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"5th Time's The Charm!"- LEGO's New Darth Maul Set Embraces The Dark Side Once More (Review)

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In celebration of The Phantom Menace’s 25th anniversary, LEGO Star Wars has released a brand-new version of Darth Maul’s iconic Sith ship from the first prequel film. Featured during Maul’s mission on Tatooine to retrieve Queen Amidala for his master Darth Sidious, Maul encounters and briefly duels Qui-Gon Jinn before the Jedi Master and young Anakin Skywalker make their escape aboard the Queen’s royal cruiser. Now, Maul’s sinister Sith vessel has received a new brick-built model, the fifth play-scale iteration since The Phantom Menace’s release in 1999.

Having released on May 1st, Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator (75383) went on sale by LEGO as part of their annual Star Wars Day sale. Released alongside an entire wave of new sets, the new Maul model notably celebrates both The Phantom Menace’s 25th anniversary and LEGO’s 25th anniversary with the Star Wars franchise overall. To that end, here’s Screen Rant’s hands-on review and build breakdown of Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator (75383), including an up-close look at the special Saw Gerrera bonus figure.

Featuring the classic deserts of Tatooine as the background, the box art for Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator features a logo for LEGO Star Wars’ 25th anniversary and a special logo for The Phantom Menace’s 25th as well. Featuring 640 pieces in total, the new model also comes with four minifigures (including the bonus 25th anniversary figure). Priced at $70, the price-to-piece ratio feels relatively standard with current trends, especially considering the size of the ship and the four figures.

Split across 7 bags, Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator takes just over an hour and a half at a leisurely building pace. However, it will likely take longer for collectors who choose to enhance the building experience by putting The Phantom Menace on in the background (undoubtedly inviting welcome distractions by the prequel’s several iconic scenes). Featuring several dynamic rounded pieces, this new Sith Infiltrator is denser and arguably features more details than past versions, an updated iteration with more modern building techniques while also having a reduced length that looks to be more accurate to the ship as it’s seen in the movie itself.

Featuring an impressive cockpit that opens up to allow both the Darth Maul minifigure and his speeder to be placed within, the new model is also noteworthy in that it doesn’t require the application of any stickers. Both of the ship’s wings can be displayed either folded or closed as well. Additionally, the primary play feature is a smartly designed trapdoor on the underside of the ship’s hull, allowing for the release of Maul’s three Sith probe droids as seen in The Phantom Menace.

However, the set does feature a minor drawback concerning the probe droids themselves. Because of this play feature, the set neglects to include the droids’ antennae they have in the movie or even in past models, nor clear rods and circular bases to display them hovering above the ground. That being said, the model overall is a fairly satisfying build that several Star Wars collectors will likely want to pick up, especially if they missed out on the previous four versions LEGO has released over the years since 1999.

The minifigures for Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator (75383) are quite impressive. While it would have been nice to have seen Darth Maul with LEGO’s newest black hood piece, he’s still just as sinister as ever (even in brick form). The new hairpiece for young Anakin is also quite nice and Qui-Gon’s poncho is a definite win. It could even be saved and used with LEGO’s upcoming Cal Kestis minifigure who’s set to be featured in 2024’s Imperial Star Destroyer (75394) model slated for release on August 1st.

However, the bonus Saw Gerrera minifigure will likely be a definite draw for several collectors. The third special 25th-anniversary figure released in 2024, Saw Gerrera has never received the brick-built treatment until this set, just like this year’s new Echo and Darth Malak bonus figures. Featuring a multi-colored half cape and a unique armor piece with special printing, Saw Gerrera is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and dynamic LEGO Star Wars minifigures released in 2024 thus far. As such, it certainly adds to the overall value of Darth Maul’s Sith Infiltrator by quite a bit.

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