Awesome cardboard Darth Vader costume lets you become an eco-friendly Jedi villain【Video】

May the Box be with you.

When Japanese stationery company Showa Note introduced its line of wearable cardboard costumes, their cool-looking samurai armor promised endless fun for kids and adults alike.

But ever since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the epic space opera’s 40th anniversary, the company has received numerous requests from fans to expand the existing cardboard series. And with Solo: A Star Wars Story releasing soon in Japan on June 29, Showa Note responded by adding the jet black armor of Darth Vader to its cardboard costume lineup.

▼ Make your very own Jedi villain costume and wield the Force with impunity.

Like all wearable cardboard costume kits created by the company, the Darth Vader getup can be easily assembled straight out of the box without the need for extra tools.

Whether it’s the easy-to-pop-out perforated cardboard parts or the imprinted numbers indicating which things go where, everything about the kit is child-friendly. Even the wave-like edges of the parts cushion impact against skin, reducing the likelihood of children cutting themselves.

Since the Darth Vader costume comes pre-painted, aspiring Jedi Masters can direct all their attention on creating their garb instead of cleaning up messy paint spills. Made from more than 90 percent recycled corrugated cardboard, the armor is both light and easy to handle.

▼ Eco-friendly Darth Vader, ready to go.

Although a Chewbacca cardboard costume seems unlikely for now, C-3PO and his trusty buddy R2-D2 would make awesome additions, not to mention feared bounty hunter Boba Fett.

The Darth Vader cardboard getup costs 3,980 yen (US$36.12) and is scheduled to be released in fall this year, making it a great gift for kids or a fantastic cosplay option when Halloween comes around.

Source: Showa Note, YouTube/Oyakotori via Value Press
Top image: YouTube/Oyakotori
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Give in to the beautiful side of the Force with Japan’s new Star Wars skincare masks

Face packs transform you into Star Wars’ heroes and villains, are just the thing to re-moisturize if your skin is dry from too much time on Tatooine.

With The Last Jedi now playing, hard-core Star Wars fans have a fresh excuse to engage in a little cosplay as they head out to the theaters to see the latest installment in the franchise, But what if you’re a fan, but not a fanatic? Maybe you’d like to dress up as a character from the series too, but you feel a little too embarrassed to do it in public.

You could cosplay at home, but while that saves you from having to feel self-conscious, it can also feel kind of pointless since no one will see you. So the ideal solution is a way to dress up as a Star Wars icon in a way that provides some benefit other than attention, like with these skincare masks from Japanese beauty products maker Isshindo Honpo.

The Tokyo-based company previously offered Attack on Titan masks (which we tried out for ourselves), and is now releasing five different Star Wars designs. Three of them, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and the Imperial Stormtrooper, are allied with the Dark Side of the Force, perhaps because Sith Lords, as portrayed in the films, consistently have pretty awful complexions, and could really use the cleansing, beautifying effects of the hydrolyzed collagen, vitamin C solution, and sodium hyaluronate the masks are treated with.

Conversely, if you’re a fan of Star Wars’ good guys, there are also C-3PO and Chewbacca masks.

▼ Although since droids don’t have skin and Wookies’ faces are completely covered by their hair/fur, we’re not sure either one of these characters would ever need to use the masks themselves.

The masks are available at Isshindo Honpo’s Tokyo sociality shopes as well as at novelty retailers. Priced at 430 yen (US$3.80) each, they make great souvenirs, although if you’re planning to give them as Christmas presents you’ll need to wake up early on Christmas morning, since they go on sale December 25.

Related: Isshin Hompo location list
Source, images: PR Times
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Keep yourself fed this Holiday Season with these talking Star Wars automatic snack dispensers!

These Darth Vader and Stormtrooper snack dispensers just might be tempting enough to sway you to the dark side!

Takara Tomy A.R.T.S., a subsidiary of Japanese toy franchise Takara Tomy Group, has recently announced a gadget that’s sure to delight Star Wars fans and also keep them nourished with tasty tidbits as well. It’s the “Star Wars Otsumami (snack) Server” and it comes in a Darth Vader and Stormtrooper design!

The mask-shaped snack dispenser, which stands 23 centimeters (9 inches) tall, is not only cool to look at, but fun to use. You place your hand under it, and voila, a sensor-triggered response from the machine will reward you with a small serving of munchies accompanied with one of several sound effects, including famous lines from the Star Wars movies.

The Darth Vader version is programmed to speak lines such as “I am your father“, “As you wish” and “Yes, my master“, as well as generating sounds including Lord Vader’s characteristic breathing and the buzzing light saber vibrations, while dispensing the snacks.

The Stormtrooper version will generate sounds such as the phrases: “Don’t move” and “Freeze!“, as well as the familiar blasts of their signature blaster rifles.

But that’s not all. What makes this snack dispenser even more fun is that it comes with a special “party mode” in addition to the regular “normal mode”. In normal mode, the machine simply gives you a small mouthful worth of snacks each time you activate it. But once you set it to party mode, the server will occasionally dispense at random a whole handful of goodies while The Imperial March theme song plays, accompanied with a Star Wars line associated with the Dark Side, such as “Luke, it is your destiny.”

▼ Here’s what the packaging looks like:

The Star Wars Otsumami Server will go on sale starting December 14 at a price of 6,980 yen (US$63) and will be available at retailers and toy stores across Japan as well as from the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. online shop.

So, a snack server that provides good party entertainment and can also be displayed as a high-quality 1/2 scale replica mask? Yup, we can definitely imagine a lot of Star Wars fans coveting this gadget come mid-December!

Source: PR Times 
Top image: TAKAKRA TOMY A.R.T.S online shop 
Insert images: TAKAKRA TOMY A.R.T.S online shop, PR Times

Life-size gold Darth Vader mask is simply dazzling… and also worth US$1.4 million! 【Pics】

This glittering mask made of solid gold is now on display at the GINZA TANAKA jewelry shop in Ginza.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars movie franchise (heavens, has it been that long?), and Walt Disney Japan has made sure that there’s some serious bling surrounding the anniversary.

That’s right, some very special Star Wars items will be released for sale on May 4, the internationally designated Star Wars Day, including a solid gold, life-size Darth Vader mask worth 154 million yen (US$1.4 million).

We heard that the precious mask was being displayed at the GINZA TANAKA jewelry store in Tokyo’s Ginza district and promptly decided to go take a look at the rare item.

When we arrived at the shop, sure enough there was a sign indicating that a special exhibit of the gold mask was taking place on the third floor of the building.

When we got to the third floor, we also found some other delightful glittering items on display, like the flat oval gold coin (koban) below made from 10 grams (0.35 ounces) of 24-karat gold, available in the “Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader” design and “Yoda” design.

Each are priced at 132,000 yen, which at around $1,200 is still a hefty price tag, but doesn’t look so bad when compared to the $1.4 million of the mask.

▼ If you can afford both designs of the coins, you can put them
together into a display with a lovely illustration in the center.

They also had another commemorative  set of three koban gold coins, of which they will be selling just 77 sets, in honor of 1977, the year the first Star Wars movie was released.

▼ The set includes one 40 gram coin, two 30 gram coins, and comes in a
beautiful acrylic case. It costs 1,225,000 yen ($11,000).

The slightly larger 40-gram coin comes engraved with the release date of the first Star Wars movie in kanji characters, along with the title “A NEW HOPE.” The two 30-gram coins are engraved with an image of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker respectively.

The backside of the collection has a collage of concept art and scenes from the series. The back of the 40-gram coin shows the 40th anniversary logo and has the kanji characters expressing the title Star Wars (Seikan Taisen 星間大戦).

The back of the 30-gram Luke Skywalker coin comes with the kanji characters for “jedi” (kyōwa kishi 共和騎士) on it, while the Darth Vader coin has the kanji characters for “dark lord” (ankokukyō 暗黒卿). The concept is to express what koban coins might have looked like if they existed in the Star Wars universe.

And finally, we approached the glittering Darth Vader gold mask.

▼ The poster from the first movie 40 years ago was displayed next to it.

▼ We came face to face with the dark lord himself,
except he was shiny and golden in this case — not dark at all!

The mask is a glorious creation weighing 15 kilograms (33 pounds) in sold gold. It combines a shiny mirror-like finish with other parts having a matte finish, giving it a popping, three-dimensional look. Not surprisingly, at US$1.4 million, it’s the most expensive Star Wars-related item released from the Ginza-based jeweler.

▼ And here are a few more shots from different angles.
The detail is amazing, it truly is like seeing a Darth Vader mask in real life.

The mask was absolutely dazzling and breath-taking, and should be a delight for any Star Wars fan to see. If you’re going to be in the Ginza area, the gold mask will be on display at the GINZA TANAKA shop until May 28. Just be careful not to be blinded by the shining gold!

With GINZA TANAKA having showed off solid gold version of Godzilla and Mt. Fuji before too, we’re wondering what insanely expensive gilded creations they’ll have on display next.

Shop information
GINZA TANAKA Ginza main branch (GINZA TANAKA 銀座本店)
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Ginza 1-7-7
Open 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Reference: Nikkei news release
Photos: ©SoraNews24

These Star Wars inspired dishes allow you to use the light or dark… spectrum of soy sauce


Even a galaxy far, far away needs a dish to dip their fish in.

With the release of two Star Wars movies since December 2015, fans have been introduced to a myriad of new characters, such as BB-8, K-2SO, Rey, and Jyn. There are even new suits for stormtroopers of the First Order in Episode VII, but even with such wonderful new characters, it’s hard not to want to cling to the classics.

Nostalgia was likely the driving force behind Rowen Japan’s Star Wars soy sauce dishes, which cleverly use the portraits of R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, and a stormtrooper to season your sushi.


These clever little soy sauce dishes aren’t simply the face of the four characters plastered onto a small plate either. Instead, they’ve been carefully crafted so that the addition of soy sauce reveals the character even more perfectly than without Japan’s favorite condiment.


What makes these dishes even more spectacular is that they’re not made of any old material, but they have been elegantly designed by master craftsmen who specialize in Arita ware (Japanese porcelain made in the area of Arita located in northwest Kyushu). With each character, the depth of the dish has been carefully measured to provide diners with the perfect ratio of sushi and soy sauce. The final product therefore doesn’t look out of place with your delicate meal, but instead complements it perfectly.

▼ Just like R2-D2 perfectly complements an X-wing…


▼ …or just like a stormtrooper perfectly complements inaccurate blaster rifle.



The soy sauce dishes all fit into a wooden box beautifully adorned with the iconic Star Wars logo on the front. These fine Arita porcelain dishes may come with a high price tag of 11,380 yen (US$101.03) at the online shop, but they will certainly be the talk of the table at your next sushi and Star Wars dinner-and-a-movie party.

There are so many ways to celebrate this new age of Star Wars, but what could be better than feasting on fresh fish from the waters of Naboo. Just don’t try and serve any home-prepared fugu (pufferfish)…it’s a trap!

Source: Japaaan Magazine
Images: Rowen Japan