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Gentle Giant’s Darth Maul Hologram Bust Pre-Order Starts Tomorrow!

When you can’t be there in person, send a hologram! Darth Maul beams a remote transmission to collectors as the newest mini-bust in Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Star Wars line!

Measuring approximately 7 inches tall, this 1/6 scale mini-bust depicts Maul as he appears in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and is cast in translucent blue resin to simulate the hologram’s effect. Limited to only 500 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. A gentlegiantltd.com exclusive!

Pre-orders open tomorrow, May 5th, at gentlegiantltd.com:

  • Tuesday, May 5 – Starting at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST, sales open to Platinum Members only
  • Wednesday, May 6 – Starting at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST, sales open to Platinum and Gold Members
  • Thursday, May 7 – Starting at 9 am PST/12 pm EST, sales open to ALL Premier Guild Members
  • Friday, May 8 – Starting at 9 am PST/12 pm EST, sales open to the General Public

Pre-order info here!

Gentle Giant has New Star Wars Exclusives Coming to Celebration 2019!

Gentle Giant Ltd. Is traveling to Chicago, IL to attend Star Wars Celebration April 11-15, and they’re bringing two popular Clone Wars characters – Hera Syndulla and Darth Maul – as this year’s exclusive offerings!

The captain and heart of the Ghost crew, Hera Syndulla was a gifted pilot and leader. While Hera was a strong commander – and especially adept at dogfighting with TIE fighters – she was also warm and nurturing. The Twi’lek could bring out the best in her team, which consisted of very different personalities, making them believe in themselves, each other, and their struggle against the Empire. Hera will be made available as a 1:6 scale resin bust, for a price of $120.00.

A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. He wielded an intimidating double-bladed lightsaber and fought with a menacing ferocity. Though he fell in battle against Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Zabrak from Dathomir would prove to be much harder to destroy than originally believed. Darth Maul will be depicted with his Force-constructed spider legs in a 1:8 scale Collector’s Gallery statue, available for $200.00.

Star Wars Premier Guild members will be able to pre-order the busts beginning March 25. All others can come by the Diamond Select Toys/Gentle Giant Ltd. booth between April 11 and 15th! See you in Chicago!

About that [Spoiler] at the end of Solo: A Star Wars Story

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NOTE: This article contains spoilers. Don’t read unless you have already seen the movie! 

I really liked Solo: A Star Wars Story. I pretty much word-for-word agree with my colleague Brett in his review here, which you should also go read.

But several of my friends asked me the same question. . .  “What the heck? Darth Maul?”

His inclusion is brilliant. A theme of Solo is that everyone has a boss, everyone answers to someone. And so Han’s motivation almost the entire film is just to get a ship and fly away from it all — to be free. It’s a very interesting parallel to Maul, who continually flees from his would-be Sith masters/oppressors and trying to be his own man. However, Han Solo truly just wants freedom. Maul wants revenge.

It’s a masterful inclusion that not only works as perfect nerd candy, but also goes directly to the heart of the theme of the film.

A word on spoilers (looking sideways at you, Variety, and other mainstream outlets whose headlines scream DARTH MAUL!!!! without a thought of spoiling the movie. Of course, none of my friends are terrible enough to spoil the movie in the open– we’re asking in private messages, spoiler-devoted Facebook groups, and so on. Please be like them. Let people enjoy this, because, for me, it was one of the most beautiful reveals in the film. (The others were cameos by both Warwick Davis and Clint Howard and a mention of Teräs Käsi, a reference to the second worst Star Wars video game of all time.)

But back to Darth Maul. Most fans — even big fans — will go into this and say, “Wait. . .  isn’t he dead?”

I will admit, this was my first thought as well, since Maul met his final end on Tatooine in a beautiful duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels.

But then you remember, Rebels is taking place only a few years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (or, in uber-nerdy in-canon parlance, Before the Battle of Yavin [BBY] or After the Battle of Yavin [ABY]). Maul died approximately 2-3 years BBY, and the events of Solo take place anywhere from 10-13 years BBY.

But, wait, how is Maul still alive after getting chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of The Phantom Menace? 

To that, we need to go to to the Star Wars comics and The Clone Wars cartoon, which have a bunch of great Maul-centric episodes and arcs. Let me lay some of them out, and then you can use these handy links to watch them on Netflix. (Really, you should just watch all of Clone Wars. The first season is a bit uneven, but it gets REALLY good.)

Backstory:

Season 3, Episodes 12-14: Count Dooku has a secret apprentice, Asaaj Ventress (again, you should really watch the whole show!), and he is ordered to eliminate her and goes to replace her. His replacement is Savage Oppress, who bears a striking resemblance to Darth Maul (except he’s yellow instead of red).

Darth Maul Returns:

Season 4, Episodes 21-22: Brothers / Revenge: Savage Oppress goes on a quest to find his long-lost brother, who he feels is alive. He finds him — insane — on the junk planet of Lotho Minor, where he has built himself crazy spider legs out of junk and has somehow managed to stay alive. The one thing Maul clings to is revenge against Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he and Oppress leave on a mission to take it. They end up fighting Kenobi and Ventress, who only barely escape. This leads to. . .

Season 5, Episode 1: Revival:  Maul and Oppress rampage across the Outer Rim, beginning to put together an underworld gang of pirates. This is the first time Maul refers to himself as a “Crime Lord.” When the face off against notorious pirate Hondo Onaka teamed up with Obi-Wan, they escape again, only barely alive.

Season 5, Episodes 14-16: Maul and Oppress put together a crime syndicate backed by Black Sun, the Hutts, the Pykes (who are also namechecked in Solo as a rival gang to Crimson Dawn), and rogue Mandalore clan Death Watch. (Of note: Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch, is voiced by none other than Jon Favreau, who also voices Rio Durant in Solo)

Together, under the name of  The Shadow Collective, they take over Mandalore, drawing in the Jedi and exacting a personal price on Kenobi. I maintain that the episode “The Lawless” is better than a lot of the prequel trilogy in its stakes, emotions, and cinematic achievement. Worth a watch, for this scene only:

At the end of “The Lawless,” we see Maul and Oppress defeated and in retreat and then facing off against a very angry Darth Sidious / Emperor Palpatine. At the end, he says, “Don’t worry. I’m not going to kill you. I have other uses for you.”

And then The Clone Wars was cancelled.

Luckily, some of the unproduced scripts outlined what Palpatine’s plans were for Maul, which were then published in the comic series Son of DathomirDuring this, we see Maul go to war against General Grevious and Dooku, and his Shadow Collective in ruins.

Apparently, from this, Maul has been working in the intervening years to form Crimson Dawn, the criminal group that Qi’ra and Dryden Vos work for.

Wait, but is all this canon, you might ask?

Yes. 100% it is.

Back when Lucasfilm hit the reset button on their Extended Universe and turned all of that content into “Legends,” they kept all six of the produced films as canon, along with The Clone Wars, and then all comics and books from thereafter would be officially canonized.

So, that’s how Darth Maul makes sense being included in Solo. One of the best things I can say about Solo is it makes me want a sequel. I’d love to see what happens next as the stories of Han Solo, the Hutts, Lando, Qi’ra, and Darth Maul all are destined to intertwine some more.

For more of my thoughts on Solo in podcast form, check out the Bored as Hell Podcast

Darth Maul: Duel on Naboo Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow

Sideshow Collectibles has released a Darth Maul: Duel on Naboo Sixth Scale Figure. Sculpted after the Duel of Naboo, this sixth scale figure captures every detail of the unforgettable villain. The figure is handcrafted with his signature red and black tattoos, sinister yellow eyes, and crown of horns. This vicious Sith Lord comes ready with his double-bladed lightsaber with removable blades, a fully articulated body, and is decked out in a multi-layered all–black Sith garb. An exclusive version includes a severed Lightsaber hilt.

The statue has a price of $239.99 or can be purchased with a payment plan for as little as $54.00/month

 

 

 

 

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Hasbro SDCC Exclusives

Official Press Release

G.I. JOE 3.75″ SGT. SLAUGHTER Special Edition Figure
G.I. Joe Slaughter Primary Figure Packaging(Ages: 5 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $12.99 each; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth # 3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Sgt. Slaughter returns to the G.I. JOE universe at Comic-Con in two different styles! The primary figure is styled with a USA tank top, whistle, non-removable hat, championship belt, baton and a microphone. The variant figure (sold separately), in the Triple-T styling, comes with a whistle, non-removable hat, machine gun, and a revolver.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

LITTLEST PET SHOP 2010 Collectors Special Edition Pet

(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $8.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth # 3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)

Inspired by 1970s mod, this LITTLEST PET SHOP hippo pet is ready to make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010.  The vibrant pet features vintage metallic rainbow and star graphics. Complete with colorful packaging, this happy hippo is sure to be the shining star in any LITTLEST PET SHOP pet collection. This HasbroToyShop.com exclusive launches at San Diego Comic-Con 2010! In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MARVEL UNIVERSE IRON MAN 2 MIGHTY MUGG Special Edition
Marvel Iron Man Mighty Mugg(Ages 6 and up; Approximate Retail Price $15.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Hasbro worked closely with TONY STARK and STARK INDUSTRIES to create the ultra-hip vinyl collectible MARVEL UNIVERSE IRON MAN 2 MIGHTY MUGG figure.  Styled after IRON MAN’s Mark VI armored suit, the figure features a retractable visor on its helmet and is highlighted in premium commemorative foil packaging.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD 3-PACK Special Edition
Marvel Super Hero Squad 3-pack packaging(Ages 3 and up; Approximate Retail Price $12.99)
Marvel Comics fans have enjoyed collecting Hasbro’s hundreds of fun, uniquely styled MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD figures since the line’s introduction in 2007.  At this year’s Comic-Con International, the MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD makes its San Diego debut with a special edition 3-pack from Hasbro that includes IRON MAN, the MAYOR OF SUPERHERO CITY, and DR. DOOM – in his bathrobe, slippers and holding a coffee mug[LM1] <#_msocom_1>  !  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MARVEL UNIVERSE 19” GALACTUS FIGURE Special Edition

Marvel 19' Galactus Blister Card(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $59.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Fans at Comic-Con International will be introduced to the massive MARVEL UNIVERSE 19” GALACTUS FIGURE packaged on a 27-inch blister card!  Both the blister card and its special edition outer box are adorned with one-of-a-kind artwork by Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief. The figure features a variety of lights and sounds and is Hasbro’s largest single-carded figure ever!  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE Special Edition
Marvel Captain America packaging 2(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $9.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Hasbro is excited to introduce fans at Comic-Con International to its special edition MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGURE!  This classic CAPTAIN AMERICA figure is styled in the character’s World War II gear, complete with a removable helmet and triangular, badge-shaped shield.  The figure’s packaging features artwork by Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” SPIDER-MAN FIGURE Special Edition
Marvel Spider-Man packaging(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $9.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)Hasbro is offering its special edition MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” SPIDER-MAN FIGURE to fans at Comic-Con International!  This is the first time the Spider-Man movie franchise styling will be featured in the 3.75-inch scale.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” THOR FIGURE Special Edition
Marvel Thor Packaging 2(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $9.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Hasbro is offering fans at Comic-Con International the opportunity to purchase its special edition MARVEL UNIVERSE 3.75” THOR FIGURE, which is designed in the styling of Marvel’s highly popular Thor: Ages of Thunder comics series.  The figure includes THOR’S legendary hammer and features special edition packaging adorned with artwork by Joe Quesada, Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

MY LITTLE PONY 2010 Special Edition Pony

My Little Pony Comic Con Exclusive 2(Ages 3 and up; Approximate Retail Price $14.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)

The popular special edition MY LITTLE PONY figure, available each year at San Diego Comic-Con, will have fans kicking it old “skool” in 2010.  The exclusive pony features funky graffiti graphics, in addition to colorful “Pony Power” and “Pony Life” tags. This vibrant pony is housed in a unique package with two clear “peek-a-boo” MY LITTLE PONY silhouettes on either side of the box.  This HasbroToyShop.com exclusive launches at San Diego Comic-Con 2010! In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

STAR WARS DARTH MAUL & OWEN LARS COMIC 2-PACK Special Edition
Star Wars Owen Lars and Darth Maul Packaging 3(Ages 4 and up; Approximate Retail Price $14.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth #3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
Hasbro is offering STAR WARS fans the STAR WARS DARTH MAUL & OWEN LARS COMIC 2-PACK at this year’s convention. The item includes a reprint of the “STAR WARS: Visionaries” comic book and two 3.75” figures – DARTH MAUL and OWEN LARS – and will feature a special, limited edition outer package.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Special Edition Doll

Strawberry Shortcake in pkg(Ages 3 and up; Approximate Retail Price $17.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth # 3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)

Dressed for her debut in a funky pink hat inspired by her cat CUSTARD, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE is making her first HasbroToyShop.com appearance at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010.  The special edition doll comes with colorful removable fashions and chic accessories.  This stylish STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE doll marks the re-introduction of the original 5” scale. The STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE doll and her cat CUSTARD are housed in a specially designed package that opens to display them for all to see! This HasbroToyShop.com exclusive launches at San Diego Comic-Con 2010! In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOT PROWL MIGHTY MUGGS Special Edition Figure
Transformers G1 Prowl Mighty Muggs(Ages: 6 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $15.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth # 3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
The TRANSFORMERS Universe and ultra-hip vinyl collectibles collide at Comic-Con International when Hasbro introduces AUTOBOT PROWL as a MIGHTY MUGGS figure for the very first time.  Designed in the character’s classic Generation 1 style – and equipped with his signature blaster – this product is highlighted in premium commemorative foil packaging.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.

TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOT BLASTER Special Edition Figure
Transformers Autobot Blaster(Ages: 5 & up; Approximate Retail Price: $49.99; Available through HasbroToyShop.com, Booth # 3329 at San Diego Comic-Con)
You may want to look again, because what you thought was just a retro boombox is actually a “ROBOT IN DISGUISE!”  Hasbro is excited to offer Comic-Con International attendees its TRANSFORMERS AUTOBOT BLASTER Special Edition figure.  Designed in the character’s classic 1984 styling, this special AUTOBOT BLASTER figure includes its three cassette tapes/battle companions: STEELJAW, RAMHORN and EJECT.  In addition to being available at Comic-Con, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com after the convention.