When I first got this saber I was amazed at how realistic it was, firstly the hilt feels and looks like the real thing apart from it being a little bigger to accomodate the electronics, i was also surprised at how light it was (i expected it to be heavier) but if you're a small child or a really weak person then you might think differently.
On powering the saber up for the first time I was blown away by how cool and bright it looked as the blade lights up and down in sequence and makes the sounds we all know and love! I can really feel the Force with mine! :D
Now I know the manual striclty tells us not use it as a toy but I couldnt help but swing it around for a bit (what are all those sounds for if you're not going to swing it around?) and knock it off stuff (just dont whack it off somethin hard like a table or a doorframe) just to hear the cool sounds, and they are good sounds although they could be a little better quality and a few more different sounds would be nice.
I would give this 5 stars but because of a few minor weaknesses it only gets 4. Fist of all i noticed that the blade doesnt totally light up as there are these sort of dark patches/rings along the length of the blade, i dont know if theyre from hitting it off things or it if was like that in the first place but you dont really notice them when playing. Next the blade seems a little weak because of a slight wobble in the blade and because its only made of plastic, however it is very hard plastic and has endured me hitting things with it so its stronger than it looks! and i would say it would be suitable for dueling as long as you dont whack them as hard as you can. There is also a slight delay in the sound effects which decreases the realism a bit.
Overall this is a great collectable for any Star Wars fan and great value too at 39.99!! apart from the few problems, the realism and coolness factor of this item overides these and make it a great product and because Master Replicas dont make them anymore, just to be a right bunch of spoil sports, these really are great piece of film history and sooo much fun, but you really need two to really enjoy them!