Hot Toys Exclusive Edition Darth Maul w/ Sith Speeder Sixth Scale Figure Review

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Sit back and grab a snack and a beverage!  This feature is going to be a longer one because there is so much to go through with this new Hot Toys Darth Maul sixth scale figure (and over 100 pictures for you to look at).  Hell, the video embedded at the end of this feature is the longest one I’ve ever posted on YouTube, so make sure you check it out, too, as I provide some other insights in it and showcase some things I don’t get to specifically in this write-up.

I had previously purchased (and reviewed) the Darth Maul sixth scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles.  I actually had to destroy the first one I received from them due to multiple issues.  When this one got announced as a part of Hot Toys’ DX line, and I saw all that it came with, I made up my mind I was getting it.  The $200 US in Sideshow Reward Points also helped make purchasing this figure easier on my wallet.

The packaging seems like the same ol’ Hot Toys Star Wars packaging we’re used to but looks can be deceiving.  They do make it apparent this is a Sideshow exclusive and comes with the Sith Speeder, though.

The above packaging is just a slip cover for the actual packaging. Lifting it up reveals gorgeous artwork on the front.  It’s a really unique look!  The figure comes in a heavier than usual box that opens wide.  The flap that opens is actually held to the box by a magnet.

Before you even get to the figure, you are treated to a small write-up on Darth Maul and you get a silver little plaque piece that features the character.

Underneath the cardboard holding the plaque you can see the figure and all the accessories are packed very well.  The portraits and the figure are packed in a soft foam because the portraits, with the horns, are quite delicate.

Out of the packaging, the figure is quite solid.  It was not loose at all like the joints are with my Sideshow Darth Maul figure.  The articulation points hold well and all the usual articulation can be found in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, legs, knees and ankles.  There is a bit of give in the waist, too.

I found it hard to place the arms forward enough in order to achieve certain lightsaber poses or to hold the binoculars with both hands.  I felt like I would snap the figure’s arms if I put more pressure on them, so I decided to stay safe and not push my luck.

While the outfit may seem basic because it’s all in black, there is some fine work done here.  You’ll see what I’m talking about when I compare this version to the Sideshow one, as the outfit has way more detailing to it.

The leather-like belt looks great and features an area where you can hang the hilt, thanks to the included little plastic piece that attaches into the hilt.  I didn’t take the little pieces out of the plastic because I’ll never hang the hilt on the belt.

I’m always astonished at the work done with the footwear on many sixth scale figures and joke, with a hint of honesty, that the footwear on these figures probably are worth more than what I put on my feet.  These boots are probably one of my favourite sixth scale footwear pieces I’ve seen.  They look great but the functionality of them, adding and hiding the ankle articulation, is just amazing.  I go through it in the video but I can’t help but give more props to them here.

Unlike the Sideshow version, Hot Toys included Darth Maul’s robe.  It’s designed well, although I may have to work the front in a bit as it wants to popping itself out in the front.  The little pieces that hang from the sleeves don’t have any wires or anything so it’s hard to position them where you want them.  While I think it’s cool this piece was included, I don’t see myself using it often.  Mind you, it’s cool to have to change it up now and then.

I find the hood hangs on this figure well and I wasn’t pulling teeth trying to position it into something that looked decent.  As well, as you can see near the bottom of the picture below, the robe has a little hook to attach both sides of the robe so it closes.

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The first of two portraits is impressive.  I thought Sideshow’s was good, but damn, this is even better.  There are people in various Facebook groups and forums that don’t think this is as good because they say the face is too large (the cheek area).  I don’t think it’s that much larger than Ray Park’s face at all.  Some also don’t like it as much because the black lines/tattooing is thicker than Sideshow’s, although I find this to be more screen accurate.

Be very careful with these heads because the horns, while quite pointy, could easily chip if the figure falls over, or if the head happens to fall off (for some reason) while posing the figure.  Any time I changed the robe or exchanged hands, I took the head off the figure just to be safe.

For the hell of it, here’s the main portrait with a picture of Darth Maul from the film.  I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts.

The second portrait showcases one pissed off Maul, ready for battle.  While the first portrait is great, I love this one even more.  This portrait will be the one I have displayed in my cabinet most of the time.  The expression is superb!

This figure’s heads actually attach to the figure’s neck via a strong magnet.  This is the first sixth scale figure I’ve seen like this.  Perhaps that’s because I mostly collect Star Wars.  While I did remove the heads while hands or dealing with the robe, at no time did I feel like the head would fall off.  The magnet connection is very strong.  I was just being extra cautious.

Each portrait features eyes that are able to be manipulated by the little tool included so you can reposition the eyeballs any way you want.  The only other figure I have that I can do that with is the DX07 Luke Skywalker.  It’s a great feature but I actually found it easier to move the eyeballs with my finger than the tool.

While I did play around with Luke’s eyes, I don’t think I did it enough because while doing photos for this feature, I didn’t realize how hard it is to position eyes “just right” to make them look realistic.  If you’re off just slightly, it looks a bit weird.  I did have fun with it, though, and will continue to play around with the feature.

Still with me? Good! We’re now getting into the accessory and extras part of the feature…and there are many!

First off, this figure comes with eight extra hands, bringing the total to 10 hands you can swap with.  There is a closed fist, hands to hold various accessories, and hands to mimic him using Force abilities.

The main issue I have with this figure is finding the hands do not stay securely enough in place.  I used a fair amount of force (excuse the pun) each time I attached new hands, but as soon as I wanted to rotate a hand to help with posing, it would pop out.

There are two extra gauntlets included.  One you’ll have to use if you choose to swap out the arm out for one of the ones with the LED lightsaber hilt, while the other one features the wrist-link for communicating with the included Sith probe droid and recreate his time on Tatooine.

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The binoculars are done well and feature weathering on them that make them look beat up and frequently used.  I’m not only amazed by the various small details and textures on this thing, but the paint work is phenomenal.  Look at those little “screw” areas that are sculpted in there! Unreal stuff.

As mentioned, I had a hard time being able to move Maul’s arms in tight enough to be able to grasp this thing with both hands.  I’m not sure if it’s just my figure but the promo shots from Hot Toys show the figure being able to do so.  Oh well, it’s not like I’d have him permanently posed like that in my display cabinet anyway.

The Sith probe droid is an a great little extra and I’m glad Hot Toys included it.  Sideshow released a three pack years ago but this one is more to scale.  Again, the paint and slight weathering help with the realism.  The sculpting done on the little lenses on the right side of the droid has me almost paranoid that I’m being watch because they’re done so well.

The droid has a small little base and attaches via a translucent rod.  It leans slightly to the side but I’m sure that won’t be a huge deal to many.

Below is this Sith probe droid beside the old Sideshow three pack so you can see the difference.

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The stand the figure comes with is very large to accommodate the Sith Speeder and the figure.  You can have the bike and the figure on a base featuring the floor of the area where Maul had his showdown with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, or you can use the additional piece to make it look like Tatooine sand.

Two holes are in the base so you can either display the bike near the back or in the middle.  Those displaying Maul on the bike will probably choose the middle, while those posing Maul in front of the bike will use the rear one.

Also included is a heavy duty rod and clamp for people wanting to pose their Maul securely and/or dynamically in the air.  There is some weight to this thing!  It’s glad there are so many display options for a figure with so many ways to pose.  The clamp is padded, so it won’t mark up the figure.

The lightsaber hilt included is larger than the one that came with the Sideshow figure.  I compare those in the video.  The dual-blade hilt can be pulled apart and, with an additional piece, you can create the single hilt.  It’s a great design idea and it’s executed well.

Additionally, you get two regular lightsaber blades and two swinging in motion blades.  Like usual, I find the swinging blades are a little heavy for the figure but it didn’t make this figure fall over in the poses I did, thankfully.

If you’re a fan of the light-up sabers with Hot Toys figures, you’re in luck here because Hot Toys included two different forearm pieces (and the batteries) that allow you to light up both the single and double bladed hilts. They were really easy to swap in and out, unlike some past figures of theirs.  Make sure you check out the video at the end of the feature to see how bright they are when the lights are out!

I took many pictures of Darth Maul with this lightsaber, so feel free to click on any of them below for a closer look! I’ve included pictures with both lightsaber blades as well as the different forearms. Unfortunately, the light-up feature isn’t very noticeable in the bright light so check out the video!

 

The Sith Speeder is a great piece and I’m glad I ordered it after playing around with it for a few days.  While I probably won’t have Maul permanently poses riding it, having it behind him will make for a great display.

As you can see, there’s some really cool weathering and wear and tear effects on the bike.  Again, I’m a fan of this because it looks like it ups the realism for me.  I’m also a fan of the texturing found on the seat area.

Behind the left rear panel, there’s a place to insert two AAA batteries (not included) and a switch to activate the lights at the back of the speeder and illuminate the control panel.  I show you where it is in the video.  It’s a cool little extra that Hot Toys didn’t need to do.

Be very careful with the handlebars because they are extremely delicate. When placing Darth Maul on it to be able to “drive” it, I put the hands on the handlebars first and then attached the hands to the figure so I could be as careful as possible.

Below is the bike stationed on the included translucent rod.  Make sure it’s embedded securely!

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Darth Maul looks pretty cool on the Sith speeder, although getting the arms in the proper position to be able to “drive” this thing was a big pain, especially with the issues I was having of having the hands staying attached to the figure.

The prototype photos of the Hot Toys Emperor Palpatine showed him being able to have his feet on the floor while sitting on the throne, but the production figure couldn’t.  I find the same issue with this figure compared to the prototype photos of him on the Sith speeder.  I could not get Darth Maul positioned where his feet would touch the foot rest area.

I’m also trying to decide whether the prototype Sith speeder photos had longer handlebars or if came out from the bike slightly more.  You really have to work to get him positioned just right in order to grab the controls and the bars are positioned lower compared to the prototype pics.  I don’t think I’ll be playing around with this pose again for a long time as it was a tad frustrating to get him just right.

I purchased the exclusive edition directly from Sideshow and that meant I got this extra hologram Darth Maul piece.  I wanted to snag it because I was a fan of the two little holograms that came with the deluxe version of Obi-Wan I got in a while back and I wanted to add it to the other little figures.  I hope Hot Toys includes some more of these with other figures!

I’ve compared this figure to the Sideshow Collectibles one many times during this feature.  You can even check out my past review (and video), if you missed out, to give you even more of a sense of how they are different.

You can clearly see the difference in the work done on the outfit, the size of the belt, how the pants hang, and the difference in the portraits between the two.  The Hot Toys Darth Maul is a tad taller and seems wider, but I think that’s just because of the work done on the outfit.

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This figure set is a huge hit for me and I couldn’t be happier.  I mean, I wish he fit perfectly on the Sith speeder, like in the promo pics.  I also didn’t like the issues with the hands popping out constantly when rotating them and I wish could move his arms in a bit closer to the middle of the figure.  I suppose those are all little things but I had to write about the good, the bad, and the frustrating.

Yes, this is an expensive figure.  It’s expensive even if you get the version without the Sith speeder.  Many who have the Sideshow Collectibles Darth Maul really have to weight the pros and cons when deciding whether they will cough up more dough for the same character.  I feel this one is superior, though, and now my big decision is if I’m going to keep the Sideshow version or just sell it.

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Enjoy the video! Again, there are some additional insights I don’t go into here.  I showcase the lightsaber and Sith speeder light-up features and more, so make sure to give it a watch and toss me a sub if you haven’t.  I have Count Dooku and Yoda from Revenge of the Sith coming hopefully before the end of August, so stay tuned for reviews of those.

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