Name: Darth Malak
Type: Mini Busts
Number: Item No. 9726
Edition Size: 2000 (Celebration IV)
Source: Expanded Universe (Knights Of The Old Republic)
Availability: May 2007
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
For thousands of years, the Sith and the Jedi have waged war, with control of the galaxy at stake. The beleaguered Jedi Knight fought valiantly to repulse the Mandalorian marauders. Succumbing to the dark side, Malak would become a Sith Lord. Malak was a tall human who was horridly injured in a lightsaber duel. A swipe from a laser sword severed his lower jaw, and Malak was forced to wear a metallic jaw guard that hid his disfigurement from view.
Has anyone else noticed a trend that Gentle Giant Ltd. often takes cues from Hasbro on when to develop a character for their Mini Bust line? If you look over the action figures that Hasbro releases in a given year, you’ll probably find multiple examples of Mini Busts that Gentle Giant Ltd. will release right behind them. In the case of Darth Malak, both licensees stepped up to the plate to release this immensely popular character from the Knights Of The Old Republic video game just in time for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. Hasbro released their own Darth Malak (30 35) action figure in the fan favorite 30 (77-07) basic figure line while Gentle Giant Ltd. created the totally awesome Darth Malak Mini Bust as the proud Celebration IV exclusive. Both the Hasbro action figure and the Mini Bust are glorious creations. If you’re a fan of KOTOR, both are must-have additions for your collection. There is no second guessing this. The Darth Malak Mini Bust brings a little more (actually a lot more) refinement to the character because the scale is bigger and more attention is paid the finer details. Let’s go through them together.
Pretty much everything is perfect with regards to the Darth Malak Mini Bust sculpt. His pose, his expression and his posture are expertly designed. Darth Malak has anger visible in every last inch of his face. And his gruesome battle scar (a missing lower jaw) explains why he possesses the anger he does. What isn’t perfect about this Mini Bust is the removable jaw accessory. While it’s nice to have the versatility to display him with or without it, it’s so fragile that most collectors have broken theirs taking it on and off of the Mini Bust. In this instance, an interchangeable head would have been the most ideal route to take to prevent all of the breakage Mini Bust collectors experienced with this piece. Darth Malak is truly a dynamic Mini Bust. There is so much to appreciate in the details of his costume to the amplified crossness his angry eyes show. We think that 2000 pieces however is not enough to meet the demand of collectors. This is such a cool character that we believe casual Mini Bust buyers will be showing interest in this piece and not just the hardcore collectors. It seems like 2500-3500 would have been a much better gauged edition size in our estimation.
Status: This highly-detailed mini bust, based on the original Lucasfilm costumes and props, was sculpted and painted by Gentle Giant Ltd. We hope you enjoy it.
Exclusivity: Celebration IV Exclusive
Assembly: Attach lightsaber blade to hilt and jaw guard to face.
Date Stamp: 2007
Retail: $49.99 USD
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