I heard from a friend yesterday who lives in Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) that he saw a Force FX Lightsaber Replica at his local Roger's Video. I have wanted one for a long time and I was kicking myself for not getting one when they had them at Best Buy, so I called around and found a local Roger's that had them.
It is pretty nice. Feels like it is a quality made item, and it makes sounds based on your motions. It also has sounds when you hit things (which I don't want to do too much), and power up, and power off. The coolest thing is when it turns on or off the light in the blade extends and retracts. It is really pretty bright too. I have been playing with Scout (one of my dogs) with my toy lightsabers..she loves to try to catch it while I am trying to smack her in the butt with it. This one I have to tell her, "No.". Poor dog.
In the above picture (on the left) you can see a couple Remote control trucks (one is a truck, the other is a Jeep Wrangler). They are for a couple needy kids for christmas. At the mall they have a tree with kid's names on cards..so we grabbed 4 cards. The cars are for a 12 year old boy and a 7 year old boy. The great things about these is that they come with rechargeable batteries and a charger. I was sure to get RC's that had that, since a family that can't afford gifts for christmas, likely can't afford batteries all the time either. I hope they enjoy them!!
I am now completely DONE leg #1 for R2d2! It now has the cylinder at the ankle and a couple buttoms in the shoulder square holes (on the far right at the top). The guy welding up leg #2 was SUPPOSED to meet me at work last saturday to weld it up, but big surprise..he was late and didn't have time. Again he promised to have it done this wekk..but I am not holding my breath. At least in working on leg #1 I did all the parts for leg #2 at the same time..so when I finally get leg #2 it should be a fairly quick process.