The premium Force FX Elite Kylo Ren lightsaber is intended for more dedicated costumers or collectors for display pieces. The build quality is as solid as expected for the black-boxed piece: the saber has heft due to the metal hilt, and when ignited, the satisfying blue crackles that overtake the blade and crisper sound effects really pop when compared to the standard-grade sabers. It comes with a stand for display without the blades, so it can serve as a wonderful showpiece if you haven't picked one up from the previous sets.
The basic assortment covers both the classic and current films with heroes and villains from each being represented: for the light side, Luke Skywalker's classic green saber from "Return of the Jedi" and Rey's restored version of the old Skywalker blue saber. For the dark side, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren blaze crimson red. These lightsabers are your pretty usual fare for this class of lightsaber replica: they extend out, as well as light up and feature sounds. The sounds include both the typical lightsaber ignitions/crashes/etc and phrases from the movies uttered by the characters themselves.
The Lightsaber Academy lightsaber is essentially a clear version of the standard saber that has Bluetooth connectivity to connect to an app that lets the user "train" with one of their favorite Jedi Masters. The app itself shouldn't be too difficult for less tech savvy parents nor younger children, and it functions very well with minimal fuss and high responsiveness.
Yes; the Lightsaber Academy lightsaber is strongly recommended for parents with single-child households for added playtime value thanks to the app when a playmate/sibling/relative/etc. is not available. The Force FX Kylo Ren lightsaber is both visually striking and really cool for adult collectors/dedicated costumers to handle. The basic assortment sabers should still provide hours of fun despite the annoyance of almost non-stop chattering via the movie quotes.
For Regular Assortment: Kids ages 4+.
For Lightsaber Academy saber: Supervised children 6+.
App requires a fairly recent version of Android 5.1 - 9 or iOS 11+, and location access on your device. Regular lightsaber requires 3 AAA batteries.
3 AA batteries required
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