Thursday, December 31, 2020

Action Figure Review: Darth Nihilus from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro


   It's the last day of the year and while I'm not nearly through with reviewing all of the stuff I picked up in the last month yet I'm going to wrap things up for the year with a look at Darth Nihilus from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III. While Hasbro transitioned the Black Series into Phase IV during the second half of 2020 some exclusives were still released in the Phase III packaging. GameStop's Gaming Greats releases in 2020 turned out to be well worth checking out in 2020 and while they were mostly repaints/ retools, they did offer up some new characters. One of the most exciting releases is Darth Nihilus from 2004's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. I have very fond memories of receiving the game for Christmas of 2004 and starting it the day that my friends and I went to get fitted for tuxedos for my wedding in 2005! The KOTOR games were quite impressive and I'd love the chance to play them again on a more modern console. Darth Nihilus's creepy mask was a key element of the game's packaging and advertising and Hasbro nailed it here. Let's check out another Sith Lord for the Black Series after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, ball jointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: 2 piece lightsaber

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars


* Why do I have a comparison between Darth Nihilus (left) and Darth Maul (right)? Because Darth Nihilus shares most of the body and limbs with Darth Maul, the first Black Series figure I ever bought back in 2013. The reuse works well, though, and if you didn't know about it you'd probably never notice. There are new parts, too, though: The lower robe, upper arms, cape, and head, of course.

The Positives:

* Darth Nihilus' mask is really cool and really creepy! Apparently it was based on the character No-Face from the Hayao Miyazaki film Spirited Away (which I've never seen). It's a very creepy, almost theatrical look. It reminds me of something from a kabuki performance. The mask is really nicely detailed with fantastic paint apps.



* The rest of Darth Nihilus' outfit is pretty simple but effective. He's wearing black robes, just like Darth Maul. The upper arms are different and new, as is his lower robe. It's a bit longer and more tattered on the bottom.



* Darth Nihilus' cape is soft goods and it looks really fantastic. It's a quality piece and really helps to ensure that he can hold more extreme poses.


* I liked Darth Maul's articulation back in 2013 and while most of the figure is now a little over 7 years old, it's actually still pretty solid. Darth Maul has held up quite well and while there are newer updates to the articulation model missing here, I don't feel that it really detracts from the articulation. This guy is still quite durable and fun to pose in various menacing ways.


* Darth Nihilus comes with his lightsaber. It has a very ornate hilt and a translucent blade. It's a red lightsaber, alright.


* Not only is the blade removable (like every other lightsaber in the line) but it also has a plug that fits into the hilt and can be removed much more easily. How about that!

   For being a "Franken-figure" Darth Nihilus turned out really well. He's a Great figure and should be pretty desirable. Star Wars Legends still has a lot of fans and Knights of the Old Republic is definitely one of the most popular non-film Star Wars products ever. It's nice to see Hasbro mining various sources, both canon and non-canon, for great Star Wars characters. Darth Nihilus was a solid choice and another hit for the Gaming Greats subset. I do hope the Gaming Greats subset continues into Phase IV of the Black Series as the Knights of the Old Republic series alone could keep the line going. Which characters from KOTOR or other Star Wars games do you most want to see in the GameStop exclusive Gaming Greats collection? I really want Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors from Dark Forces. Those would be dream figures for me!

This is the first figure of Darth Nihilus I've reviewed on the site. For more figures from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III check out the following:
0-0-0 (Triple Zero)
442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
Anakin Skywalker (Padawan)
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Emperor Papatine and Throne
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Ezra Bridger
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Jet Trooper
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Grievous
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Mimban)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Heavy Battle Droid
Heavy Infantry Mandalorian
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Jumptrooper
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Probe Droid
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Second Sister Inquisitor
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Shadow Stormtrooper
Sith Trooper
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
Vice Admiral Holdo
Wedge Antilles
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 
Yoda (Force Spirit)
Zorii Bliss


  1. Looks awesome. Haven't come across this guy yet.

    1. He's been pretty readily available on, as that's where I grabbed him. Haven't seen him in stores.


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