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Darth Maul - TAC - Saga Legends

Name: Darth Maul
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: July 2007
License: Hasbro

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The goal of the darktrooper project was to create better battle droids. These "super stormtroopers" were used against the Rebels after the Battle of Yavin, but the project came to an end when an Alliance mercenary destroyed the production facility.

If you poll ten collectors, we bet at least nine (if not all ten) would say that the best times for collectors as far as Saga Legends are concerned occurred during the 30 year anniversary of Star Wars. Hasbro was able to balance both core characters and fans’ choice figures into a very prolific subset that was an offshoot to the basic figure line, something they seemed to have unfortunately abandoned since. Not only did it give collectors another chance to get some of the more popular characters of the time, it also provided kids with ample opportunity to play catch up on the figures we scooped right out from under them since we’re so tenacious with our collecting tendencies. And the chance for our voice to be heard in the Fans’ Choice polls was very rewarding to those who wanted to see some of the older and harder to get figures grace shelves once again. In a nutshell, the 30 (77-07) Saga Legends line was fun, exciting and offered a vast selection of figures. There was something for everyone it and that should not be taken lightly. (Editor’s Note: Except in a few rare exceptions, the Saga Legends hasn’t been nearly engaging enough for collectors since.)

Even some of the older figures included for release in the Saga Legends line engaged collectors. One figure especially eludes us on why a bigger stink wasn’t made about it. And that figure is Darth Maul. Granted this figure severely lacks in the articulation department, but significant strides were taken to make the figure fresh and modern. The figure has a completely repainted face when compared to its original release. It isn’t subtle in the least. The red is extraordinarily bright and the black tattoo lines are done in a new pattern. It isn’t by any means the best version of Darth Maul at all, but a pilot was needed for the Sith Infiltrator and this was a cost effective way to do it. The figure is severely limited in articulation, but this may be a required purchase if you’re a one-of-everything collector. This Darth Maul is unique and while it’s definitely not even close to being the best version out there, it is the perfect size to pilot vehicles. Darth Maul comes with a double-bladed lightsaber and a removable soft-goods cloak. Perfectly accessorized, we imagine you could do worse as far as action figures concerned. Unfortunately by now, you’re probably spoiled when it comes to articulation so this action figure won’t suffice in any scenario.

Obviously the Saga Legends line is the home for repacked/repainted figures. But usually at this point in our collecting lives, we’re looking for the best versions of action figures to be released. Darth Maul needs a definitive update, something that is extraordinarily overdue. But why they didn’t use 2005’s ROTS The Sith Evolutions Darth Maul eludes us. Hasbro has included premium figures in the Saga Legends line, so we’re at a loss on why they didn’t use a better version of Darth Maul (even if that figure can’t fit into the vehicle). If you’re into gimmicks, you’ll love the bonus pack-in that comes with Darth Maul. Instead of character specific coins, Hasbro developed six movie-specific coins and an Expanded Universe coin. As you would imagine, Darth Maul comes with an Episode I coin. Since the parallel 30 (77-07) line had little to none when it came to Episode I, Hasbro more than made up for it with the Saga Legends line and included some cool army building and main character selections in it. Darth Maul is an easy pass if you don’t care about repainted figures, but if you do, this one’s for you.

Collector Notes

Darth Maul

Status: Darth Maul is a repaint of the figure that was packed in 1999's EI Sith Speeder And Darth Maul set.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel left bicep, swivel right forearm, swivel torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: double-bladed lightsaber, soft-goods cloak

Date Stamp: 1999

Assortment Number: 87321/85770

UPC: 653569216193

Retail: $6.99 USD

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30 (77-07)
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Added: May 18, 2011
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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