Best lightsabers 2024: Toys, replicas, and props

By owning one of the best lightsabers, you're one step closer to the ultimate dream: becoming a Sith Lord or a Jedi. But sorting the good from the poodoo isn't always easy. That's where we come in, with our round-up of the best lightsabers credits can buy.

Whether you're looking for a truly exquisite executive plaything or something inexpensive but cool for your kids, we've rounded up a wide selection of the best lightsabers here on our list. We've selected lightsabers from across a wide range of price points — and, of course, whether you're on the light side or the dark side, we've got something to suit, no matter what your budget.

These lightsabers shouldn't be used for actual intergalactic battles, of course (should we even have to say that?) but they do make one heck of a talking piece. And with many of them having realistic light and sound effects, you can put on quite the show, too.

If you're looking for more Star Wars stuff other than lightsabers, we've got a bunch more guides worth checking out. Cast your eyes on our best Star Wars costumes and our best Lego Star Wars sets, or perhaps you're here to find out the Star Wars movies in chronological order.

Best lightsabers to buy in 2024

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The quick list

These are our picks of the best lightsabers in a quick, easy-to-view format. For more in-depth information, scroll down where you'll find details on each lightsaber and links to individual reviews.

Best overall

The Galaxy’s Edge Darth Vader Legacy lightsaber in its display case on a white backdrop.

Official merchandise for when only the best will do. (Image credit: Disney)

Galaxy's Edge Legacy Lightsabers

Together we can rule the galaxy.

Specifications

Recommended age: 8+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x AAA

Reasons to buy

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Official Disney branding
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Incredible sound effects
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Stylish display case

Reasons to avoid

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Hilt only, blade purchased separately
Buy it if:

You want official Disney: Lightsabers don't come much more official than the actual merchandise from Galaxy's Edge.

You want good quality: Yes, it's largely plastic, but these are a cut above other commercially-available lightsabers.

Don't buy it if:

You want something cheap: You'll need to buy the hilt and blade separately, and so will set you back a fair amount of credits.

The bottom line:

🔎 Galaxy's Edge Legacy Lightsaber: One of the best official lightsabers you can buy, they're fantastic quality, come in a fancy box and make an excellent display piece. Their lights and sounds make them fun to swish around, too. ★★★★★

Some of the easiest replica lightsabers to find are the Galaxy’s Edge Legacy Lightsabers, which are officially licensed Disney products and can be used alongside a lightsaber blade purchased at the Galaxy’s Edge park. While it's fun to grab one from one of the official theme parks directly, you can also find these across Amazon and Walmart, though the blade is sold separately from the hilt.

You can also buy the light-up blade online, but this could be a hindrance given its additional expense. Still, these character-specific designs, such as Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, only vary in the hilt design, which makes the process of buying a blade a little easier when they’re actually in stock at the Shop Disney store.

Griping aside, these are some of the best officially licensed replica lightsabers to ever hit the market and a cut above the usual pop-up plastic toys you find down the toy aisle of Walmart. They’re better used as a displayed prop, but they do feature fantastic light and sound effects and come with a recommended age rating of 8+, making them perfect for swinging around for kids and grownups alike.

Best Darth Vader

A closeup look at the Darth Vader Force FX Elite Lightsaber on a wooden table

You won't get a closer replica of Darth's Lightsaber than this. (Image credit: Future)
If you only knew the power of the dark side.

Specifications

Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x 1.5V AA

Reasons to buy

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Looks amazing
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Best-in-class effects
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Great to display or use

Reasons to avoid

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Effects button can be easily hit by accident
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Tricky screw system to add the blade
Buy it if:

You're a Darth Vader fan: You won't get a closer replica to the Dark Lord's hilt.

You want a collector's piece: Its lights and sounds are fantastic, but this is primarily a display piece.

Don't buy it if:

 You want a toy: The Black Series Force FX Elite lightsabers aren't designed for kids, and the high price means you don't want this to break.

The bottom line:

🔎 Darth Vader Force FX Elite: This lightsaber is one of the best on the market. It looks just like the real thing, has some fantastic light and sound effects, and looks fantastic on display. ★★★★★

The most impressive lightsaber we've been able to brandish recently belongs to the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader. It's an excellent collector-grade lightsaber that packs advanced LED technology, progressive ignition, and sound effects that even include duel and battle clash effects.

The hefty price tag will surely make some fans take a step back, but we're not joking when we say this is one of the finest lightsabers out there. Take a look at our Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber review where we awarded it five stars. If you've got the money and consider everything this Black Series Force FX Elite has to offer, it's an excellent pick to crown any collection. There's even a bonus kyber crystal that can be added to the hilt or kept on display, an uncommon extra that the biggest Star Wars fans will appreciate. 

More importantly, this iteration of Vader's iconic red saber is based on his appearance in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, meaning it reflects all the small tweaks and updates done to the design for the latest on-screen duels between Vader and Kenobi.

Best Obi-Wan

An ignited Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Elite Lightsaber on stand

A great display or role play piece that will get visitors talking. (Image credit: Future)
It's over Anakin, I have the high ground.

Specifications

Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x 1.5V AA

Reasons to buy

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Superb light and sound effects
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Weathering details on the hilt
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Includes a display stand

Reasons to avoid

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Neck of the display emitter uses plastic instead of metal
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Blade needs a thicker, non-screen accurate emitter
Buy it if:

You want a detailed hilt: We love the weathering effect, as if it's been worn away by the sands of Tatooine.

You want an all-rounder: The price stops it short of being a full-on toy, but this makes a great display or roleplay piece.

Don't buy it if:

 You want the absolute best: There are some bits of cheap plastic used, which lets down the quality somewhat.

The bottom line:

🔎 Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX: This is another great lightsaber, with a lot of work going into the hilt. Its lights and sounds are wonderful, but a bit of cheap plastic around the emitter lets it down. ★★★★

Much like the latest iteration of Darth Vader's lightsaber, the Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX lightsaber is based on the show and feels like the ultimate Black Series replica of Obi-Wan’s weapon out there. Both sabers look even better together.

In our Obi-Wan Kenobi Force DX review, we noted how some corners have definitely been cut, but it's overall way above the competition, and the weathering effect on the hilt — the sands of Tatooine aren't kind to anything — adds a nice and unique touch that perfectly represents Obi-Wan's eroded state in the series. It's hard to fully capture all the little, movie-accurate features of a lightsaber, but Hasbro aren't joking with their Force FX Elite line.

Though there are better options available if you strictly want to put it on a shelf or are looking to swing it around, the Force FX Elite is a perfect all-around pick that does everything well and comes with plenty of bells and whistles. It's viable for display, cosplay, and even some light action. And if you pay lots of attention to the materials and details, it feels heavy and genuine (aside from the cheaper plastic neck of the emitter).

Best Luke Skywalker

The Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber mounted against a blank background.

There are a few discrepancies between this and Luke Skywalker's saber, but it still looks fantastic. (Image credit: Disney)

The Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber

I am a Jedi, like my father before me.

Specifications

Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x AA

Reasons to buy

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Robustly built
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Full sound and light effects
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Full sized toy

Reasons to avoid

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Not an exact replica
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Fairly pricey given it's not exact
Buy it if:

You're happy to spend a decent amount: Like all Black Series Force FX lightsabers, this isn't cheap, costing over $250.

You want something that's well made: It feels more like a prop replica than a toy, made with solid materials.

Don't buy it if:

 You want a close replica: There are a few discrepancies between this and Luke Skywalker's Return of the Jedi lightsaber.

The bottom line:

🔎 Luke Skywalker Force FX: It looks fantastic, even if it's not quite a full replica of Skywalker's lightsaber. Still, its quality build and light and sound effects make this an excellent lightsaber. ★★★★½

Luke Skywalker's lightsaber is well recognized throughout the franchise, which is unsurprising given not only did it belong to the first protagonist of the original trilogy, but it was also one of the first lightsabers to ever appear on screen. 

The Black Series is a range design by Hasbro that offers a more accurate replica of the on-screen props, while still being officially branded as a children's toy, so this model can be played with and used in duels.

Doing so will reveal lighting and sound effects when clashed against a surface, and while this is far from what enthusiasts would call 'dueling quality,' you can smack it around without having to worry too much about snapping anything.

Still, it's far from cheap, so it's understandable that collectors prefer to keep this as a mounted display prop, and while it's based on Luke's blade from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, it isn’t a 100% accurate replica of the original which may bother perfectionists.

Best Kylo Ren

The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber against a white background.

We're not quite sure why the age recommendation is 18+, perhaps to show it's a collector's item and not just a toy. (Image credit: Disney)

The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber

Let the past die. Kill it if you have to.

Specifications

Recommended age: 18+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x AA

Reasons to buy

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Incredible interactive effects
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Accurate proportions

Reasons to avoid

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Weird age recommendation
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Overpriced 
Buy it if:

You want something a little different: Kylo Ren's lightsaber is iconic, different from most thanks to its crossguard style.

You want quality sound effects: You can switch between battle sounds and 'molten' sounds, which we love.

Don't buy it if:

 You're buying for a child: For some reason, this has an 18+ age rating.

The bottom line:

🔎 Kylo Ren Force FX Elite: A super lightsaber with a nifty, unique design — as long as you don't mind your allegiances laying with the dark side. ★★★★½

Love them or hate them, the sequel trilogy introduced a new generation to the Star Wars universe and, with it, a new villain in the form of Kylo Ren. His iconic, medieval-inspired lightsaber is characterized in the movies with crackling sound effects to represent the unstable kyber crystal housed within, something that's beautifully replicated within this faithful prop toy.

You're getting 80 LEDs for bright lighting, a real metal hilt, and the ability to switch between Battle FX for combat sounds and Molten FX to simulate you melting the environment with the blade when you press it against a surface, as seen when wielded by Kylo in the franchise. 

You get a collectors stand in the box if you want to keep this displayed on a desk, but it can withstand being swung around as long as you're not being too rough with it. Outside of extremely expensive small-batch replicas, this version of the Supreme Leader's lightsaber is considered to be one of the best officially licensed products available on the market.

Best Darksaber

The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Lightsaber

This Lightsaber is best as a display piece due to its fragility.  (Image credit: Hasbro)

The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Lightsaber

This is the way.

Specifications

Recommended age: 8+
Batteries?: Rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Unique design
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Cool light and sound effects

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Battery can't easily be replaced if it fails
Buy it if:

You're a Mando fan: The Darksaber is synonymous with The Mandalorian.

You want cool lights and sounds: The effects on this lightsaber are close to the real thing.

Don't buy it if:

 You want something robust: This is pretty delicate, so probably isn't great for swinging around.

The bottom line:

🔎 Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX: In our opinion, this is one of the coolest-looking lightsabers on the market. Its light and sound effects are great but it's rather delicate, so probably best kept as a display piece. ★★★★½

The movies aren't the only Star Wars media to have captured our hearts, with the Emmy award-winning Clone Wars series proving an especially popular watch for both children and adults alike (check out our list of the best Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes). The Darksaber first appeared in this animated series and has since gone on to feature in The Mandalorian, a live-action series on Disney Plus, so while this particular blade has never made it onto the big screen, it's a very iconic and recognizable lightsaber for Star Wars enthusiasts.

You’re getting a selection of light and sound effects, which do a pretty good job at emulating the original iconic design, and of course, the style more closely resembles that of an actual ninjatō, the weapon of choice for Ninjas during Japan's feudal era.

This Black Series replica Dark Saber isn't cheap, but that's hardly unique to this particular design. It is, however, on the delicate side, so while it's tempting to swing it around and pretend you're going to lead the Mandalorians in battle, this is probably best left as a display-only collectible.

Best Yoda

Official Disney Yoda Lightsaber

One of the cheapest Lightsaber's in this guide, costing around $40. (Image credit: Disney)

Official Disney Yoda Lightsaber

Specifications

Recommended age: 3+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x AA

Reasons to buy

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Solid, non-extendable blade
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Hilt can be worn separately 

Reasons to avoid

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Not very detailed
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Not especially bright
Buy it if:

You're on a budget: At only $35, this is significantly cheaper than most other lightsabers

You want something to play with: This isn't as detailed as other lightsabers, so is perfectly placed to be swung around to your heart's content.

Don't buy it if:

 You're looking for detail: We're safely in toy territory here, so this isn't a detailed collector's piece.

The bottom line:

🔎 Yoda Lightsaber: Built with kids in mind, the Official Yoda Lightsaber lacks the detail of others, but still has nifty light and sound effects. It's perfect for swishing around — and it's very cheap. ★★★★

If you're not a super fan then it can be pretty difficult to distinguish which of the common blue and green colored lightsabers belong to what character, but if you're buying for a small child then this could be a benefit more than a hindrance. This officially licensed Disney lightsaber is styled after Yoda's blade, but for kids who just want a recognizable lightsaber to swish around. Thankfully, you can easily locate this model in Disney stores and on websites like Amazon.

It doesn't have the usual pop-up style that many other toy lightsabers have, but that gives it a bit more structure for being inevitably whacked against things, and you still have some decent sound effects when the blade is in motion.

It's far from perfect and it's not ideal as a collector’s replica, and the lights look dull when compared to other toy sabers on the market, but for an officially licensed toy, it's an affordable purchase that your kids will adore.