Pros: Good solid feel, long-lasting, color-change blade
Cons: Not being able to replace the light-bulb, Shuts on and off sometimes
Well, I have loved playing with lightsabers since I was quite young. I purchased this lightsaber about a year ago from our local Fred Meyer and, for the most part it has served well.
When I first opened it out of the box and popped the batteries in I was amazed by the awesome feature to be able to switch from a blue to a red beam, a feat none of the other sabers made by Hasbro can do, but there is one annoyance in particular which makes it a little less than perfect.
If you have never seen/owned a Hasbro lightsaber, ( I use this distinction because of the Master Replica lightsabers that are much different and considerably more expensive than the Hasbro ones) they are basically a hilt that houses batteries, internal workings, a light bulb etc. and a long (usually over two feet) plastic blade. They are not extremely durable but they will take much abuse without succumbing to the dark side (breaking).
I use these sabers, for the most part, with my friends; choreographing lightsaber fights between an evil Sith lord and a daring Jedi Apprentice etc. so they take a few hits. Younger children would probably be swinging it around and pretending to be the next Jedi hero which is a great, fun thing to do, but I just use mine a little differently.
These sabers are not specifically designed for fighting, but while practicing, this particular saber will sometimes just shut off. Two of my friends have had this exact same thing happen to them, and I am convinced there is some sort of internal part that malfunctions occasionally. Also, on all the older sabers you could switch out the light bulb when it burnt out, on this saber; however, you cannot replace the bulb since the top does not unscrew.
On the bright side, it has served well for over a year and is still functioning; which is quite an accomplishment considering it is not all that expensive. Like I mentioned earlier it is very cool to be able to switch from a blue to a red beam. The blue beam being far brighter than most of the other sabers of this kind, do to a large part to the clear plastic blade. If used properly, these sabers will bring many years of training to any Jedi.
All in all, I would say that this is a good saber that I would recommend to any Star Wars fan/enthusiast that is looking for a costume accessory, practice weapon, or even just to swing around and pretend with. As for an age range, my opinion is that youre never too old for Star Wars, but others may disagree. I would say you would definitely be safe in buying this for a child from 6- 12 years old; persons older should (hopefully) still find the joy in having their own lightsaber, but that is a decision left up to you. You cant go wrong investing in a little piece of one of the best outer space stories ever. May The Force Be With You!