Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (Blue Blade): Everything You Need to Know
Hasbro Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsaber, released in 2015, is the third lightsaber in the Star Wars: The Black Series Force FX lightsaber line up. The series encompasses a collection of realistic lightsabers that use a metal hilt, light up and make movie inspired lightsaber sound effects. The Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsaber is based on the blue-bladed lightsaber Skywalker wields in Star Wars: A New Hope (ANH).
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Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber Description
The Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsaber includes the lightsaber hilt with fixed blade (non-removable) and a clear acrylic lightsaber stand/wall mount. Unscrew the pommel to access the removable battery pack. Lightsaber requires 3 AA batteries (not included). The original retail price of the lightsaber is $149.99.
The full size, real metal hilt is inspired by the design of the modified Graflex flashgun handle prop used in the movie Star Wars: A New Hope. Activate the lightsaber by sliding up the bubble strip in the middle of the hilt.
A D-ring attaches to the removable pommel. Since the hilt and blade are permanently attached, it’s not very easy or practical to wear the lightsaber. It may be possible for the owner to acquire a lightsaber holster in order to wear the hilt/blade assembly more like a medieval sword.
Hasbro later released the similar Rey (Jedi Training) Force FX Lightsaber. The two lightsabers have some design differences. Additionally, Hasbro also released a different Luke Skywalker lightsaber model called the Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (green blade, ROTJ).
Lightsaber Blade, Visual Effects, and Sound Effects
The Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsaber uses fixed string blade, a type of plastic blade containing a string of LEDs inside the blade. The LED string facilitates the progressive ignition (i.e. saber scroll effect) of the blade illumination originating near the hilt and extending to the end of near the blade tip. The process reverses to create a blade retraction effect.
One of the drawbacks of the string blade style is string blades may develop dead zone spots in the LED string, particularly after the LED string is damaged from contact. Note that Force FX lightsabers are NOT recommended for dueling since dueling may damage the LED string or even break the fixed blade off the hilt.
The lightsaber sounds are inspired by the actual Luke Skywalker lightsaber sounds in Star Wars: A New Hope. Sound effects include: ignition sound, retraction sound and a motion-sensitive swing sounds, clash sound and idle hum.
Where to Buy a Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber
Since the Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsaber (blue blade) is discontinued, the lightsaber has become harder to find. Some sellers list second hand Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsabers on eBay, Amazon, or other marketplaces. As of November 2021, new or gently used Luke Skywalker Force FX lightsabers (blue blade) commonly sell for above the original $149.99 retail price point.
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