Toy lightsabers are a lot of fun: Kids love to strike poses, swing them through the air and jab the weapons at their friends as they pretend to be Luke Skywalker, Rey or even Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. But what they can’t do with a standard lightsaber is actually learn how to wield one.
Star Wars Lightsaber Academy, an app-connected toy introduced at this week’s Toy Fair, aims to change that by putting kids (and adults) under the virtual tutelage of some of their favorite Force users.
Hasbro has been making lightsaber weapons for decades now, and at first glance the Lightsaber Academy model isn’t much different from any of its other toy blades. The design of the handle isn’t modeled on any particular lightsaber from the movies, so you can really get into the role as a Force trainee with your own unique weapon.
That uniqueness even extends to the plastic kyber crystal embedded within: Opening up the casing and pressing the crystal switches between blue, green, and red blade colors. But it’s not merely an aesthetic choice, as you’re also choosing which master you want to train under, either Rey, Yoda or Darth Vader. Those are the Force users you get to start, with the ability to unlock more like Luke Skywalker as you play, as well as a few more unrevealed characters that might be retailer-exclusive.