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 »

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 »

Noble Apprentice: A Custom Ultrasabers Initiate V4

Last month, I posted an overview of one of the sabers that I helped to customize as part of a Christmas gift for a friend’s children. That saber, the Imperial Acolyte as I named it, was a Sith-inspired hilt with a red blade and Imperial accents. Today, we will be looking at the Imperial Acolyte’s Jedi counterpart, the Noble Apprentice…. 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 »

Imperial Acolyte: A Custom Ultrasabers Dark Apprentice V4

Recently, I’ve taken on several commissioned saber projects to help friends with Christmas gifts for their children. The first of these, the Ultrasabers Dark Apprentice-based Imperial Acolyte, as I am calling it, rolled out to the buyer yesterday and I’d like to share the details of the customization here. This hilt represents my basic cosmetic work with some electrical tweaks…. Read more »

Ultrasabers Announces New Saber Inspired by Mace Windu, Ahsoka Tano to Come

Yesterday, Ultrasabers sent out an email announcing their new Electrum Wind saber hilt. The hilt, which draws substantial inspiration from the one used by Mace Windu in the prequels, is the latest in Ultrasabers’ line of film-inspired designs. It is also very likely the company’s most intricate hilt to date. The gold, black, and silver accents all combine to make… Read more »