Uncle Milton’s Mini lightsaber
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In popular Star Wars mythology the last task a padawan must carry out before becoming a Jedi knight is the building of his/her/it’s lightsaber. Now, thanks to Uncle Milton, YOU can become a Jedi Knight…
Uncle Milton toys have managed to marry fun Star Wars toys with the need for knowledge. From Death Star Planetariums to force gloves, Uncle Milton make wonderful toys that help you learn as you play. It sounds corny, but the concept is executed beautifully (I have the Planetarium earmarked for myself). Learn more here.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the review:
The packaging is a nice, clean image of Clone Wars’ Anakin Skywalker – who’s saber you will be building – on front along with a blister pack that allows you to see the parts of the saber and get a feel of the size before buying it. This item will not work if you and friends want to mimic the final battle from Revenge of the Sith (below), but rather would be a nice item on an office desk or as a bedside light perhaps. The back of the pack shows all the parts of the saber kit laid out and the blade and torch functions the saber has. Again, clean packaging clearly influenced by the Clone Wars cartoons more than the live action movies – but that’s ok, this is a kid’s toy and falls into the Clone Wars audience. And quite a few parents will love this too.
2. Saber parts:
The saber is primarily made up of the four saber parts – left and right shaft, centre blade holder and barrel grip – the centre battery casing, four coloured crystals (we’ll talk more about these later) the light blade and the wide and narrow angle torch ends.
The saber is very easy to put together but at the same time shows exactly how the device works. Although not complicated, it’s almost impossible to not feel a little bit awesome as the saber comes together, heck I could hear old Ben telling me to ‘use the Force’
When the hilt is constructed – above – you get to have a little fun with your saber. Firstly you get to choose the colour of your blade. The crystals a Jedi uses are prinarily green and blue, found on the planet Ilum, and occasionally purple and yellow. The red sabers used by the Sith are synthetic red crystals made as part of the Sith training. In the set here you get four ‘crystals’ to place over the bulb to create the colour effect on the plastic blade – here you get green, blue, purple and, yes Sith fans, red (above)…
You also get two lenses to be used without the blade, turning the saber into a handy-sized little torch with either a broad beam or a narrow cencentrated one, below is the wide lenses with the green crystal.
4. The finished lightsaber:
As you can see, the saber itself is fairly small, but also wonderfully detailed. The prospect of many children finding one of these on Christmas morning, stuffed in a stocking, isn’t a hard one to visualise.
The detail itself is wonderful. It’s a small, but perfectly formed scaled, version of Anakin’s light saber and the way the coloured plastic pieces – or crystals – fit into the hilt is pretty clever and the option to use different colours is a nice touch, my six-year-old son helped with the construction and had a lot of fun periodically falling to the dark side before returning to the light, always switching colours accordingly, and the torch feature would be a neat bedside addition to neverous little ones – or their parents
5. The finished item:
Overall the lightsaber is a lovely, fun item that will appeal to the older collector but is primarily aimed at padawan learners whose parents still love sitting down and playing with them. I had fun building this with my son and would recommend it to any parents trying to bring their children into the Star Wars fold. But as well as all that, it really is a novel item that looks lovely in any collection – the different colour blades are a nice idea, with you able to switch – perhaps these could be used to inform workmates/friend/family of your mood and approachability: if saber is green come on ahead, but as it moves from blue to purple exercise caution. If red, stay away. Or, em, maybe not.
Also included in the pack is a work sheet (below) that teaches about Lightsabers in the Star Wars universe and on the otherside, lasers and plasma in ours.
A fun, small, perfectly formed little Star Wars item aimed at younger fans, this is a nice item at a nice price and the learning value is a good touch. It loses one Nerd due to the fact that, if used in total darkness, the handle becomes almost transparent due to the plastic being too thin (above)