This post is sponsored by Toys R Us and Duracell.
As we get closer to the release of the new Star Wars movie on December 18th, the boys have all been obsessed with all things Star Wars. They were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review some Star Wars Lightsabers from Toys R Us. For some reason, we have never owned any lightsabers, although the boys look longingly at them when we are at the store. I usually try to avoid battery operated toys because of the noise and the expense of replacing the batteries. Well, this is definitely a case where the batteries are worth it! These lightsabers are a great value at Toys R Us. Add some Duracell batteries and this simple no-sew Jedi costume, and you have a great gift idea.
Jonathan and Owen were so excited to open the lightsabers!
The lightsaber doesn’t do much right out of the package, however. If you give this as a gift, you’ll definitely want to include a pack of AAA Duracell batteries.
It’s super easy to get the lightsaber powered up and ready to go. You’ll need a screwdriver, but the whole process took just a couple of minutes.
Then it was time to duel!
After playing with these for a few days, here’s my review. These lightsabers are pretty awesome, and I think that they are a great value for the price. They are equipped with motion sensors, and they make satisfying crackling, crashing, and impact sounds while dueling. We purchased two more to accompany the two we were given, and the boys have all been enjoying them from age 3 up to age 12, and the neighbor kids too! Our batteries are still going strong, but I’m confident that we won’t keep these in working batteries at all times. That just isn’t practical. What we often do with special battery powered toys like this is to power them up on sick days, bad weather days, or other times that we just need a boost. Then it’s like having a new toy all over again! Also, watch the newspaper for Duracell battery coupons, which will help with the cost. There will be a $3 off 2 packages of Duracell batteries coupon in the Sunday paper on November 22nd, and a $1 off 1 package coupon on December 13th.
After playing with their lightsabers, the boys decided that they needed to dress up like Jedis. We came up with a simple no-sew costume that literally takes 10 minutes to make.
Owen and Jonathan have been practically living in their Jedi costumes this week, taking them off only for meals because they don’t want them to get stained!
I bought 2 yards of cream colored fleece at the fabric store. For Owen’s costume (age 6), I cut a rectangle of fleece that was 44 inches by 15 inches. Jonathan is 3, almost 4 and I made his 40 inches by 14 inches. I folded each rectangle in half and cut a head opening 5 inches wide. Then I trimmed the front to make it a v-neck. I used some scraps of brown fleece to make belts, and that was it! The boys have been wearing their Jedi tunics over plain white t-shirts. There are definitely better looking Jedi costumes out there, and real Jedi belts don’t tie. But, for the price and convenience, you can’t beat this simple costume.
It would be fun to give a lightsaber as a gift, along with batteries and a Jedi costume! Or anything from the collection of Star Wars toys at Toys R Us! And to help with that, Toys R Us and Duracell has generously provided a giveaway of a $100 Toys R Us gift card plus Duracell batteries! Enter the giveaway below. Giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. on Sunday November 22nd.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Duracell & Toys “R” Us. The opinions and text are all mine.
Kellie Nov 15, 2015
I absolutely love how cheap, easy, and durable these costumes are! My 3 boys are constantly asking for all things StarWars and now they have my little nephew hooked. I'm thinking this would be a great little Christmas gift for him. His very first light saber and a very "user friendly" costume for a 4 year old. Thanks so much for posting!!
Charity Ivicsics Nov 15, 2015
I really like the simple costume idea. Thank you for all of your frugal ideas!
Charity Ivicsics Nov 15, 2015
I forgot to mention what my children would probably buy with a gift card---they enjoy tools and Minnie Mouse items.
Marcelaine Nov 15, 2015
It seems like my kids want every toy they see, but we already have so many great toys at home. It would be fun to have the gift card to get some legos since they're starting to be interested in those.
Ali Nov 15, 2015
my boys would LOVE the lightsabers or RC cars
Lisa @ This Pilgrim Life Nov 15, 2015
My boys are excited about the movie coming out too. My three-year-old's favorite characters are storm troopers, ironically enough. They are also asking for Transformers figures. I plan to make them Star Wars and Transformers peg dolls for their stockings this year.
Mary Nov 15, 2015
My son wants a Nintendo Wii U console for Christmas.
Dustikes Nov 15, 2015
A Wii U is on my son's wish list this year. He really hasn't asked for much other than that. I have purchased and safely hidden one in my closet so the gift card would be used to buy games to go with it.
Amy Nov 15, 2015
Great idea with the costumes!
Corrie Nov 16, 2015
Lisa Nov 16, 2015
My son would wants anything that is Star Wars, Batman, or Lego - Batman has ridden on a lego Millennium Falcon with Han Solo while chasing down the Riddler and Darth Vader! My daughters love anything doll related right now!
Stephanie Davis Nov 17, 2015
We got the boys an xbox one (they don't know yet) so I'm sure they will be wanting to either pick out some games or skylanders guys at toys r us!
Stacy Renee Nov 17, 2015
I love this costume idea! If I show it to my hubby he is going to make me make it for our daughter! We are big Star Wars fans!
I'd love this giftcard so I can get my daughter some fun but educational toys for Christmas!
Lauren Nov 17, 2015
My son would like Star Wars Legos.
Elle P. Nov 17, 2015
He would like a Crayola double sided easel.
Dawn Monroe Nov 17, 2015
My grand kids have asked for Paw Patrol Chase, Project MC2 lab kit and Baby Alive.
Alina Hahn Nov 17, 2015
Our son would love a gummy bear maker and Pokemon toys. I love these light sabers and the cute costumes!
Amanda Whitley Nov 17, 2015
my son has asked for legos and my daughter asked for a doll
shelly peterson Nov 18, 2015
My son ally wants an Xbox One.
LaTanya Nov 18, 2015
my son wants a sega genesis
HS Nov 18, 2015
My kids would like a bike and Lego sets.
Thuy Vu Nov 18, 2015
My son would love to get some legos for Christmas.
Emily Smith Nov 18, 2015
My oldest son wants new Lego sets, my middle son wants anything Transformers and my youngest wants dinosaurs.
Briana G Nov 18, 2015
I love you articles and how-tos. My oldest is 10 and getting into Robotics. All those legos, we're looking at getting a Mindstorm for him (or at least gift card for him to save up for one. . . )
Danielle Nov 18, 2015
A toys r us gift card would really help out this Christmas for my boys! Would love to win!!
Betsy Nov 18, 2015
my son would love thomas the train toys
Linda Nov 18, 2015
A TRU gift card would help with gifts for my granddaughters this year.
Debarshi Das Nov 18, 2015
I would like to buy thomas and friends, with this card. :)
KT Nov 19, 2015
cute costume! I love no sew!
My son would like legos for Christmas. There are a few specific sets that he would probably choose, but honestly, with a gift card he would probably go crazy and just buy legos. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Laura J Nov 19, 2015
Oh he would love those Star Wars Lightsabers! How fun! He would also love the Operation Star Wars Edition Game!
amy stonger Nov 19, 2015
I would love to win so I can get some gifts for christmas. Its tough being a single mom with 3 babies to shop for so any bit helps. My sons really want the playmation video game.
Cassandra Eastman Nov 19, 2015
My son really wants some K'NEX sets for Christmas, and my daughter wants a Barbie Camper! I love that Toys R Us has all the toys on their lists' this year.
Carrie O. Nov 20, 2015
I don't know who would have more fun here. The hubbie or the 2 toddlers! There will be some star wars under my tree in sure. Along with thomas and paw patrol and mickey and TMNT. Lol. Boys. ..
Stephanie Nov 20, 2015
My son will absolutely LOVE one of these jedi costumes! He is a huge star wars fan. Thanks!
Stephanie Nov 20, 2015
My son wants a crane for Christmas. They have been studying construction vehicles at his preschool and has been obsessed with cranes. A nice toy crane will most likely be where the gift card would go!
Kim C Nov 20, 2015
Love the costume! I think I'll whip one up for my little Jedi! Thanks!
Barbara G. Nov 20, 2015
I enjoy checking out your creative ideas. They are great boredom busters!
The gift card would be helpful toward our boys' Christmas presents. :)
Judy Nov 20, 2015
My son loves building things with Legos!
Audrey Nov 20, 2015
Legos are always a hit in our house, so that's what they want!
Erika W. Nov 20, 2015
My son is into everything college football anso he would love anything related to that or Black Ops 3. My daughter is hoping for an iphone.
Amanda W. Nov 20, 2015
What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!
Kim H Nov 20, 2015
If I win the gift card, I will put it toward new bikes for my kids for Christmas!
Melody Nov 20, 2015
My son would love light sabers for Christmas to battle with his dad and sisters! Now I think I will have to make costumes to go with them! Thanks for the idea!
Pamela Nov 20, 2015
Your little guy is getting so big! Great costumes!!
Breanna Pollard Nov 20, 2015
I would love to win the gift card so I can buy toys for those in need.
Elena Nov 20, 2015
My child wants LEGO Minecraft
Candy foster Nov 20, 2015
An electric guitar. Just found your site. Really enjoying it.
Brenda Haines Nov 20, 2015
My son wants Power Rangers, Star Wars and a remote control helicopter. Thanks for the chance! :)
Stephanie Davis Nov 20, 2015
LOVE the Jedi costume! My kids would like LEGOs if they got to pick a toy.
Melissa Nov 20, 2015
If they had their way, they'd buy every Lego set available!
Tracie Cooper Nov 20, 2015
My niece Jillian would love the Barbie Dreamhouse!
Dandi D Nov 20, 2015
I would love to win this so we can get a bike for my son.
Kelly D Nov 20, 2015
My daughter told me she would like a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas.
Rayel Nov 20, 2015
I love this idea. The costumes are so easy. I could make one for everyone in my family.
Rayel Nov 20, 2015
My kids love Staw Wars and Legos. I am sure they would like to get just about any of the Staw Wars toys and Star Wars Legos are the best.
Kelly Nov 20, 2015
I love the Jedi costumes. I would love the toys r us gift card, as grandparents that have taken on raising our 8 year grandson. Money isn't there for fun things. It would be a relief to not worry about how to afford Christmas. Thanks, we love trying out the activities you share . Thanks for all the wonderful idddeas.
Lynn Nov 20, 2015
Love your Lego ideas
erica best Nov 20, 2015
Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber is on my nephew wish list
Holly Nov 20, 2015
I"m thinking that saber would be quite a hit! We're all psyched for the new Star Wars movie around here :)
Angela Bergeron Nov 21, 2015
Thank you for doing this! My son wants anything minecraft, lego or minecraft lego and my daughter wants Legos and crafts. So if I won that's what I would use it for.
D Schmidt Nov 21, 2015
Both of my children are desperate to get Star Wars Lego for Christmas
Jillian Too Nov 21, 2015
I would love to win so that I could buy the Hot Wheels Star Wars Starship Hoth Trackset for my nephew.
Soozoo Nov 21, 2015
Both of my boys want lightsabers, so I was really glad to read your review. The TRU giftcard would of course come in handy for Legos, too. :-)
LYN WILLIAMS Nov 21, 2015
The new Dareway is one of the items I will be purchasing.
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