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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 »

Hasbro Black Series Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber Total Conversion V1

Though I’ve always considered myself a fan of dark side lightsabers and characters, I’ve been on a major Jedi saber tear lately. For whatever reason, almost all of my recent commissions have come from folks looking for basic light side builds with few frills and green, blue, or similar blades. I loved doing the sabers for them, but after doing… Read more »

Starkiller Stalker: Custom Ultrasabers Raven

The custom sabers just keep coming here at Arms of Ilum. Today’s entry has a bit of an interesting backstory. A few weeks ago, I was working on a custom Hasbro Black Series Darth Vader conversion for a friend when LED Supply messed up my order not just once, but twice. I had originally ordered a Tri-Cree red, photo red,… Read more »

Gray Consular: Custom Ultrasabers Apprentice V4

Before I get into this rundown, It’s worth mentioning that this saber is very, very similar to the Republic Defender that I recently completed. I’ll note the differences where applicable, but readers should also check out that build for a different take on a very similar concept. Because the customer in this case wanted a light-side saber with a green… Read more »

Powder Coating Saber Hilts Using Vinyl Stencils

One of the things that sets Arms of Ilum sabers apart from standard builds sold by places like Ultrasabers and Saberforge is customization. Whether its adding names (in Aurebesh) or factional emblems and accents, the vast majority of my work goes out with some form of custom artwork. When I first started my builds, I used masking vinyl and paints… Read more »

New Plecter Labs Soundboards Add Neopixel Support and Much More

There are a few different folks that produce soundboards for illuminated sabers (lightsaber replicas), but if you ask me, Erv Plecter of Plecter Labs is king of the genre (don’t get me wrong, NEC boards are nice as well). Thanks to his extensive lineup of boards for all price ranges and with a variety of features, Plecter-based sabers are some of… Read more »