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 »

Republic Defender: A Custom Ultrasabers Apprentice V4

Over the winter and the first portion of the new year, I was pretty well inundated with commissioned saber builds. Most of those were stunt sabers that to be perfectly honest, got a bit boring after a bit. Fortunately, one of my customers asked for a basic saber with sound and even better, a purple blade. I’m calling this one… Read more »

General Kota: A Custom Ultrasabers Standard Issue Battle Saber

This saber has taken several months to complete, but it is finally done. Dubbed the General Kota in a nod to the character, Rahm Kota, from The Force Unleashed video games, this custom build is based on an Ultrasabers Standard Issue Battle Saber (a real mouthful, I know). Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the build: Ultrasabers… Read more »

ICYMI: Ultrasabers Unveils the Emperor’s Hand, a Mara Jade Inspired Saber

If you’re on the Ultrasabers mailing list, you undoubtedly saw this. If not, you may not be aware that the company just unveiled the new Emperor’s Hand hilt and in short, it looks great. Inspired by the saber used by Mara Jade in what is now Legends material, the Emperor’s Hand joins other recent additions like the Windu-inspired Electrum Wind… 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 »

Hasbro Reveals Star Wars Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic Helmet

If you follow Arms of Ilum over on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I recently acquired one of Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series Stormtrooper helmets. I’m wrapping up my review of the bucket right now, but suffice it to say that the thing is impressive, especially for the price ($80). Its voice changing capabilities aren’t great, but the… Read more »