Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How strong are the swords?

We expect you will wail on each other all day with these swords and have no issues. That is the kind of product we are aiming to produce. That is why we have polycarbonite blade core tubes with an 1/8th inch wall thickness, which are billed as “indestructible”.  Based on our testing they are quite incredible, see our videos for demonstrations of the core tube durability. They are super light too, which is a big priority. We want to produce the toughest, lightest and safest foam sword possible. At well under a pound, they are amazingly light. As seen in the videos, the sword blades bend a little when full force is applied. For the pre-production prototypes, we worked on improving the blade stiffness, finding the perfect core through research and application.  The foam formulation will primarily be set to best soften the blow, while also light and tough, but replaceable in case they ever get snagged on sharp objects.

Can Sabertron™ differentiate between 'player' and 'tree'?

Sabertron™ has an accelerometer that can detect when an impact has occurred. It uses wireless communication with the other sword to tell that it has or has not hit the other sword at that time. This is quite accurate for simple game play between two players. You can cheat with this simple mode, by hitting another object, like your own hand or tree, for example. But it’s not a big deal for a simple game and it is a lot of fun, even if someone decides to cheat.

That said, we are not done in the software and have some tricks up our sleeves to make it even better in two-player mode and even enable a multi-player mode down the line. More details on that as we test our ideas. We have designed Sabertron™ so the firmware can be wirelessly upgraded as improvements are made. In this way, we can continually improve our existing products by releasing firmware updates, even after they are in our customer’s hands. The technology is very powerful and we haven’t yet taken advantage of all of it. We currently support 5 different game modes and have many more planned, including the multi-player “melee mode”. Future improvements such as proximity detection will make cheating very difficult.

Is it possible to get a combination of one medieval sword and one light sword in a combo pack, or bulk pairs of swords?

Currently no, we are only providing Sabertron™ in matched pairs.

However, all Sabertron™ sword Series and Models are compatible with each other for gaming purposes. For example, you can battle using a Light Master Sword and a Grandmaster Medieval Sword, and/or any other two sword Series/Model combinations.

Once we complete the initial production run getting Sabertron™ launched and on the market we plan to start providing additional product bundles such as 4 packs, as well as individual Sabertron™ swords so that customers can supplement their sword collections.

How will the illuminated blade look on the Master and Grandmaster Series?

Illuminated LED blades are available only on the Master and Grandmaster Series Sabertrons™. The foam blades on the Apprentice Series do not illuminate. The entire cylindrical foam blade of the Light Model swords illuminate, while only the edge of the Medieval Model swords foam blade illuminate.

Each sword of the Master Series LED blades can individually be set to either Red/Green/Blue prior to starting a game. Each sword of the Grandmaster Series can be set to a larger array of colors using the touch screen prior to a game. In the video section of site, we have a various videos that show off the pre-production prototypes illuminated effects. In addition, each of the product pages have pictures of each Series and Model. As we iterated through prototypes we have continued to improve every aspect of the swords, including the LED illumination. During battle, the blade color changes dynamically by using various special effects, such as “flash on clash”.  Sabertron™ will be the ultimate toy foam sword!

What is the difference between the illuminated blade colors and the colored blade guards?

There are two ways to apply color to your Sabertrons™:

  • Illuminated LED foam blades – These are only available on the Master and Grandmaster Series. The foam blades on the Apprentice Series do NOT illuminate. For the Light Model swords, the entire cylindrical foam blade will illuminate. For the Medieval Model swords, only the edge of the foam blade will illuminate. For the Master Series, foam blades can individually be set to either Red/Green/Blue prior to starting a game. For the Grandmaster Series, foam blades can be set to a larger array of colors using the touch screen prior to a game.
  • Blade Guards – These are simply colored sleeves that fit over the white foam blades of all Light Sword models. They allow for players to select a blade color in brightly lit environments, as well as provide some protection for the foam blades. Blade guards are available in Red, Green, and Blue. For the Apprentice Series, the blade guards are the only source of color since they don’t have illuminated LED blades.

What about foam blade quality?

When reviewing the current product pictures and videos, please keep in mind that all the Sabertrons™ shown are still just pre-­production demos.

The foam blades shown in the current videos and pictures only reflect the handmade foam blades. The fit and finish of the final production foam blades will be significantly better than what we can show you now.

We evaluated many types of foam for our light and medieval foam blades. The foam that we are using for our pre-production prototypes is a mixture of closed cell cross-linked polyethylene (used for all translucent blade sections) and EVA foam (used for the opaque sections on the medieval blade). We are continuing to work with our manufacturing partners to evaluate new foams to make sure we’re using the best foam for our purposes. We have many options for soft, light and durable “meaty” foams that will stand up to sword-to-sword hits just fine.

Will there be variants of other Sabertron™ weapons, like Axes, short swords/daggers, or even Spears eventually?

Absolutely! We plan to expand the Sabertron™ gaming platform. We plan to eventually produce a full range of additional weapons, all completely compatible with  each other for gaming purposes.

Will you make Sabertron™ armor, shields, etc. eventually?

Absolutely! In addition to new Sabertron™ weapon types (like axes, daggers, etc.) we also plan to expand the Sabertron™ gaming platform to include Sabertron™ armor, shields, helmets, etc. All armor would integrate wirelessly to be able to absorb damage (until its own “health” is depleted) and allow the player to extend their gaming time.

For the Apprentice and Master Series Sabertron™, how do you switch between game modes?

For the Apprentice and Master Series (which don’t include the touchscreen), the main red control button will allow the user to select the game mode. A voice will announce the game mode allowing the user to select their desired mode before initiating a game.

How does Sabertron™ determine a 'valid hit' versus a 'block'?

Sabertron™ has an accelerometer that can detect when an impact has occurred. It uses wireless communication with the other sword to tell that it has or has not hit the other sword at that time. This is very accurate for simple game play between two players.

Do you have more pictures of the Medieval Model?

We have several pictures and videos of the Medieval Model pre-production prototypes on the site. When reviewing the current product pictures and videos, please keep in mind that all the Sabertrons™ shown are still just pre­production demos.

The foam blades shown in the current videos and pictures only reflect the handmade foam blades. This is particularly important when reviewing the medieval foam blade. The fit and finish of the final production foam blades will be significantly better than what we can show you now.

Are the foam blades replaceable?

Yes, replacement foam blades are planned.

Are game mode settings configurable? Is there a way to alter how many hits Sabertron™ will monitor?

In a way yes, since the built-in game modes allow for longer games.  The bluetooth app will allow for even greater flexibility, and the Grandmaster Series and better Sabertrons™ will offer easy configuration of game mode settings through the LCD screen.

Does Sabertron™ make sounds?

Yes! They make incredibly cool sounds, and loud ones. The sounds tells you more about your health status than the lights during real life game play.

Different Models have different sound profiles. Light Models will support both laser and traditional light saber type sounds, while Medieval Models will feature more traditional metal-on-metal “clanking” sounds.

Are all Sabertron™ Series and Models rechargeable?

Yes! All Sabertron™ Series and Models are rechargeable via a mini USB port in the pommel.

Is there a smartphone app for Sabertron™?

We plan to expand the Sabertron™ gaming platform, and we currently have a smartphone app in development. The  Sabertron™ app will allow customers to doing thing such as: monitor live game play, log game wins/losses, apply over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates, and much more!

What is a pre-order?

Simply put, a pre-order is an order you can make for a product before it has been released and is available for delivery. Our first production run of Sabertron™ will be a small batch of approximately 5000 units. By placing a pre-order you’re able to receive one of the very first Sabertron™ on the market.

When placing a pre-order, you will be required to provide certain information, such as your address and billing information. You represent and warrant that all such information is accurate, and you shall ensure that such information is kept current. You will be charged at the time of placing the pre-order. Your placing of a pre-­order constitutes your express agreement to the company charging of your provided payment method at such time. Sabertron™ are expected to be ready to ship in 2017 subject to reasonable delays in manufacturing and/or delivery. Such date is only an estimate, is subject to change, and we do not represent or warrant that it will be able to ship by the estimated date.

When will pre-orders ship?

We know that everyone wants to see the “shipping is underway” update, and certainly we do too. We have negotiated the smallest initial production run we could (5000 units / 2500 pairs). Unfortunately, our current pre-order totals still has us short of the 5000 total. We are currently working to secure additional investments to help us finance the production of the remaining units, but in the meantime we have re-opened our webstore so we can offer the rest of the initial manufacturing run of 5000 units for pre-order.

Sabertron™ are expected to be ready to ship in 2017 subject to reasonable delays in manufacturing and/or delivery. Such date is only an estimate, is subject to change, and we do not represent or warrant that it will be able to ship by the estimated date.

Why is the Apprentice Series marked as ``Out of Stock``?

Due to the limitations of our small initial production run (5000 units), and because the vast majority of our current pre-order units are Master and Grandmaster Series, we will only be producing Master and Grandmaster Series Sabertrons during the initial production run in order to expedite production.

If you have previously pre-ordered an Apprentice Series and would like to upgrade your pre-order so you can be included in the initial production run, you can contact us at upgrades@sabertron.com to do so. If you do not wish to upgrade your pre-order, you can wait until the next production run to receive your Apprentice Series. We will be starting the second production as soon as possible after the initial run, possibly before the first run has been even delivered, but that will depend on how things progress. We apologize for any further delay this causes our Apprentice Series pre-orders, but we must work within the limitations we have to move forward as fast as possible until we’re able to get Sabertron properly launched.

Will the final products look like the products in the store pictures and videos?

When reviewing the product pictures, please keep in mind that the current product images are still just pre­-production demos. Sabertron™ handles are 3D printed, the foam blades are handmade, the screen graphics still need tweaking, and the sheath is just a raw concept prototype. As we move forward, we will be posting new pictures as available. The fit and finish of the final production versions will be much better than what we can show you now.