Hasbro Lightsabers: Comparing Bladebuilders, Force FX and Ultimate FX
Hasbro manufactures the widest variety of officially licensed Star Wars toy lightsabers and adult collectible lightsabers on the market. Let’s compare some of the most popular Hasbro product lines, including: Bladebuilders Lightsabers, Ultimate FX Lightsabers and Force FX lightsabers.
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STAR WARS TOY LIGHTSABERS
Hasbro produces a wide variety of toy lightsabers that retail for around $10 to $100, although some lightsaber toys that are out of production may sell for above retail. Hasbro’s toy lightsabers, which are made of plastic, primarily use extendable blades, except for the Ultimate FX line, which uses a fixed blade. Some Hasbro toy lightsabers use batteries and light up and make sound. Other more basic, inexpensive Hasbro toy lightsabers simply extend and don’t use batteries or electronics.
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Bladebuilders is a product line of toy lightsabers, along with a few non-lightsabers, that allows the user to to mix and match components from different Bladebuilders sets. Hasbro’s Bladebuilders product line launched in 2015. Most Bladebuilders sets retail for around $10 to $50.
Ultimate FX Lightsabers
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Ultimate FX is a high-end product line of plastic toy lightsabers that light up and make sounds. Ultimate FX lightsabers retail for around $50 to $100. The lightsabers use use a fixed blade (i.e. not extendable or removable from the hilt) and feature motion activated sounds during swings and clashes. Hasbro first launched the Ultimate FX lightsaber line in 2011.
STAR WARS FORCE FX LIGHTSABERS (ADULT COLLECTIBLE LIGHTSABERS)
Force FX Lightsabers are fully functioning, metal, adult collectible lightsabers that light up and make sound. Force FX lightsabers target adult collectors and are not toys. Hasbro has been making Force FX Lightsabers since 2008 after taking over the Force FX Lightsaber license from Master Replicas. Most Hasbro Force FX lightsabers retail for around $150 to $200, however, some of the rare models that are no longer in production now sell for more than the original retail price.
Signature Series Force FX Lightsabers
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Signature Series is the first product line of Force FX Lightsabers produced by Hasbro. The Signature series line includes replicas of popular movie lightsabers like Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, etc. The line also include lightsabers from more obscure characters like Kit Fisto and Asajj Ventress. Some Signature Series lightsabers feature a removable blade, and others feature a permanently attached blade. The Signature Series Force FX Lightsaber line is now discontinued.
The Black Series Force FX Lightsabers
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The Black Series Force FX Lightsaber line succeeded Hasbro’s Signature Series line in 2013. New lightsabers in The Black Series line continue to be released. The Black Series Force FX Lightsaber line is part of Hasbro’s broader Star Wars: The Black Series product line, which includes: action figures, vehicles, helmets, lightsabers, collectibles, etc.