Darth Maul is here to give a Padawan one last lesson. Sideshow Collectibles has announced a new diorama featuring the epic battle between Palpatine’s former pupil and Ahsoka Tano.
Leaping straight off the screen and into your homes, the battle between the Light and Dark sides of the force can be yours for $595. The diorama stands at nearly 20″ tall, 14.55″ wide, and 10.61″ deep. It is made of ABS and polystone. Expect this to start shipping out between September and November of this year.
Inspired by their fateful confrontation in Star Wars: The Clone Wars™, the Ahsoka Tano vs Darth Maul Diorama measures 20” tall and 14.55” wide, set against a Mandalore™ throne room environment base. Shattered windows and scorch marks on the throne set the scene of a high-octane battle in progress, as the ex-Padawan™ and former Sith™ go toe to toe in a graceful, skillful clash of Force-wielding ideals and lightsaber blades.
Although I’m not a huge fan of The Clone Wars for several reasons, the depth of which Maul’s character is explored deserves praise. In The Phantom Menace, he was nothing more than a marketing gimmick. His face was literally on all the merchandise packaging, and he had newer than five lines of dialog.
Aside from looking badass and being played by martial artist Ray Park, Darth Maul had zero background. While this was explored in supplemental material later, general audiences who only watched the films weren’t going to dive any deeper into Maul’s past or personality.
Resurrecting him in the Clone Wars initially sounded silly, considering he was cut in half at the waist. However, his reintroduction made him far more menacing than he’d been on the silver screen. A combination of rage and a spider-like mechanical body was impressive. Maul’s story only got better from there as he was used and betrayed by Palpatine.
His journey eventually led him to a battle with Ahsoka. He would reveal that his master had plans for Anakin Skywalker, foreshadowing the Jedi’s fall and destruction of the Order. Had only Ahsoka looked closer to the signs that were before her. And then, in the less impressive Rebels series, Maul dies a very unceremonious second time to an elderly Obi-Wan on Tatooine.
What do you think of Maul’s reintroduction into the Star Wars canon via The Clone Wars and Rebels? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
[Source: Sideshow Collectibles]
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