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This two-bladed lightsaber is 6.5 feet long and costs $500

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Hasbro has designed a lifelike lightsaber just in time for the premiere of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series, one that is arguably the toymaker’s most ambitious — and expensive — replica to date. The Black Series Reva Force FX Elite Lightsaber costs $499 and is 6.5 feet in total with both blades attached. It is modeled after the lightsaber wielded by the Third Sister, also known as Reva, a cold and heartless inquisitor on the hunt for Obi-Wan.

Just like the iconic lightsabers we’ve seen by Inquisitors in the past Star Wars series, you can remove one of the blades and remove half of the circle in the center of the lightsaber. There are some cool light and sound effects that you can activate as well, and they work whether you’re using one or both blades.

While a progressive firing effect causes the lightsaber to charge with red light in preparation for battle, a blast deflection effect eliminates illumination in certain areas of the lightsaber (complete with “pew pew” sound effects) so that it appears as if you are shielding yourself from projectiles. There’s even a wall-cutting mode that turns the lightsaber tip bright white and produces a buzzing sound like you’re actually cutting through metal.

Unfortunately, it has some (expected) limitations – it doesn’t spin on its own, so you can’t use it as some sort of helicopter to propel yourself over short distances or repel enemy attacks (something shown quite often in The Clone Wars† You’ll need to get your baton twirling skills in order if you really want to get involved in that spinning action.

The third sister’s lightsaber looks like Hasbro’s most expensive to date, probably because of its double blades. Take a look at Hasbro’s Collection of Lightsabers, the FX Force Elite replicas don’t seem to cost more than $300. You can check out Reva’s lightsaber for yourself on his crowdfunding page, which will almost certainly meet the $5,000 requirement (because who wouldn’t want the chance to say they have a 6.5-foot lightsaber in their house?). It can be purchased until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 11, but it won’t ship until fall 2023.

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