I was at the Minnesota State Fair yesterday, and was looking at the 5 bluezillion cheapy toy stands. Didn't see much. (Where are the old Spy Cameras from 30 years ago?!) They had the old flashlight with a tube lightsaber knockoff; handle looked vaguely interesting from a distance.
Then, after it got dark, I saw something. Something Unusual. There was a kid with a brightly lit sabery thing, and I noticed that the blade had little slightly brighter spots every inch or so. It wasn't a flashlight with a tube after all. I knew it could only be an LED FX type blade. So I hunted down a cheapy toy stand place, plunked down my 8 bucks and walked away with a neat little bright blue toy. About 5 minutes later I saw a green one and realized that it would be about the perfect size for a Yoda saber. So I bought a greeen one. Then a red one...
They are surprisingly bright for an under 10 dollar little piece of poop. I'm sure that they won't handle much abuse, but I think I need to take them apart and see what could be done with them. At least to get further inspiration if I ever wanna build my own FX the hard way. But they'd be the perfect size to cannibalize for a padawan or Yoda saber.
SO, if you're going to a fair anytime soon, you might wanna look into it. I'm betting that the Oriental Trading Company either carries them or will at some point.