Toy swords and shield toys come in a dizzying array of sizes, shapes, styles, and prices. From dollar-store foam bargains to elaborate game and movie replicas, it can be tricky to find something suitable for your child.
If you’re looking for the best toy swords and shields, or a set of both, we can help you through the maze of options to find something that can make you and your child happy.
How to Choose the Best Toy Swords and Shields
When you’re looking for a toy for your child, it helps to have some criteria in mind that can help your narrow your search.
The toys you choose should be appropriate for your child’s age. Recommended age range labels are given primarily on safety grounds.
Toys for those under 3 must be safe for their specific age range while toys for 3- to 6-year-olds must have a label indicating if there are any parts small enough to be a choking hazard.
We have chosen toy swords for kids and shields that will fit in little hands. For game, movie, and other tie-ins or replica swords, we have made sure they have child-size proportions.
We are parents who expect toys to provide value for money and stand up to the rigors of play. That’s why none of the inflatable swords we reviewed made it onto our final list. They were fun to play with but easily damaged.
We considered swords and shields at various price points, and our top 15 were chosen to reflect every budget while keeping an eye on safety and durability.
Our kids are unique individuals, and there isn’t a standard sword or shield that will appeal to them all. That’s why our list has the best swords and shields for would-be medieval knights, Minecraft fans, and Power Rangers in training, to name a few.
The Best Toy Swords and Shields of 2020
After applying our strict quality standards, parenting experience, and throwing in a considerable helping of our kid’s input, these are the 15 toy swords and shields that made the grade.
1. Sarah's Silks Soft Foam Sword
Excellent for open-ended pretend play, this 17-inch sword from Sarahs Silks has a lightweight foam core, encased in natural silk fabric.
With this, your little one can dual with friends, siblings, and adults, without the bumps and bruises caused by other swords made with heavier duty foam. However, although this sword is lightweight, it is not flimsy. It has the feel of a high-quality toy, without an excessive price-tag.
If you have a couple of kids who want swords, and you want to avoid those “That one is mine” squabbles, don’t worry. This sword is also available, in a separate listing, with a red and gold color scheme.
- It’s a great size and weight for kid’s hands.
- Extremely durable.
- Non-toxic, environmentally safe fabric dyes.
- Works with pirate or knight costumes as an accessory for Halloween.
- The fabric can get grubby over time.
2. PowerTRC Sword and Shield Play Set
This foam sword and shield set provides twice the fun with two swords and two shields for the same price as many single sword and shield sets.
Each sword is cut from a solid piece of foam with additional foam layers on one side for color and detail. Shield designs are printed onto the foam, and, on the rear, there are securely attached, soft fabric strips, through which your children can slide their arms.
Not only do both the swords and the shields have different color schemes, but they are also slightly different shapes. This makes each set feel genuinely individual.
- Excellent value for money.
- Soft enough to prevent injury.
- Shields can be worn on the arm, just like the real thing.
- Foam details can come loose but are easily glued back.
3. Adventure Awaits! Wooden Toy Sword
If you have older kids who can be trusted not to wack each other hard with their toy swords, these wooden swords from Adventure Awaits! may be just what you’re looking for.
Handmade in the U.S., these wooden swords are almost two feet long and have a handle wrapped in jute twine for extra grip.
They are sturdy enough to stand up to sparring with each other, so you don’t have to worry about them snapping and causing injuries. However, they will break if hit hard enough against a surface such as brick or concrete.
If you need a shield to go along with this sword, you can get the two items together in the Adventure Awaits! wooden toy sword shield combo
- Can be painted for a personal touch.
- Handmade with smooth edges.
- Great for older kids who think foam swords are too babyish.
- Solid enough to bruise.
4. Minecraft Diamond Sword
This Minecraft sword is affordable enough to be accessible, yet not so cheap that the quality suffers. It is a wonderful choice as the finishing touch to a Minecraft costume, or as a gift for a Minecraft fan who wants to fight their way across the yard.
The size of the sword makes it proportionate for the average 6- to 10-year-old to wield. Older kids might feel like it’s more of a long dagger than a sword, however.
As the sword is made of harder plastic, it will hurt anyone who is hit with it, either intentionally or by accident.
- True to pixelated Minecraft style and colors.
- Not too heavy to play with.
- Also works well as a decor piece.
- Hard plastic may crack or chip if used aggressively.
5. Pack of 12 Sword and Shield Playsets
Whether you are hosting a birthday party, having a play date with a handful of your child’s friends, or you like to give your child plenty of options to choose from, this pack of toy swords and shields for kids is an excellent value.
In the pack, you’ll find eight swords of between 15 and 17 inches long and four shields measuring almost 12 inches high. Each sword is a different style and color combo, while all four of the shields have a different design.
The shields have fastener straps through which your child can thread one of their arms, just like the real thing.
- Different sword styles include cutlass, long sword, and a claymore.
- Swords can be matched with shields.
- Soft foam construction so no one gets hurt.
- Six swords and six shields would have been a better mix because there might be some fighting over who gets a shield.
6. Plush Legend of Zelda Sword and Shield
If you have a little Zelda fan in your life, or maybe even a big one, why not consider this unique plush sword and shield set?
The shield is 16 inches tall, and it has two wide elastic straps on the rear. This makes it easy to use the shield either in play or as the finishing touch to your Link outfit.
The sword is a full 31.5 inches which keeps it in proportion to the shield. It is soft enough to prevent injury should your little Zelda fan decide to slay Ganon/Gerudo and catch you with the tip. Despite the length, the sword is still lightweight enough for kids to be able to easily handle well.
- A great addition to a Zelda fan’s bedroom.
- Won’t cause injury.
- The filling is BPA free polypropylene.
- Stuffing in the sword can shift, causing lumpiness and sagginess.
7. Do It Yourself Cardstock Shields
Rather than just one, this is a pack of twelve cardstock shields, each of which comes with a strip of card for you to create a handhold. At 23 inches tall and 17 inches at the widest point, these shields are a good size for little ones as young as 5 years old right up to tweens.
We especially like the fact that our kids can use pencils or markers to create any shield design they can imagine. They are also a fun item for parties, decorating a room, or even family history and school projects.
- A good pick for inspiring creativity.
- Allows your children to create a shield of their own design.
- Can also be used for decorative purposes.
- Not a good option for kids who enjoy boisterous play.
8. Rubie’s Long Roman Costume Sword
Founded in New York in 1951, Rubie’s began as a candy store that also sold comics and novelty items. Since then, it has grown into an international designer and manufacturers of costumes and accessories for both adults and children.
This sturdy plastic sword has a silver color blade and a bronze color hilt so it works best for medieval era costumes. However, they can also be painted or have embellishments added, so this is a good option for tweens or teens who are into cosplay.
Strong enough to stand up to a backyard dual, they are pretty firm and can cause a few tears if they make contact with another kid.
- Well made and durable.
- Can be used as-is or personalized.
- Firmer than a foam sword so they can be painful if you’re hit with one.
9. Nerf N-Force Vantage Sword
Other Nerf swords may come and go, but the Nerf N-Force Vantage sword has been popular since it was first released in 2011.
The sword is made from a firm plastic core with a Nerf foam outer shell. That means the sword maintains its shape well during the most vigorous dual, but if you receive a blow, it doesn’t hurt as much as a similar-sized sword without the foam cushioning.
This sword is for older kids because it’s long, at 32 inches, and it’s fairly heavy. And, in case you’re wondering, it doesn’t shoot any darts. Parents sometimes mistakenly assume all Nerf products include flying darts — but they don’t.
- Good size for 8 years old and up.
- Popular for live-action role-playing.
- Durable, good value for money.
- Not for kids who like to hit each other.
10. Beast Morphers Beast-X Electronic Saber
When only toy swords with lights and sounds will do, there is the Beast-X electronic saber from Hasbro.
This Power Rangers sword is a tie-in item for the current Power Rangers “Beast Morphers” series running on Nickelodeon. So, if you have a relatively new fan in your home, this will be a sword they will immediately recognize.
The sword has a range of light modes and a secret “Beast Mode” that can be unlocked when your child swings the blade seven times in quick succession.
There are also plenty of sound effects that will add to your child’s enjoyment.
- Excellent for imaginative play.
- Multiple light and sound modes.
- Responds to your child’s movements.
- It’s a cool looking sword that will appeal to kids who like their toys to appear realistic.
- Doesn’t stand up well to knocks against hard surfaces.
- Requires three AAA batteries.
11. IDEA 7 Premium Bamboo Sword Kit
Made from tougher than it sounds bamboo, the Idea 7 knight’s sword is shipped as a sword kit that contains everything your child needs to create their own bamboo sword.
We are especially impressed that the kit comes with sandpaper, finishing oil, cloths, and glue, as well as two dust masks — one for an adult and one for a child. This is a fabulous kit to share with your kids in safety.
Once you’ve created your sword, consider giving it a personal touch by adding your child’s name or initials.
- A strong, durable sword.
- An exciting craft to bond over for kids who like projects.
- It is also available as a katana style blade.
- It might end up being too nice to let your kids play freely with.
12. Transformers Movie Sword and Shield Set
Designed as a tie-in to the 2017 movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, this kids’ toy sword and shield set is a great choice for your budding Optimus Prime.
The plastic sword has built-in battle sound effects. The shield has straps on the rear to keep it firmly affixed to your child’s arm. However, the straps do not provide much room, so a child any older than about 4 years old will have to use them to hold onto.
Some people who have used the product also feel the plastic material used for the face of the shield is too thin and unlikely to stand up to rough play.
- An excellent quality sword that is also durable.
- Sounds give a real Transformers feel to play.
- The appearance should excite fans of Transformers.
- The shield material is flimsy.
13. Foam Formed: Flame Toy Sword
Part of the Liontouch Knights line, this foam sword is both cut and decorated to give the impression of a burning blade.
The body is made from five different layers of foam. There is a red foam core with one thin, slightly smaller, layer of cut and printed foam on either side. On top of these, there is a further layer on each side, somewhat smaller than the last.
The construction gives the sword a multi-layer flame effect, enhanced by the unique printing on each piece. No two Liontouch flame swords are precisely the same.
- Light and easy to swing.
- Made for little hands.
- Coordinating knights shields are also available.
- Bends more easily than other toy foam swords.
- Layers may separate, requiring regluing.
14. Star Wars Forces of Destiny Jedi Lightsaber
Not all of those who wield a sword are Earth dwellers, some live exciting lives of intergalactic adventure, at least in their minds. It is for the children who prefer their battles to be futuristic that we include the iconic Star Wars lightsaber.
While these laser bladed weapons are available in various colors, styles, and qualities, we have selected this lightsaber as one that will appeal to most kids, unless they have a favorite Star Wars character they wish to emulate.
This lightsaber comes with a light dagger and connector so you can create a double-ended weapon.
- Plays the Star Wars theme tune.
- It has lightsaber sound effects.
- The blade can be extended with a wrist flick.
- Kids can be extremely particular about which style and color lightsaber they have, so choose wisely.
- The music is loud, which may annoy parents.
15. Minecraft Light-Up Adventure Sword
Here is a second Minecraft sword for this list, but this one is quite different from the first.
The Minecraft light-up adventure sword has buttons in the handle so you can choose from a wide range of light and sound effects.
The colors available are white for the iron sword, yellow for the gold sword, or blue for the diamond sword. That gives you plenty of options, no matter which biome you’re in, or which block you want to bust.
Woosh and clang sounds are built-in, and the light will turn red or green depending on whether you’ve met with a neutral or hostile mob.
- Lights and sound provide good play value.
- Kids can pretend to battle mobs chosen by the blade.
- The lights look exceptionally cool in a dark room.
- Much heavier than other swords.
- Can be broken through boisterous play.
Swash Your Buckle
There are plenty of options when it comes to the best toy swords and shields. If you have a child who enjoys pirates, knights, Minecraft, or any of the other swordplay possibilities, you will probably want a sword and maybe a shield that will be strong enough to outlast their play style.
But it must also be soft enough to avoid injuries or it may make them want to stop playing with their favorite sword.