What is the Best Star Wars lightsaber?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Gasparddm, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Gasparddm

    Gasparddm Member

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    Hello all. I am new to this forum, and I would like your opinion about
    what is the best lightsaber I can buy. Regarding quality/Durability/etc.
    Thanks! Have a nice day!
     
  2. Rebelscum

    Rebelscum Sr Member

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    Light up?

    Hard to go wrong with the Hasbro FX sabers, considering price and playability.
     
  3. Thoth

    Thoth New Member

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    Good question actually.
     
  4. Dakhahn

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    I have a couple of the Force FX sabers and for the price I think they are great. The newer models even have removable blades.
     
  5. Robiwon

    Robiwon Master Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    That's a hard question to answer without some additional info from you. What is your price range? Do you want a static prop or one that lights up? Do you want one with all the bells and whistles (lights, sounds, special effects, force motor, etc)? Do you want one from a movie or a custom design? Do you want stock off the self, or do you want a custom? Can you do the custom work yourself? Would you need a sabersmith to do the work?

    So, obviously asking which one is the best can't really be answered easily. I think you might want one that lights up and makes sound. I would grab one of the newer Hasbro FX Sabers or an older MR FX Saber. These are in the $120 range and are very nice. Do some research over on FX-Sabers.com. That's the best place to be for saber related questions but of course many people here can help as well.
     
  6. Gasparddm

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    It doesn't really matter. It could be only the hilt with or without an additional blade that you can remove the blade. I want the most detailed, the most movie original. FX or Master Replicas?
     
  7. Serenity

    Serenity Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In regards to static (yet accurate versions)...

    This is just an example here, but for the prices I've seen some MR Luke sabers go for, you could assemble one with a real Graflex for less.

    Same with the MR Obi ANH sabers-- you could buy a Russrep saber with more accurate pieces for less.
     
  8. benhs1898

    benhs1898 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The new Luke ANH force fx from Hasbro is pretty darn accurate. It's a nice piece and the blade is removable. I've had my eye on it for a while.

    Someone on here has done a great review of it if you search for it.
     
  9. Robiwon

    Robiwon Master Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    O.K. from what movie and what character? You're being very generic in what your asking for which is making it hard to help.

    What do you want? The most accuarte Vader? The most accurate Luke? From what movie......?
     
  10. Gasparddm

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    Well it depends. But my favorite saber by far is the Qui Gon Jinn lightsaber. I know FX didn't make one which is a terrible mistake.
     
  11. saiofwrath

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    The BEST you can buy is a Hyperblade. Not only do you get a removable blade that still has the scrolling effect, they're incredibly durable and resilient. Also, you're probably going to end up with a custom sound board and speakers which means better sounds, motion detection, and best of all: blade pulsing. Check this video out Saber Comparison Video 1 of 4 EL, MR, Luxeon, and Hyperblade - YouTube. Price wise though, they are quite expensive. But if you REALLY want the best lightsaber out there, get a hyperblade.
     
  12. parfaitelumiere

    parfaitelumiere Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    the best i the one that you will build by yourself!
     
  13. Ronan87

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    Around $700-800 will get you a Luke lightsaber with light, sound, chassis and crystal chamber like the ones I make.

    Double that and you can get one that yoda makes with a ton more details.

    You can also look at park saber for their economic replicas.

    Hasbro/fx aren't good. They have the wrong proportions, most often went that movie accurate and they use cheaP material. Hyperblades are 'ok' for their blades.

    For a custom lightsaber go to vadera vault or the custom saber shop to make your own.

    PM me with any questions. Iv been in the saber world for 3 years and I can point you to people that's been in it much longer.
     
  14. Funky

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    Answer this question and you will get the best answer: What is the most you willing to pay?
     
  15. Robert McLain

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    Here's my Hasbro Force FX Luke Skywalker ANH with removable blade. Although not 100% accurate, it still looks enough like a real Graflex to satisfy me. NOTE: This sabre should not be used for dueling....swing it around a bit and pretend to be Luke. Light strikes to activate the clashing sounds are ok but once again NO DUELING....it won't hold up. Here's a few pics:

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    It's a really nice piece when displayed on the included stand.
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    The sound effects are straight from ANH, which is a plus.

    Here's a negative: There is a slight dark spot in the middle of the blade that the instruction book says is "normal" for all Force FX sabers. Although slight, it is there. Hope this helps.

    Robert:)
     
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  16. benhs1898

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    Nice pics Robert! Thanks for that, it makes it harder to stand not being able to afford it!
     
  17. Gasparddm

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    Nice pics! and great answers everyone! I am willing to pay a price between 600-1600..
     
  18. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I will say, there is something rewarding about building your own...
     
  19. Robert McLain

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    QFT:thumbsup I still plan on eventually converting a real Graflex someday. I consider the ANH Luke to be THE iconic saber.

    Robert:)
     
  20. Jerome

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    I agree with what some people are saying. Make your own would be the most satisfying. I used to think Master Replicas would be the best, but compared to a real Graflex, which you can get cheaper than most licensed lightsabers, that is about as movie accurate as you can get.

    As your max budget is $1600, then one of Yoda's Graflexs with crystal chamber chassis would do very nicely, I think. He is the admin over at fx-sabers.com
     
  21. Robiwon

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  22. benhs1898

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    Very nice!
     
  23. Robiwon

    Robiwon Master Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    This is a custom MHS build I'm working on right now.
    It will have a PC 1.6 soundboard with a 10w RGBA LED. I'm using, for the first time, a trans-white blade from TCSS.
     
  24. tripoli

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    I love the look of the first original trilogy movies because they don't look so manufactured. If I had to pick out a character favorite, it would be Obi-Wan's. If I had to pick out one to use for myself, it would be the Obi-Wan saber from the Phantom Menace for the ergonomics of the grip. Having dueled with the FX sabers a lot, many of the designs are hard to work with in using the grip for saber battles.
     
  25. Robiwon

    Robiwon Master Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Agreed, the OT sabers are not comfortable to duel with, except the Luke ROTJ because of the smooth rings. The Obi TPM is very nice to duel with. The MHS I'm building is very comfortable to hold.
     
  26. Gasparddm

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    Ok! Even though I agree that with making my own would be the best rewarding choice, I don't really have any understanding about wiring, or how the mechanism of a Lightsaber works. So not the best choice for me. I finally made my choice and I bought a Qui Gon Jinn Lightsaber Master Replicas Limited Edition on e-Bay for $220, which is a good price. What do you guys think of my choice? Im so excited this is going to be my first Master replicas item, and also my second lightsaber. I already have the FX Darth Vader one.
     
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  27. Jerome

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    Nice one! I don't mind this lightsaber at all. I used to think it was quite plain compared to the OT sabers, but this one is easier to grip. Although I know yours is a prop without electronics.
     
  28. Zombie_61

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    I can't really comment on the quality of Master Replicas' products, as I've only seen them through the glass in display cases at various venues; i've never held one, and I've never seen any of their Qui-Gon Jinn sabers. As for the saber itself, I liked the design from the moment I first saw it--relatively simple and free of the cluttered look that can come from too many greeblies or external details. Good choice!
     
  29. The Night

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    since your max is 1600 and you want a Qui gon...

    quigon LE.MP4 - YouTube

    that was made by MH over on FX-saber forums. shoot him a PM and he may be able to help you out.

    or you could see if you can get a spot on the Vader's Vault/ Saber Concepts 1:1 Qui Gon Jinn lightsaber run. good luck on your search :)
     
  30. The Night

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    double post, sorry. figured i'd link this one too...
    Qui Gon with Petit Crouton Unlocked - YouTube
    the reveal chamber he did on this one was awesome. that was doen by Aluke123 of FX (spectral sabers in the mining colony) or Lord Maul on TCSS
     
  31. Dabbupengu

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    If you are looking for duel lightsabers for a good price, it's better to go with the extending lightsabers because it's cheaper and you can buy another one easily if the current lightsaber is damaged or broken. If you are looking for good looking replicas for just single use, you can try the FX Lightsabers. Or if you are looking for the ones like a lightsaber making kit, you can go for that as you can make several lightsabers. Or if you are looking for the ones with a crystal chamber, you can buy parts and make one of your own. Hope this helped! :)
     
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  32. parfaitelumiere

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    have the same qui-gon,was watching yours,but I live in France,and shipping fees are expensive...
    I found the same here in France.

    The LE MR is not too bad,no regrets to have it.
    I mainly bought it as a reference to make mine,including light and sound.
    My first idea was to machine directly on the existing saber,but I will finally machine some delrin and aluminum and make a replica,with some minor changes,mainly on pommel.
    The most difficult thing on the Qui-gon saber is accuracy on the black part of the hilt,the grooves take half of the hilt,it leaves only a few room for electronics...
    Other matter is the sound holes,no way to do like parks,drilling the pommel,so I will have to find other way.
    Then the last problem will be the internal custom parts,I like when there is some technology inside(energy cell crystal chamber)but the qui-gon is very different to other sabers....

    If you want a fx qui-gon,I can only suggest you to buy one on ebay actually,It's 350$,machined from delrin,can be easily modifiable to display light and sound.
     

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