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With both adult and kid sizes available, samurai of all ages will be ready for cardboard battle.

Since you can never be sure of when ninja are going to suddenly try to assassinate you, investing in some samurai-style armor is always a sound decision. But if you’ve priced sets of lamellar at your local blacksmith recently, you know that such stylish protection can cost you a pretty penny.

Thankfully, there’s now a more affordable option: cardboard samurai armor from Tokyo-based paper products company Showa Note.

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Two sets are on offer, one modeled after the crimson armor of historical samurai Sanada Yukimura and the other after daimyo Date Masamune’s, complete with crescent moon-shaped helmet ornament. The suits provide extensive coverage of the arms and legs, and even include mustache-equipped face plates.

Because of their cardboard construction, no hammering or smelting is required. Instead, the pieces are held together with plastic brackets, with assembly taking about 90 minutes, giving you a manageable craft project to work on while waiting for your spies to report back about the Takeda Clan’s latest troop movements.

▼ Prefect for fans of Japanese history and the Sengoku Basara anime/video game franchise alike!

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The sets seen above will fit would-be samurai between 150 and 180 centimeters (59 and 71 inches) in height, and are priced at 2,980 yen (US$28). If you’re planning to take your kids with you on your next invasion of a neighboring fief, Showa Note also has a kids size (100-120 centimeters) which sells for just 2,480 yen.

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However, be aware that it will become much more difficult to scare your kid into being careful about poking his eye out once he discovers how awesome he looks with an eye patch.

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Source: IT Media
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