If you are a serious Star Wars fan, chances are that the famous double-bladed Darth Maul lightsaber is already part of your collection. If not, I’m pretty sure it’s one of the top items on your wish list. Most Star Wars fans would agree that this unique weapon was one of the most amazing things in Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the most interesting types of Darth Maul lightsaber replicas and toys available today and give a few useful tips for buying.
Let’s start with probably the most popular item among die-hard collectors – the full-scale double-bladed Darth Maul FX lightsaber. There are places on the internet where you can get these unique customizable lightsabers and many of the lucky owners would tell you that in terms of authenticity, craftsmanship, and quality of material, it’s probably the closest you can get to the real prop used in the movies.
It consists of two metal hilts with permanently attached, surprisingly durable plastic blades. They can be used as separate weapons for lightsaber duels or connected with a special adapter to form the famous double-bladed version. As the name suggests, this item has all the expected features of a Star Wars FX lightsaber: motion sensor-controlled authentic sound effects, impressive red light, “unbreakable” blades, and more.
Another option would be the Hasbro signature series Darth Maul lightsaber already mentioned in the previous paragraph. It has very similar features to the previous one and usually receives many positive reviews from its owners. However, some of the reviews mention the fact that its beautiful aluminum hilt is prone to scratches when used for dueling. Of course, if you’re interested in getting the lightsaber as a collectible piece, this won’t be much of a problem.
For collectors who are limited by their budgets or the free space available on their desks or shelves, there’s also a perfect alternative. I’m talking about the Master Replica scaled miniature version of the Darth Maul lightsaber. It’s made of the same top-quality die-cast metal and other high-quality materials as the full-scale version. The level of detail is superb and the item also features realistic looking “burn marks”. This amazing.45-scale reproduction of the real weapon is approximately 4.7″ long and comes in a presentation box with a specially designed display stand and an official Certificate of Authenticity.
All of the FX lightsabers come with realistic sound and light effects. You’ll feel as if you’re one of the characters from the movie as you turn on your blade and wave it around. When you have two of these replicas and dual it out with a partner, you’ll see that when the blades strike each other, they make a striking sound exactly like what’s heard in the movies. Each saber is built from heavy die-cast metal so that it functions well as a pretend weapon in your hand. These toys are not likely to fly out of your hand for being too lightweight.
Over the years, the extendable lightsaber has evolved with many improvements made which include better sound effects & volume, a removable blade, improved display options, and a stand. The older version of Anakin Lightsaber comes in just one piece, which means the blade cannot be removed which is still sold in the market today.
So, if you’re looking to find out where to buy FX Lightsabers and what features they offer, you’ll find that there are different ones available from each of the six Star Wars movies that have been produced. One favorite character is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The saber replica that you’ll find for this character is the one featured in “The Phantom Menace”. Of course, the blade glows blue, just like in the movie and if you purchase this piece, the blade is fully removable.
Most people prefer a removable blade. One advantage is that the hilt can be displayed by itself. Another advantage is that you can display it comfortably on a belt which is part of the costume. Previously, this cannot be done as the blade is lengthy. If you want to copy the lightsaber used in filming, the opening can be covered up with a DIY emitter cover when you remove the blade. So, if you are looking for one of these features, be sure that the blade is removable.
The removable blade Anakin Lightsaber is very impressive once you open the box. The saber itself is made with very high-quality material and is built to last. After the batteries are put in (it requires 3 ‘3A’ batteries by the way), the hilt looks simply fantastic by itself! A little plastic piece is included in the lightsaber so that it looks unlighted exactly as that in the Star Wars movie. This is a pretty nice little accessory. A belt clip is also included. If you try to turn on the Anakin Lightsaber without the removable blade, you can hear a short-circuit sound.
To put the blade in or remove it, you just need to unscrew the tiny orange bulb all the way. Then, slide the blade into its place. To make sure that it is in place, the saber makes a sound. Holding the blade in its place, screw the orange bulb back.
The lightsaber includes a display stand. This stand comes with two slots. You can display the blade and the hilt separately or together if you wish. At the back of the stand, there is a compartment that can hold all the accessories when you are not using them. If you are still undecided about whether to purchase, this is highly recommended. Customers who have bought this gave a thumbs up. This is the most realistic Star Wars Anakin lightsaber that one can have.