Looked up Samurai soldiers - the costuming looks pretty intricate and intimidating to paint. I could see us making something more like this much easier and cutting out the face. Also, without the info boxes, that will all be on the info poster.
Homeworkopoly Classroom game-neat idea is a great way to get homework incentives and completion. It is not to elementary and still provides students with a few get out of jail free cards for those times when life just happens.