It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since George Lucas unleashed the first installment in the Star Wars prequel trilogy to millions upon millions of eager fans the world over. Ten frickin’ years, kiddos. It’s even harder to believe that, despite the fact that Lucas had a good twenty years at his disposal to write it, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace still managed to emerge as the fourth worst film in the entire Star Wars saga (just below Jedi). Of course, that was before Episode II or III came to pass, but, nevertheless, it’s been a decade. And, in honor of that decade, the tech-savvy folks at Mimoco have issued a new line of MIMOBOT Designer Flash Drives. As to why one would want to commemorate a galaxy-sized letdown like Phantom Menace may leave you a bit on the perplexed side, but let’s face it, aside from John Williams’ epic score, there was one truly redeeming aspect of the whole flick: Darth Maul.
His origins were unknown. His appearance conjured up images of devils from every corner of the universe. And, in keeping up with the tradition of all good Darths, his voice was dubbed by someone else. Sure, Darth Maul himself was a bit of a letdown, too; after all, his part was rather brief and extremely short-lived. But, in retrospect, he still made a worthy adversary to Liam Neeson’s phlegmatic Jedi Knight. Perhaps that’s why Mimoco decided to make a Darth Maul Flash Drive instead of one for Qui-Gon Jinn.
Part of the “Series 4” of the MIMOBOT Star Wars line of USB flash drives, Darth Maul is available in a 1GB (carrying an MSRP of US$19.95), 2GB (US$24.95), 4GB (US$34.95), and 8GB (US$49.95). But he’s more than just a pretty face with a head full of empty space, folks. Darth Maul also carries some exclusive Star Wars content for the nerd in you (and the nerd in me, as well) including wallpapers for your computer (ranging from 800×600 to 1680×1050 — an example of one is to the side); a screensaver application; and the patented mimoByte sound software which, if installed correctly, will play actual movie quotes when the USB is inserted or ejected. In Darth Maul’s case, that may get very tiresome awfully quick; he only had two lines, remember?
Series 4 of the MIMOBOT Star Wars line also includes Clone Captain Rex (from that animated series I really never bothered wasting any time on) and two new revamps of the earlier Darth Vader flash drive. Most of the new Vader flash drives reveal the battle-scarred face of young Anakin Skywalker, but one in six feature the older Jonathon-Winters-as-Humpty-Dumpty-looking Anakin. And you had better hope the Force is with you when you pick that one out.
So, bottom line here: is Darth Maul worth $20 to $50 bucks? That’s a pretty stupid question, really. It’s Darth Maul, after all. Plus, it’s a solid, sturdy, and reliable flash drive. Go ahead, compare it to one of those ugly, cheaply constructed Wal-Mart USB drives that cost about the same price but are guaranteed to break if you look at it cross-eyed. Yes, Darth Maul is well worth it.