Pros: Terrific sound effects, some cool features
Cons: Fairly expensive, can't see children getting into it
Being somewhat of a Star Wars fanatic, I received this as a Christmas present. I have to admit I was sort of surprised by it. For one, the toy is actually pretty huge. The thing stands about a foot tall and has a pretty wide base. This isn't something you can just stick on the corner of your desk. Darth Maul looks very realistic though, the overall design on it is quite nice. It has two ways to make it go, depositing money/pushing a button, or through its motion detector. Upon activating it, Darth Maul immediately springs to life repeating very realistic and crisp sounding bits from the movie. The sound is simply awesome on this. Then he begins swinging back and forth going through a mock fight scene. The scene is a mock battle, and Darth Maul is pivoting, using his light saber all the while to great sound effects. His light saber also extends and retracts on both sides of it which is a nice trick. Another cool feature of this is that if you get the Obie Wan or the Qui-Gon Jinn bank and place them next to each other they will start to fight. I haven't actually seen this except in the store but it is pretty wild looking especially if you manage to get all three. As much as I enjoy this, I can't see a child really getting into it for an extended amount of time. I see this more as a novelty item then a real toy. But if you're an adult fan who collects this sort of thing, I could see this being worth something in the future. A bit on the expensive side though at $30 each.