Yes, I know… Darth Maul’s status in the prequel films doesn’t really qualify him as a possible Kenner-era release, but I thought the character was so visually striking that I had to make a custom of him for my own vintage collection.

Darth Maul is a really simple project to create. I began by taking an Episode I Darth Maul figure, and well as a vintage Star Wars Luke Skywalker (Jedi Outfit) figure. I heated up some near-boiling water and soaked the figure for a few minutes to soften up the plastic. It was then easy to pop off the heads from both figures. I had to drill out the neck post from the Luke figure, but it was then easy to insert in the new Maul head. I sliced off Luke’s forearms (how ironic) and glued the Maul gloves into place. The cape was cut from black vinyl, and the double lightsaber was crafted by gluing two vintage lightsaber reproductions together at the hilt and repainting them red.

The eyes might be painted a bit too precise for a truly vintage release, but I felt it too nice to repaint. I wanted a relatively quick and easy project, and Darth Maul fit the bill perfectly.

Created Fall 2013


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