From the moment fans watched the first lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in Star Wars IV: A New Hope, the idea of exploring a galaxy far far away while being a part of the light or dark side of the Force became something that audiences of all ages fantasized about. Thanks to the finely-crafted lightsaber replicas on the market today, fans can now become a part of the Force.
Regardless of whether you relate more with the Jedis or the Sith Lords, there is a replica lightsaber for you and below are tips to help you choose the perfect ones for your collection.
The nature and appearance of the hilt is a very important considerations when choosing a replica lightsaber. Metal and plastic are the materials commonly used. You can choose to go for either one, just make sure that it is strong and sturdy enough to handle lightsaber dueling conditions. In addition to strength, the design (size, shape, dimensions) of the saber’s hilt should be authentic and movie-accurate.
To put it simply, what you are looking for is a lightsaber replica that looks and feels just like a real weapon.
The appropriate length and size of the weapon are key factors to consider as well as important features like sound effects (which can be either loud or quiet) and motion sensors. Last but not least is whether it comes with a stand so you can proudly display your collectible when it’s not in use!
From the sleek designs of Obi-Wan Kenobi to Darth Maul’s dual-bladed assault saber, there are enough Lightsabers available for every type of Star Wars fan out there. Each has unique advantages and disadvantages so be sure to do your research before making a purchase!
Blade Lights and Colour
Another lightsaber feature you cannot compromise on is visual effects. It is, after all, the different colours and shaky (almost vibrational) appearance of the lightsaber that sets it apart from the average sword. The ideal replica lightsaber is one which features good quality blade lights together with sound effects to complement the hum of its projector engine. Colour-changing features are also important as they aid a smooth transition from one colour to another while the saber is in use.
In terms of blade colour, there are several options available and each colour symbolises something different. The blade colour you choose should accurately reflect your personality and relationship with the Force.
Just like in the movies, you want your replica lightsaber to include accurate noises and sounds. These sounds (which are usually buzzing or sparkling) may differ with different blades, so it is important that you try to find a replica whose sounds are closest in similarity to the movie sounds.
A replica lightsaber requires a power source in order for its electronics to function. Since there are no real-life Kyber crystals, batteries will have to suffice. Most replica lightsabers are powered by batteries (AA batteries) which either come in the package or are sold separately.
Ease of use
Regardless of its intended purpose (display, cosplay, light sparring or heavy dueling), a replica lightsaber should be easy to use. Make sure to check that the saber’s handle is of the right length and it shouldn’t have features that can cut or poke you when you wield it. The button placement of the hilt should also be easily accessible while the saber is in use.
Most replica lightsaber models are already pretty great on their own, but accessories like couplers, blade holders, blade plugs, and belt clips can make them even better.
Safety features: Safety features like rubberized ends on the handle and blade ensure that you won’t hurt yourself or an opponent in duels. Look for certain safety features like trigger locks to minimize unintended activations and ensure that the saber won’t accidentally turn on during transport or storage.
Sleeve choice: To give your saber an extra layer of protective armor, select a silicone sleeve that fits snugly along its sides and dampens vibrations during duels to keep it feeling safe and secure as you swing it through the air.
Fitment rings: An appropriately fitting set of internal fitment rings ensures that parts inside the hilt stay securely in place while also providing cushioning against any damage the saber may take while in use. Consider having custom rings printed so they perfectly fit together with the parts inside each saber hilt, preventing them from slipping out during combat scenarios or transport between events.
Lightsabers require maintenance to last through many adventures. In addition to decorations, there are some important tools and supplies to consider for lightsaber maintenance and repair.
A multi-tool is essential for maintaining your lightsaber. Multi-tools made especially for lightsabers can contain a variety of screwdrivers and hex keys, as well as a polisher to clean the metal parts.
External LED lights should also be taken into consideration. Some lightsabers come with both regular LED lights and blink lights that turn on when the hilt is shaken, while others have only one option. It’s important to ensure that the battery packs in these external LED lights are set upside down and secured with zip ties or Velcro before using them in battle as they can easily cut power to the blades during sparring if loose or positioned incorrectly.
Finally, spare parts are a must-have for any saber enthusiast looking to keep their weapon in fighting shape. A few spare blade plugs or soundboards can go a long way towards replacing any worn-out parts faster than ordering online from across the galaxy!
Replica lightsabers from a company like Padawan Outpost, make a great addition to any Star Wars collection. They provide a way for fans to connect with the Force and make their ultimate Star Wars fantasies a reality.