned, in a way that expands beyond the design interpretations seen in earlier Meisho Movie figures.
Let’s move from concept to execution– Ronin Boba Fett still dominates in this category. The sculpt of this figure is fantastic, filled with intricate detail, and his articulation is on point, which should come as little surprise to anyone who has seen a FiguArts release up close in the past. The bounty hunter has a huge range of motion, and can strike any number of dynamic, action-ready poses, making the figure a dream come true for anyone who displays their toys in action poses.
And then there’s the paint! What really connects this abstract interpretation of Boba Fett to the cinematic villain is the color pallet, and this is– once again– an area where this figure excels. Ronin Boba Fett taps into the iconic pallet of the character’s on screen appearance, with no attempt to dilute it– the grey of his base suit is drab and dull, making the turquoise, maroon, and yellow accents of his battle armor come to the forefront all the more. Bandai Tamashii Nation isn’t afraid to go big and bright with their paint apps, and the result is an exemplary representation of color contrast in action.
Overall, the Meisho Boba Fett is a top quality, high-end action figure, designed with the collector in mind. In that regard, this figure is a stunning, nearly flawless victory. But even when considered as a more general, less niche pop culture collectible, a figure this perfectly rendered and well executed is well worth your consideration.