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Darth Maul: Black Sun
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Model SL 36285, Photo by Matthew Crowley


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Description: Darth Maul: Black Sun
Prefix: SL
Detachment: Sith Lord Detachment
Context: Darth Maul Comics, Phantom Menace concept art, and action figures

Shortly before the Battle of Naboo (32 BBY), Darth Maul set out on a mission to destroy the leadership of the crime syndicate "Black Sun". During this mission it is revealed that his entire body is covered with intricate tattoos that demonstrate his devotion to the dark side, as well as terrify his opponents.


The 501st approval requirements are listed in black.

The Sith Lord Detachment defines additional, optional levels of costuming excellence. In the page below, items listed under "For level two certification" are recommended features that will greatly improve the quality of the costume. These items are not required for 501st membership, but are highly recommended. Items listed under "For level three certification" are some of the highest level accuracy features for those who strive to be screen accurate. These items are also not required for 501st membership.

Also note that these two additional "certification levels" DO NOT correspond to the Advanced Standards program of the Sith Lord Detachment, and you are encouraged to visit the Sith Lord Detachment Forum for more information.


For 501st membership, only the requirements in black need to be met.


This Visual Guide has been reviewed by the detachment staff and the LMO team and is certified for use as a minimum approval guideline for GMLs. GMLs are free to approve this costume type.
  • Any uncertainties or questionable aspects of the submitted costume should be brought to the appropriate DL/GML peer review section of the legion forum.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components are present and appear as described below.

Maul Black Sun Head.jpg Face and Head
For 501st approval:
  • There are ten horns.
    • One top (rear) horn - (2 inches long)
    • Seven crowing the head - (1.5 inches long)
    • One on each temple - (.5 inches long)
  • Each horn has a unique shape, is not longer than two inches, and the color resembles that of rotting bone.
  • The head is shaved.
    • A high quality bald cap may also be employed.
  • There is a small, silver, ball-stud earring worn in the upper part of the left ear.
    • The earing may be real or magnetic.
  • The facial paints are red and black with a matte finish and are applied in the specific pattern as shown.
  • The teeth are treated as if molted and decayed with black and brown tooth enamels.
  • Note:
    • Masks of any type are incorrect for this character.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • There is a subtle thin red stripe around the base of the horns.
Maul Black Sun Body.jpg Body Make-up
For 501st approval:
  • The upper body is covered with red and black, "Zabrakian Nightbrother" tattoos.
  • The body paints have a matte finish.
    • Some variation in the tattoo pattern is acceptable, but the chosen pattern is a match to one of the various Black Sun source images.


Maul Black Sun Inner.jpg Inner Wrap
For 501st approval:
  • Lower half of the original Maul base tunic.
  • Black linen, blend, or a fabric with an equivalent appearance and weight.
  • The length extends to just above the knees.
  • The side seams are open from the waist down.
  • There is no open seam on the backside.
  • There is no visible zipper, or attachment device of any kind, when fully dressed.
  • The top edge of the wrap has torn edges.


Maul Black Sun Outer.jpg Outer Wrap
For 501st approval:
  • Lower half of the original Maul Sith robe.
  • Worn over the Inner Wrap/ Base Tunic.
  • Wrap includes components of varying length.
  • Made of a lightweight black raw silk noile, Tussah silk, or fabric with an equivalent appearance and weight.
  • As with the Inner Wrap, the side seams are open from the waist down, resulting in separate front and rear sections.
  • Rear Section:
    • The lower panel formed in the rear is cut on a curve.
    • The center of lower rear panel extends to mid knee, then rises to mid-thigh level, on each side.
    • The lower panel formed in the rear overlaps the front panels slightly around waist level.
  • Front Section:
    • The front panels (two) extend to below the knees and are cut straight across the bottom.
    • Attached at the waist are two additional narrow panels (on top of the front panels) which extend to knee level.
    • Two additional tabard pieces, approximately five and one half inches wide, extend to mid-thigh and are secured in place by the belt.
      • Both ends extend straight down (they do not cross over each other).
    • The top edge of all pieces have torn edges.


Maul Loincloth.jpg Loin Cloth
For 501st approval:
  • The Loin Cloth attaches under the belt, and is made of the same material as the Inner and Outer Wrap.
  • This hanging cloth is centered under the belt and tapers outward with a slight bow along the bottom edge.
  • The loin cloth extends to the knees.


SL maul belt.jpeg Belt
For 501st approval:
  • The belt is worn a waist level.
  • Black leather or leather-like material.
  • Two piece Construction.
  • Wide Base Belt:
    • Approximately five inches wide in the front center.
    • Tapers at the sides/hips to approximately three inches.
  • Narrow Outer Belt:
    • Made of four leather or leather like material strips, .75 inch wide.
  • Anchored together with black rivets which are located just slightly forward of the side hip area.
  • Belt closes in back with hook and loop fastener.
    • Closure is hidden under a square belt keeper made of the same belt material.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • The belt is made of leather.
Lightsaberclip.jpg Lightsaber Clip
For 501st approval:
  • A rectangular Covertec clip is present to secure the lightsaber.
    • The Hasbro or circular/oval Covertec clips are incorrect.
  • The clip is attached to the belt on the wearer's right hip.
  • The clip is placed on the leather stripe that is second from the bottom.


SL maul trousers.jpeg Trousers
For 501st approval:
  • Made from a black fabric similar to that of the Inner Wrap.
  • They are baggy to allow for blousing around the knees.
    • Loose, Kung Fu or Wu Shu (or other martial arts) pants are recommended to allow flexible movement.
  • Pants have elastic at the ankle to allow "pillowing" of the pants above the boots.


SL maul boots.jpeg Boots
For 501st approval:
  • Black leather or leather-like material, mid-calf height, and resemble a motor cross styled boot.
  • Boots are lace-less.
    • If any zippers are present they are colored black.
  • Has a double “V” stitched onto the top section of the boot.
  • There is a front boot panel that acts as a protector and grip which wraps onto the toe section of the boot from the inside.
  • Any silver/reflective areas of the boot are blacked out.
  • Any logos or brands that appear on stock boots are covered by a similar material of which the boots are constructed.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • The boots are made of leather.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Frank Thomas models Voyager, Apollo, or Tempest (slightly modified to meet the above guidelines) or custom boots designed as the ones shown in the film are ideal.
    • The actual model used is the "Frank Thomas - Titan Touring Boot 101".
Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present appear as described below.

SL maul eye.jpeg Sith Eyes
For 501st approval:
  • The contact lenses are described as a fiery yellow transitioning into a brilliant red.
    • While considered an essential part of this character, the contact lens requirement will be waived for 501st acceptance if the applicant cannot wear contact lenses for health related reasons.
    • All persons utilizing contact lenses are encouraged to first see their optometrist for a fitting.


SL maul gloves.jpeg Gloves
For 501st approval:
  • Made of black leather or leather-like material in a matte finish.
  • Gloves are devoid of any distinctive stitching.
  • The cuff extends to approximately mid-forearm length in a gauntlet fashion.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • The gloves are made of leather.
SL maul saber.jpeg Dual-bladed lightsaber
For 501st approval:
  • The lightsaber is a high quality replicas or a custom built designed to match the lightsaber in TPM.
    • The lightsaber is only included as long as it's in compliance with the applicant’s local laws.
  • Each half is identical, and the red knobs are all in line with each other.
  • It has a machined aluminum finish.
    • Optional: The lightsaber may have a chrome or polished nickel finish.
  • Other details resemble that shown in the picture (four red knobs, machined pattern, tapering to the emitters, etc.)
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • The lightsaber is capable of being belt worn.
    • With a detachable blade or no blade.
  • The lightsaber is a 1:1 scale of the lightsaber used in the film.
  • There is only one device on the underside used to mount the lightsaber into the Covertech clip.
    • Not one on each end.

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