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Darth Maul

Star Wars: Duel of Fates - "In The Air Tonight"

November 9, 2012 by Will Hoover

Preeminent Star Wars fan Maddwoba of Maddwoba's Channel is at it again.  This time he's posted what could quite possibly be his very best video to date. Take Phil Collins' immortal classic, In the Air Tonight (here covered by Nonpoint), add a couple goodie two shoes Jedis and the baddest Sith Lord to ever grace the silver screen, and what do you get?  Why, Star Wars: Duel of Fates, of course!

Not much else to say here, except that this video edit makes characters and situations from the much panned Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace look cooler than cool could possibly be. In fact, this little video even manages to make one of the finest scenes from a movie that isn't exactly a Star Wars fan favorite and make it look, not only incredibly viable, but vital, fresh and brand spanking new.

Just seeing these familiar images yet again, so cleverly set against the backdrop of this superb musical selection really gets the geek blood pumping.  Thanks Maddwoba.  A job masterfully done, indeed.  Surely, the Force is quite strong with this industrious fan.  Hopefully, we will continue to see more and more exciting offerings like this, as well as Maddwoba's increasingly more sophisticated Star Wars figure video reviews for a long, long time to come.

Bad Maul, Bad Maul, Whatcha Gonna Do?
Whatcha Gonna Do When the Jedi Come for You?

Is it just me or was Darth Maul simply way too cool a villain to be killed off so quickly in the Star Wars saga?  A lot of others seem to agree.  In fact, since this particular Dark Lord of the Sith's first appearance in Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the popular character has shown up in his own line of Dark Horse comics and even a novel written by Michael Reaves.  The short story Darth Maul: Saboteur (by James Luceno) appears in the back of Reaves' book.  Both tales, by sheer necessity perhaps, chronicle events that take place before Darth Maul's untimely demise in Episode I.

Attack of the (Darth Maul) Clones

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Sideshow Collectibles' 12" Darth Maul is one of my favorite Star Wars figures to date.  Unfortunately, like poor Lord Maul, who bit the big one way too soon, Sideshow has long since sold out of both their regular and exclusive versions of this nifty figure. The extra accessories that were included with the exclusive version can be seen at lower left.  The expansion pack that was also available to display the 12" figure is on the right.

Probably the only way to get ahold of this ultimate Sith bad guy now is through eBay or some other aftermarket source.  A 1/4th scale figure very similiar to the one pictured here and a lifesized bust (seen above, next to extraordinary athlete and actor Ray Park) was also released by Sideshow.  Alas, those items are now also very much... sold out.

12" Darth Maul from Sideshow Collectibles

Darth Maul Accessory Pack from Sideshow Collectibles

The Ultimate Battle

Don't look now!  There's a new Sith Lord in town!  Well, not exactly.  It's just good old (or rather BAD old) Darth Maul again turning up like the proverbial bad penny, this time appearing in the guise of a Real Action Hero from Medicom Toys of Japan.  Without question, both are bad to the plastic bone, but which is the baddest one of them all?  Could it be the Sideshow version or the more recent Medicom offering?  Since both figures are 12" (30 cm), I suppose they should be equally matched.  l guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens if these guys ever cross paths.  Now that would be a real show stopper!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the baddest Maul of all?  Medicom Maul (above left) or Sideshow Maul (right)?

A Darth Maul Film Short

Film maker Lou Klein produced and directed this interesting film starring none other than Darth Maul.  If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you check it out.

Star Wars, Darth Maul and all related characters, marks and images, copyright © The Walt  Disney Company

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