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    Vader FX saber - defect?

    I just got my saber the other day and have to say that I am pretty pleased. The light up and sound effects were really cool. The only thing I'm wondering about is the sound effect gyros. It seems like they do their job 80% of the time, but I've noticed that , especially when held straight up, they are overly sensitive to even very slight movement but don't register at all at times when swung in just one direction. Has anyone else experienced this, or do I have a defective saber?

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    Reply from Master Replicas

    I called MR the other day and talked to a customer service rep who said that they had been giving replacements to customers who complained about the same problem, but they have decided to stop this as it is in fact a problem with the new saber being overly sensitive and that it interupts itself when a new motion is detected. I also noticed that when it it held with the clear buttons held facing you (horizontally or vertically) it takes an awful lot for it to make any swinging sounds. I would have sent mine back, except that it seems this is a universal problem.

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    Well at least your saber makes noise. I got Anakin's saber for X-mas last year and it now takes a full swing at something in order to give me the clashing saber sound. Obviously I'm not going to smack it around to get it to produce the SFX but I'm surprised that it doesn't work as well anymore because I hardly ever mess with it and when I did I was always very careful.

    I did have one question about the Vader saber though. I guess you'd need to have Anakin's or Luke's to draw a comparison but is the sound on Vader's saber different than the others?
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    It's possible the contacts that cause the saber to make noises when you swing it around have gotten corroded or dirty or something like that, that's what happened to some of the Furbies and Furby Yodas out there.
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    Perhaps the swing gyro in mine is more delicate than others, but my problem is I can't stop it from making many multiple swinging noises with little movement. In either event I've taken it apart and am going to use a (far superior, in my opinion) swing gyro out of the Anakin saber to fix it. Also, The clash gyro in the vader saber may be better but I didn't want to use it as I'd have to do some tricky soldering to replace it, although having read Hellboys post I may end up doing that as the anakin clash gyro is a LOT sturdier and therfore less sensitive than the vader one. They really are not as complicated on the inside as I thought they would be. Very interesting, the differences in engineering between the two. I have high hopes for futer sabers, if they continue to improve on them as they have.

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    P.S. as for sound differences, I understand both the Anakin and Luke sabers make four different clashing noises, whereas the vader saber only makes one - true to form for the sound effects it made in ANH. I also understand that the vader saber is louder.

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