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Hasbro's Bluetooth lightsaber lets kids train to become a Jedi

'Star Wars' Lightsaber Academy pairs with an app to teach kids how to fight.
AJ Dellinger, @ajdell
February 15, 2019
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Hasbro has a new toy for the future Jedi in your life. The Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is a suped-up version of the standard lightsaber that comes with its own training exercises and activities built in, according to The Verge. The toy connected to a smartphone app via Bluetooth to provide Jedis-in-training with interactive challenges that teach them to fight like their favorite Star Wars characters.

Gallery: Star Wars Lightsaber Academy | 9 Photos

Similar to Lenovo's augmented reality game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, Lightsaber Academy comes with a standard, extendable lightsaber base. Once connected to the accompanying smartphone app, the device starts to stand out. It features walk-through on how to fight like five different characters, including Yoda, Rey, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren. The guide explains each character's poses and attack styles and uses motion tracking to record progress. The app evaluates the user's ability to master each style and scores them as they play through different challenges. Like foam lightsaber toy Sabertron, the Lightsaber Academy also lets you go head-to-head and battle with other players.

Hasbro's Star Wars Lightsaber Academy lightsabers will retail for $49.99. Versions of the sabers that don't include Bluetooth connectivity will be available for $7.99 and will come in red, blue and green. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader models will also be available for $19.99. While they won't be able to connect directly with the mobile app, they can still access some content via QR code. All of the lightsaber models will be available on October 4th.

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