Force Fx Obi-Wan
Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Costume
First, a bit of boring back-story.I needed a saber for the Kenobi costume to make it complete, intending to buy a £9.99 basic version and metaphorically walked away with £129.99 worth of saber.
So, what do I think of it?
To quote an oft-quoted phrase: squeeeeeeee
This thing is amazing - nice and bright blue blade when lit, not too heavy, not too bulky a hilt, and an alright weight overall.
The sound is fantastic, although it does need to be swished quite hard to get sound. The same would be true of the clashing sounds, which could lead to a broken LED or several in 'combat'.
But, hey, it's a costume piece - combat isn't my main aim with this, but it's nice to have something that can actually look like a proper lightsaber for once. All my life...
The blade of this version is removable, and by gum I am pleased that some of the sabers in question now have this feature. I don't know about anyone else, but I'd find it hard to walk around with a saber + blade on my belt as one piece.
The stand is awesome. Nifty accessory, and useful for keeping the saber out of the dreaded "cupboard of the dead or otherwise unnecessary lightsabers", which has now gained a sudden and vast population increase.
So that's what's good about the saber. What's bad about it?
Well, that's not true.
Any downsides that I have found weren't with the saber itself, but its presentation: the stickers on the hilt's body. These blighters are a right pain to remove, and leave horrid residue (you can't leave them on either, as this would spoil the look of the saber!). Indeed, I'm worried my attempts to remove said residue has left scars, although this could be un-removed residue: it's quite hard to tell. It's not noticeable, nor is it crucial (yet), but it's a darn sight nicer than sticker-residue. Personally, I'd take "battle scars" any day.
Another downside that isn't to do with the saber itself: The belt clip provided isn't the best. It's very stiff, and it is quite difficult (for me, at least) to get the saber on, and then even more so to get it off. Thankfully, I'd purchased a belt clip with my Obi costume, which is a lot more practical, and also easier to 'use'.
So, this was the long-winded but necessary review of the Force FX Kenobi. I'd recommend a Force FX to anybody who wants one provided they can afford it, as this truly is a must-have accessory for any Star Wars fan. And if Kenobi doesn't make you tick, you've got Luke, Anakin, Mace, Maul, Vader and Kit Fisto (no Plo Koon? D=) sabers to choose from, so plenty of variety!
Final score: 9.5/10