Name: Sith Training Darth Maul
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 053
The Phantom Menace Expanded Universe (The Phantom Menace Concept Art)
Availability: December 2006
The chosen apprentice of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, Darth Maul has undergone years of demanding and sometimes brutal training to become an incredible warrior for the ancient order of the Sith. After expertly wielding his lightsaber to prove his skill, he bows respectfully before his master.
You know something? There are really some action figures in Hasbro’s long and lustrous career that have been total debacles. You would think that once they realize just how terrible the figure is or the lack of critical and fan reception, that they might sweep the disaster under the carpet for it to never been seen again. But sometime quite the opposite happens instead. Take for instance Sith Training Darth Maul. Released when action features were all the rage (something we’ll frankly never understand), during the 2002 Star Wars “Saga” line, the figure was certainly hot for its time but never really achieved anything spectacular when compared to other very well made action figures of the same era. But for reasons unknown, Hasbro elected to dust off this little nightmare and release it as in part one of the Repack & Repaint waves of the soon to be cancelled The Saga Collection. Essentially a figure you could refer to as a “complete waste,” we have no bones about being harsh to this figure. Actually, we’re slightly mad it was rereleased!
With so many other great versions of Darth Maul available, it’s literally puzzling why they would choose this figure to be released. It has severely limited articulation, a horrible stance, awkward balance, just an OK paint job and a nightmarish action figure. That horrid action figure is literally rollers (via your thumb) to make Darth Maul’s arms flail around like some ragdoll. Even an Episode I rerelease would have been a better candidate for this wave. We find it utterly peculiar that Hasbro can spend money designing an action feature that fits into the figure, yet will claim that they don’t have the tooling budget to incorporate all of the articulation we’d rather have. Thankfully, a lot of that is changing and The Saga Collection has proved that the approach of the basic figures is changing, but that still doesn’t make it OK to release such an inferior figure as this Darth Maul is in the basic figure line for a second time.
Status: Sith Training Darth Maul is a slight repaint of . This figure is named "Darth Maul" on the included display stand.
Articulation Count: 13 points (13 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel neck (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel left bicep (1), swivel left forearm (1), rotating right shoulder (1), rotating right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1),swivel right hip (1), swivel left knee (1). swivel right knee (1), swivel left calf (1), swivel right calf (1)
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: metal lightsaber hilt, 2 lightsaber blades, Sith probe droid, hovering effect base
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 87321/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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