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- Diablo III: El'Druin, The Sword of Justice
Only the righteous can wield this superb prop replica from Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo III – El’Druin, the Sword of Justice!
This recreation of Archangel Tyrael‘s legendary weapon was built directly from digital files used in-game, and measures nearly three and a half feet long. It features a pulsing blue LED light in the hilt, simulating the awesome protective powers the sword draws from the High Heavens.
Each El’Druin is carefully crafted of ABS, plastic and PVC in a construction designed for durability and impact resistance. Afterwards, it is hand-painted in gold and silver, using a mix of washes and dry brushing to enhance the detail and the metallic feel. The result is a realistic replica that looks just like the real thing, but is perfectly safe.
- Totally CoolReview by Hooee
- A great piece for collectors and cosplay alikeReview by OVERKILL
Upon opening the box itself, my first thought was that somebody made a good effort to make sure this thing was safe when it shipped. The sword was wrapped in a thin plastic bag, with fixed plastic molds surrounding the grip and the point of the sword holding it in place, fixed foam cushions along the blade for support, and then twist-tie fasteners around the hilt holding the unit firmly in place. It looks like they actually cared that their product didn't look ruined when you got it.
After unwrapping it and looking it over completely, I really got the feeling that this was not made to just be a toy that you give to your kids to go have sword fights in the back yard. This was meant for someone who was serious about what they bought. Whether it be to hang on the wall as a cool decorative conversation piece, or as the perfect "Piece de resistance" that brings your cosplay costume to that next level. The of detail in the hilt truly has to be seen to appreciate it. I'd almost say it was molded from the real thing. When I say "it looks like the picture", I am not kidding.
The paint job, while fairly basic in it's two different colors, was done well enough so that I would think it was done with some level of care by a professional, and not some kid with a spray can. The only mistake I could see was where it looked like the paint from the thin strip of trim that crawls up the blade from the guard might have ran a tiny bit, and when they cleaned it they left a small, nearly invisible wipe-streak. But honestly, I had to hold the thing like 6 inches from my face to even notice it.
The jewel that lights up is pretty obviously a gem-cut plastic bulb that bubbles from the hilt, and really isn't remarkable to look at in the light, but doesn't look bad at all either. Just not necessarily an attention getter. However, when the light is low, or you turn out the lights at night, the glow from the jewel is pretty awesome. It's soft enough so it doesn't LOOK like a light bulb, but bright enough to make an impression. The pulsing effect is way cool.
As advertised, this sword is plastic through and through. However, as I mentioned earlier it is very well made, and as near as I can tell the entire thing is molded in only 2 separate pieces. The 1st piece is the entire hilt, from the pommel all the way up to the guard where it meets the blade, and the second piece is the blade itself. The connection between the two pieces seems to hold just fine, but it feels a little flimsy (my only real complaint about the whole thing). Like if you were to actually swing it and hit something with it, that would be where it would come apart. So while this would be a great cosplay piece, I wouldn't recommend going full LARP with it. BUT, I did swing it a bit myself, and it felt like it would easily hold up to some very active slices through through the air to give your cosplay stage-act some extra flair....
...though maybe refrain from throwing it at the Worldstone.
The sword is a FULL SIZED replica, at over 3.5 feet in length from sword point to handle pommel. I'm a little over 6-1, and with the point of the sword touching the floor, the handle pommel reaches the middle of my stomach. It would be considered a one-handed sword, as even a person with small hands would have trouble holding the grip with both hands fully. I've got rather large hands, and it fits comfortably with about and inch or two of grip showing above the pommel when I hold it with my hand right up against the guard (what many refer to as the "hilt").
Some reviewers mentioned the "on/of" switch and battery cover being an eyesore. I have to admit that while they are easily visible from close up (the screw being the most visible due to it being chrome), the switch itself is smaller than a pencil eraser by about half, the screw is about the same, and the cover is about one square inch. Very small in my opinion, and considering both the button and the cover are painted and decorated the same color and style of the hilt, they are virtually unnoticeable in my opinion.
Overall, I'd have to say that while this is just a plastic replica, it is a fantastic piece to have. One reviewer said it was a "toy, not a replica", and while I agree that it is a toy, it is a toy FOR ADULTS that is just as much a replica as anything else I could imagine. And considering it will look just as nice on my wall as a hand-made all-steel true replica, but only cost me less than $50 (on sale), I'm just fine with it as is. Absolutely worth it. (Posted on 3/30/16)
- It lights up!!! Review by Trevor
- Total awesomeness!Review by Gegoben
Best "toy" sword I have ever bought :) (Posted on 7/10/14)
- 5 Defects on 1 Sword.....Review by Leo
When i open it i notice 5 defects on it, the paint was off on few places, the protector of the sharp edges was placed right after it was painted so the paint and the protector stuck together and when you remove it, the paint is damaged, one major thing that they didnt show on the photo is, that there the button that you turn the light on, there is ON/OFF above it, that looks sooooo cheap, and i wonder why its not on the photos here. Srsly Blizzard, you could have done a great job, but you didnt, the design is 10/10 the quality is 3/10. (Posted on 7/3/14)
- FINALLY Review by Magnus
Enough of me prattling on wishes and hopes to see more like this. I love my sword. and I am hoping Blizzard will sell more non metal Frostmournes again so I can have both.
From, an old loyal fan who loves the storylines and Item backgrounds more than gameplay itself. (Posted on 6/4/14)
- Toy, not a replicaReview by Parallax
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