Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Samurai Predator: An Interstellar Big Game Hunter from Medieval Japan


For those of you who have an die-hard Predator fan on your Christmas gift list and have ample amounts of cash to spend, you're in luck. Sideshow Collectibles is currently taking orders for the Alien vs. Predator Samurai Predator figure from Hot Toys.

This is what the title creature would've looked like
if Akira Kurosawa had directed a Predator movie.

This figure was designed and painted by Takayuki Takeya and sculpted by Yuji Oniki, and it features a newly sculpted head and body, detailed accessories, weaponry, and a diorama base with a partially decapitated Alien corpse. Looking at a figure that's as detailed as this one makes it hard to believe that there was a time when the only Predator figures on the market were those made by Kenner back in the mid-90s.

Of the many never-before-seen Predator collectibles that have been released in recent years (including the organic-looking Ceremonial Predator Mask and the sleek Stalker Predator Mask), the Samurai Predator feels like a story that's waiting to be told. It's easy to imagine this Predator constructing his hunting attire from the armor he collects from his trophies, and then customizing his weapons and gear to match the style of his human prey. The most impressive feature of this figure is its headpiece, which comes in two removable parts: a helmet and a mouth mask. The mouth mask allows the Predator's tusks to protrude through so they are visible on the mask's exterior. Such a fearsome visage makes this Predator look like a monster that came straight from ancient Japanese folklore.



Click here for more details about the Samurai Predator and how to place your order.


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