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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48007

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I received my Prodigal Son yesterday and I must say I was very excited to get it. My saber took 11 and 1/2 weeks to get here and the wait was well worth it. I use lightsabers for my Luke costume and so far I have been using a converted Master Replicas hilt. This is definitely a step up in the looks and sound department. Comparison pictures are below. After swinging around for awhile I have assembled a pros and cons list of this hilt.

Pros:

1. Sound. I love the snap-hiss the movie hilt makes and I love it here. Absolute beautiful noise and I smile every time.

2. No LED rattle or sharp edges. I've heard others having this problem but I'm happy to not have it. May not be a pro since this is to be expected however it's a good thing to not have.

3. Flicker. Love the small or large flicker I can set. Have it to slight flicker right now just like the film.

4. Overall look. Again this is to be expected since this is what I ordered but the fact that it looks so much more like Luke's saber compared to my MR hilt is the greatest pro to me having this hilt.

Cons:

1. Slide card fell out. This was within ten minutes of me owning the saber. Slide card immediately fell off and I could not get it to stay in for the longest time due to the button. I will explain that below. Right not it is secured with a piece of tape. I wish this was not necessary.

2. Button. I do not know if this was something I should have researched beforehand but the button in the control box can be pressed far enough down that it clicks into place. Doing so puts you right into the menu and unable to edit the settings since it skips right through each one. I eventually figured out how to edit everything by lightly pressing the button so that it doesn't stick down. This is also how I figured out to keep the card in place. Except it still needs the tape to keep it from sliding.

3. Copper piece looks pink. Personal and very small annoyance that I will get over.

4. There is a very slight wobble to the blade. I have a 37 inch blade that can feel a little top heavy so I believe that contributes. But due to the way the hilt has to be constructed the blade cannot sit down very far. Even with the retention screw as tight as it can be without breaking the blade there is still a small wobble. Nothing major and I can only feel it when I am swinging it around.

Overall great lightsaber. I highly recommend picking one up.












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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48010

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Great saber! Congrats!

I think the wobble can be all but eliminated if you do two things. First, ensure that the blade is ALL the way down in the socket. Some blades have rough edges, and protrusions that keep it from reaching the bottom without a little extra encouragement.

Second, crank the retention screw a bit more. Obviously, you don't want to go so far as to break the blade, but since the emitter socket is so shallow, it takes a little more than usual to hold it steady. A good, secure blade will show dimples from the retention screw when it is out of the emitter. Don't let those scare you. With my Exhalted, I turn the retention screw until I make good contact, then at least another half, to full turn, and there absolutely no wobble. Hopefully, it will be the same for you.
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48013

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Brax wrote:
Great saber! Congrats!

I think the wobble can be all but eliminated if you do two things. First, ensure that the blade is ALL the way down in the socket. Some blades have rough edges, and protrusions that keep it from reaching the bottom without a little extra encouragement.

Second, crank the retention screw a bit more. Obviously, you don't want to go so far as to break the blade, but since the emitter socket is so shallow, it takes a little more than usual to hold it steady. A good, secure blade will show dimples from the retention screw when it is out of the emitter. Don't let those scare you. With my Exhalted, I turn the retention screw until I make good contact, then at least another half, to full turn, and there absolutely no wobble. Hopefully, it will be the same for you.

I will see if I can screw it in a bit more when I get home. there is definitely an indent from where I have been screwing it in and I have pressed as far as it can be.
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48031

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Congrats BrickMacklin,
That looks great and you nailed the look of Luke from ROTJ. Glad to see another PS review! I read about the LED rattle too, so great to hear that yours is not doing that. Sorry to hear about the slide card. That seems to be happening to a few PS sabers. Here is a good thread to review if you have not already. A few forum members have been trying to solve their issue with some success. Hope it helps. Where did you get your belt clip for the tri-ring if you don't mind me asking?
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48033

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Andi-Jae EL wrote:
Congrats BrickMacklin,
That looks great and you nailed the look of Luke from ROTJ. Glad to see another PS review! I read about the LED rattle too, so great to hear that yours is not doing that. Sorry to hear about the slide card. That seems to be happening to a few PS sabers. Here is a good thread to review if you have not already. A few forum members have been trying to solve their issue with some success. Hope it helps. Where did you get your belt clip for the tri-ring if you don't mind me asking?

I bought the entire belt from the website Saberbelt here. Thanks for the costume compliment, a friend of mine worked hard to make it. I will check out that link thank you.
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48035

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Congratulations BrickMacklin

That is a gorgeous Saber that will compliment your luke Skywalker costume. .. great choice. . Have fun!
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 1 day ago #48040

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Hi BrickMacklin,

Wow! Another gorgeous Prodigal Son! Can you imagine the family re-union if all of these Prodigal Sons got together!

Glad to see you know how to grip it properly (I sense that you have studied Luke quite closely!)

I do have to say you haven't made my deliberations over my next Saber any easier, I fear I'm really gonna have to save up and get a Prodigal Son!

I hope this Icon serves you long and well into the future, well done,

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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 22 hours ago #48054

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Another great Prodigal Son! It completes your costume very nicely! I've said it before--i think Luke's ROTJ lightsaber is the best one of them all, Congrats & Enjoy!
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 22 hours ago #48057

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Wow, such a cool costume and your saber just finishes it off! Congrats on a great purchase!
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 21 hours ago #48068

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Brax wrote:
Great saber! Congrats!

I think the wobble can be all but eliminated if you do two things. First, ensure that the blade is ALL the way down in the socket. Some blades have rough edges, and protrusions that keep it from reaching the bottom without a little extra encouragement.

Second, crank the retention screw a bit more. Obviously, you don't want to go so far as to break the blade, but since the emitter socket is so shallow, it takes a little more than usual to hold it steady. A good, secure blade will show dimples from the retention screw when it is out of the emitter. Don't let those scare you. With my Exhalted, I turn the retention screw until I make good contact, then at least another half, to full turn, and there absolutely no wobble. Hopefully, it will be the same for you.

And if this doesn't work, try what I did with my wobbly blade: wrap some tape around the base. I don't know if that'll work well with a thin-neck, but it worked for me with my Venomous Fury.
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 20 hours ago #48082

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BrickMacklin RL Luke Skywalker hasn't just received a Prodigal Son, The Prodigal Son has just been reunited with his Lightsaber! Congratulations with your receipt and the praise extended how your (regular) attire compliments your Saber needs to be echoed. Thank you for sharing your Review with such an iconic and highly sought after Hilt.
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 15 hours ago #48118

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I figured out a way a way to fix the slide card! I'll give a small tutorial to what I did. I used 97 cent adhesive magnet strips from Walmart.


Slide the card out of the control box. Have the kill key in so the saber does not turn on. Cut one magnet strip into two small squares. Stick one onto the end of the slide card next to the round edges.


Stick the other magnet square on top of the screw sitting above the activation button.


Now slide the card back in and you should be good to go.


I want to replace these with slightly stronger magnets but so far this hasn't caused the card to move unless I physically put pressure on the strip. I've swung it around and it has stayed in place. Hope this helps those with similar problems!
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 10 months 14 hours ago #48121

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RL Luke Skywalker, this tip will prove invaluable to many. A great tip from The Prodigal Son for all current and future Prodigal Son owners. (when Kragle doesn't cut it)
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 9 months 4 weeks ago #48333

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Congratulations, man! Beautiful saber. Man, this has me even more excited for mine. I'll be hitting 11 weeks on Wednesday and I'm still at "Confirmed." :(
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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 9 months 4 weeks ago #48491

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It's great to see another of the long awaited PS buyers receiving their new saber. Congrats buddy, and welcome to the Emerald Knights!


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Prodigal Son 12 Watt Champion Edition 9 months 5 days ago #52206

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Thanks for the post! I was really curious since I just ordered a PS two days ago.
Own: Avenger, Arctic Blue, 12w Champ
Waiting: Prodigal Son, Green 12w Champ
Acolyte, Purple 12w Champ (wife)
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Bastion, Red 12w Champ
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