Hasboro celebrates the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series with its most advanced lightsaber yet. The new Obi-Wan Force FX Elite lightsaber is available for pre-order now and will ship on January 1. It has an intricate handle, realistic sound effects and most importantly LEDs that react to external forces and mimic the appearance of a “real” lightsaber.
The full name of this lightsaber is a mouthful: Star Wars The Black Series Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Elite Lightsaber. So let’s just call it the Obi-Wan lightsaber. For collectors, the Obi-Wan lightsaber is clearly an attractive item as it looks great, has a removable blade and comes with a display stand.
But you will get much more fun out of this toy if you are a cosplayer or have kids. The advanced LEDs in the blade show complicated lighting effects in varying situations. If you drag the lightsaber across the floor, its tip will spark and shine. And if you press it against another Force FX Elite lightsaber, it will shine a bright light at the point of contact and make that satisfying “BZZZZZ” sound.
The disadvantage, of course, is that the blade is not retractable. It’s just removable. Oh, and the thing costs $278, which is a bit more than you’d pay for a typical lightsaber. But that’s the price of realism!
You can pre-order the Obi-Wan lightsabers now and it will ship on January 1, 2023. And for more fun, try buying other lightsabers in the Force FX Elite series. Hasboro sells a Mandalorian Darksaber, Rey’s lightsaber, and even Leia Organa’s lightsaber. The toy maker even holds a crowdfunding thing for a double-bladed Inquisitor lightsaber.