Star Wars Galactic Heroes Review: Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi

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When Galactic Heroes were part of the Playskool Jr line, they had a few extra features in them. Jedi had magnets in their hands to force push and force grab. But the lightsabers left a lot to be desired with their pastel colored blades. As the line evolved, the Jedi began getting translucent blades but this wave is the first time the Sith get them too.

Since I’m selective about which Galactic Heroes I buy, this is the first time I’ve gotten a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Padawan Kenobi must be based on how he looked before the battle with Darth Maul since he’s still sporting his blue lightsaber. Lately, the Galactic Heroes have moved away from the classic Heroes squat to give us much more dynamic posing.

Obi-Wan has his right hand out ready to use the Force, while his left hand is behind him clutching is lightsaber. It’s a good pose that kind of reminds me of Spider-Man actually. But if you don’t like this look, that’s a problem because articulation is limited. Obi-Wan only moves at the right shoulder and left wrist. A waist joint would have gone a long way to help the figure.

The paint isn’t terribly exciting but looks good. He’s wearing mostly tan clothes, but his bright blue eyes really stand out. Obi-Wan’s lightsaber is cast in translucent blue plastic and looks great.

Paired up against Obi-Wan is the Sith Lord – Darth Maul! While Darth Maul has come out a few other times in Galactic Heroes, this is the first one I’ve bought and I’m very glad I waited. Instead of being in his classic black robes, Maul is shirtless and ready to fight with his shirt tied around his waist.

The sculpt is great with Maul having enough detail to show off that he’s supposed to be muscular without over doing it. His crown of horns looks incredible and his legs are very well detailed. Darth Maul is posed with his dual-blade lightsaber behind him in his right hand while his left looks like he’s either signaling to have someone wait or he’s giving the “L” for loser sign. Darth Maul moves at the shoulders, neck and waist.

The paint on this figure is incredible. Unlike Carnage, Maul’s black and red scheme looks impeccable. His ornate tattoos run all over his body, while his yellow and red eyes stand out against his skull. But the best part about Darth Maul is the fact that his lightsaber’s blades are cast in translucent red plastic and look incredible. They manage to look red without falling victim to looking pink.

What I really love about this two-pack is how well these characters look facing off against each other. Their poses are mirrored so they look ready to duel. Obi-Wan is a solid figure but Darth Maul is downright excellent.

Written by jestergoblin

September 29th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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