The new Ultimate FX lightsaber is here!
August 31st, 2011
05:31 PM ET

The new Ultimate FX lightsaber is here!

Editor's note: Squee! is the noise that nerds make when they are really excited about something. And this, this makes us go squee! What do you think?

Every "Star Wars" geek imagined themselves doing battle with Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker as a kid, and there's a new toy lightsaber that makes the imagined scenario more realistic than ever before.

Geek Out! got the chance to try the new Ultimate FX lightsabers from Hasbro for ourselves, and we have to say, it's not only kids who will have a blast with them. True fans are sure to geek out when the lightsaber is switched on and off, as the blade lights up and extends (authentic sounds included, of course). We recently hosted "Darth Vader" and one of the 501st stormtroopers in our newsroom for a future Geek Out blog post, and even "Vader" gave this toy a thumbs up.

It's certainly a big step up from toy lightsabers of old, which would extend out, but wouldn't have sounds, or would only light up, and - most importantly for fans - wouldn't look as authentic to the movies. Sometimes the best one could do even in recent years would be to use some editing software magic to make a video of a lightsaber duel.

Now, there is another lightsaber out there for adult collectors that does the movie versions justice. However, its in the $100 range - this one is $35 and geared towards the younger Jedis (or Sith, if you prefer.) This is a one of a kind thing - no one else at Hasbro (or probably anywhere else) will be making one of these at this pricepoint.

We don't even miss making our own sound effects.

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  1. ron zielinski

    we talk about employers hiring americans, except very large companies such as Microsoft. If you have a problem with your computer and call microsoft for tech support you talk with Personnel in India. Are they exempt, never heard them singled out.

    September 5, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • Jedinerd


      September 5, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  2. Jedinerd

    My 6 year old bought one of these with his birthday money. For kids, it's a great great toy. Smaller than any of the "replica" and some of the other toys. But it glows brightly, and is a lot of fun. Fairly durable, but not for anything more than light tapping in "battles" as my son calls them.

    September 4, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  3. NerdHerd

    Already got my Master Replica Darth Vader saber, but these look nice for the kids and not nearly as pricey.

    September 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  4. Alex

    That did not mention the ones made by Master Replicas. They are expensive $100 bucks plus, but are the real deal. I wonder how these are, cheap plastic junk? Will have to check Wal-Mart.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  5. KajinPL

    Let's get some Old Republic stuff in the stores.

    September 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  6. PersonaSpace

    Did some looking on Hasbro's website, and unfortunately it seems only Vader and Anakin style sabers will be available for the time being. Here's hoping for Mace Windu's down the line.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:23 am |