Review: 75537 Darth Maul

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The Star Wars saga is packed with tremendous characters and Darth Maul might be considered among the most visually striking of them all. The Sith apprentice has therefore become extremely popular in recent years, despite having limited dialogue, so I have been looking forward to 75537 Darth Maul very much indeed.

Armoured characters are often better suited to Buildable Figures than those who wear robes but Darth Maul looks superb in official images, featuring a new shell over his upper arm and an excellent head sculpt. In fact, I think 75537 Darth Maul has the potential to be one of the best Buildable Figures yet.

The Completed Model

Darth Maul stands 26cm in height so is taller than most Buildable Figures which is surprising given his relatively short stature in the movie. Nevertheless, this figure does not seem out of proportion with others so you can certainly display him alongside 75109 Obi-Wan Kenobi and he is reasonably articulated, including ball joints at the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, wrists and neck.

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Unfortunately, the neck motion is somewhat restricted by a new element which fits between the head and torso. I think this is a worthy compromise though as the result looks great, neatly filling the gap that has been present on past figures. Furthermore, the Zabrak head sculpt is highly detailed and includes accurate facial tattoos as well as tan horns and yellow eyes, although the printing of the pupils is not quite aligned correctly which is a shame.

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Darth Maul is exceptionally agile so wears a loose-fitting robe. This is most clearly visible around the sleeves which appear rather puffy in the film and that is reflected here by another new piece covering the upper arms. I like its intricate texture and the slot at the top of each shoulder works well, ensuring that you can move these ball joints freely.

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Most Buildable Figures with lightsabers include an arm-swinging function which is activated by turning a gear on the back of the model. Darth Maul does not disappoint in that regard and turning the gear on his back will cause both arms to move back and forth, swinging the double-bladed weapon in a realistic manner as the forearms rotate on Technic axles. This function works perfectly and is a lot of fun to play with.

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However, it also means that the elbows cannot bend so it becomes difficult to create a proper dynamic pose. This is especially frustrating on a Darth Maul figure as he is shown to be very athletic during Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, although you could modify the figure to include ball joints at the elbows using parts from your own collection.

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The front of the torso is decorated with some light bluish grey fabric folds and an attractive belt design while the back consists of several Technic parts. These form a smooth surface but the gear protruding from Maul's back is more prominent than I was hoping. It is worth noting that this set includes eight of the black Technic bushes which were introduced in 75534 Darth Vader a few months ago.

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A fabric component wraps around the legs of the Sith apprentice and includes slits to avoid restricting mobility, just as in the film. Dark bluish grey high friction ball joints are fitted at the ankles. They serve an important role by strengthening the figure but would look far better in black, thereby maintaining a consistent and accurate colour scheme across the entire model.

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Overall

Opinions of 75537 Darth Maul will vary according to what you value most highly in a set of this kind. Personally, I really enjoy posing the Buildable Figures so am quite disappointed by the lack of elbow articulation but I must also acknowledge that the swinging lightsaber function has been implemented brilliantly. The head is thoroughly impressive too and includes far greater detail than almost any other Buildable Figure.

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I would therefore recommend this set to fans of Darth Maul, although the price of £25.99 in the UK or $29.99 in the US feels a little expensive when compared with other figures from the range. In addition, it is a shame that 75109 Obi-Wan Kenobi is no longer available as the two arch-nemeses are ideal for display together.

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16 comments on this article

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By in Norway,

I purchased this set for my husband and he loves it :)

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By in United States,

It's sad that these last few figures, Boba, Maul, the Range Trooper, and Speeder Bike are significantly better than past figures and that they will probably be the last. Nevertheless, I can't wait to pick them up!

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By in United States,

The detail on the head piece is amazing. I thought I was done get buildable figures. . . but may have to pick this one up!

It's worth noting that while Darth Maul does have "limited dialogue" in the Phantom Menace, his character has a much larger role in Clone Wars and Rebels - which is very well done (and now cannon).

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By in United States,

I don't care much for this character, but this is extremely well done. One of the best of the line, easily.

Also, not to go all Star Wars nerd... but I'm pretty sure Qui Gon would be Maul's nemesis--and if you really wanted it to be Obi Wan, it'd have to be short-hair, beardless Obi Wan.

Sigh, what have I become...

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By in United States,

Great review! Looks awesome, and though he gets cut in half, he still has a smile! LEGO should have included a split in half feature though.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ra226 - I disagree. Qui-Gon and Darth Maul only engaged in combat twice while Obi-Wan fought Maul on several occasions, first in The Phantom Menace and then a few more times during Star Wars: The Clone Wars before their final meeting in Star Wars Rebels. From the moment he returned on Lotho Minor, Maul definitely viewed Obi-Wan as his arch-enemy.

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By in United Kingdom,

I want this and Vader, awesome idea producing the buildable figures i only have captain America from 2014, so i hope to pick this up soon.. Nice one lego 10/10.

Also id love to see greedo and C3-PO as builables one day..

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By in Germany,

Awesome figure, i wonder how the derpy eyes on the otherwise magnificent head passed Quality control.

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By in United States,

My primary point of focus is design accuracy, so on that front it’s great. Very good review.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 ya got me, I never watched clone wars so... well spoiler alert ;)

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By in South Korea,

It could be much better having hood in this promotion

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By in United Kingdom,

For myself (and my boys - honest) the Constructible Characters are all about those dynamic poses, and accuracy of image... so I've been getting annoyed with the cogs sticking out of their backs to operate simple swing actions...
I already have this set (not built yet) but will probably be the first I don't initially build to instruction and go straight for modified articulation, due to that massive cog sticking out...

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By in United States,

@refriedbeans there’s supposed to be a couple more Clone Wars ones coming out later this year; I don’t know that the line is going anywhere.

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By in United States,

He looks like he was impaled by an anemometer.

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By in United States,

@Jamsey I am sure that taking out the giant cog in the back would be easy while maintaining the structure.

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By in United States,

I think that general grievous is the best buildable figure not that maul isn't cool and I will be purchasing him I can't wait for super battle droid and clone trooper on a at-rt walker

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