Star Wars Bladebuilders Path of the Force Mega Pack Review (Hasbro)

Star Wars Bladebuilders Path of the Force Mega Pack
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What It Is

Get ready for unlimited, imaginative Star Wars play. Are you a Jedi or are you a Sith? The good news is you don't have to choose when you have the Bladebuilders Path of the Force Mega Pack from Hasbro.

Bladebuilders is an innovative collection of lightsabers that kids can build and customize as they fight for the light side or the dark side. We all know that kids like to play differently at different times--sometimes they want to be the good guys, sometimes the bad guys. This set lets them choose almost on the fly and fosters active, engaged and imaginative play. The basic lightsaber body features a main blade that can light up as either blue or red, depending on how you set it and that can be collapsed and extended with the flick of a wrist to mimic how the lightsabers are activated in the movies. Then you can customize your lightsaber any way you want it.

The way the lightsaber works--Jedi or Sith--is determined by how you build it. When you attach the main Jedi hilt to the basic lightsaber unit, the blade will only light up blue, and when you attach the main Sith hilt, the lightsaber will only light up red. Beyond that, you can do whatever you want. Use the pieces to replicate lightsabers from the movies, or create your own amazing weapon to be reckoned with. This is all about creative play. Sound effects are motion activated as you take on all opponents--real or imaginary.

The pieces in this set integrate with all the other toys in the Bladebuilders line, so who knows what you can come up with? Combining narrative-based role play with innovative design gives kids an exceptionally versatile and rewarding play experience.

Is It Fun?
The creative engagement and kid-directed versatility of this toy is what makes this so much fun. Whether creating a basic lightsaber or coming up with something outrageous, it's all about kids imagining themselves as powerful people in the Star Wars world.

The connections are very easy as the pieces twist into place and lock with a click. To release, simply press the button and twist off. This makes it easy for even the youngest kids to do this. Plus, it's lightweight that a little kid can wield a big lightsaber with ease.

Who It’s For
Hasbro grades this toy for ages 4 and up. This is going to appeal to kids who like active role play. It's definitely a toy, so the top age for this is probably 11 or so, but don't be surprised if older kids or adults want a turn. After all, lightsaber battles have no age limit.
What To Be Aware Of
The main body of the blade requires 3 AAA batteries, which are included.

Kids may have to experiment with attaching certain pieces so they face in the right direction. It takes only a few seconds to try and change, and figuring out how to assemble all of these is, perhaps obviously, part of the play.

The LED lights in the main blade flash as you swing the lightsaber. That's supposed to happen, and it's a really cool effect.

This is a sturdy toy and can stand up to a lot of play. However, you probably don't want to whack objects or other lightsabers too roughly or you might make the extending feature more difficult.

Kids will experiment to find the right level of force to get the blade to extend and lock in place.

These pieces are compatible with other sets in Hasbro's Bladebuilders line.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy


    3 AAA batteries required