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majikmonkee
03-28-2008, 10:45 AM
I haven't seen a lot elsewhere about this set, so while I'm curious to know what everyone else thought about it, at least I know I won't be reflecting the sentiments of anyone else in this review. I'm just going to break it down figure by figure to keep things simple. So here we go...


Darth Maul (shirtless) - 6/10

The figure I was looking forward to the least of all in the set. I like Darth Maul, but I was satisfied with the first two variations of him released when TPM first came out, and never felt that huge a need for a shirtless version of him. Articulation is good, and the sculpt looks like Maul (as far as I can tell, though his complex tattoos would probably hide a myriad of issues if they were there). The paint job on his arms and body is very, very dark, compared to his head, which also used a very dark shade of red. Facial details were somewhat obscured by overuse of paint, and while he's showing his teeth, they looked mostly black on the figure in the set I got. A small portion of his waist cloth is soft goods, I'm guessing to allow for a wide range of leg movement. His hands seem rather small, and while he grips his saber, it's not a very secure grip. Overall not a bad figure, but more like something I'd expect from a regular figure wave, not what I came to expect after the great Vader Evolutions set.


Darth Bane - 9/10

I became familiar with Darth Bane only weeks before I got this set, and even then it was mostly only by the grace of Wookieepedia. The figure looks very good, and has a plastic cape, and a little bit of soft goods around his waist. I hate soft goods, so I was very thankful they chose to give him a plastic cape, it looks cool. Articulation is moderate, as his legs don't seem capable of doing the splits, at least not as far as I could tell, but he has ball jointed shoulders and a decent range of arm movement. The figure comes with removable orbalisk armor that can be applied to his head, chest, and arms. The armor for the head and chest fit well, but the arm sections are squishy and don't stay on well, not to mention they are translucent and easy to lose. On a side note, if you don't already know what the armor is, there's nothing included with the set to explain it to you, but that's not all that unexpected. I'm just glad I knew before hand. The figure is much taller than most of the other figures in the standard waves, about the height of a Vader figure, and looks very imposing in full armor. He only has one hand capable of holding his saber, but I like the "beckoning" pose of his non-saber hand, so I'm not complaining. This is the figure I knew the least about before buying the set and had the fewest expectations about, so I was pleasantly surprised.


Darth Nihilus - 10/10

I basically bought this set for this figure, and thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. The figure's arm and leg articulation is good, though movement at the shoulders is inhibited slightly by the figure's hood, and I didn't test the movement limits of the legs as much as I could have. The figure has a soft goods cape, and while I hate soft goods, the fabric the cape is made of is stiff enough that it doesn't flare out and look stupid like many other soft goods garments I've encountered (the fact that it's riddled with holes is a kind of cool effect). The cape appears to be attached to the hood, and the hood looks to be removable, though I didn't attempt to take it off. The paint details on the figure's mask are very good, much better than product photos I'd seen before lead me to believe. Like the Bane figure, Nihilus can only hold his saber with one hand, and the saber handle is a little too small for him to get a decent grip on it. His left hand has the same open "beckoning" pose as the Darth Bane figure, but I think it works well. Given that this figure was the reason I bought the set, I was very pleased it was so well done.

Overall, a very good set, and I'm glad I bought it. Darth Maul was the low point, and even his figure wasn't really bad, it just wasn't what I considered to be Evolutions set material, and I felt they could have chosen someone else to take his place, since we already got a Darth Maul in the Sith Evolutions set that came out after ROTS. I was a little surprised at the lack of accessories that came with the set, but the more I think about it, the more I realize I can't really think of anything they could have thrown in there to make it more interesting. Even if you're not familiar with the source material all of these figures are taken from, I would still recommend the set for anyone who likes well done figs.

Phantom-like Menace
04-12-2008, 12:07 PM
I can't get over how much I really like the Darth Nihilus figure. Like you, I hate softgoods, but this figure--softgoods or no--is just great. I think it helps that the softgoods blend well with the intentional tattered look of his costume.

Nihilus, from the moment I first saw a KotOR II poster, grabbed me as just a great character design, and it's well executed in figure form. The solid gloss black eyes on the dull black look kind of eerie, very appropriate for that character. Under his hood, his skull mask ties in the back very much like Zorro ties his black bandana when he wears that in addition to his mask.

I'd really like to get Darth Sion to stand with him, but Darth Traya isn't a necessity in my opinion.

majikmonkee
04-12-2008, 12:16 PM
I can't get over how much I really like the Darth Nihilus figure. Like you, I hate softgoods, but this figure--softgoods or no--is just great. I think it helps that the softgoods blend well with the intentional tattered look of his costume.

Nihilus, from the moment I first saw a KotOR II poster, grabbed me as just a great character design, and it's well executed in figure form. The solid gloss black eyes on the dull black look kind of eerie, very appropriate for that character. Under his hood, his skull mask ties in the back very much like Zorro ties his black bandana when he wears that in addition to his mask.

I'd really like to get Darth Sion to stand with him, but Darth Traya isn't a necessity in my opinion.

I agree, even if I'd had no knowledge of anything relating to Darth Nihilus, I'd still love the figure and have appreciated the artwork of him. He is definitely very cool and well done. I think in his case (and this is very rare for me to say this) the soft goods actually lend something to the figure. His cape was folded behind him when I took out the figure, and I was almost afraid he didn't have one until I turned him around. The cloth is unobtrusive, and looks like a cape even on the small scale. That's what I call well done soft goods, and they're not all like that sad to say.

jedibear
04-13-2008, 12:58 AM
Great comments on this set, guys...

I was "on the fence" on this set until I saw it "in person" and decided to pick it up. As always, all the figures look way better in hand than just seeing pictures.

This is definitely the best of the new sets in terms of consistency with the concept...it really is about the evolution...the history of the Sith. I wish the Jedi set had been this good...having an "Old Republic" Jedi along with Qui-Gon and Luke would've been WAY better and the Force Unleashed set....where's the evolution in that?

Out of the three, Darth Nihilus is my favorite...so cool and exotic, truly an ancestor to someone like Maul. And yes, I ususally don't care for cloth on this scale of figure, but Hasbro's job here is exceptional...it looks really good.

This version of Maul is great too...totally different from the POTJ "shirtless" version that was done a while back...I like the darker skin/tat tones..looks more real than that usual neon-red paint apps this figure has always featured ...and it's a small thing, but I'm glad to see that his teeth are BAD instead of pearly white like the last few figures of him have been. Plus, this figure is so well articulated...he can do a lot of extreme poses and stay standing unassisted...very impressive.

Darth Bane is pretty good too. He comes off a little more dramatic and less threatening looking than he should (it's that slightly overdone cape)especially when one compares him to how he's characterized in the two recent books featuring him. The clear "armor" is...okay but I'll display him without that "helmet"...it just looks a little dopey to me.

This set is a great addition to everyone's "Sith" collection, great companion pieces to Malak and Revan. (I wish those two figures had been as well done as this set)

Here's some shots of my set...

Phantom-like Menace
04-13-2008, 02:40 AM
I wish the Jedi set had been this good...having an "Old Republic" Jedi along with Qui-Gon and Luke would've been WAY better.

I have to agree. I'm enormously happy to have Bultar Swan as I've wanted her since Episode II, but it would have been nice to maybe get Atris in this set, especially since I want multiples of Bultar for custom female Jedi.


This set is a great addition to everyone's "Sith" collection, great companion pieces to Malak and Revan. (I wish those two figures had been as well done as this set)

Malak is kind of a let down. He's way too scrawny for starters, and his arm articulation leaves much to be desired. But Revan really surprised me. I thought it was a very good figure.

plasticfetish
04-13-2008, 04:56 AM
I basically bought this set for this figure, and thankfully, I wasn't disappointed.Great review majikmonkee!

I've been avoiding this set because I'm just not all that interested in Bane or Maul... but I do want the Nihilus figure. And now I probably want it more after all the rave reviews. :D Probably wait to see if I can ge the set on clearance though... or hold out for a single carded version. (Fat chance.)

Deoxyribonucleic
04-13-2008, 05:02 AM
WOW, Maul's arms look fookin' hoooge! What a work out!

DarthBrandon
04-13-2008, 11:01 AM
I really loved this set, Darth Bane being my fav or the bunch with Nihilus being a close second. Maul is however something you would see in a basic carded wave even though he is great in his own right. I like this set as much as Vaders secret lackey, very cool set as well.

majikmonkee
04-14-2008, 07:49 AM
I confess that the Maul is growing on me a bit even since I wrote the review. I read a couple of the follow ups, and I have to agree, his articulation is amazing, and the pictures I see of Maul do depict him with blackish and ugly teeth in the film, which would make the character accurate. He may not be the reason I bought the set, but I'm glad to have him, I'll say that much.

I agree with the statement that figures don't always look as good till you see them "in person", and I hesitated to buy this set "sight unseen" like I did, ordering it from Hasbro, but in this case, it was a safe investment. A very great set, and I have no trouble recomending it to anyone who still has any doubts about it. :thumbsup: