Helloooooo Everybodies! It is almost that day again when all the ghouls and ghosts come out to play and I have a beautiful new saber to show you that I purchased recently…..AND I have a horror movie to share with you! Now you may have read in my previous posts and comments references to a new “toy” that I had ordered, well it arrived and I am over the moon with what I got. The new toy is a lightsaber from Padawan Outpost called the “Iota” and it has some very cool features. All of my sabers up till now were the type similar to a torch or flashlight with a very high powered LED in the handle that shone down a polycarbonate tube. They were also limited with what special effects they could do, but my new saber has a technology called Xenopixel installed that allows it do some incredible stuff. The blade isn’t hollow and is filled by long strips covered in small individual LEDs, and these LEDs can be triggered on/off all at once or one at a time to create different illusions. This also makes the blade appear brighter because less light energy is wasted having to travel down a hollow tube. Anyhoo, I can’t really describe the saber and do it justice….you need to SEE it….so Happy Halloween here is your horror movie for this year – For Tyeth Reviews the IOTA!…
I made a ton of mistakes in filming this. I forgot to mention certain features and I called the Xenopixel blade a “Scrolled” blade – I was thinking “Scrolling” and “LED” and managed to merge the two words together! But I was so excited getting this hilt and I filmed this by my self with no tripod – just a handheld smartphone and a laptop. Back to the saber though, as you can see it has some spectacular special effects. You can activate various effects called “Pre-Ons” before the blade ignites. These include effects that make the saber blade appear to “stutter” or appear from different sections of the blade (in one case the light appears at the base and the tip then expands to join in the middle!) Or you can just have the classic Luke or Vader in a corridor effect where the blade “grows”. The blade, because it is filled with hundreds of small LEDs can be set to any colour or as you saw in the video to a “Rainbow” – this is known as a Blade Style. The blade also has a “Fire Blade” and “Ghost Mode” where the blade is active but only lights up when it is moved (keep the blade still and the light disappears like a ghost). Another available Blade Style is “Blaster Blade” where again the blade is switched on but only lights up when the Activation Button is tapped which sends “bolts” of light along the blade and looks like a laser gun firing. I didn’t want to video those really due to how bright they are and the flashing could affect people with photosensitive Epilepsy.
But that is just the blade and lights, a lightsaber also usually has sounds and this saber has 21 built in sound fonts or themes. There are sounds from Kylo Ren’s saber, Rey, Darth Vader, General Leia and of course Luke Skywalker…not to mention Dooku, Maul, Cal Kestis from the PC game Jedi Fallen Order….way too many to list. But then on top of that you can add MORE sounds purchased or downloaded from the Internet and install them using the built in SD card! When certain sounds become unfashionable you can update with new ones.
The sounds also feature SmoothSwing technology. This is the fancy sound effect that makes a saber sound more realistic by mixing sounds triggered by sensors in real time. Hasbro toy sabers have one sound for when the saber swings whereas this saber can have up to 16 swing noises that are played continuously and correspond to your movements. Swing the hilt gently and it whispers a Vroom but swing harder and it sounds more WWHOOOSH!
That all sounds like a lot but there is still more features! The saber can be updated with new functions and settings using the SD Card and a Configuration File (instructions for the saber to operate). This means I can set the saber to detect certain movements or gestures and trigger specific effects…I can even do this with the Force….
Yep! I am most powerful…I can activate my blade without using the button! OK this is what’s known as a Gesture Function but it looks cool. I can set the saber to detect a “stabbing” motion and it will ignite the blade.
Finally, the saber even plays music tracks that you can have playing in the background as you fight your little siblings or friends. Imagine having the Phantom Menace “Duel Of The Fates” music playing while swinging your saber around with Qui-Gon Jinn sound effects! (Or Maul if you are a Sith!).
All in all this lightsaber is fantastic for the price, the amount of features and tech is amazing. Xenopixel really immerses you into the Star Wars world and you can forget where you are! But I know I’m getting near the end of this review and I have a few mentions I need to make.
If you are interested in obtaining a saber like tis one you can find it and more at Padawan Outpost which can be found at: https://padawanoutpost.com/
Padawan Outpost is based in the London area of the UK but ships internationally. They have a full range of sabers available but you will have to check their site regularly as stock can sell out quickly. I MUST ALSO POINT OUT THAT I AM NOT CONNECTED TO OR EMPLOYED BY PADAWAN OUTPOST – I am just a happy customer (I also bought a basic saber from them last year).
Thanks so much for checking my review out. I am no YouTube expert reviewer but it is kinda fun now I have done one. Now I have scared you all for Halloween, I hope you will return for future posts on FTSabersite as I still have more saber designs to showcase, more LEGO creations and just maybe some more Cosplaying. I am For Tyeth, the FOR in the Force, Till next time…..
One last message to my dear friends “Mr and Mrs D” at this difficult time for them…..I light my sabers and remember…..
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