10 Must Have Darth Maul Collectibles (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Friday, March 09, 2012
Could Darth Maul truly be the best and most fearsome villain in the Star Wars Saga? His time was literally cut short by Obi-Wan Kenobi, but he did have a great run in the Expanded Universe. In celebration of May the Fourth, we thought we would bring you 10 of Maul’s most sought after collectibles. By going the “collectible” route we can escape a lot of happy meal toys and focus on the finer items.
10. Darth Maul – Shadow Hunter Novel
How did Maul get to where he was in the Phantom Menace? “Shadow Hunter”, a novel by Michael Reaves, is a fun and quick read in the style of old Sci-Fi pulp books.
9. Darth Maul MIMOBOT
The what? Mimobot is a company that makes designer flash drives. Now, flash drives are getting to the point where they are a dime dozen. However, do you really want a plain old boring drive? No. Check out the Mimobot site and pick how many GBs you want Maul to carry.
8. Star Wars Tales Comic #9
It was a show down fans wanted to see since the first Episode 1 trailer. Leave it to the great minds of Dark Horse Comics to have it actually happen. Penned by Ron Marz and having multiple covers, this was the issue to read from the short-lived anthology comic. The ending is perfect and captures what the winner exactly thinks of himself. Check out the issue available for digital download on DarkHorse.com.
7. Darth Maul Coffee Mug
Star Wars Episode 1 was a juggernaut of products. Sadly, many of them we’re as thrilling as Jar Jar’s dialogue. For every 10 Jar Jar inspired items there was one cool Darth Maul product. The coolest of the mugs was by far the head of Darth Maul. Designed by Applause, it is essential for the Sith Lord’s dark brew.
6. 12" Electronic Talking Action Figure - Darth Maul
There was an earlier 12-inch Darth Maul, but he was kind of frumpy. This one not only had the demonic snarl, but came with lightsaber swinging action and sound effects.
5. Darth Maul (Final Duel)
There are plenty of Darth Maul figures by Hasbro since the first one. This is the best of the line. Simplistic and cunning, no other Maul shines better than this one.
4. Darth Maul Animated Maquette
Again, we have to look to outside the movie paraphernalia for another great collectible. Gentle Giant released this version of Darth Maul, shirtless and using his dark force lighting. A great look for Maul and different from what we will probably see in the Clone Wars series.
3. Darth Maul with Mechanical Legs
Before it was ever mentioned that Darth Maul would return to the Star Wars Universe, Sideshow Collectibles released a premium format figure of Maul with mechanical legs. Limited to 1250 pieces, this Sideshow Collectible is best sought after online or at Comic Book shows.
2. Darth Maul and his Sith ship Bloodfin
Gentle Giant products might come with a hefty price tag, but the craftsmanship is totally worth it. This release is from 2008 so it might be a tad harder to find (check here). Until now, I never new the Sith Speeder Bike had a name, Bloodfin.
1. Darth Maul Legendary Scale
Sideshow Collectibles is already taking orders for a 40 inch tall Darth Maul that supports their new “Legendary Scale”. The price is up there, but the details are amazing. This might be the finest figure they have ever created in relation to how much screen time he actually had.
Robert Trate writes three columns for Mania: the DVD Shopping Bag, the Toy Maniac, and The Geek Life. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.