I posted about how I drool over the Force FX light sabers a few months back and now I've finally got one... kinda. The Force FX models have metal hilts (handles) and long blades but tend to sell for $99-$150 depending on the source and features. Now to me that isn't a ton of money, but it is when you are buying a movie souvenir. I just don't have that much in my budget for this type of thing.
However, if they offered a cheaper version I might be interested in it. Well it turns out that the Ultimate FX light saber, also made by Hasbro, goes for $30-$35 and is very similar to it's more expensive Force FX brother. The Ultimate FX light saber comes in a blue (Anakin) and red (Darth Vader). Both sabers are made of plastic but keep the detailing of the movie hilts. If you are a fan of the Force FX blades you'll be used to the 36" blade, but with the Ultimate FX blade at 23", you're going to notice the difference.
Even with a shorter blade and a plastic hilt, the light saber is very functional. It uses the same motion sound effect and lighting technology as the Force FX models. For me, this is exactly what I wanted. I plan to use my new light saber as a Halloween costume prop and I might even clash it against a few ninja swords or harry potter wands while I'm out there. The best thing about it is that if it breaks, it was only $30 at Costco so I'm not going to lose sleep over it. Don't get me wrong though, I still plan to get myself the red Darth Vader Force FX blade... some day.
Check out my quick video review of the blue Anakin Ultimate FX Light Saber below. It's not my best work but you get the point. In the store, I found that the blue blade was brighter and the LED gaps were less obvious than with the red one. Enjoy!