Review: Darth Maul
Mythos Statue by Sideshow Collectibles
and Photography by: Mark Picirilli Review Date: June 5, 2014
Before we jump into the review, here are all the details on Darth Maul:
Limited Edition of 2500
18" H (457.2mm) x 9.5" W (241.3mm) x 9.5" L (241.3mm)*
20.00" H (508mm) x 11.50" W (292.1mm) x 11.50" L (292.1mm)*
10.00 lbs (4.54 kg)*
*Size and weight are approximate values.
Priced at $249.99 and can be
at this link
The art team at Sideshow wanted to
tell some new stories about some of our favorite Star Wars
characters and, with the encouragement of Lucasfilm, created the
Mythos line of statues which has proved to be a huge fan favorite!
With the Mythos Darth Maul, Sideshow was paying homage to a story
from the Star Wars Tales comic titled “Nameless.” In it, Maul is
tasked to track down and assassinate a legendary Jedi with technique
so pure he wields only a wooden club. After being once defeated,
Maul fabricates his signature dual lightsaber, inspired by Sith
schematics and weapons of his native people.
Per Sideshow, "We have envisioned him in a strong, almost
meditative martial artist pose. He is dressed in loose garments not
unlike that of a Ronin samurai, with one sleeve off and fabric
draped to expose tattoos on his upper body. He stands with both arms
extended, one clutching his victorious new weapon at his side, and
the other out in a Force push."
Maul comes boxed with some very cool box art on the front and an
image of the statue on the back. It also includes a Certificate of Authenticity
and an awesome art print which you can see below. The artwork in protected by a
thick sleeve and would look fantastic framed on display behind the statue.
He is packed carefully with the base (heaviest part of the piece)
at the bottom, the torso and legs above the base and down the side are 2
different head sculpts (one is "meditative" and the other is "menacing") and 3
hands (dual lightsaber, outreached hand and wooden staff).
Personally, I will be displaying him with the menacing head,
although the paint applications are amazing on both heads, right down to his
yellow and black grizzled teeth and piercing yellow eyes. The paint applications
of Sandy Shaffer really bring out the amazing sculpture work of Walter O'Neal.
One part in particular about the heads, that stood out to me, was the area above
On the menacing head you can almost feel the anger and hate from
the pronounced eyebrow area and on the meditative head you can also see the
stress going away as that area now melts back into his more trance like look.
Both heads are fantastic and if room would permit, I would get a second so I
could display them both.
The torso, chest and extending arm are
meticulously sculpted to show off each and every muscle, right down to the rib
cage and abs. The pose is that of winds blowing his robes around and
again, O'Neal pulls off the look perfectly with a nice transition from the
muscular/skin areas to the robed/fabric areas (note the entire statue is
polystone, no mixed media).
From every angle you get the impression that he is standing out
in the open and a huge guest of wind has just amassed around him, even the sand
on the top of the base is "swirled" to continue on the theme of movement.
Simply put, this piece is fantastic. No matter how you choose to
display him, he will be a welcome addition to the collection and at 18", a
commanding piece as well. While most might think a piece like this would fall
into the $400 range, at $249.99 (while they last), it's a great price point for
both the 1/6th scale collector who is looking to move into the larger statues or
for the seasoned statue collector to add him without breaking the bank.
You can order him currently
at this link.