'Star Wars': Hasbro to Debut Customizable Toy Lightsaber Line

Star Wars Blade Builder - H 2015
<p>Star Wars Blade Builder - H 2015</p>   |   Courtesy of Hasbro
Suddenly, a lightsaber with plasma crossguards just seems unambitious.

For everyone who complained about the lightsaber in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hasbro has some good news: Pretty soon, fans will be able to demonstrate their own skills when it comes to designing the Jedis' favorite weapon.

Ahead of this year’s New York Toy Fair, which opens Saturday, the company has announced Star Wars Bladebuilders, a new toyline that will allow kids of all ages to create their own lightsabers, using a number of interchangeable hilts, daggers and connectors.

“This is the first time we’ve given kids the chance to customize through an entire system,” Hasbro’s senior Star Wars director Kim Boyd told USA Today. The line came about following research that showed that kids were interested in customizable toys, Boyd explained, making the trend ripe to be combined with what she calls “the most iconic weapon of all time.”

The main set will include a lightsaber, two lightdaggers — essentially, mini lightsabers — an expansion hilt and a number of connectors. Additionally, there will be lightsabers available tied to different characters in the franchise, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Yoda. Boyd sees the new line as a positive because she thinks lightsabers are conducive to kids playing together.

“With the Star Wars property as a whole, because it's rich with storytelling and conflict and triumph, it lends itself more to a social play,” she said. 

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