It’s been a roller coaster for fans of the star saga, but now there is certainty. Lightsabers, almost exactly like those in Star Wars, will not be brought onto the market by Disney despite rumors from the spring. But there will be.
Update from 11/21/2021: Now it’s out: the Star Wars fans have to Do without an almost real laser sword as a collector’s item. The Disney group presented its plans to the public in a video months ago, fueling speculation:
We now know that the Jedi and Sith weapons are not intended for sale. Instead, they are only used by the actors in “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” (source: The Verge). There they also want to offer their guests laser sword training, but only with rigid models that cannot be extended. The attraction should be booked out for months before it starts.
Disney boss shows “real” lightsaber: that’s behind it
Exactly like in the films and series of the Star Wars franchise it will not be – and still make the hearts of many fans around the world beat faster: According to several reports on Twitter, Josh D’Amaro, as Disney board member responsible for Amusement parks and product development, recently at a press event practically incidentally, a new lightsaber was revealed.
Actually, it was about the opening of the new “Avengers Campus” in California. Towards the end of his presentation, however, D’Amaro is said to have drawn his sword. Melting steel doors, epic sword fights over airy abysses, severing entire body parts – none of this will be possible with it. But Disney apparently has another one Solve the problem that previous merchandise lightsabers had.
The lightsaber that D’Amaro showed can apparently disappear completely under the handle and be extended again – and shines like a “real one” from the films. Previous products were usually equipped with detachable halogen tubes, like those that are installed in millions of ceiling lights. The resourceful inventor Ben Ridout showed on Twitter how this would be possible:
Two meter rulers and LEDs: the magic behind the lightsaber?
According to TheVerge The concept is similar to a patent from Disney from 2018. And that unfortunately completely disenchants the special lightsaber: there are two motors in the handle that are similar like a tape measure rolled up paper or thin metal move out. One located between the semicircular side walls created in this way LED module provides light and color. Everything is powered by three motors in the handle.
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That’s how simple the magic behind the lightsaber is. For real fans it should still be a sensation. However, it is not yet known whether the product will be launched or when. It is also not likely that D’Amaro will just wield a new lightsaber at an official appointment. Only one thing is certain: this model would not be stable enough for a lightsaber fight either.