There are lots of wonderful toys and gadgets in the Star Wars universe, but it's the lightsaber that most fans will love to get a chance to try in real life.
Imagination-powered lightsaber toys have been around as long as the movies have, but Hasbro's new Star Wars Lightsaber Academy adds a new technology to make the toys more real and to help you learn how to correct one like Jedi … or a Sith.
Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is reminiscent of Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges from a few years ago. But while Lenovo's toys had permanent padawans that put their smartphones in a special headset to create a magnified reality experience using a lightaber hilt like a game controller, Hasbros Star Wars Lightsaber Academy has just connected the lightab to a mobile app over Bluetooth to track movements and movements of the weapon. It's a simpler approach, and at $ 50, Hasbro's experience is about $ 150 cheaper than Lenovo, but still manages to deliver a lot of fun.
Padawans first selects a champion for the light or dark side of power to train them in the light lab. There are five characters to choose from, including Yoda, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, Rey or Darth Vader, which are then reflected in the color of their lysabes and its telescopic, simulated plasma blade.
When the saber is so connected to the Lightsaber Academy app, the training starts, where the children recreate bags and movements that are tracked by motion sensors in the light bar itself and scored for accuracy via the mobile app. It adds a little extra rendering value when you play everything for yourself, and the upgraded motion-sensitive technology makes light sound effects more precisely matched to blade movement.
Battles may actually be the best feature of the toy, however. A pair of light bars can be connected to the app and when two players save using the traits their virtual masters learned, they will beat points in the game until the winner is declared. No one will lose a hand, as the light beams use the same hollow tubes we have seen on these toys for years, but it is quite possible that a warrior might learn a disturbing truth about their parents. Players will also earn experience points as a result of the match, enabling them to get into the app and unlock more features and content.
Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is expected to come sometime in the fall, timed closer to the release of Episode IX which hopefully will have a real title for then.
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