Which Star Wars Light Saber is Best?

by Remo on January 16, 2009

Picking the right light saber can be quite the challenge.  There are lots of options and some are far better than others.  Of course you want to be the parent, friend or Cool Fun Aunt that picked the “Best Light Saber Toy Ever!” right? Being a hard core geek dad, I spent a great deal of time comparing and evaluating the different light saber options before Christmas.

The two winner light sabers can be seen in action in the video below.

First, in this corner, I give you the Anakin Skywalker Star Wars Clone Wars Force Action Lightsaber (in Blue), wielded by Speedy the 6 year old.

And in the other corner I give you the Mace Windu Purple version wielded by the surprisingly fearless lightweight 22 month old Princess!

There is also the Obi Wan version, virtually identical to the Anakin version (Blue) but with a slightly different handle. Each of the above is spring loaded, lights up, flashes and makes realistic noises (well, realistic for a fictional science fiction energy sword) when swung or struck.  For around $20, you can’t go wrong as a gift for your favorite Star Wars fan.

Note, there are bad versions of the good lightsabers that you want to avoid.  One, the Star Wars Clone Wars Force Action Lightsaber Force Unleashed is wholly unimpressive, where the “spring action” is a couple of spikes that spring out from the handle.  Totally lame.  Another is the Count Duku version, which besides the terrible character name has a bizarre angle to it, which makes it hard to use in a fight.

There is also the Star Wars Clone Wars Ultimate Lightsaber kit, which lets you combine 60+ pieces into different light saber configurations.  Note that this doesn’t “spring” open like the ones above, but that might be better for many households just for that reason.  I actually said to Rainbow the other day “Do NOT point the closed Light Saber at someones crotch, EVER!”

Note, if you REALLY want to go all out, there are some expensive replica Light Sabers that actually look pretty darn good in a dark room when lit and can stand up to some friendly sword play.  The don’t pop open like the above ones, but they look great.  The least expensive is only $80, for which you can have your very own green Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber.

Note, the Force is strong with this one…

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1 grottogirl January 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Who knew there was so much to think about when it comes to light sabers. This makes me which my son was still young enuogh to want one.

2 Smooth81 January 18, 2009 at 7:04 am

actually I prefer Obi wan’s Light saber because the color is light blue and the handle looks better than Anakins.

3 Jennifer January 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I wanted to thank you for being so thorough on your reviews. I don’t have any kids myself, but I do buy for my nieces and nephews and it’s nice to know that you have already done the hard work for me!
Good work on the light sabers!

4 Maria M January 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm

My husband is really into light sabers. He has the Obi Wan and Mace Windu purple. I think he would buy them all if he could. Excellent reviews.

5 Blazing Minds January 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

The $80 light saber is awesome, a friend of mine got one and it’s a real sturdy beast and takes a heck of a bashing, value for money wise, I would have to go with that one!

6 Remo January 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Yeah, the expensive ones are *very* cool, but were beyond our price range. Plus the ability to open and close the cheaper ones had a lot of appeal for storage with our 6 year olds.

If you have older kids with shelf space to display trophy toys in their room, then the more expensive one will certainly be an amazing gift for the discerning Star Wars aficionado. ;)

7 Carrie January 21, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Great blog here! I don’t have any children right now, but I think it’s great the reviews you give on toys! I think more children now a days should play with toys instead of computer games and playstation games!

8 The Good News Economist January 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Super post and blog.

To me just about any light saber will do… Blokus is a big hit in our family as well as the “witches hat” cookies that include the Kiss on top.

I like toys!

9 Kevin Sandridge January 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Man! Your site reminds me of when I used to pour over the pages of the Sears Catalog just prior to Christmas time! Super article on these light sabers!

10 Tia @ TiaSavingCents January 25, 2009 at 1:24 am

Awesome post! We have experimented with all of the available light sabers and my boys agree with you!

11 Star Wars Forever! January 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I think its great that the Star Wars story just keeps on going with every new generation! And thanks for the product review – always helpful to hear from people who’ve tried the things out. :-)

12 funkysoulvinyls February 2, 2009 at 10:01 am

my son had these toys, hes now 31!

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