Hasbro Force FX Elite Lightsaber vs Force FX (Standard) Comparison: What’s The Difference?

Hasbro released a new lightsaber called the Star Wars: The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber in October 2019. The lightsaber is the first ever Force FX Elite Lightsaber on the market. How does the new Force FX Elite lightsaber differ from previous, standard Star Wars: The Black Series Force FX lightsabers?

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Lightsaber Sound Effects Comparison

Standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers: power up, idle hum, clash, and power down
Force FX Elite Lightsaber: power up, idle hum, clash, and power down, blaster bolt deflect, tip drag crackle

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Lightsaber Visual Effects Comparison

Standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers: progressive ignition (saber scroll), blade flicker (Kylo Ren lightsaber only)
Force FX Elite Lightsaber: progressive ignition (saber scroll), blade flicker (Kylo Ren lightsaber only), battle clash effect (i.e. Flash on Clash), blaster bolt deflect, molten glow (i.e. ‘tip drag’ so it looks like you’re cutting through something)

Lightsaber Hilt Comparison

Standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers: metal hilt
Force FX Elite Lightsaber: metal hilt (new design; slimmer than the standard Kylo Ren Force FX lightsaber)

Lightsaber Blade Comparison

Standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers: plastic permanently attached blade(s)*, string blade (i.e. LED strips contained in blade)
Force FX Elite Lightsaber: plastic removable blades, string blade (strip of 80 LEDs contained in blades)
*Note: Prior to the Black Series Force FX lightsaber line, some Hasbro and Master Replicas lightsabers used removable blades. All current Black Series Force FX lightsabers use attached blades, however.

Lightsaber Display Stand

Standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers: clear acrylic, no pattern, versatile stand/wall mount combo (for lightsaber with blade)
Force FX Elite Lightsaber:
black metal, Imperial corridor pattern, vertical display stand (for lightsaber hilt only), includes bonus collectible coin

Retail Price

Standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers: around $149.99 to $214.99 (varies by model)
Force FX Elite Lightsaber: $299.99 (Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber)

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Black Series Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber is more technologically advanced and includes more features, effects, and all around versatility than standard Black Series Force FX Lightsabers. Indeed, Hasbro states that the lightsaber is “the most realistic Force FX lightsaber yet”. Extra features come at a price, however, since the Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber retails for a higher dollar amount than any other Force FX lightsaber.

Future Force FX Elite Lightsabers

As of December 2019, Hasbro has not announced any plans to release additional Force FX Elite lightsabers. Although Hasbro plans to release an Asajj Ventress Force FX Lightsaber and a Kit Fisto Force FX Lightsaber in 2020, neither lightsaber is listed as a Force FX Elite Lightsaber.

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Image depicts Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber (upper left and right) and Kylo Ren Force FX Lightsaber (lower left)

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