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Welcome to Monederosmart! Here you will always find all the information you need to make the best purchasing decisions on a wide variety of products. This time, we bring you this guide to lightsaber, the quintessential item that any true Star Wars fan must have.

Since the first lightsabers in the seventies, this toy has become the icon of the fanaticism for the legendary Jedi movies. The latest models incorporate technologies that enhance their realism and provide an experience ever closer to that of the films.

We have prepared a guide to help you better understand the types of lightsaber you can find on the market, as well as their features. Once you have read this article you will be ready to buy the one that best suits your needs.




Summary

  • The lightsaber is a favourite product of the Star Wars universe. It consists of a replica of the weapons of the fictional Star Wars universe, being a hilt that emits a halo of coloured light on the edge to fight epic battles. They come in various colours and qualities.
  • In short, there are two types of lightsabers: those used for gaming and collectibles. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the type of lightsaber you should buy depends on what you want to use it for.
  • To get the ideal lightsaber for you, you should consider some purchasing factors such as colour, lighting and effects. We will discuss these in more detail later on. Read on and may the Force be with you.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about the lightsaber

Finding the lightsaber of your dreams is not easy. There is a huge variety of models and they all seem to serve the same purpose, but we know that's not the case. If you want to get a lightsaber worthy of a jedi, pay attention to the following information we have prepared for you.

A good lightsaber is a must for attending conventions. (Photo: Anton Gvozdikov
/123RF)

What is lightsaber and what are its advantages?

The lightsaber is a weapon used by both Jedi and Sith warriors in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. It consists of a hilt that emits a halo of blue, green, purple or red laser light, and with which amazing battles are fought across outer space.

Since the release of the first Star Wars film in 1977, the lightsaber has gained unprecedented popularity. From young children wanting to play with their friends to adults becoming fanatics, this item became increasingly valuable as a collectible.

There is an almost endless variety of Star Wars merchandise, but the lightsaber has always held a special place. Whether you're looking for the most perfect collector's replica or a toy that will stand up to a child's treatment, there's a lightsaber to suit your budget.

Advantages
  • It's a collector's item
  • You can find almost every character
  • They have sound effects
  • Fun for young and old
Disadvantages
  • They are not very shock resistant
  • Most use disposable batteries
  • They can be very expensive

Lightsaber for collecting or playing - what should you pay attention to?

Before buying a lightsaber it is essential that you ask yourself whether you are going to use it for gaming or as a collector's item. The quality of a collector's lightsaber does not compare to the materials of a toy lightsaber.

Collectible Lightsaber. This is the type of item that every fan of the saga wants to own. They are very accurate replicas made of high quality materials, ideal for displaying in your living room. It's the kind of lightsaber you can wear with pride at a Star Wars convention or theme party.

Toy Lightsaber. If you're looking for a lightsaber for your child to play with, you don't want to invest in a collectible. There are other models made of plastic that are more convenient to play with. These also light up and have sound effects, but are not as expensive.

Collectible For playing
Materials Metal and acrylic Plastic
Design Faithful replica Imitation replica
Sound High fidelity Generic, cheap speakers
Length Up to 1.20 metres From half a metre
Light Goes up and down when switched on and off Just lights up

Buying criteria

We already know that the quality of the lightsaber depends on the use you want to make of it, but in addition to that it is important to consider some criteria. Once you have reviewed and analysed the following section you will be ready to make the best purchasing decision.

  • Type of light
  • Colours
  • Effects
  • Power source

Type of light

Nowadays, the most common way to illuminate lightsabers is with LED lights. There are two ways to achieve this: by placing the LED inside the handle or through an LED string inside the blade. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, which we explain below.

Led in the hilt. This method of lighting is ideal for shock resistance, as there are no electronic parts in the blade. It also allows the blade to be detached, making it possible to change the colour of the light, as well as carry it deactivated on your belt like a jedi.

The main disadvantage of this system is that as a single spotlight illuminates the entire lightsaber, it does not achieve a part-by-part lighting effect. The whole lightsaber lights up at the same time and that makes it lose realism. Also, it doesn't light evenly: the lower part lights up very well while the tip receives less light.

LED string. This mechanism works with many small LED lights on the edge of the sabre, so it lights up part by part. It also does not use a lot of energy, so the battery lasts longer.

But despite the realism of this system, the LED rope is very delicate and cannot withstand hard knocks. Another disadvantage is that you can't detach the edge to carry it on your belt. However, if you are looking for a collector's lightsaber it would be best not to hit it anyway.

Colours

Before choosing your lightsaber we recommend that you check the symbolism of the colours to see which one suits your personality. Of course you can also choose it based on your favourite character, but tradition dictates that the personality determines the colour of the light through the Force. There are 7 colours in total, but these are the most common:

Blue. It is the colour of the jedi guardians, highly skilled warriors dedicated to combat. It is the colour of escorts, protectors of civilians, and destroyers of evil. The most popular characters to wear these colours throughout the saga are Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

Green. The colour of the jedi consuls, who concentrate on the use and mysteries of the Force. They are not as skilled in combat and therefore rely more on their Force prowess in battle. It is the colour of Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Qui-Gon Jinn.

Red. This colour is supposedly obtained from synthetic crystals and is used by the Sith, warriors of the dark side of the Force. This colour is used by Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Count Dooku and Kylo Ren.

Purple. This colour is used by warriors who appeal to both the light side of the Force and the dark side. For this reason, those who use this colour are more aggressive in the way they fight. The most famous warrior who uses this colour is Mace Windu.

Effects

Regardless of the quality of your lightsaber, you need it to at least meet the fundamental requirements of light and sound. As far as light is concerned, we have already talked about it above, it only remains to add that it is best enjoyed in dark spaces.

As for the sound, it is important that you make sure that it at least sounds when you turn the lightsaber on and off. But we really recommend that you look for a motion detector so that it sounds when you move it or bump it, and even better if it emits vibrations. Make sure you read the product specifications carefully.

Power source

Basically you will find two types of lightsabers based on their power source: battery powered and rechargeable. Traditionally, batteries have been needed to power the lightsaber, but in recent years some models that can be recharged have also appeared.

Batteries. It works like most electronic toys of yesteryear, you simply insert the batteries and replace them when they run out. The downside is that this generates a lot of pollution in the trash and can result in considerable expense. We recommend that if you buy a battery-powered lightsaber, you use rechargeable batteries.

Rechargeable. USB technology has also arrived in the Star Wars world and it is now possible to get rechargeable lightsabers. Simply plug into a wall socket and in a few hours you'll have enough battery power for a lot of fun. We recommend you look for this feature in the product specifications.

(Featured image photo: Andriy Bezuglov / 123RF)

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