The best lightsabers are likely going to look very different depending on not just your age, but also your budget and utility, which can make sourcing them a little complex for those without prior experience.
We all remember the plastic ‘pop-up’ varieties from our childhood, but as Star Wars has grown, so has its fanbase - which now means that you can buy highly detailed replica sabers of the plasma swords used by your favorite characters. There are even companies dedicated to creating specialist lightsabers that offer greater light and sound effects than anything mass-produced, some of which can take a beating, which makes them ideal for roleplay combat.
Not real combat though of course, as Lightsabers in the Star Wars franchise are swords of pure, plasma energy that can cut through just about anything. The real-world versions are thankfully far safer to wield, though not all of them are suitable for dueling. Many replicas are designed to be admired rather than used practically, with some even only available as a hilt without that then requires you to purchase the light-up blade separately.
This is also the case with the official offerings you can find in Disney’s theme park shops, including within the Galaxy’s Edge area of Disney World Orlando, in which you visit Savi's Workshop (opens in new tab) and build a plasma blade of your very own from scratch. It’s on the expensive side at $219 (plus tax), but not only do you get to keep your creation, this is also an interactive experience where you’ll learn some cool Jedi lore and take part in a group activity, so the cost isn’t too far fetched.
Speaking of cash, the price of lightsabers can vary by a significant margin depending on what you’re looking for. Officially licensed Children's toys aren’t exactly budget-friendly, but they’re leagues more affordable than some of the fancy collector's items or custom-built sabers. Still, there are options available across every budget so we’re sure you’ll find something that suits both your needs and wallet.
Best official lightsabers
Many small builders have to navigate around copyright if they want to create a Star Wars character's blade by including some slight design adjustments and a different name. As such, there aren’t many officially licensed replicas of Lightsabers around these days, so when items like the Black Series Force FX sabers are released, they sell out fast and quickly become difficult to find at a reasonable price.
Your best bet to not overpay for these collectibles are to be ready as soon as they’re available for preorder, such as in the case of these upcoming Rey (opens in new tab) and Leia (opens in new tab) designs.
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, Dary 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 on the Shop Disney store (opens in new tab).
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.
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.
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.
This 2-in-1 from Hasbro is great for fans of Anakin Skywalker, with a fun feature that changes the lighting effects between blue and red to represent the chosen one’s transition to the dark side. It’s fairly durable as this is intended as a toy first and a replica second, but while it can take some smacking against soft surfaces and swinging, it isn’t ideal for the roleplay community.
Equally, it’s not brilliant for collectors as it isn’t a completely accurate replica of Anakin’s lightsaber. However, it is perfect for everyday fans of the series, and those LED lights look fantastic when mounted against a wall or used as part of a cosplay or Halloween costume.
The batteries are a pain to change over, and it’s still expensive for what is essentially a fancy kids’ toy, but the price is actually one of the most ‘affordable’ we’ve seen for an officially licensed replica of this quality.
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 toy lightsabers
It isn’t easy for everyone to visit Galaxy’s Edge to build their own lightsaber, but luckily there are easier and more affordable options for smaller kids. The Bladebuilders series from Hasbro allows you to swap different pieces around, creating a customized toy that can be switched between other models within the series. This toy is based on Kylo Ren’s blade from the sequel trilogy and simulates classic light and sound effects from the films when you swing it around.
Unlike the collector’s replicas above, this is instead designed to be used as part of a Halloween costume or play fighting, and so it can take a substantial beating (provided a child is the one smacking it around). The red plastic pops up to extend the blade out and comes in a unique texture that resembles the crackling, distorted plasma seen on screen.
With the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes now airing on the Disney+ streaming service, alongside the more recent The Mandalorian TV series, chances are your kids may have seen the Dark Saber in action, and we can hardly blame them if they want one of their own to swing around. It’s a seriously cool-looking saber, with a design that’s closer to swords used by real-life Japanese Shinobi (ninjas).
Suitable for ages 4+, you get the usual light and sound effects from swinging it around, though it isn’t as bright as the more standard designs. Still, it can withstand some light dueling and works well as a costume accessory, toy, or decorative prop.
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 as 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.
The fact that a lightsaber is unique to its wielder is something that runs deep in Star Wars lore, and while the experience of making your very own at Disney World sounds fantastic, it’s also a pricey affair. A much cheaper alternative is the Jedi Master Bladebuilders Lightsaber from Hasbro, a kit that lets you switch between several styles of hilt, blade, and angles to create a fully playable toy.
It’s still on the expensive side for a kids’ toy, and those small parts could go missing if they’re not looked after, but this is a breath of fresh air from the pop-up toys or solid blades often seen on the shelves. You can also use them with other lightsabers in the Bladebuilders range, giving you a spectrum of customization.
This lightsaber can take a decent beating for a modular toy, and you also get movie-accurate sound and light effects that'll make for memorable battle moments. Unfortunately, this does require six batteries to run which is a lot more than any of the other lightsaber models out there.
It’s refreshing to see action toys equipped with female voice lines, and with this official Disney lightsaber being modeled on the version Rey uses in the sequel trilogy, you can hear phrases said by the young heroine throughout the movies.
With it resembling other popular blades (such as Luke and Anakin Skywalker’s), you might be tempted to grab this lightsaber as a costume prop, but be warned - you can’t disable the voice. So, if you want to use the other light and sound effects, you’ll have to endure the character phrases, too.
Still, that makes this a fantastic toy for young girls who are a fan of the trilogy, and the perfect toy to go with a costume. Plus, there’s also a QR code on the hilt you can scan to access free Jedi training videos to guide your swing and combat styles.
Best unofficial lightsabers
The world of custom lightsabers is vast and expensive, leagues apart from the plastic toys we’ve seen on this list so far. You’re unlikely to find many accurate replicas due to licensing, but for anyone looking for the brightest, professionally-made blades then the following manufacturers are the way to go.
Sabertrio tops the list thanks to it’s glowing reviews and incredible build quality, and while custom lightsabers are typically very pricey, they offer many different configurable options that can make the cost feel reasonable when stacked against rival offerings. From combat-ready stunt sabers to neopixels equipped with soundboards to load in your own audio effects, there’s a reason that Sabertrio lightsabers are so in demand.
In fact, that demand can cause issues, as to get your hands on one you’ll need to keep an eye out for stock drops, as the store often sells out as quickly as fresh inventory appears.
Want something you can order quickly, but still value all the amazing features you’ve seen mentioned above? Kybers sell’s its duel-ready lightsabers directly on Amazon, so while that means there’s not much in the way of configuration, the process is extremely simple and you’re still getting an arguably ‘cooler’ saber than you’d find at your local toy store.
There are a few issues, the main one being that shipping doesn’t appear to be available outside of the US, and as Kybers appears to be based in a non-English speaking country the language is a little confusing at times. Still, these don’t impact the overall quality of the product, and the Kybers' Amazon store (opens in new tab) has a pretty solid review rating from customers for some peace of mind.
There are also plenty of videos from both the creators themselves and those submitted by previous customers, so you can get an idea of what you’re ordering before you add one to your basket. While they’re simple, they’re sturdy enough to smack around, with a metal hilt and some fantastic sound and light effects to boot.
Vader’s Vault is a US-based custom lightsaber manufacturer that uses premium components, so it’s little wonder that these blades are often described as highly realistic movie props more than toys. Like many other custom sabers though, you can swing these around for roleplay (or just general fun). The lower-end products are fairly reasonable, but limited edition runs can easily exceed $2,000+, which is more than most will be willing to pay.
Wait times are also an issue, with some customers claiming to have waited up to six months to receive their lightsaber. Instructions are also not provided with the product which can make connecting Bluetooth to change features a pain, but there’s a thriving online community of Vader’s Vault customers who can offer a helping hand.
Saberforge is a great option if you’re looking to step into customizing your own lightsaber or even building one from scratch. The website is very clean and well laid out, reducing any confusion you might have when buying parts. They’re also rather affordable when compared to rival offerings, but you may get caught out by parts such as hilts and blades being sold separately.
You can really inject some personality into your lightsaber here though, with axe-style blades available alongside the usual straight tubes, and you can keep costs down by selecting a standard infinity blade over a threaded neopixel tube.
The customer service has a few complaints online, but Saberforge offers some of the best-looking hilt designs on the market without making your own from scratch, so if you want a gorgeous lightsaber you might be happy to look past that.
Ultra Sabers are another favored affordable option that lets you customize your lightsaber around your budget. Stunt sabers are available from just $60, though it’s worth noting that these won’t come with any sounds or reactive lighting, instead offering a single colored blade.
Ultra Sabers are well respected in the dueling community, and the lightsabers are capable of taking a real beating during fights. That, when factored in with the price, makes these the ideal choice for LARPing or other roleplay activities.
The configurations are very straightforward and each component is well explained, so putting together a custom order is easier done on the Ultra Sabers website than it is on rival manufacturers. If you want a handcrafted product though, the hilts are mass-produced to keep costs low so bear that in mind before you buy.
Bendu Armory rose to popularity after creating some of the first carbon fiber hilts on the market, which were celebrated for their weight, balance, and durability when compared to aluminum offerings made by rival manufacturers. Better yet, they remain one of the most affordable options available for people looking to purchase their first lightsaber.
There are other benefits outside of the choice of materials, with Bendu developing a ‘quick swap’ chassis to allow you to rapidly swap the shell of the lightsaber hilt out without fiddling around with any tools. There are even staff options for the hilts, adding some variety to people looking for something outside of the usual sword-inspired designs.
The website can be a little confusing for newcomers though, with the configuration options listed when building your custom saber offering very little information outside of the additional costs, so make sure you brush up your lightsaber knowledge on some forums before your purchase.
What controls a lightsaber's color?
Lightsabers in the Star Wars franchise are swords of pure, plasma energy that can cut through just about anything, though the real-world versions are far safer to wield. The color of a lightsaber’s blade depends on the kyber crystal that powers it, but can also be influenced by its user’s thoughts. This means that lightsabers are completely personal to the wielder, making it easy to tell the difference between Darth Vader and Yoda’s respective blades.