Chris Reiff from Hasbro and Kelly Knox from give us a closer look at the development of the Hasbro Force FX Elite Darksaber, including the new tech created to make real this unique and powerful Mandalorian weapon.

Fans of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have long been acquainted with the Darksaber. Characters like Pre Vizsla and Maul have clashed blades against Jedi and Sith with it in hand, giving the Hasbro design team more reference to draw from.

“Since we haven’t seen it used to its full extent in The Mandalorian,” Reiff says, “looking to those past appearances allowed us to study other aspects of the saber, including the way it sounds and reacts differently than traditional sabers, so we could bring a full and accurate experience to this version.”

The challenge of designing the iconic blade also inspired a real-world innovation in Hasbro’s lightsaber line.

“The new shape of the Darksaber’s hilt and the addition of so many white LEDs led us to another exciting new feature — the inclusion of a rechargeable battery!” Reiff tells

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Darksaber (Star Wars)
  • Spectra Books
  • Kevin J. Anderson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 448 Pages - 10/01/1996 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)