DARTH MALGUS (2015)
I preface almost all of my Star Wars reviews the same way and I’m gonna say it again: I don’t usually collect Star Wars figures. I love the Star Wars universe but I got burnt out on collecting the figures sometime after the release of Episode II. I have a ton of late 90s/early 2000s figures but none of them are currently on display. My passion was slightly reignited when Hasbro launched their 6″ Black Series line a couple years ago but that line has plodded along so slowly that the momentum seems to have been lost. It’s extremely rare for me to purchase a 3 3/4″ Star Wars figure these days but it does happen. Most new Star Wars figures are just updated versions of characters I already have in my collection a dozen times over but every now an again I see a new character that’s just to cool to pass up. The last time this happened was when I found Savage Opress at Winners a few years ago. Well it happened again the other day.
I was at Wal-Mart looking for Transformers: Combiner Wars wave 2. They didn’t have them but I did find a couple of Marvel Universe figures I needed. As I was walking down the action figure aisle I noticed this guy hanging on the pegs of the Star Wars section. At first glance I thought it was an unmasked Darth Vader figure. I picked it up and discovered that it was actually a completely different character named Darth Malgus. I knew absolutely nothing about him but he was just to cool looking to leave behind.
When I got home I looked him up on the Star Wars encyclopedia site, Wookiepedia. Apparently Darth Malgus first appeared in the online role playing game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. He has since appeared as a major character in the novel, The Old Republic: Deceived. The site describes a lengthy origin story that I didn’t have the patience to read in full.
To sum it up, Malgus was originally a kid named Veradun who worked at his dad’s zoo. He showed a sensitivity to the force and, after he established himself as a dickhead by killing a girl, he was sent to Sith School. At some point in his Sith career he got f***ed up by a Jedi and had to wear a respirator to survive; similar to Darth Vader. Honestly I don’t really care about all that “expanded universe” stuff. All I know is that this is a cool figure and I wanted it in my collection even if it is going to go directly into a bin in the closet.
Star Wars figures, even these small scale ones, have improved a lot since I collected them. Most of the figures of the early 200os still only had 5 points of articulations just like the 80s figures. This figure is articulated at the ankles, the knees, the hips, the waist, the shoulders, the elbow, the wrists, and the neck. It only took 30+ years but Star Wars figures are almost as articulated as G.I. Joes now.
The detailed sculpt of this figure is also very impressive. He’s covered in padding and panels with buttons and lights. The outfit is very Darth Vader-esque but still unique. The large shoulder pads and chest plate are a separately molded but non-removable piece which adds to Malgus’ imposing figure. A cloth cape is attached to the shoulder pads. I find that cloth capes usually look better than sculpted plastic ones and that’s the case here.
For accessories Darth Malgus comes with 2 lightsabers and a hooded cloak. One saber is bladed (Sith red) and the other is sheathed (if those are the correct terms..I dunno). The sheathed one has a peg on the handle so it can be plugged into his belt for storage. The cloth hooded cape is a neat idea and it has a bendable wire around the neck so I thought it would attach nicely but I can’t get mine to look right.
Overall, this is a great looking new baddie for the Rebellion. 8 out of 10.