I'm an adult fan of The Hobbit. I loved the book when I first read it as a child. Now that I'm a mom and well into middle age, I enjoy collecting items based on my favorite story. While the book version is the best, the movies directed by Peter Jackson have also helped to bring this fantasy tale to life.
I will hold my hand up and admit that the Hobbit toy sword was actually on my Christmas wish list. But my young daughter was just as excited as we both eagerly ripped open the Holiday wrapping paper and packaging in a rush to get playing.
The version that I received came with a matching scabbard for sheathing the sword. It was also packaged together with a plastic gold color One Ring which has since been lost. However, much like the "real" ring in the book, I'm sure it will show itself when it wants to.
My first thoughts were how robust and sturdy this item felt despite being made from plastic. It was clear that some effort had gone in to making it look like the sword that the characters Bilbo and Frodo Baggins both use in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. It is big enough and comfortable for an adult to use as well as a child of perhaps age five and over.
Trying hard to educate my daughter on some Middle Earth trivia, I explained that this sword is called Sting. She laughed and told me that swords didn't have names. So I had to explain that all the best swords in literature have names attached to them. This one received its name from the Hobbit character, Bilbo Baggins. He christened the weapon after fighting off giant spiders in Mirkwood forest. We saw this event take place in the second movie called The Desolation of Smaug. 
How this Toy Sword Works and What it Does
Initially we were just interested in playing with Sting and ignored the extras of the scabbard and the One Ring. There's a switch at the back of this toy with 3 different settings: Try Me, Off or On. The Try Me setting means that you have to press the button on the front of the sword to use special features. Each time you press the button, the blade glows blue briefly and you also get a battle sound.
The best fun is had by switching the setting at the back to On. You get a variety of battle and sword fighting sound effects when you swing the sword around. It feels very much like you're in a battle yourself because the sounds are motion activated and happen as soon as you move the blade. You need plenty of space so that you don't hit things or accidentally swipe or stab other people. Thankfully this plastic version is safe and the most you'll suffer is a minor bruise if you whack it too hard and hit someone.
With the On setting, you can also turn Sting blue by pressing the button on the front. It will stay blue for a while before switching itself off to save the batteries. The glowing blue light is a lot of fun to play with outside when it's starting to get dark. My daughter wants to use the sword along with the cloak I made her for Trick or Treating this year. 
As any good Hobbit fan knows, the blue glow on the sword is due to it being magical. Elvish smiths in Gondolin forged the blade and the magical glow is a warning that evil Orcs are in the vicinity. It is one of our favorite toys based on this fantasy.
NOTE: This version does not come with a matching scabbard. You can get more expensive versions of this toy but this one is the most fun to play with. I think they've really tried to size this based on an actual Halfling character too because it works just as well for my young daughter as it does for me. It can easily be used to work alongside a cosplay costume where you can pretend to be a Frodo or Bilbo Baggins. Both of these Hobbit characters actually owned this precious weapon called Sting.
5 Fantastic Hobbit Swordplay Scenes to Try
1) Recreate the Mirkword forest scene in the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, where Bilbo Baggins fights giant spiders.
2) Pretend you are Bilbo who is bravely defending the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield from Azog the Defiler and his orc minions.
3) Have Bilbo fight the Hobbit dragon, Smaug. This doesn't really happen because Bilbo only ever battles the dragon with his wits. However it would be fun.
4) Act out a nervous Bilbo waving the sword at Gollum who was afraid of it.
5) Be the brave Samwise Gamgee who defends Frodo against the giant spider, Shelob, in The Lord of the Rings.
More Hobbit Movie Weaponry that We'd Love to Have
A second sword is on my Amazon wish list but there are some other affordable collectibles and items based on the movie that we'd like to have and add to our collection. It is apparently a bit hard to write with, because it looks like a sword, but I like cool pens so I'd love to add Bilbo's pen to my collection.
We collect rather a lot of toys and books on the topic of Hobbits and this Tolkien fantasy theme. The sword is a real favorite item of mine. I would really love to own one of the replica movie versions and not just the toy one.
I'm not sure why they didn't give the Hobbit dwarf axe some realistic sounds as well. However, it would still be fun to battle with it or use it to dress up as one of the 13 dwarf characters.
I can just imagine feeling very grand opening my mail with a detailed metal letter opener. It is also a mini replica of Bilbo's sword. It comes in a wonderful wooden box making it something to keep and treasure.
A Great Item for Play and for Dressing as a Hobbit Character
The scabbard is a really nice extra which allows you to wear the sword. You can buy this item with or without the scabbard. However, if you want to use this as a costume accessory, I'd recommend getting the one with the scabbard. The scabbard has a belt hook which allows you to thread a belt through it so you can wear the sword around your waist.
We have so much fun and entertainment with this that I am hoping for a second sword so that we can have some duels. That would beat using a cardboard version anyway. It absolutely makes sense to buy two and enjoy plenty of fun play fights. It is a great way for kids and adults to do some exercise while they swing Sting around.
Image Credits: The introductory image belongs to the author, Marie Williams Johnstone. All other images (unless watermarked with the author’s name) are product photos from Amazon.