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Best lightsabers 2022: Toys, replicas, and props

Best lightsabers HERO image - Rey holding yellow lightsaber
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The best lightsabers on the market come in many different forms and prices, which is great news for every generation of Star Wars fans. While many of us will recognize the ‘pop-up’ style toy for children, an ageing fanbase also means you can spend some serious cash on movie-accurate replicas or even technologically advanced blades that can be used for sparring, so there’s plenty of stuff for kids and big kids alike.

Modern toy lightsabers often come with fantastic lighting effects and as the franchise has developed and more characters have been introduced, we now have more variety than ever when it comes to blade colors and designs. Some kits even have mix-and-match components to them so that kids can create their own designs that aren't inspired by a particular character.

In fact, there’s so much choice on the market these days that you can find a blade for every character, budget and purpose. Need something flashy to complete your cosplay? Perhaps you’d prefer your lightsabers to be a decorative replica, or even a ‘combat ready’ model that can tolerate smashing against an opponent's blade? There are plenty of officially branded and unofficial products to serve your requirements.

If you’re looking for some official Disney merchandise then luckily there are several options listed on third-party retailers, die-hard fans we would also recommend checking out Disney’s theme park shops within the Galaxy’s Edge area of Disney World Orlando. There, you can visit Savi's Workshop (opens in new tab) and build your very own fully custom lightsaber within an immersive roleplay experience. 

It’s not cheap at $219 (plus tax), but you get what you pay for. It’s a fully interactive experience where you’ll learn about the importance of kyber crystals, the meaning of each color and some amazing Jedi lore, a fantastic opportunity for children and adults alike.

Pair one of these epic lightsabers up with one of the best Star Wars costumes and you’ll be ready for your own galactic adventure, such as watching all the Star Wars movies in chronological order

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.

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

(Image credit: Disney)

1. Galaxy’s Edge Legacy Lightsabers

Specifications

Price: $238-$398
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

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.


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

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2. The Black Series Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $284.99
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

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.


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

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3. The Black Series Supreme Leader Kylo Ren Force FX Elite Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $230
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 

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.


The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Lightsaber

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4. The Black Series Mandalorian Darksaber Force FX Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $400
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

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.


Hasbro Luke Skywalker Lightsaber

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5. Hasbro Luke Skywalker Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $70
Recommended age: 4+
Batteries?: Yes, 3 x AAA

Reasons to buy

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Sound and light effects
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Official merchandise
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Customizable

Reasons to avoid

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Pop-up style looks cheap

Did you know that only official partners are permitted to make exact replicas of real lightsabers? This Luke Skywalker lightsaber from Hasbro might not be as flashy as a neopixel blade or even a pricy model from The Black series of replicas, but it is as close as a kids toy can get to being a screen-accurate remake of Luke Skywalkers' iconic weapon.

The blade obviously isn’t as fancy as the hilt, but this is a necessary pain to accommodate another cool feature - this lightsaber can be customized using other blades from the Bladebuilders series of toys from Hasbro, which means you’re not limited to this just being Skywalkers replica. 

As with most lightsaber toys, it comes with motion-activated noise and lighting effects so you can pretend you’re the man himself while you swing it around. The price is a little high for our liking, but official Star Wars toys don’t come cheap these days so you’ll have to cough up the cash if you have your heart set on a model designed after one of your favorite Star Wars heroes.

Best toy lightsabers

Hasbro Bladebuilders Kylo Ren Lightsaber

(Image credit: Disney / Hasbro)

1. Hasbro Bladebuilders Kylo Ren Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $34.31
Recommended age: 4+
Batteries?: Yes, 2x AA (included)

Reasons to buy

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Child-friendly replica
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Robust, great for dueling
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Fun sounds and light effects

Reasons to avoid

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Only the side blades can be switched

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.


Hasbro Mandalorian Darksaber

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2. Hasbro Mandalorian Darksaber

Specifications

Price: $29.84
Recommended age: 4+
Batteries?: Yes, 3x AAA (included)

Reasons to buy

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Unique, recognizable design
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Solid, non-extendable blade

Reasons to avoid

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Could be more robust
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Light effects are not very bright

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.


Official Disney Yoda Lightsaber

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3. Official Disney Yoda Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $32.99
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

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.


Hasbro Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

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4. Hasbro Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

Specifications

Price: $54.97
Recommended age: 4+
Batteries?: 6x AAA (included)

Reasons to buy

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Customizable fun
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Interchangeable with other Bladebuilders toys

Reasons to avoid

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Needs a lot of batteries
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Parts could go missing

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.


Official Star Wars Electronic Lightsaber (Rey)

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5. Official Star Wars Electronic Lightsaber (Rey)

Specifications

Price: $45.99
Recommended age: 4+
Batteries?: Yes, x3 AAA

Reasons to buy

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Rey phrases
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Free Jedi training videos

Reasons to avoid

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No off button for Rey voice
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Pricey for a toy

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

Sabertrio lightsaber

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1. Sabertrio

The best unofficial lightsaber manufacturer the galaxy.

Specifications

Price: From $154
Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Depends on model

Reasons to buy

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Reasonably priced
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Great selection
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Fast shipping

Reasons to avoid

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Stock issues due to popularity

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.


Kybers lightsabers

(Image credit: Kybers)

2. Kybers

Named after the Kyber crystals that power lightsabers, these replicas live up to the name.

Specifications

Price: From $139
Recommended age: 6+
Batteries: Rechareable

Reasons to buy

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Straight forward options
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Dueling saber

Reasons to avoid

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USA only delivery
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Not a huge variety

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.


Encalife Lightsabers

(Image credit: Encalife)

3. Encalife Lightsabers

Specifications

Price: $150 - $200
Recommended age: 8+
Batteries?: No, rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Highly affordable
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Premium aluminum hilt
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Motion-activated effects

Reasons to avoid

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Limited customizations

Encalife lightsabers are relatively affordable as far as custom blades go, which makes them a great way to dip your toes into saber collecting before jumping into a customizable order. There are very few alterations you can make, with the only adjustments being in regards to the light and sound effects, and that's going to come with its own set of pros and con.

It’s a good way of getting started without too much complexity, though other brands will allow you to select individual hilt and blade components to create a product that exactly suits your requirements. If you’re not too fussed about that then Encalife’s Lightsabers are an easy off-the-shelf alternative.

Better yet, these sabers are highly durably and combat ready, so you’re getting incredible motion-activated light and sound effects in a robust enough package to actually swing around and whack things with - it's hard not to feel like a real Jedi or Sith when you’re battling it out with friends, which makes these well-suited for LARP and roleplay.


Vader's Vault lightsaber

(Image credit: Vader's Vault)

4. Vader’s Vault

Specifications

Price: From $499
Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Depends on mode

Reasons to buy

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Incredible build quality
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Highly realistic

Reasons to avoid

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No instructions
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Long wait time

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 lightsaber

(Image credit: Saberforge)

5. Saberforge

Specifications

Price: From $149.99
Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Built-in, rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Tons of custom options
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Parts sold for self-builds

Reasons to avoid

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Iffy customer service
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Blades purchased separately 

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 lightsaber

(Image credit: Ultra Sabers)

6. Ultra Sabers

Specifications

Price: From $60
Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Yes, 4x AAA (for stunt model) or Li-ion rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Robust build
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Double blade options

Reasons to avoid

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Designs are a tad basic

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 staff lightsaber

(Image credit: Bendu Armory)

7. Bendu Armory

Specifications

Price: From $99
Recommended age: 14+
Batteries?: Rechargeable

Reasons to buy

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Staff options
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Great build quality
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Carbon fiber hilt

Reasons to avoid

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Website can be confusing

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. 

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Jess Weatherbed
Contributing writer

Jess is a freelance writer for Space.com, and also serves as TechRadar's Computing writer (@Zombie_Wretch on Twitter), where she covers all aspects of Mac and PC hardware, including PC gaming and peripherals. She has been interviewed as an industry expert for the BBC, and while her educational background was in prosthetics and model-making, her true love is in tech and she has built numerous desktop computers over the last 10 years for gaming and content creation. She also likes to dabble in digital art and 3D printing, and can often be found playing games of both the Video and Tabletop variety, occasionally streaming to the disappointment of everyone.