Hasbro Star Wars Lightsaber Academy Toys: What You Should Know
Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is a combination app-and-toy-lightsaber line by Hasbro. Launched in October 2019, the interactive Lightsaber Academy system empowers young apprentices to train and battle with lightsabers just like some of their favorite Star Wars characters. Each Lightsaber Academy lightsaber unlocks content in the Lightaber Academy app (free download).
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All Lightsaber Academy lightsaber toys are electronic and light up. All of the lightsabers use telescoping, extendable blades as well. Additional lightsaber toy features vary by price and type. The Lightsaber Academy contains three tiers of lightsabers: Level 1 Lightsabers, Level 2 Lightsabers, and a Smart-Hilt Interactive Battle Lightsaber.
Level 1 Lightsaber Academy Lightsabers
ages 4+ | $9.99 retail
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Level 1 Lightsaber Academy lightsabers are inexpensive electronic lightsaber toys that light up, but do not make sound. There are three Level 1 lightsabers: Level 1 Blue Lightsaber Toy, Level 1 Red Lightsaber Toy, and Level 1 Green Lightsaber Toy.
Each of the three lightsabers features a different hilt design. The hilts appear to be generic lightsabers designs and are NOT based on the design of specific Star Wars characters (e.g. Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, etc.). Each Level 1 lightsaber includes a QR code that can be scanned to access training material in Lightsaber Academy app. The lightsaber toy itself, however, is not equipped with Bluetooth and does not interact with the app directly.
Level 2 Lightsaber Academy Lightsabers
ages 6+ | $19.99 retail
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Level 2 Lightsaber Academy lightsabers are character specific electronic lightsaber toys that light up, make lightsaber sounds, and play Star Wars character phrases. There are three Level 2 lightsabers: Darth Vader A New Hope lightsaber (red blade), Luke Skywalker Return of the Jedi lightsaber (green blade) and Rey The Rise of Skywalker lightsaber (blue blade). Each Level 2 lightsaber includes a QR code that can be scanned to access training material in Lightsaber Academy app. As with Level 1 lightsabers, Level 2 lightsaber toys are not equipped with Bluetooth and do not interact with eh Lightsaber Academy app directly.
Lightsaber Academy Interactive Battling System Lightsaber with Smart-Hilt
ages 6+ | $49.99 retail
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The Lightsaber Academy Interactive Battling System Lightsaber toy is a Bluetooth equipped, electronic lightsaber toy that lights up, makes lightsaber sounds, plays character phrases, and interacts directly with the Lightsaber Academy app. The lightsaber toy, which is not character specific in design, also features a light-up crystal chamber on the inside.
The motion-sensitive Smart-Hilt connects with the Lightsaber Academy app, following the speed, precision, and accuracy of the lightsaber’s movements. Aspiring Jedi (or Sith) may train with 5 masters and can earn points and unlock new lightsaber skills.
The Interactive Battling System Lightsaber toy enables wielders to: undergo training missions, duel with Star Wars characters, or duel with friends (note: dueling with a friend requires an additional lightsaber).
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Hasbro first announced and unveiled the Star Wars Lightsaber Academy toy line in February 2019 at the New York Toy Fair. The first wave of Lightsaber Academy products were officially released on October 4, 2019 on Triple Force Friday. Lightsaber Academy toys are officially licensed by Lucasfilm/Disney.
COVER IMAGE CREDIT Hasbro
Image depicts various Lightsaber Academy toys