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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 Stormtrooper Electronic Helmet Review

Ever since I first saw the original trilogy as an eight-year-old, I have always wanted to own a Stormtrooper helmet. The problem for me as a kid was that the affordable options weren’t great back then and nicer replicas were far too expensive for my limited budget. I eventually forgot about the issue and moved on without a TK bucket…. Read more »

Pogo Star Wars Minifigure Review (Lego Knockoff)

NOTE: This post is neither a condemnation nor an endorsement for knockoff Lego products manufactured and sold in China. Any attempts to debate this issue in the comment section will be subject to deletion. From about the age of seven until I was eleven or twelve, I don’t think there was a single activity that I did more than building… Read more »

Hasbro Black Series Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber Review (2015 ANH Version)

If you’ve seen any of my previous articles, it may surprise you to learn that I strongly prefer dark side characters and lightsabers over those of the light. Aside from Kylo Ren, the Star Wars universe has been blessed with a wide variety of menacing, intimidating, and downright badass villains. From force masters like Darth Sidious to assassins like Darth… Read more »

Hasbro Black Series Yoda Force FX Lightsaber Review

Long before I knew anything of custom sabersmiths, homebuilt sabers, or Luxeon LEDs, I looked at the Master Replicas lightsabers as the pinnacle of Star Wars fandom. Based on the real screen props, the Master Replica sabers featured realistic hilts and bright LED blades (excluding the early EL models) with realistic scrolling effects and sound. As a child of the… Read more »

Vader’s Vault Photon Blade Review

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Luxeon LED powered sabers are nothing new. As a matter of fact, Star Wars enthusiasts have been building them since long before the Master Replica lightsabers hit the market. Throughout these sabers’ lifespan, we’ve seen numerous improvements to LED technology and blade designs, many of which have been intended to maximize the brightness of the prop to replicate the movie… Read more »

Grab Bag Review: Ultrasabers Dark Sentinel LE V4 in Consular Green

Around two weeks ago, I decided to take the Ultrasabers grab bag plunge in somewhat of a big way. Rather than simply pick up one saber and be done, I couldn’t help but even things up with a second hilt. Last week, I shared my thoughts on one of my random arrivals, the Initiate LE V4, and today we will… Read more »

Grab Bag Review: Ultrasabers Initiate LE V4 in Guardian Blue

If you’re anything like me, you probably find the prospect of owning realistic-looking lightsaber replicas very appealing. I mean, why else would you be here if that weren’t the case? However, if you do share my mindset, it is also highly likely that you’ve struggled to settle on a particular color and hilt for your LED-driven blade. With an almost… Read more »