Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber Review
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Reviewed by Bobby Brower
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We like
  • Looks like a real movie prop
  • Makes the same sounds and has the same lights as seen in the movie
  • Allows kids to use their imaginations on a higher level
  • Lights up in the dark
  • Can be configured to make several varieties of lightsaber weapons
  • There are over 100 lightsaber combinations to create
We don’t like
  • Not all batteries are included
  • Only the main lightsaber makes sounds
How it works

Star Wars fans can be found in any generation, but no generation is more enthralled with the fantasy and action of Star Wars than the youngest, and the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber allows kids to imagine they are in the Star Wars movies. The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with one lightsaber and two lightdaggers. Along with these come connectors that allow kids to connect the lightsaber and lightdaggers in over 100 various ways creating a variety of different lightsabers and weapons for their make-believe Star Wars battles. The lightsabers and lightdaggers are replicas of the real movie props giving the toys a real-life feel that helps children’s imaginations expand as they use these toys to play. The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber has motion-sensor lights and sounds that are triggered by moving the sabers around in a true-to-form manner indicative of the Star Wars movies bringing any child’s imagination and ideas to life.

Function

Function

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber is easy to use and fun to enjoy. Once the box is opened and all the pieces are all laid out, you or your child can then begin to put together the lightsaber of your choosing. With over 100 possible combinations, anything goes. The pieces click into each other allowing for the pieces to stay together securely, and once the batteries are placed inside of the main lightsaber, your child can begin to swish the lightsaber around creating the sounds that are found in the Star Wars movie franchise. The realism of the sounds begins to create a realistic feel for the toy and the play battle you and your child can create together. When batteries are placed inside of the lightdaggers, the daggers will light up adding to the lights and sounds already available from the main lightsaber.
Design

Design

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber is designed to look exactly like the actual lightsaber and lightdaggers seen in the Star Wars movies. The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with eight parts. The main component is a lightsaber about two feet long that extends when it is flicked forward. The toy also comes with two one-foot long lightdaggers. Each component can be used independently of the other; however, there are elbow connectors and a cross connector that allows for kids to connect the daggers and lightsaber together to create a cross sword. There is also a separate half-moon connector that allows kids to hook the saber and the two daggers to a one-handed apparatus. The eight pieces of this toy allow kids to create over 100 different lightsaber combinations. The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber also comes with sound effects that are exact replicas of the sounds found in the Star Wars movies. The lightsaber and the lightdaggers also light up in the same fashion as the movie props creating a realistic play experience. When the lights are out, the lightsaber lights up creating an additional heightened play experience.
Safety

Safety

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber must be opened and assembled with adult supervision. The box, once opened, contains eight pieces that are strongly mounted on a cardboard base by plastic strings that can easily become a choking hazard. To remove the plastic strings from the toys and the cardboard base may require a knife or scissors that must be handled by an adult only. Once all the pieces are free of the packaging, all small parts or tools should be cleared from the playing area. The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsabers are safe for use for children four-years-old and up. The toy is constructed entirely of plastic adding a certain level of safety to the experience eliminating harder materials from potentially hurting children. All components are made out of a durable plastic that is safe for gentle contact with a child’s body. As with all toys, there are universal safety rules of keeping clear of the eyes, face, and head, but kids can safely enjoy simulated galactic battles with their friends or siblings as they recreate scenes from the Star Wars movie franchise. There are no small parts or any risk of choking from the actual toy itself.
Sensory Stimulation

Sensory Stimulation

What makes the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber so realistic is its light and sound capabilities. Hasbro, the manufacturer of this toy, has included the same sounds as the movie. Any time your child moves their wrist or swishes the lightsaber around, the toy will make the same sounds as the lightsaber in the Star Wars movies. When the main lightsaber comes in contact with other Bladebuilders lightsaber toys, the connection between the two toys makes the same sound effect that can be heard in the Star Wars movies when two lightsabers touch. The same goes for the light effects found on the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber. All lights are the same lights that can be seen on the lightsabers in the Star Wars films, and the lights are at their brightest when the lights in the room are turned completely off allowing for the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber to fully glow in the dark enabling kids to recreate some of the most iconic battle scenes from Star Wars between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader or between Rey and Kylo Ren.
Assembly

Assembly

To put together the myriad of different lightsabers available to the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber, assembly is required. The good news is that it is quite easy to assemble the various parts of the lightsaber. The hilt, elbow connectors, and cross connector enable the various parts to be put together. The connecting and disconnecting of the parts is reminiscent of connecting and disconnecting the various attachments of a vacuum cleaner. It is the same wide end over smaller attachment construction. Once the pieces are connected, all you have to do is slightly turn the connecting piece until it clicks into the connector indicated by a small button that will pop up holding the piece in place. Once the weapon is constructed to yours or your child’s liking, it can safely be used without the risk of any of the pieces coming disconnected causing any serious injury.
Additional Accessories

Additional Accessories

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber can be used with other Bladebuilders toys. The packaging must say “Bladebuilders” on it in order for the new items to be compatible. Bladebuilders is a specific line of toys created by the Hasbro company for the Star Wars brand. The Bladebuilders line of accessories includes additional lightsabers and attachments that allow for constructing new types of lightsabers beyond the 100 plus types that are available through the original eight pieces included in the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber toy. Bladebuilders also offers other types of Star Wars weapons that allow children to create even bigger movie scenes with different storylines and characters from the films.
Batteries Sort Of Included

Batteries Sort Of Included

In order to fully operate the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber, you will need nine AAA batteries. The toy itself comes with three of those batteries already included; however, you will have to go out and purchase the additional six. The three AAA batteries that come with the toy are for the main lightsaber. If this is a toy that you plan on buying it is recommended to buy the batteries upon purchasing the toy or having them on hand before purchasing. The additional six batteries are to be placed in the lightdaggers to allow them to light up. The lightdaggers do not make any sound effects, but the green light that is produced by the lightdaggers adds to the realism of the toy, and it is recommended to have all batteries inserted into the toy to have the best experience possible.
More Than Just a Toy

More Than Just a Toy

Due to the realistic nature of the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber, it can easily be paired with any Star Wars costume. Whether it’s for a child’s Halloween costume as a one of the Star Wars good-guys, or whether it’s for an adult costume for a Halloween party, role playing event, or comic book convention, the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber is the perfect accent to any costume. As a prop, it becomes more than a toy, and its dual purpose makes it a good gift idea for either a child or an adult. It’s light and durable enough to be transported and used safely and effectively for any costume event. It can also be purchased as a collectible item for those who collect Star Wars memorabilia. The lightsaber has become a well recognized movie item, and it is desired by many collectors around the world.

Collectible Item

In the 41 years since the original Star Wars: A New Hope movie was released in theatres, collectors around the world have begun purchasing and collecting Star Wars toys and memorabilia creating vast fan collections. Although marketed as a toy for children, the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber is also a perfect gift for the adult collector of Star Wars collectibles. The packaging is designed so that all the pieces can be viewed from the outside allowing collectors to keep the package closed and on display. Because it is lightweight and not fragile, it can be stored in garages, storage units, or closets without a hassle. The box is made of ordinary cardboard, so it must ideally be stored in a dry place that will not allow the box to get wet or damp making the box come apart and potentially staining the toy or deactivating its ability to make noise or light up. Because Hasbro has created an entire line of Bladebuilders toys for Star Wars, this toy is one piece of a larger collection that may help a collector complete the entire series of toys.

Price

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber sells for about $35. This price is very much in tune with this type of toy. Considering the toy runs on batteries, and comes with several attachments and light and sound effects, it’s not overpriced, but falls in a range that is typical of this level of toy entertainment for a toy franchise that is renown around the world. It is also an affordable price for those who are collectors who want to add to their already existing Star Wars toy memorabilia. As seen in the past, the price of collectibles goes up over time, and buying this toy at such an affordable price is an investment for those who are growing their collection.

Bottom Line

The Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber is a versatile toy that can entertain and satisfy either a child or an adult. Its universality makes it a great gift to purchase for any Star Wars fan in your life. For adults, it serves a collector’s item that can round out and complete any Star Wars memorabilia collection. The item is also useful for rounding out an adult costume for Halloween or other costume function. For children, the realistic sound effects and light effects allow a child’s mind to be limitless as they create new stories and battle sequences based off of the Star Wars movies. The toy is indicative of the Star Wars film The Force Awakens, but the toy can easily be placed into any Star Wars fantasy or roleplaying game. For the amount of fun and imagination provided by this toy, it is worth the money to add this to your child’s or your own Star Wars gift list.
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