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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #61980

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So I've had it for a Couple weeks now, but I thought I'd try my hand at a review. I had only ever owned a Master Replicas Anakin ROTS, and a Hasbro Force Fx Obi-Wan ROTS before ordering this, so this is my first "real" lightsaber. To say my mind was blown when I received it would be an understatement!

The craftsmanship is incredible! The hilt was smaller than I expected, but only because I hadn't seen any photos of someone holding it for a reference. But that's not to say it's too small! It's perfect for single-handed use, and has enough room for a two-handed grip if you choke up on the emitter. I've read some people talking about the Apprentice hilts being more suited for smaller users and kids, but this hilt strikes me as being the exact size that most Jedi would want if they were a real-world thing. It's compact enough to not be bulky or get in the way of a Jedi's active lifestyle, but it's big enough to use in any form or situation.

It came with the new apprentice blade plug, which I wasn't a huge fan of. It's a nice plug, but I didn't think it fit the hilt. Luckily, Lazerforge launched right after I received the saber, so I ordered a turbine plug, and it looks great! It also came with the new kill key, and I actually kind of like it.

I got a 32" blade, and I was very impressed with the balance. It felt a little blade-heavy when I first put it in, but I think now that it was because I was used to my hilt-heavy Force Fx Obi-Wan lightsaber. The balance of the Bastion is awesome for spins. It feels so smooth twirling it around.

The sound is loud. I keep mine on the low setting, and I'm still afraid to turn it on if our daughter has gone to bed.

The 12w+ upgrade is REALLY bright! I ordered it with a mint green LED, which is a really nice color, but after a few days, I felt like I was meant to have a blue blade. I ordered a deep blue, and I'm so glad I did! It's beautiful!

I can only come up with one thing that I wish was different, and that is that I wish the blaster deflection sound could be turned off. I've been practicing the "Obi-Ani" spin, and every time my hand brushes the AV switch, the blaster sound plays. Maybe my hands are just too clumsy.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this review, and I hope it will be helpful to someone interested in this hilt. Now for the pictures, which is what I know you really wanted from the start. Haha!













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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #61983

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Glorious with that Deep Blue!
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #61991

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Rennek that's a fine saber. I like your choice of both LED'S and the AV switch color is a perfect accent. So as all of first time SF owners know, what's going to be the next purchase?LOL
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62283

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Ha! Well, my wife made me promise not to start shopping for the next one right after receiving the first one, but I've kinda had my eye on the Epoch...
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62284

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Rennek wrote:
Ha! Well, my wife made me promise not to start shopping for the next one right after receiving the first one, but I've kinda had my eye on the Epoch...




Ahem, jokes aside, beautiful saber. Each time I see the Bastion pop up it makes me more and more excited for mine to arrive :) Both colours look great, as I have said before, I feel the Bastion suits any and all LED colours due to its simplicity.
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62285

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It's a slippery slope......... I'm on number 8, but 6 since I gave 2 away.
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62367

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I have to say that you have an amazing blade man, it is really cool despite of it was the first one. Well not matter that, I just think you're starting on this world already, I hope you enjoy it so much ^^
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62371

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Great review! Congrats. You picked a phenomenal saber. I love the new blade plug you chose...and that blue does go well. Is that an Orange AV switch? Looks really good!


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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62379

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Another fantastic Bastion!

Congrats sir!
Imagine what you will know tomorrow....
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62397

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Thanks guys! It's actually a red AV switch, HotRod, but it looks orange in all the photos. I had this idea of a Jedi wanting to continue the red button look from Episode I, but giving it a modern twist.
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 2 weeks ago #62400

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Now I need to get the Reactor Blade plug :) Looks really nice in your Bastion!
There must be both dark and light.
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 8 months 1 week ago #62526

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An excellent saber and a great review! I was going to get the Bastion as my first saber but chose the Sentinel instead. Now, I want both! Anyhow, I wanted to address two comments:

I am in total agreement with your comments regarding the size. I'm pretty sure this is the same with all of the apprentice hilts. Like you, it is no problem for me.

I have the Crimson sound font. I suffer the same issue of activating the aux sound when handling the hilt. I can't.stand the force lightning sound but the rest of the Crimson sound features make it worth the annoyance.

Enjoy your saber!
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Bastion 12w+ Champion-tier 7 months 3 weeks ago #63804

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Looks great in Blue. My Purple Bastion should arrive tomorrow - I'm hoping it looks as nice as the blue blade!
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