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Darth Maul (Sith Training) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #42)

Name: Darth Maul (Sith Training)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #42
Source: Expanded Universe (The Phantom Menace Concept Art)
Availability: September 2002
License: Hasbro

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After rescuing Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover Anakin Skywalker, a nine-year-old slave unusually strong in the Force, on Tatooine. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces, while the two Jedi fight the evil Darth Maul and realize that the invasion is the first step in a sinister scheme by the dark forces known as the Sith.

The chosen apprentice of a Sith Lord, Darth Maul has undergone years of demanding and sometimes brutal training in order to become a Sith. After expertly wielding his lightsaber to prove his skill, he bows respectfully before his Master.

During the preproduction stages of Episode I, many different concept art designs were done for the film’s major villain Darth Maul. From feminine goddess types to more of the evil warlords, Darth Maul went through an incredible transition before George Lucas even approved the final design. One of the closest sketches featured a version of Darth Maul which essentially looks almost exactly the same as the onscreen character, save for red piping along the edges of the character’s garments. It was this design which inspired to create the Darth Maul (Sith Training) action figure for the Star Wars “Saga” line. You see, Darth Maul is popular no matter the year and no matter what Star Wars film is your favorite. And ever since the Episode I line went to sleep forever, fans and collectors waited patiently for a Darth Maul action figure with a great deal more of articulation than they had received up to that point. Even the Darth Maul figures released in the Power Of The Jedi line seemed to lack in ways, although the sculpts are very good.

Darth Maul (Sith Training) may likely turn off those who loathe action features in their action figures. And we would have to express that we’re those types of collectors as well. But there is something interesting about this action figure. It’s been cast in an action pose, yet it looks awesome to the eye. It has blatant rollers on its back which affect the aesthetics of the sculpt, yet they’re hidden well and we can almost overlook them and an annoying addition to the figure. What makes Darth Maul (Sith Training) an action figure that we can look at with fondness (without being impressed) is that this figure’s dynamic sculpt gives it a nice amount of character. The face sculpt is good, but his body sculpt is better. And while he will constantly look downward, we doubt that any Darth Maul action figure you own in your collection right this moment will looks this believable in a very aggressive pose and still be able to stand up.

Of course most of the articulation contained in this sculpt is swivel points. But they do allow for a nice amount of movement that helps make the action figure a little more versatile. But it’s probably a much safer bet to say that this action figure has one pose, with very few subtle additions thanks to the swivel articulation points. He is loaded with a good amount of accessories. He comes with a metal lightsaber hilt, something we’re quite impressed with, and two removable lightsaber blades so you have multiple options to pose him. Also included is a Sith training “probe” droid and an “invisible” display stand so you have have Darth Maul well-trained in your collection. Oh, and that action feature? If you move the rollers on his back, his arm spins to recreate the twirling of a lightsaber. It’s stupid, but if you look at this figure as a display piece, it actually is pretty nice. We won’t say it’s a great action figure, but it certainly isn’t the worst we have seen from Hasbro.

Collector Notes

Darth Maul (Sith Training)

Status: Darth Maul (Sith Training) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 15 points

Articulation Details: swivel neck, swivel left shoulder, swivel left bicep, swivel left forearm, rotating right shoulder, rotating right forearm, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 swivel knees, 2 swivel calves, 2 rollers

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: metal lightsaber hilt, 2 lightsaber blades, Sith probe droid, hovering effect base

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84905/84851

UPC: 076930849057

Retail: $4.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 11
Padmé Amidala (Coruscant Attack) (’02 #41)
Darth Maul (Sith Training) (’02 #42)

Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack) (’02 #43)
Jango Fett (Slave I Pilot) (’02 #47)

Added: February 20, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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