Name: Darth Maul
Number: Item #2909
Edition Size: 1000
Scale: Life-Size Busts
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: May 2006
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Darth Maul was a weapon forged by the hateful energies of the dark side to ensure the victory of the Sith over the Jedi order. A creature of pure evil, Maul had no personality beyond his ultimate devotion to his master, Darth Sidious. His goal was singular -- to exact vengeance upon the Jedi for the decimation of the Sith ranks.
Darth Maul at life size scale is quite intimidating. You know something is very well made when it makes your skin crawl and frighten small children (which it has – we have first hand experience with this). When Sideshow Collectibles decided to develop a product line of 1:1 Life-Size Busts for the various Star Wars characters, it was inevitable that Darth Maul would be one of the first few characters attempted in this very aggressive line. Thank goodness they did decide to start with one of the most popular villains in the Star Wars saga. Obviously, the Life-Size Busts line alienates most collectors. Due to their sheer size and price, these aren’t collectibles for the average Joe. But for the collectors that can make them part of their collections, the Life-Size Busts line offers unprecedented detail and accuracy that just simply cannot be achieved in smaller scale. To be able to see the pores in the skin of Darth Maul (just one small example actually) should clearly spell out just how much attention to detail get documented in this scale. Sideshow Collectibles even hired the help of Spectral Motion to help capture some extra special magic in how well Darth Maul gets translated into a Life-Size Bust. Darth Maul is the premier piece in the series of Life-Size Busts Sideshow Collectibles has in mind and they are already doing incredible work as evidenced by Darth Maul.
Hand crafted and hand painted, you may be able to see very small imperfections in the paint job on Darth Maul. But it is obvious that Sideshow has high quality assurance expectations with these pieces and there is very little to find fault in with the overall appearance of the piece. From the eyes to the nose, to the horns to the chin, Darth Maul looks incredibly real. It is evident that a lot went into this piece and the artists at Sideshow Collectibles have certainly breathed life into this piece. Darth Maul is snarling and showing his decaying teeth. You feel the anger in him and if you didn’t know any better, you’d second guess that this thing is real. Even Ray Park himself was alarmed at how much this bust looks like him. That is a testament to how awesomely the pieces in the Life-Size Busts are and will continue to be. The skin in spots may look a little too much like a dark pink than bright red, but we have to keep in mind that this isn’t an action figure. Sideshow has access to reference materials that the casual collector doesn’t so you can rest assured that this is an accurate paint job. The horns on the top of his head are actually quite sharp (and hard since they are made from high quality polystone) and equidistant (yet not uniform) from each other. They too have received stunning paint jobs and you can see the texture and various colors in them.
Summary: Sideshow Collectibles, in association with Spectral Motion, presents the life-size Darth Maul bust, first in a series of 1:1 Star Wars busts. Darth Maul's menacing tattooed visage snarls from under a dark hood, mounted on a mechanical Star Wars inspired base, complete with nameplate. Each piece is hand crafted and hand painted, and completed with an authentic partial replica of the costume worn by Ray Park. The Darth Maul Life-Size Bust is the perfect centerpiece for any collection, home theater, or office.
Announcement: The Darth Maul Life-Size Bust was announced via official press release on July 14, 2005 during San Diego Comic Con and went up for pre-order the very next day online at Sideshow Collectibles' website.
Pre-order Information: The Darth Maul Life-Size Bust went up for pre-order on July 15, 2005.
Date Stamp: 2006
Retail: $599.99 USD
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