Even though Star Wars Force FX lightsabers and FX sabers sound similar, there’s a big difference between the two terms. Star Wars Force FX lightsabers are officially licensed lightsabers. Master Replicas manufactured Star Wars Force FX lightsabers in the early 2000s. Currently, Hasbro manufactures Star Wars Force FX lightsabers. ‘Force FX lightsaber’ is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm, so products bearing the name ‘Force FX lightsaber’ should be officially licensed.
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Some custom saber companies and also some Facebook scam companies use the term ‘FX Saber’ or something with ‘FX’ in the title. Just because a saber has the term FX in the title, it DOES NOT mean the product is officially licensed. The term FX is used broadly among saber companies that are NOT affiliated with Lucasfilm or Disney.
Star Wars Force FX lightsaber
A Star Wars Force FX lightsaber is a licensed collectible lightsaber manufactured by Master Replicas or Hasbro. Force FX lightsabers are all modeled after lightsabers shown in the Star Wars movies. The lightsaber makes sounds and the blade lights up. Most Star Wars Force FX lightsabers retail for around $150 to $200, although rare and retired models can sell for more.
An FX saber can be manufactured by any company. An FX saber is a saber that features visual effects, audio effects or both. Most FX sabers will feature both visual and audio effects, although the Core FX V2 boards, by 7 Chambers, add visual effects only. Some examples of saber ‘FX’ include: Flash on Clash, various saber sounds, etc.
Consider that even very inexpensive, low-end sabers could be considered ‘FX’. The Walmart Space Sword, for example, lights up and makes sounds even though it only costs a few dollars.
Misleading Use of the ‘Force FX lightsaber’ name
Watch out, some sellers illegally use the Force FX lightsaber name in their title! If you see any FX sabers for around $30 and decide to buy one, you will likely receive a plastic toy EVEN IF the photo shows a nicer product. A common Facebook scam and Instagram scam is a bait-and-switch saber–the photo, title and description of the saber mislead buyers into believing they will receive a nice saber when they will actually receive a plastic toy. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
FX-Sabers is also the name of a large and popular lightsaber-themed forum. The FX-Sabers forums discusses both licensed lightsabers and custom sabers.
Where to find Star Wars Force FX lightsabers
Many major retailers sell Star Wars Force FX lightsabers. Two large and popular platforms are:
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