It is a freakin’ great time to be a fan of Star Wars, right now. New movie trilogy, new comics, plenty of new merchandise (MOICHENDISE!) and of course, upcoming video games. Alessandro has been raving about Star Wars Battlefront since last week, despite my best efforts to Force-Choke him.
But this year, I’ve got Disney Infinity 3.0 to look forward to. And a ton of figures as well, to feed my addiction to the franchise.
Including this one that I got my hands on, which just so happens to be my favourite Sith apprentice, Darth Maul. I decided to make an unboxing video, featuring the son of Dathomir. Check it out!
Darth Maul will always be one of the few bright moments from Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. That moment that you finally see him, ready to take on a pair of Jedi and he doesn’t even bat an eye-lid, before igniting his double-bladed lightsaber?
That ranks up there with some of the all-time greatest moments in cinematic history. Citizen Kane can go suck a lemon, as far as I’m concerned.
As for the figure itself, it’s a fine piece of work. I dig the pose, the construction feels reliably solid and the detail is snazzy. The paint could use a little extra work around the eyes however, and there is a tiny spot on the side that was missed.
But I’m chalking this up to this either being the result of early model retail release, or a spot of bad luck on my part as the rest of my Infinity figures boast stellar finishes.
But I like the final design. It’s traditional, and Darth Maul looks like the tiger that’s meant to be. And that’s a design that was radically different in the beginning, as VP of Art Development at Avalanche Jeff Bunker explained to ComicBook:
Like I just mentioned, a lot of times we start creating caricatures of the characters based off our impressions of that character.
So when we started off with Darth Maul, we thought about how intimidating and powerful he was as a character, and that impression that we wanted to give of his essence showed up in those sketches.
It wasn’t until we started sending those to Lucasfilm that they said, “You know, Ray Park was actually pretty small.” And he is, he’s not a big guy at all. When we really started paying attention to what he was in the film we saw how crazy we went there.
At the same time, it was still good to start there, because we figured out the presence and intimidation in the way that he stands and presents himself.
We toned the muscles down, but we learned things from those early explorations that found their way into the final product for sure.
Personally, I’m just scared that I’ll leave the Chewbacca figure alone in my room and come back to a massacre of GI Joes who have all had their arms ripped off.
Last Updated: June 25, 2015