Action Figure Review: Darth Maul from Star Wars Black by Hasbro (Great)
|The lightsaber clips onto Maul's belt.|
Scale: Maul stands almost exactly 6 inches tall.
Articulation: Swivel/hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, swivel waist, ball jointed torso, swivel/hinged shoulders, swivel/hinged elbows,swivel /hinged wrists, ball jointed head, hinged neck.
|The removable blades are a little tough to swap, but seem fairly durable compared to the 3 3/4 figures.|
Accessories: binoculars, 2 piece double bladed lightsaber, 2 removable lightsaber blades, alternate head with attached robe.
|He's a little shorter than Batman and Iron Man, which is probably accurate.|
*First, let me say that there was a huge, and I mean a HUGE "wow" factor when I first saw this figure. Not only is the packaging impressive (and collector friendly) but to actually see a Star Wars figure in this scale is indescribable. I've read plenty of reviews and seen plenty of pictures of these guys, but to actually see one of these guys in person is amazing. The presentation and figure is just incredible impressive.
*Maul has really great articulation. The variety and quality of the joints will allow for nearly any pose you want which is quite important for an agile character like Darth Maul. The wrists, ankles, and mid torso joints are particularly impressive and allow for some very expressive and nuanced posing. What's really cool is that Darth Maul can actually hold a good crouching pose, something very view action figures can do.
* The accessories are well done. I love that Maul comes with the binoculars (even though it's hard to get him in a good pose to use them) and the lightsaber is fantastic. It's a very detailed sculpt and features lots of little paint apps and a way to hang it from his belt. Plus, it splits in to two pieces and the blades are removable. It feels quite a bit more durable than the sabers with removable blades in the smaller line.
*First, while I gushed about the articulation earlier, let me disclose that my figure did have an articulation problem: the hinged neck is completely immobile. I tried hot water, boiling water, the freezer, and even an exacto knife and I can say that my Darth Maul's neck joint isn't just stuck, it's completely fused together. It sucks as the figure would be nearly perfect except for this one flaw.
|Then again, a cloth cape wouldn't wouldn't look this good posed.|
I'm not sure I plan on jumping on to Star Wars Black as a completist, simply because I have so many 1/18th scale Star Wars figures. I do plan on cherry picking the line, though, and I imagine that if I saw these guys in stores I'd be much more tempted to buy figures I hadn't planned on buying previously just because they're so cool. Darth Maul is a great 6 inch figure- he's both fun to play with and displays exceptionally well. I hope Hasbro has great success with Star Wars Black as I really want to get to characters like IG-88, Bossk, Darth Tyranus/ Count Dooku, and of course, Admiral Ackbar. I'm giving Darth Maul a Great due to the excellent sculpting, mostly fantastic articulation, exceptional accessories, and really eye-catching packaging that's reusable and collector friendly. I deducted a bit because of the fused neck joint and the fact that I wish there was a little bit more paint work on the figure's body.
|The package is impressive and resealable. Very collector friendly.|
We actually haven't reviewed any Star Wars figures yet on ThEpic Review, mostly because Hasbro hasn't put anything new out since early 2012. I did write this cool little feature on my first Star Wars figures, though. Hopefully we'll have more reviews to write as more cool Star Wars Black figures get released.
Big Bad Toy Store doesn't have Darth Maul available individually anymore, but you can order the whole first series of Star Wars Black figures (Luke Skywalker in his X-wing Gear, R2-D2, a Sandtrooper, and Darth Maul) for 79.99, exactly what you'd pay at retail (plus you won't have to drive around and waste gas!).
Barbecue17 once dressed up like Darth Maul. Except he only had white face paint, not red. And he wore a Halloween robe, not a Sith cloak. And he was on his bicycle, not a Sith Speeder. It was actually really lame.