Name: Darth Talon
Number: Item #3000141
Edition Size: 650 (Exclusive) 1500 (Regular)
Scale: Premium Format Figures
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Legacy)
Availability: July 2010
License: Sideshow Collectibles
So is it possible that the artisans at Sideshow Collectibles have outdone themselves in the Premium Format line with the release of Darth Talon? The answer is yes. Just when we thought they brought sexy back with the Slave Leia Premium Format figure released in 2009, Darth Talon puts sexy on a whole other atmospheric layer. And while we tend to rave about how the latest Premium Format figure is better than the next, it couldn’t be truer than in this case. This is a comment that comes from a group of people who favor the films over the Expanded Universe in any collectible format, so it should be quite meaningful. If you are a fan of Star Wars: Legacy and you collect high-end collectibles, then you are in for a real treat with the Darth Talon Premium Format figure. It is so well done it actually makes us envious that some of the Original Trilogy figures didn’t get this same treatment. But Darth Talon is certainly a character that definitely deserves premium treatment. Blending Zabrak tattoos and the Twi’lek species was advantageous for the creators who designed Talon, but it worked unbelievably well and has made Darth Talon a formidable Sith foe that fans have embraced tightly. And we venture to guess that this Darth Talon Premium Format figure will be fighting off the firm grasps of fan boys everywhere. It is that good of a figure. The exclusive AND regular edition sold out almost immediately and as of this review entry, the only way to try to get this is on the aftermarket or on Sideshow’s popular Wait List. (But we recommend holding out for the exclusive version and we will get to why in a moment.) Darth Talon is definitely worth your consideration to add her into your collections. We aren’t the most adept when it comes to the Expanded Universe, but Darth Talon is a collectible that we can truly appreciate due to how well Sideshow has designed her. In fact, it makes us want to learn a whole lot more about her.
Sideshow Collectibles really went all out and created a very realistic skin tone. If you own the Darth Maul Premium Format, you know that his skin color is pretty much solid red. There isn’t any texture or shadowing and it actually makes him look a little too synthetic (ironically). All that has changed for this Sith Lord as Sideshow has developed a very unique mixture of lighter and darker red and accented them with subtle oranges yet have ensured that they all flow smoothly together. There aren’t any interruptions of color, yet you can tell that Sideshow has used a generous palette of color. And light picks up the various smooth color mixture in stunning detail. The beautiful red skin tone is only then enhanced by meticulous black tattoo detail. For something that is hand painted, the patterns are exquisitely painted on and we couldn’t be more impressed with how the production sample turned out. Darth Talon looks as good if not better than the prototype seen on Sideshow’s website. This is difficult to achieve so they really deserve the highest praise in getting it right. Darth Talon has an extremely sexy silhouette. She isn’t thin. She is full of curves and definitely has some meat on her bones. She looks like Xena in comparison to the Slave Leia Premium Format figure (and this is a major compliment) and her frame and height are significantly larger and taller. Both her stance and head tails are in the slightest action pose and it is the perfect “animation” this Premium Format figure needed. Her legs have a slightly bizarre lean yet her body is erect, so it works well here. She isn’t wearing much, but every part of her costume is just amazingly crafted. Her bikini is real material similar to spandex and the front of it has long tails hanging down the front that has wiring sewn in so you can also pose them any which way you want. The details on the boots and gloves (with spiky fingertips) are just jaw-dropping. They are beautifully aged with a stupendous paint job and complete her perfectly (even though we think the elements are a little too gothic in style at times).
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