A ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare. Their covert methods of waging irregular warfare were deemed "dishonorable" and "beneath" the samurai-caste, who observed strict rules about honor and combat. Ninja utilized a large variety of tools and weaponry, some of which were commonly known, but others were more specialized. Most were tools used in the infiltration of castles. A wide range of specialized equipment is described and illustrated in the 17th century Bansenshukai, including climbing equipment, extending spears, rocket-propelled arrows, and small collapsible boats.
As befits professional killers paid to undertake what would today be called “black ops” missions, little is recorded of actual ninja activity in Japanese history. Rather, the world mainly came to know of them through Chinese historical-fiction (the word “ninja” itself is an Early Middle Chinese translation of the kanji 忍者; which is read as “shinobi” in Japanese), where ninja were popularized as an example of treacherous, dishonorable behavior to be expected of Japanese villains. This, of course, made them a popular villain for the originally Chinese-centric martial-arts film genre as well. And when so-called “kung-fu movies” exploded in popularity worldwide in the ’70s and ’80s, the ninja legend exploded right along with it.
ToysDao TD-01 1/6th scale Hell Ninja 12-inch action figure will come with: skull, ninja mask / hood, haori, kote, hakama, tabi, kasa, samurai armor, waraji, skeleton hands, naginata, uwa-obi, kusarigama.
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Expected Release Date: End of April 2017