Name: Darth Malgus
Number: Item #3001511
Edition Size: 500 (Exclusive) 1000 (Regular)
Scale: Premium Format Figures
Source: Expanded Universe (The Old Republic)
Availability: September 2013
License: Sideshow Collectibles
There is something really special about an Expanded Universe character that becomes exponentially popular with Star Wars fans simply based on the way he looks. Let’s be honest, aside from The Old Republic video game trailer, there wasn’t much more of Darth Malgus that was made public before he became the focus on most people’s minds. Thankfully, Hasbro got right on the ball and developed a definitive action figure of him right from the beginning and released it as 2012’s TVC Darth Malgus (VC96) figure. That figure was excellent in its entirety. Now Sideshow Collectibles develops this character in the Premium Format Figures line (along with a Life Size Figure collectible and 1:6 Scale Figure collectible). Just as you might imagine, Darth Malgus is another spectacular work of art. Sideshow introduces Premium Format Figure collectors to a few new changes too. For example, unless it’s just special packaging to commemorate the fact that Darth Malgus is a video game character, he comes in a box that sports all-new artwork. Sideshow Collectibles has broken their format on how Premium Format Figures are packaged. Of particular note, no long bio is present anywhere on the box. We suppose Sideshow Collectibles has finally realized that collectors don’t have time to reach such things. When you open up the box, you’ll find a figure that breaks down into seven parts (eight if you have the Sideshow Exclusive version) and it can be assembled with relative ease. We were quite shocked with the weight of this piece. It is significantly more than the eight pounds Sideshow has claimed the piece weighs on the item’s product page on their website.
When fully assembled, Darth Malgus is remarkable. He is extremely tall and he must have one cut body underneath all of that armor. His thighs are thick and his upper body is massive. We don’t know who would be brave enough to engage this behemoth in a lightsaber battle. That would be madness. The head sculpt on this Premium Format Figure is stunning. You’re doubly fortunate if you purchased the Sideshow Exclusive version because the exclusive accessory is a second, but unmasked, portrait. It is on this interchangeable piece that you will really find all of the details that have been sculpted to create a malevolent, angry and frightening Sith Lord. The shadowing on his portrait adds texture and then the veins painted on his head add an unbelievable amount of detail. They are applied so incredibly well that they couldn’t appear more real in our opinion. His eyes also provide a sense that this guy is really irritated and that is what is so magical with the characters presented in the Premium Format Figures line. Sideshow Collectibles truly possesses a talent that allows them to look amazingly realistic. As you continue down the piece, you’ll find that both shoulder armor pieces are removable. (They attach via magnetic attraction which runs along his upper chest and shoulders). The nice feature here is that you can add his soft-goods cape that has a wire for shaping and the magnetic pull holds the wire in place. Then the shoulder armor can be laid over the cape and held in place thanks to these magnets for alternate display. For one reason or another this option looks cool even it is isn't accurate. It’s a rather ingenious way of providing Darth Malgus with layers and added textures.
Status: From the massive multiplayer online game title, The Old Republic, Sideshow Collectibles proudly introduces the Darth Malgus Premium Format figure. Presented in approximate 1:4 scale, the formidable commander of the Imperial Army is outfitted with detailed armor, a custom tailored fabric cape and a brilliant light-up lightsaber. Giving a dynamic and dramatic look at the darker side of the Force, the Darth Malgus Premium Format figure is crafted with exceptional attention to detail, an outstanding addition to any collection.
Announcement: The Darth Malgus Premium Format Figure was informally teased on July 1, 2012 and then formally revealed with product images and pre-order information on August 21, 2012.
Pre-order Information: The Darth Malgus Premium Format Figure went up for pre-order on August 23, 2012.
Assembly: 7 parts
Assembly Details: Darth Malgus figure, portrait (masked), 2 removable shoulder armor pieces, lightsaber blade, soft-goods cape, environmental display stand
Sideshow Exclusive: Alternate head, unmasked
Date Stamp: 2013
Retail: $374.99 USD
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