Once again, a blog entry about an item from the Hickory-Con!
I have been looking for Star Wars Black Darth Maul for some time. And while I was at the Con, I was looking for figures and noticed almost NO Masters of the Universe Classics figures. However, Star Wars Black Series was everywhere. And I asked around until I found him.
Darth Maul is my favorite Sith Lord besides Anakin/Vader. I have mentioned before, I am PARTIAL TO the prequel trilogy. And Darth Maul was good enough to make all of Jar Jar Binks’ problems in The Phantom Menace into small details.
This figure was on the top shelf…right beside another. This one was marked $30 and had “Chinese Version” labeled on it. The other was marked $95. They were virtually identical. So which one did I get?
Notice..There is no way on Earth to tell this might not be the genuine article. (The general consensus on the internet is that this is a near perfect bootleg copy.) There is no chinese writing…the figure looks exactly like “the original” “American (not really)” version.
I am the guy who throws away the boxes. Do I care? I am a cheapskate. Paying $30 for a perfect copy of Star Wars Black Darth Maul doesn’t bother me one bit. That was an extra $60 I had left to spend on other stuff!
The box is slightly different than a genuine Star Wars Black box. The Star Wars logo is a little off in color. But the back showcases Darth Maul’s only line in “The Phantom Menace”
So I ripped open the box. Everything was in this blister. I could tell that lightsaber was bent already…
Here is Darth Maul standing for the first time with his accessories. He has two lightsabers, Star Wars classic binocular system, and an alternate head. Notice how incredibly bent the lightsaber is.
Darth Maul can hold the binocular thing in one hand. He cannot use both hands to hold it to his eyes, as he is too bulky. The sculpt is amazing. This plastic robe drapes over the figure perfectly, and he forever has a wind blown look.
It is really hard to make Darth Maul hold the saber wth two hands in “I’m about to off Anakin Skywalker” mode. The lightsaber doesn’t want to stay together, and his bulkiness keeps his arms from gripping it properly.
Now you CAN remove the robe, supposedly by removing the head from the ball joint…it turns out though, that the bootleg version (if that is what this is) doesn’t have the head glued to the cape. So Darth Maul has a second, bald head. I must say, the Spikor effect happens when you try putting the head on the ball joint. (The spikes hurt your hands.) The other thing…Darth Maul’s neck seems to be a little awkward. Just a little.
So enough playing dress up. Let’s get down to business.
Darth Maul continues to impress as far as his sculpt is concerned. Some soft goods are visible as a part of his skirt. This really adds to the figure, as it allows him to move his legs better. The lightsaber…you see what’s going on. The hilts connect together, but the only way to get them to do so stiffly is to make the buttons face in opposite directions…which seems it shouldn’t be. The red blades suffer from being bent. I might have to get the hair dryer after them…
I tried putting the cloak on some other figures…Skeletor seemed to be a natural, but I thought it likely to fit Teela. It actually doesn’t fit either. Skeletor is too big. Teela…it doesn’t fit right even with the hair chopped off the way I customized her.
I found YouTube videos of people pointing out the differences between the genuine and the knock-off version of Darth Maul. They all said the same thing. This must be made from a batch of declined figures because of QC, or using tools that were discarded, or something. The sculpt is perfect. The paint here is right on the money, except for maybe the horns. Reportedly, there is a different neck joint and different hip joints. The neck joint seems a little obvious, but since we are not looking up his skirt…
I am going to rate this based on what it is as a figure. An excellent Darth Maul figure. The best I’ve ever owned. It does have problems with the Lightsabers. So I have to take off for that. Darth Maul is articulated very well. Sculpted and painted near perfectly. Stands on his own. Looks good on the shelf. I have to award him a 4/5!
And as bootlegs go, there couldn’t be a more perfect item to purchase as the not-so genuine product.
So the SpartanNerd rates Star Wars Black Series Darth Maul (Chinese Version) 4/5. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!