Each week, we like to take a close look at an amazing new collectible. That means taking it out of the packaging. It's almost time to ring in the new year, and we're taking things back Old Republic style with this Darth Malgus figure from Sideshow Collectibles. This is one Sith scale -- oops, we mean sixth scale -- figure that we're definitely getting short of breath over.
This sculpt is based off Darth Malgus as seen in BioWare's popular Star Wars MMORPG, The Old Republic (which also tied in to a comic series of the same name via Dark Horse). Film fans might not recognize this particular Sith Lord (he's a wee bit before that time), but gamers will know him as a tenacious and powerful big bad.
Sideshow's sixth scale figures have been arriving in impressive boxes lately, and this Malgus is no exception. The front features Old Republic art, depicting the Sith Lord in battle mode (it could easily be box art for the game itself, if you played on the Dark Side). On the back, we've got more art, this time of Malgus in his Sith robes and surprise-I'm-not-actually-dead respirator, and on the inside, there's a neat little bio.
Let's get to the figure! Malgus is 12.5" tall, stunningly game-realistic, and has a surprising amount of articulation for a figure of this scale. He's built on Sideshow's "Prometheus" body, with muscle arms and leg extensions to flesh out Malgus' imposing form.
The figure is customizable, with swappable heads and hands for a variety of looks. Go bold with the exclusive unscarred head, or rock Malgus' signature scarred face and breathing mask. There's a special receiver on the back of the scarred head just for that breather; the unscarred version doesn't need any apparatus, so it's clean in the back.
In addiiton to his default rage-clenched fist, Malgus comes with three other options for each hand -- lightsaber grip, Force choke, and
jazz hands emphatic splay. All hands have ball-jointed wrists, allowing for a variety of poses.
Your choice of lit or unlit sabers swap easily into his hands -- just pull on the silver pommel at the end, pop the saber into his grasp, and replace the end cap.
The pommels only pop off the saber from one position, making it harder to accidentally lose them to gravity. Unlike a certain other Sith Lord, Darth Malgus is less inclined to lose the entire saber along with his hand, but you can dramatize that if you'd like to. We did.
He's a well-dressed figure, with special costume details that allow for pose-perfect styling. A blend of fabric and sculpted clothing and armor allows for many different looks, and with so many movable pieces, everything can be pulled and adjusted to look natural, regardless of his pose.
Hidden velcro allows you to adjust the mantle and thigh armor to your fancy (or take it off entirely), and Malgus has a pose-ready ball hinge in his shoulder armor for a range of arm movements and cape drapes.
The die-cut cape is unhemmed for just the right drape, and the cape is removable and adjustable. The hood has a thin wire in the hem for easy shaping, and can be pushed back to reveal Malgus' grand, bald head.
Our friends at Sideshow asked us to remind you that 1:6 scale figures don't have quite as much range of motion or fighting skill as in-game characters, but we were able to put Darth Malgus into some fun and dramatic poses anyhow. Be gentle with his articulation points; this guy's pretty good with Force Lightning.
Expect to see this figure ship just after the new year. You can pre-order him now at the Sideshow Collectibles site for $184.99.
(If 1:6 isn't enough Malgus for you, there's a life-size model that's over seven feet tall.)