As he appeared in Iain McCaig’s Phantom Menance concept art, Darth Maul is now an SDCC exclusive statue from Gentle Giant. The statue stands at 11″ tall and is limited to only 750 pieces. The Sith apprentice can be pre-ordered now for $120.
Maul’s concept appears quite similar to how he was portrayed in 1999 by martial artist Ray Park. Darth Maul, though very enigmatic, became a Star Wars icon, much like Boba Fett.
Before there was Darth Maul, there was the idea of Darth Maul, and this bust is based on that amazing idea! Inspired by Iain McCaig’s concept sketches of the famous Sith Lord, this 1/6 scale Bust shows Maul in his high-collared outfit, and stands approximately 7 inches tall. Limited to only 750 pieces, it comes packaged with a limited-edition certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella.
McCaig’s concept art hints at something more sinister than what we got in Episode 1. Maul was no doubt intimidating, mainly because of his appearance, unique lightsaber, and silent demeanor. However, he lacked any defining character. This artwork gives us a glimpse at something lurking under the tattoos.
Darth Maul didn’t have much character in The Phantom Menace, but he was the face of the film’s marketing campaign. Everywhere, and I do mean everywhere, Maul’s mug was plastered on everything. KFC? Yup! Candy? Yup! Marital aids? Probably! Even if you didn’t know anything about Star Wars, you knew Darth Maul in 1999.
Thankfully the expanded universe fleshed out the Zabrak’s journey after he somehow survived being sliced in two by Obi-Wan. Though he would live the rest of his life until just before A New Hope as an outcast and half-cyborg, his story is an interesting one to follow.
What are your opinions on the Sith apprentice? Should he have been more talkative in Episode 1? Has he been redeemed throughout The Clone Wars? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: Gentle Giant]
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