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JediTricks
01-09-2010, 03:45 PM
http://www.toyark.com/news/star-wars-toy-news-3/vintage-cardbacks-and-fx-lightsabers-with-removable-blades-2208/

The image appears to be from a Hasbro powerpoint presentation, and while it doesn't show one of these new FX sabers, it does talk about them, clearly mentioning the removable blade feature.

I have to say, I've been waiting a while for them to pull this off, especially after customizers have come up with great ways to do it on their own. That said, I probably won't buy a lot of these, maybe just Vader & Luke, but I like that they're keeping it fresh.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-09-2010, 11:18 PM
I still don't have any of the Force FX sabers (due mainly to the cost) but I do eventually want one, so hopefully these ones work and look good and I might be a little more tempted.

JediTricks
01-09-2010, 11:32 PM
IMO, every SW fan should own at least 1 of these. They are the best. Real metal, accurate hilts, authentic sounds, LED blades that ladder up and down, swing and crash sensors. For $100 new, and conventions often have secondary market pricing.

Removable blades will make these super cooler though.

sith_killer_99
01-09-2010, 11:39 PM
I got the Darth Vader Force FX saber a few years ago and love it!:thumbsup:

jonthejedi
01-10-2010, 08:32 AM
Have to chime in with sithkiller & JediTricks...I only own two(Vader's red & Luke's Ep. IV Blue/white...they are continually the one collectible(hands-on/hands/down) that my son & all his visiting friends want to see & play with. They are the most iconic from the saga to me.

nohagent
01-10-2010, 08:54 AM
I bought them all up until the yoda release. They were the cheaper (and cooler) alternative to the other master replica hilts. I have them displayed in my game room, made a special holder reminiscent of a pool cue stick holder with mirrors. Pretty cool to turn em all on for light but of course if it wasnt for the self power off feature the hum would get annoying.

sith_killer_99
01-10-2010, 10:39 AM
I bought them all up until the yoda release. They were the cheaper (and cooler) alternative to the other master replica hilts. I have them displayed in my game room, made a special holder reminiscent of a pool cue stick holder with mirrors. Pretty cool to turn em all on for light but of course if it wasnt for the self power off feature the hum would get annoying.

LOL

That's pretty cool. I would like to get more of the FX sabers, eventually, and maybe do something similar.:D

BTW, I take the Darth Vader saber every year for Halloween and it's always a hit.

JediTricks
01-10-2010, 06:39 PM
I bought them all up until the yoda release. They were the cheaper (and cooler) alternative to the other master replica hilts. I have them displayed in my game room, made a special holder reminiscent of a pool cue stick holder with mirrors. Pretty cool to turn em all on for light but of course if it wasnt for the self power off feature the hum would get annoying.
A pool cue holder! Why didn't I think of that? I've been looking for the holder some small company made for the FX sabers, held 5 or 6 of them (I have 6 now, so that's exactly what I'm looking for), but couldn't find it. I am going to try to remember to hit the sporting good section of WM next time I'm there and look for a cue holder that holds the base and the blade, should work for a holder that holds at the midsection. Thanks for the idea!

Ando
01-11-2010, 11:04 AM
It's about time they got around to doing this. I wonder exactly how they are going to do it exactly.

My guess, and this is how I would have done it, is make the connection point a simple "bayonet" style attachment like a industrial controls type LED or lamp assembly that's attached to the bottom of the blade assembly and you insert it into the housing, push down slightly, and twist to lock it in.

I would also have a cord grip style seal at the top of the hilt where the blade exits that you would just twist slightly to seal the hilt (and all of the electronics) and further lock the blade assembly into the handle.

JediTricks
01-11-2010, 04:29 PM
My guess is a wide plug, like a 1/4" guitar amp plug but with more connections along the shaft, and a dual-pin, spring-loaded, turn-n-lock system. Since this is a toy though, it may require tooling instead, which would defeat the fun of it IMO. I hope the blades are universal interchangeable, that would be fantastic to have different blades in different hilts.

Ando
01-11-2010, 04:39 PM
My guess is a wide plug, like a 1/4" guitar amp plug but with more connections along the shaft, and a dual-pin, spring-loaded, turn-n-lock system. Since this is a toy though, it may require tooling instead, which would defeat the fun of it IMO. I hope the blades are universal interchangeable, that would be fantastic to have different blades in different hilts.

A universal plug/connector that makes the blades and handles/hilts interchangeable would be pretty keen.

DarkJedi5
01-11-2010, 11:54 PM
I'm only bummed about this because I waited until last year to buy my first f/x saber because I was hoping for this. I bought another a few months ago and so I've got the only two I ever wanted (Vader and Luke V) but I might buy another set! I was thinking about buying the efx collectibles stunt hilts but since they cost almost as much, why not get another f/x one?

sergiurusu
01-16-2010, 12:38 AM
I'd be totally interested in Vader ones!:yes:

Jayspawn
01-20-2010, 10:47 AM
I'd be totally interested in Vader ones!:yes:

You'd be interested in Vader anything serg! lol ;)

Actually, I could care less if the blades are removable or not. I'm not going to wear a hilt as a costume piece or have it sitting around waiting for action. "Hold on a sec, let me whip out the blade." LMAO! Not a feature I have any use for.

The FX saber hilts are inaccurate to an actual prop replica anyways.

sergiurusu
01-21-2010, 02:30 AM
You'd be interested in Vader anything serg! lol ;)

Of course, my focus being Imperials :yes:lol


The FX saber hilts are inaccurate to an actual prop replica anyways.

Fortunately the Vader ones are very close to the prop replicas :pleased::D

JediTricks
08-30-2010, 03:53 PM
Well, I got the Anakin Ep III Force FX removable blade saber last night as a birthday present.

I posted my initial thoughts about this line back at Comic-Con:
http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=61&p2_articleid=2986

I asked for the Ep III Anakin because it's one of the Force FX I didn't already have, the Vader is too similar to the existing Vader I have, the Vader saber's blade-removal process was a little more complex, and I wanted to try the covertec-style belt button clip.

In terms of fit and finish, the Anakin saber seems similar to the ones I've seen in the past, but the plastic and vac-metallizing of the activation box is a little cheap and mine has a little chipped off, I don't know if this is common to the Ep 3 Anakins. The metal band for the box is a duller color than the movie version, but the pics I've seen of the older MR and Hasbro versions of the Ep 3 Anakin look the same, so it seems to be a design choice.

The saber handles the same as all the others, the removable blade system has removed none of the quality. I haven't compared hilt sizes yet, but it's pretty trim like most prequel sabers. The blade looks as good as ever, bright and straight, not much in the way of dark spots. The battery system works the same as Obi-Wan TPM's, although it tries to spit out 1 of the AAA batteries - luckily the outer collar controls that.

Transforming it into a hilt replica is easy and looks sharp with the emitter plug installed. The belt clip is mostly plastic but has a metal plate to hold the button itself which is a nice touch, it looks decent and performs nicely, it's quite the fun addition and really sets this level of Force FX apart, it becomes nearly the perfect lightsaber experience, both an awesome blade and a wearable prop replica. The clip is taller than the covertec, that was a narrower rectangle, this is a taller square version with a nice release, the taller box (same width) makes for a little more stability.

All in all, I'm pretty darn happy with it.

EDIT: Just read a review from someone who has the previous versions, says visually identical minus a tonal difference in the bronze elements, so the plastic of the box is SOP which is good to know. Says the sounds are slightly different from the previous, I'll have to compare to the Luke ESB which is the basis for all of 'em, but that'll be later.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-13-2010, 03:22 AM
Thanks to StarWarsShop's three-day 25% off sale, and the fact that I've been making some good dough at the newspaper, I ordered the Anakin version tonight (their list price was the somewhat high $129.99, but after the discount and shipping, it totaled around $115 which I think is pretty good). I can't wait to get this bad boy.

Jayspawn
11-16-2010, 11:35 PM
It's a great saber! But I have the non-removable blade. The new feature does nothing for me.

The Space Outlaw
11-17-2010, 06:07 PM
I really want to get one of these, but I can't decide if I want any of the ones out now. I haven't been able to afford a saber yet, but after Christmas I expect to, so I'm putting some thought into this. What I really want is a Luke VI; that's always been my favorite, but I suspect it'll be quite some time before they produce a removable-blade version. Maybe I'll get a Vader.

JediTricks
11-21-2010, 03:52 PM
Right now on HasbroToyShop, if you use FAMILY2010 you get 25% off, and everything over $50 gets free shipping, so with that the new saber would be $89.99 plus whatever sales tax they might charge you (here it's around 10% so that'd be $99 out the door for a removable blade saber).

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-21-2010, 04:33 PM
Right now on HasbroToyShop, if you use FAMILY2010 you get 25% off, and everything over $50 gets free shipping, so with that the new saber would be $89.99 plus whatever sales tax they might charge you (here it's around 10% so that'd be $99 out the door for a removable blade saber).
Too bad I didn't know about this sale when I got mine. Ah well. It should get here tomorrow or within the next few days, at least.

DarkJedi5
11-23-2010, 11:56 AM
Ordered my pair of Darth Maul sabers over the weekend (with the 20% off code!) and I guess they'll show up next week. The reason I had never bought many FX sabers before was because I was always torn between wanting a prop replica hilt and the cool FX saber. I ended up caving and bought an ANH Luke and ANH Vader when they were on sale half off at Walmart two years ago but now that I can have my cake and eat it too I can start filling in my collection!

DarkJedi5
12-01-2010, 12:12 AM
Got my Darth Mauls today and I think I may have a new favorite FX saber. This thing has some great heft to it and looks absolutely terrific. I think I even like it best with the blades out, it makes a great display piece. If the ceilings in my house were a little higher I would have some serious "Star Wars Kid" fun.

Though if I did have one complaint it is that the blades are a bit loose in the hilt and you can feel them wobble a bit when you swing it. I can probably fix this by putting some paper or something in there so that they sit more snuggly.

JediTricks
12-01-2010, 07:20 PM
Surprised to hear there's wobble in the blade. I didn't find that the case with my Anakin Ep 3, not moreso than the originals.

What's the blade-removal process? I wonder if it's attached differently than the Anakin saber.

I've noticed recently that the Hasbro sabers eat batteries when turned off, while the MR sabers of old keep batteries fresh when off.

DarkJedi5
12-02-2010, 12:30 AM
Surprised to hear there's wobble in the blade. I didn't find that the case with my Anakin Ep 3, not moreso than the originals.

What's the blade-removal process? I wonder if it's attached differently than the Anakin saber.

For Maul you unscrew the ring at the end of the hilt of the saber, then slide it up the length of the blade and the blade just slides out. There's a little notch in the plastic connector at the base of the blade so that you know when it is properly lined up. I have a feeling that the wobble is because the blade is held down by the ring at the end of the hilt (there has to be enough of a gap so that you can slide it over the blade and so I think that also contributes to the wobble) whereas the Anakin saber has some kind of screw that holds the blade in place, or so I've heard.

If you're interested I can post some picks of the assembly procedure.

JediTricks
12-02-2010, 05:43 PM
Ah, I would bet you're right. I thought it'd be like the ANH Vader saber where the ring slides up AND there's a hidden pin to remove. Yes, just the collar would have some wobble. Your paper idea should shore it up, but for longterm use it might not be enough to counter wear depending on use.

I don't think pics will be necessary, your description explains it quite well.


How's the color matching on it? The sample they had at Comic-Con the silvers didn't really match that well section to section.

DarkJedi5
12-03-2010, 12:05 PM
I can honestly say that I cannot notice any difference in the silvers, with both sabers attached it really does look like one solid piece.

JediTricks
12-03-2010, 05:01 PM
Good to hear. The fins below the emitter definitely looked off, you can see what I mean in this pic: http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/role-play/p34493-hasbro.html
And notice that it's wearing the production-style stickers, so I was really worried.

DarkJedi5
12-03-2010, 11:52 PM
Yeah, I definitely see what you mean. Taking a second look, there is indeed a slight difference, as if they couldn't put the same finish on it because of the black details, but it seems to be much less noticeable, at least to me.

DarkJedi5
12-09-2010, 02:34 AM
So, I really like my new saber with removable blade and would love to buy a few more but it's also got me thinking... the Obi-Wan one looks terrible! I know that they cannot do an absolutely accurate one because of that piece that seems so thin, it would no doubt never be able to sustain the banging around that it would obviously have to endure. That piece may also need to be thicker on the FX sabers to accommodate the electronics. But I had an idea; what if the whole top half of the saber was the removable part? If you could basically unscrew the top half to have a workable (if inaccurate) FX blade but also be able to screw in a non-functioning (but accurate) top half for display.

Maybe it's just me but the appeal of the removable blades is so that you can have a nice display/costume piece but since the Obi-Wan one is soooo bad it totally misses that goal. Also, anyone know where I could pitch this thought (other than in person at one of the conventions)? Does the Hasbro SW team that does the Q&A even do these or are they handled by some other department?

DarkJedi5
02-14-2011, 11:28 PM
Whoo! Tripple Post! What do I win? But seriously, Kit Fisto FX Saber? I gotta say I'm pretty disappointed. It is such a generic and unremarkable saber I find that it's a really poor choice. I was hoping for one of the more memorable sabers like Mace or Dooku or even Sideous. I could understand staying away from sabers they've already done (though I didn't buy any the first go-round hoping for removable blades some day) but Qui-Gon would have made for a better all-new saber choice. Anyone else with me or am I a crazy person?

Ando
02-15-2011, 11:49 AM
Agreed. Kit Fisto's saber, at least IMO, seems like it should be an afterthought and only done when they've already worked through the ones you mentioned.

My wishlist for Signature Series Force FX sabers (with or without removable blades):

- Darth Sidious
- Qui Gon Jinn
- Ahsoka Tano (my wife wants her own saber and this is the one she wants, plus it's a cool hilt design)

Did we (or any other outlet) ask Hasbro if the removable blade will be the new standard moving forward, or they are going to continue to produce fixed blade sabers as well as the removable blade type?

Ando
02-21-2011, 12:39 PM
I got the Darth Maul sabers for my birthday! My wife bought me 1 with the removeable blade and one of the standard type. Unfortunately the metals don't match. The original has a very shiny metal and the new style with a removeable blade has the matte/brushed style metal, so we're going to return the non-removeable version.

I love the belt clips they include with the removeable blade sets.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-23-2011, 10:47 PM
The one-year-old nephew of the girl I'm dating was over at my house today and he was in awe of my Anakin Force FX saber. :p When he found out that hitting it made sounds, he tried to do it too. He'd also hit it whenever I turned it off, in hopes of it lighting up again. He also liked my interactive R2-D2 from 2002, so if I do my work, he'll be a good little SW fan. :D

DarkJedi5
08-20-2011, 02:27 PM
For those of you interested in the Force FX lightsabers with the removable blades, we've got a great question going in the Q&A thread (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php/44587-QUESTIONS-FOR-HASBRO-round-94?p=752282#top). The question is number 3 and if selected might prompt Hasbro to create a saber for fans to have a great looking (and accurate) prop hilt for such classic lightsabers as Luke's ROTJ and Obi-Wan's ROTS sabers while still having all of the swooshing, swinging fun of a sturdy FX saber!

JediTricks
08-20-2011, 02:40 PM
Yeah, it's a really good question, I took it with me intending to ask it at Comic-Con, but that interview didn't end up happening. I do feel like Hasbro's kinda putting this line on the back burner, and that's a shame because it is still pretty nifty.

DarkJedi5
08-21-2011, 02:33 AM
I do feel like Hasbro's kinda putting this line on the back burner, and that's a shame because it is still pretty nifty.

That's for sure! Last year's revelation of Kit Fisto's saber really had me scratching my head, their recent Q&A answer that they weren't immediately planning on rereleasing certain already done sabers with a removable blade (I think the question asked about Yoda's) had me concerned, and the lack of ANY new sabers at SDCC has me down-right worried.

I for one, will buy (almost) any FX saber with a removable blade they make, the exceptions being the chunky Luke and Obi-Wan sabers and ones that just aren't recognizable like Kit's. But Palpatine, Yoda, Qui-Gon, Obi-wan's TPM, Mace, and Dooku would be great additions to my collection, never mind that they've been done. Theoretically I would think that would make them easier since they have tooled up the parts to create the hilts and while the electronics would require a tweak it can't possibly be more expensive than starting from the ground up.

JediTricks
08-25-2011, 03:24 PM
I feel like Hasbro pursued the Force FX license ultimately with the intent to gut its technology for the kiddie sabers, and now that they've achieved that, they're putting Force FX to sleep. This is the sort of thing I hate seeing, and Hasbro keeps doing it over and over.

JediTricks
08-25-2011, 03:34 PM
Well, now I may have to retract that statement. Look what I found on hasbrotoyshop:
http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/new-to-hasbrotoyshop-star-wars-luke-skywalker-force-fx-lightsaber-collectible-with-removable-blade?CD=121&ST=PRDS&PG=1

Yes, it's Luke's ANH lightsaber with removable blade. Where was this at Comic-Con or Toy Fair? Why hide it? If I had known this was coming, I wouldn't have gotten the Anakin ROTS one last year (not that it's not a good piece, but I don't like the hilt as much as the OT version).

DarkJedi5
02-14-2012, 12:20 AM
After seeing no FX product on display at Toy Fair, I'm beginning to think this line has quietly gone into hibernation. Or worse.

DarthQuack
02-14-2012, 06:32 PM
I still wanted to get a Dooku saber myself. I've got Vader's ESB, Luke's Jedi, Yoda, and Darth Maul's 9 ft. behemoth. :)

JediTricks
02-14-2012, 06:57 PM
There apparently was a slide for the Darth Maul saber again, probably focusing on the 3D release of TPM. I will be on them like white on rice come July if they don't have new goods in this department though.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-04-2012, 11:01 PM
Since I'm graduating and am getting extra money (as well as starting a new job here shortly), I decided to get two of the Darth Maul sabers with removable blades. Today for May the 4th, HasbroToyShop has 20% off all SW items; it also includes free shipping, apparently, since the total cost was around $207. (There's also a general 20% off sale that goes through tomorrow, though I don't know if it also covers shipping.) This should be pretty awesome. :D

JediTricks
05-05-2012, 01:22 AM
Since I'm graduating and am getting extra money (as well as starting a new job here shortly), I decided to get two of the Darth Maul sabers with removable blades. Today for May the 4th, HasbroToyShop has 20% off all SW items; it also includes free shipping, apparently, since the total cost was around $207. (There's also a general 20% off sale that goes through tomorrow, though I don't know if it also covers shipping.) This should be pretty awesome. :D
Good purchase, especially if you don't have the originals (these don't match that well with the originals from what I've seen because Hasbro changed the color of the fins below the emitter to put in the removable blade). I was bummed to realize I burned through all my fun cash for this pay period when I saw the May 4th SW deal, my first inclination was a Force FX saber too. :p

Gonna display it with both blades, 1 blade, or no blades?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-05-2012, 12:51 PM
Good purchase, especially if you don't have the originals (these don't match that well with the originals from what I've seen because Hasbro changed the color of the fins below the emitter to put in the removable blade). I was bummed to realize I burned through all my fun cash for this pay period when I saw the May 4th SW deal, my first inclination was a Force FX saber too. :p

Gonna display it with both blades, 1 blade, or no blades?
Yeah, I hadn't thought much about getting the two Maul sabers at first, but the perfect storm of extra spending money, all the savings, and the spotlight on Maul this year convinced me to do it.

I'm not sure how I'll display it - my Anakin saber still just tends to sit on the floor of my SW room (with the display base, but still). I'll be cleaning up that room here shortly so I need to find a more suitable way to showcase it. It might get too giant with both blades displayed, so perhaps I'll set up both display stands next to each other, have the saberstaff connected and displayed in front, and have both blades disconnected right behind it. But since there are so many configurations, I'll have to play around to find what looks best.