Today’s article is dedicated to “an elegant weapon, for a civilized age”, as Obi-Wan Kenobi likes to put it.
You don’t have to be of a certain age to obtain the social right to be outright obsessed with this iconic lightsaber from the iconic SW franchise.
Authentic Force FX lightsaber replicas are not only exorbitantly expensive but also ridiculously hard to come by. As a collector and someone who occasionally dabbles in lightsaber dueling, I have had the opportunity to explore quite a few screen-accurate saber replicas over the years, in every price range.
In this comprehensive guide, I’m going to harness the power of my experience to handpick 10 best Force FX lightsabers for you.
Top 10 Best Force Fx Lightsaber 2022 Reviews
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- 1. KYBERS RGB Colors Changeable Lightsaber
- 2. Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber
- 3. Adawlert Force FX Dueling Light Saber
- 4. YDDSABER Jedi Sith LED Light Saber
- 5. Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber
- 6. Ciel Tan Force FX Light Saber
- 7. STAR WARS The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force Fx Elite Lightsaber
- 8. Star Wars The Black Series Count Dooku Force FX Lightsaber
- 9. Hasbro Star Wars Anakin to Darth Vader Electronic FX Lightsaber
- 10. JOYIN LED FX Dual Light Up Saber
- An Easy Guide to Choosing the Perfect Force FX Lightsaber
- FAQs On Force Fx Lightsabers
1. KYBERS RGB Colors Changeable Lightsaber
We’ll kickstart our voyage to the dark side with this easy-to-use, well-built, yet surprisingly cheap Force FX lightsaber packed with reasonably good light effects. Even though there are plenty of cheaper alternatives flooding the market, KYBERS is a notch above them in more ways than one.
I bought this for my 12-year-old nephew who wanted to dress up as Darth Vader for Halloween. The Basic series RGB version I bought uses 9 watt LEDs and has 11 color modes to cycle through as well as the much sought-after flash-on-clash feature.
Changing the light colors is very easy – all you have to do is press and hold the power button for 3 seconds (or until it vibrates). I wish the lights were a little brighter, though, but that’s just me. The saber comes pre-loaded with three sound fonts and all of them are spot-on!
Your cat will be thankful for the mute option for times when you feel the urge to indulge in an intense lightsaber duel in the middle of the night. For a lightsaber toy so affordably priced, the built quality is pretty darn impressive.
The hilt is sculpted from aluminum, is lightweight, grippy, and feels quite nice in my hand. The Standard series saber comes with a longer hilt but unfortunately, none of them come with any belt clip or carry bag.
Another major highlight of the saber is its phenomenal battery life. Mine takes about an hour to charge and easily lasts two full days.
I ran a little durability test to assess the dueling ability of the saber. Swinging is smooth but I heard a rattle when it hit a wooden post. My verdict is that the blade will surely come off the handle if you hit something too hard with it.
So if you want to duel with it, better stick to light dueling and don’t get carried away. However, if you are solely buying this for cosplay, you bet you won’t be disappointed.
2. Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber
If you are looking for a quality Force FX lightsaber black series replica that won’t drain your wallet, this is the best you can get. The Vader saber is mostly built of metal and the hilt has quite a bit of heft to it.
It would have looked much more movie-accurate if the makers could just omit the black plastic part on which the blade sits. I’ll knock off one point for that. The blade is made of hard plastic and is fixed into position, which makes sense since it’s mainly built for display and not dueling.
Still, if you want to duel with it, duel with it but don’t go overboard. While hitting something too hard won’t shatter the blade, it will result in dead spots. If you want to go for full-contact sparring or heavy dueling, consider getting the ultrasaber instead.
Its heavy-duty blade is incredibly well-balanced and can endure a lot of beating. Coming back to Vader saber, the light and sound effects do full justice to the on-screen props. When you switch on/off the LEDs, the lights travel up and down the hilt with sound effects- just like in the movies.
You can turn off the lights with just a touch of a button. There’s sound on clash, power on/off sound, and the enigmatic “whooosh” sound when you swing the saber around. The speakers are loud enough to startle my cat. However, I’d have liked the option to disable the sound which this saber sadly doesn’t offer.
The colors look decent in daylight and astonishing in darkness. For the FX lightsabers, you will need to have 3 AA batteries on hand as the rechargeable battery packs don’t work with them.
Note: The Black series lightsaber is one of the most value-for-money adult collectibles on this list. The screen-accurate design and light/sound effects make it a great choice for role-playing as well.
However, the plastic blade won’t be able to endure serious dueling. Ultrasaber would be a much better alternative if you are after a duel-worthy saber.
3. Adawlert Force FX Dueling Light Saber
This saber was a birthday gift from a dear friend and is one of the best dueling Force FX lightsabers in my collection. It sports a heavy-grade 1” thick blade that has held up really well to heavy dueling so far.
It also comes with a connector that allows you to attach another blade and form a dual saber. I warn you, you’d be missing out on a lot of fun if you don’t utilize this feature. While the metal hilt lacks the finesse that Black Series and Kybers bring to the table, the build quality is top-notch.
I’m in awe of the brightness and colors of the blade. It has all the main colors and all of them are amazingly vivid. Changing the color modes might seem a little tricky at first. You have to make sure to hold the button down for 3 full seconds to activate the color-changing mode.
It’s also geared with fun effects like flash-on-clash, blaster sound, and several other sound fonts from the movies which simulate a battle royale experience.
But there’s a catch; there’s no motion sensor built into the sword. So, in order to trigger effects like flash-on-clash, you have to continuously press a button and choose an appropriate effect for each movement, which can get arduous at times as there’s only one button for everything.
The speaker is astoundingly loud but thankfully, there’s a mute option, so I can continue dueling with my roommate in peace till midnight without waking up the neighborhood.
I liked the fact it comes with a built-in charger but the battery compartment has some room for improvement. There’s no spring to keep the battery in place, so I have to constantly re-adjust it.
4. YDDSABER Jedi Sith LED Light Saber
Occupying the 4th position on this best Force FX lightsaber roundup would be a great Christmas present for anyone who loves everything Star Wars. Considering how lightweight the saber was, I was hesitant to go to town on it but I was pleasantly surprised by how sturdy the construction was.
The heavy-grade polycarbonate blade makes for a fine weapon for some serious swordplay. It’s a removable blade, so you can swap it out with a longer blade if you want. The plastic tip broke off and the inner tubing crinkle after a couple of intense sparring sessions but that didn’t dampen the fun in any way.
The hilt has a nice heft to it and aids a good grip. I also love how well balanced the saber is from top to bottom and the lightweight structure makes it easy to swing around. The LEDs are so bright that they can outright blind someone for a second or two if pointed directly at the eyes.
The sword color really pops but I should note here that it’s a single-color lightsaber. If you want a color-changing saber, there are plenty of other options around. The FX sound effects are changeable, though.
There are three sound fonts including a very realistic blaster deflect, idle humming, clash lock, and power on/off effect. All the sounds are perceptibly loud, so much so that I wish it had a volume control function. Thankfully, it has a mute option to keep the neighbors from calling the cops on you.
5. Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber
Recreate the epic fight between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from the Return of the Jedi with this majestic green saber from the Black Series collection. It’s hard to gauge how hefty the blade is until you hold it.
Combined with the heavy gauge metal hilt, this highly well-balanced and wieldable saber will gain you an added advantage in the dueling contest. I have swung it around recklessly and hit hard objects with it and I can safely conclude that this saber can withstand heavy-hitting like a champ.
The only thing I have to quip about here is that the blade isn’t removable, so there’s no way to make any modifications. Since we are talking about the negatives, I should also mention that the saber doesn’t look very screen-accurate. It’s pretty, nonetheless, so it’s not a dealbreaker for me, at least.
The light and sound effects are pretty movie-accurate, though. The LEDs are bright enough to light up a small room and the colors are vivid. It houses a high-quality accelerometer that detects movements and triggers light and sound effects according to the nature of the movement.
The flash-on-clash effect, humming sound of swinging lade, lights animating up and down the blade set off a wave of nostalgia. The new version of the Luke Skywalker lightsabers requires 3 AAA batteries.
If you are going to use alkaline batteries, make sure to take them out when it’s not in use to avoid performance issues.
6. Ciel Tan Force FX Light Saber
If you’re looking for a modular force fx lightsaber that can be easily customized for dueling, Ciel Tan could be a nice option to look into. The first thing about this saber that drew my attention was the hilt.
The shiny chrome finish lends it a very refined, luxurious look. It’s made of heavy gauge aluminum and therefore, has an impressive weight to it. For a firm grip, consider adding a grip tape or something on the handle.
The blade is thicker than average and can withstand a smack. However, I would advise against smashing it too hard against a hard surface. You will find 3 tiny screws and a hex wrench in the kit to help you secure the blade to the hilt.
One of the most standout features of the lightsaber is the blade lock-up effect. The crisp and clear sound totally hits the home run. That, along with the flash-on-clash effect and 6 sound fonts from the movie let you recreate the SW dueling sequences with style.
The speakers are of high quality which further enhances the dueling experience. You can adjust the volume as well by pressing the button. There are 12 vibrant color modes available. The ultra-bright LEDs look absolutely gorgeous in low light.
The only minor issue is that there’s only one button for so many functions. Cycling through so many settings does get tedious at times. Another downside worth noting is the hypersensitive motion sensor. Sometimes the sound effects would get triggered even when the blade is perfectly still.
I hope the manufacturer fixes this issue in the upcoming editions. The saber kit includes an 1800 mAh lithium-ion battery that takes only a couple of hours to fully charge and lasts for days. You can also swap them out with larger-capacity batteries if you want.
Note: Even though it’s not the top quality force fx lightsaber in this competitive market, it’s well worth the money considering the host of cool features it offers. The sound effects are truly top-notch for the price, even better than some of its costlier counterparts.
Unless you’re planning on doing some serious dueling with it, the saber can handle plenty of smacking.
7. STAR WARS The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force Fx Elite Lightsaber
Billed as the most advanced FX lightsaber of the Black Series, the Elite Kylo Ren saber is a must-have for any collector. It’s packed with 80 premium LED lights, so, unless I’m completely out of my mind, I won’t hit anything too hard with it. Light dueling should be fine, though. Mine developed a few scuff marks from occasional light dueling, but it’s barely noticeable unless you look very closely.
Apart from premium lighting, the Elite series Kylo saber also offers some killer special effects. The progressive ignition effect is smooth like butter and what’s even better is that you get to see a different ignition style depending on the orientation of the blade.
Then there’s the molten glow effect which turns the tip of the blade deep red, simulating the effect of you melting the surface it’s pressed against. Sick, huh? It also mimics the instability of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber with an impressively accurate unstable plasma effect.
All the lightsabers I currently own have the flash-on-clash effect but none of them nails it like the Elite.
Another good thing about this model is that there are multiple buttons on the handle to activate and control various effects. That’s 5x times better than having to press one button a quadrillion times to find the effect you’re looking for. It even comes with a cool, aesthetic stand for displaying this beauty.
8. Star Wars The Black Series Count Dooku Force FX Lightsaber
I could never really grasp why Count Dooku’s character doesn’t get the hype he deserves. But that’s a conversation for another day. For now, let’s stick to this cool replica fashioned after Dooku’s saber in the Revenge of the Sith.
Design-wise, it’s not exactly a spitting image of the OG lightsaber but the hilt is thick and weighted near to perfection. The color of the blade is more reddish-orange than deep red. The coolest part of the saber is how smoothly the light extends out of the shaft when you turn it on.
Brightness is decent as well but the soundboard didn’t meet my expectations. The sound fonts are pretty generic and not at all accurate to Count Dooku’s sound in the movie.
The blade is sturdy enough to handle light dueling. Mine got a few scuff marks from clashing against a customized dueling lightsaber.
9. Hasbro Star Wars Anakin to Darth Vader Electronic FX Lightsaber
Another great choice for cosplay on this list, the color-changing feature of the saber is better than many replicas costing twice its price. The sound effects, especially the motion-activated swinging sounds are loud and crisp and the colors are really vibrant for the price.
I was really pleased by the quality of the motion sensors in this model. It’s not super touchy, so it won’t trigger a barrage of sounds when you swing the blade lightly.
It looks quite bright and gorgeous in a dark room. Since the blade is made of plastic, I won’t recommend it for blindly ashing around, you can definitely use it for light to moderate dueling without harming the LED lights on the blade.
I wish the hilt and the blade weren’t made of plastic, though, it kind of dampens the aesthetic for me. However, if you are getting this as a birthday or Christmas present for a kid, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
Make sure the power switch is turned to 0 when the saber is not in use to prevent unnecessary battery drainage.
10. JOYIN LED FX Dual Light Up Saber
Wrapping up this epic list of the best Force FX lightsabers with a low-priced, decently build saber replica toy for kids. Don’t let its paltry price tag fool you. I have tested its dueling capability and let me admit that this bad boy turned out to be way tougher than I expected.
Of course, the weight, balance, and aesthetics aren’t on par with $100+ lightsabers. The quality of the lights and sounds are impressive as well. I love the clashing sound it makes when it hits another saber.
It even comes with a connector to let you easily form a duel-saber out of it. It came with 6 AAA batteries pre-installed which I really appreciate. Changing the batteries is hassle-free.
An Easy Guide to Choosing the Perfect Force FX Lightsaber
Did you think I was going to leave y’all here with just reviews? Pfftt! No.
While I’m sure some of you have already obtained all the information you needed to make a decision, first-time buyers could use a little more. So, here’s a checklist of all the aspects I always keep in mind while picking up a lightsaber to add to my collection –
In the SW universe, blue is the most common color for a Jedi lightsaber, next to green while red-hued sabers are wielded by the Evil Force. Purple and orange colors are rare. Unless you are crazy about a particular lightsaber color, choose a model that lets you cycle through multiple colors.
Unstable plasma, flash-on-clash, automatic color switching, light extending, and retracting are some of the coolest lightsaber effects enthusiasts pay top dollars for. If the LEDs are bright enough, the saber can double up as a neat flashlight as well.
Lightsabers with generic sound effects e.g idle humming, whoosh vroom sound are fine for kids. But if you are someone who knows SW stories beat-by-beat, take your time to find an FX lightsaber with motion-activated realistic sound effects.
Recreating the iconic fighting scenes from SW with combat noises like blaster deflect, clashing, blade lock-up sounds is something you can never get enough of.
It’s important to choose a lightsaber depending on how you intend to use it. If it’s meant to be a Christmas present for a kid, a plastic lightsaber with a blunt tip would be the safest option. For strictly display purposes – attention to detail, brightness, range of colors, and FX should be prioritized.
And finally, if you’re eyeing the best Force FX lightsaber for fighting & dueling, make sure the blade is sturdy enough to withstand getting smacked.
Lightsaber dueling is no fun light and sound effects don’t swiftly react to the movements. Force FX lightsabers with high-quality motion sensors aren’t exactly budget-friendly but if you want to experience the true greatness of a lightsaber, no price is too great to pay (yeah, okay, that’s maybe a bit of a stretch)
FAQs On Force Fx Lightsabers
1. Are Force FX lightsabers good for dueling?
Ans. For light to moderate dueling – sure! But heavy dueling with a Force FX lightsaber is a no-go. That’s because, in Force lightsabers, the LEDs reside within the blade itself. Therefore, applying too much force can permanently damage the lights.
2. How long do Force FX lightsabers last?
Ans. Depends on the build quality and how you use it. A sturdy, heavy-duty adult collectible lightsaber can easily last for over 10 years if handled with care.
3. Can you remove the blade from a Force FX lightsaber?
Ans. Yes, a lot of Force FX lightsaber models like Black Series FX Elite, YDDSABER come with removable blades.
4. How heavy are Force FX lightsabers?
Ans. Force FX lightsabers donning metal hilt (heavy gauge aluminum, mostly) can weigh anywhere in the ballpark of 1.95-2.2 pounds.
5. What are Force FX lightsabers made of?
Ans. Standard Force FX lightsaber blades are made of thick polycarbonate while the hilt is constructed out of aluminum coupled with a polymer grip.
To Sum Up
We have come to the very end of this epic roundup of the best Force FX lightsabers. From special effects to phenomenal attention to detail – these lightsabers got everything every SW fan can never ask for. However, despite many typical shared characteristics, not all saber replicas are created equal.
What may look like an amazing collectible may not be an ideal choice for heavy dueling. So, take your time going over the reviews, weighing up the pros and cons instead of just falling for the aesthetics.
Unless you’re shopping for a toddler who couldn’t care less about the intricacies of lightsaber anatomy, avoid anything that seems too good to be true, price-wise. May the force be with you.