Hasbro and Gamestop Partner for Black Series Shocktrooper Helmet

Earlier this week, Star Wars collectible fan site, Fanthatracks, broke the news that Hasbro plans to release another special edition version of their popular Black Series Stormtrooper Electronic Helmet. Allegedly a Gamestop exclusive, this Imperial Shocktrooper bucket is the second Stormtrooper helmet from this series to be vendor-specific. Amazon was the first to offer a custom Stormtrooper lid when they… Read more »

More from Saberforge: New Apprentice Hilts and Blades to Come

Lately, it seems as though each day brings a new announcement from Saberforge. I literally just published an article covering additions to the ASP line and now, Saberforge apparently has several new Apprentice level hilts on the way, along with some very, very weird blade options. Let’s start with the hilts because, to me, they’re the most interesting. It’s really no… Read more »

Saberforge’s ASP Line Gets an Update

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Over the weekend, Saberforge owner, Phil Isherwood posted some very interesting photos on Facebook depicting upcoming additions to the company’s Adaptive Saber Parts (ASP) line. These coming parts add such things as curved hilt bodies and crystal chambers to ASP. They also bring additional canon and non-canon designs, like elements from Plo Koon’s lightsaber, bits to replicate Kyle Katarn’s saber… Read more »

2003 Master Replicas Force FX Darth Vader Lightsaber Nano Biscotte V4 Conversion

Recently, a customer in North Carolina reached out to me asking if I could convert his 2003 Master Replicas Darth Vader lightsaber to in-hilt LED with a Nano Biscotte soundboard. For those of you who follow my work, Vader conversions shouldn’t be anything new. I’ve done several and the builds are quickly becoming second nature for me. However, this was… Read more »

One Replicas Announces New SuperStunt Line

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Over the weekend, I saw something that I found really cool. No, it wasn’t another The Last Jedi poster, nor was it Neopixel-related (I really like pixel-based sabers, if you couldn’t tell). Rather, it was a post by One Replicas on Instagram announcing a new line of saber hilts. These hilts, called the SuperStunt series, are simplified, stunt versions of… Read more »

ICYMI: NEC Updates Spark Series Soundboards, Introduces Intelliblade Pixel Blade

Last week, Scott over at Naigon’s Electronic Creations (NEC) announced some serious changes to his popular Spark 2 and Spark Color 2 soundboards for illuminated sabers. In addition to these improvements, he also revealed a new Neopixel-style blade, called the Intelliblade. Intended to bring the NEC lineup to parity with Plecter Labs’ most recent releases, the refinements make the Spark… Read more »

Standardized Neopixel Blade Connector Introduced

Late last week, a crew of affiliates working with Plecter Labs finally revealed the new “Plecterpixel” blade connectors that are intended to simplify Neopixel saber builds. This exciting development should help to bring Neopixel sabers into the mainstream, but the engineering behind the connectors is every bit as interesting as their potential. So, how do the connectors work? A series… Read more »

Amazon’s Hasbro Black Series Shadow Trooper Helmet in Photos

I recently picked up an Amazon exclusive Black Series Shadow Trooper helmet to go with my Stormtrooper bucket. Because this is functionally the same as that piece, I won’t be doing a full review. Instead, here are some photos and comments about the lid. Be sure to post any questions you might have in the comments.        … Read more »

Rubies Deluxe Boba Fett Helmet Review

I need to make an admission – I have a bit of a helmet obsession. Even before getting into Star Wars helmets, I collected old World War Two and post-war military lids. I’m not sure I can explain it, but helmets are just definitive to a person’s look, whether they’re a soldier or a character in our favorite fictional universe…. Read more »