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    'I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of neckbeards suddenly sprouted boners all at once.
    May have to jam my light-sabre into my brain to shake the vision.'
  • If a little girl is holding it, I doubt its' decapitation ability, iow useless
  • Paint a mop handle with glow-in-the-dark paint, turn on the black lights, and let the kids beat each other senseless.  As god intended.

    [Channeling me and my stepbrother in 1977 after our 10th time seeing it.]
  • That seems fun, but it also seems like it would be kind of a dubious endeavour to bang them together repeatedly while making whooshing noises, so I'll stick with padded batons or dowel rods unt...

    ... IIIII mean this is a silly idea, anyone with the money for this is going to be too old for such childish pursuits.

    // .... whoosh.
  • Subby, just close your eyes and think about metal bikinis for a sec. It'll start moving.
  • Jim_Callahan: That seems fun, but it also seems like it would be kind of a dubious endeavour to bang them together repeatedly while making whooshing noises, so I'll stick with padded batons or dowel rods unt...

    ... IIIII mean this is a silly idea, anyone with the money for this is going to be too old for such childish pursuits.

    // .... whoosh.


    For over a decade, there have been lightsabers with high-strength polycarbonate blades that can handle full speed strikes, There are lightsaber dueling groups around the world that use these. The lightsber that you make in Savi's Workshop at Galaxy's Edge has these types of blades.

    Also, they make the 'woosh' noises by themselves when you swing, and the clashing sounds when you contact something.

    In short, these ain't balloons on flashlights anymore

    /veteran Jedi since '77
  • Want.

    However...that blade seems a bit short and the hilt seems a bit long.  I suspect some shenanigans.  And given the likely cost and what I know of its design, you'd want to go bad Anakin on any youngling who ever got ahold of it and immediately destroyed it trying to slice through a tree.
  • Meat's dream: Want.

    However...that blade seems a bit short and the hilt seems a bit long.  I suspect some shenanigans.  And given the likely cost and what I know of its design, you'd want to go bad Anakin on any youngling who ever got ahold of it and immediately destroyed it trying to slice through a tree.


    That's why you measure from the bottom of the Schwartz, not the top.
  • As rumored, the new toy lightsaber doesn't require any awkward plastic prop blades, instead featuring a retractable light-up blade that extends out from the (otherwise fairly normal-looking) hilt - just like the crackling energy blades in the films and shows.


    So no dueling, then.

    Even the detachable blades from the current Galaxy's Edge ones aren't for dueling. The blade sits in there on these prongs that conduct power. You don't want to put stress on them.

    My kid's first lightsabers weren't electronic at all, and they lasted forever. We have the basic light-up ones now, but the translucent plastic is weaker, and the tips have broken off of a couple.

    I think the only electronic ones safe for dueling are made by various web-based businesses without copyright permission. Well beyond the price point of what would sell at Target or even theme parks.
  • Puglio: As rumored, the new toy lightsaber doesn't require any awkward plastic prop blades, instead featuring a retractable light-up blade that extends out from the (otherwise fairly normal-looking) hilt - just like the crackling energy blades in the films and shows.


    So no dueling, then.

    Even the detachable blades from the current Galaxy's Edge ones aren't for dueling. The blade sits in there on these prongs that conduct power. You don't want to put stress on them.


    Hmmm...i was told by the Cast Member when I went to Savi's in Anaheim that we could do dueling with the blades.

    My kid's first lightsabers weren't electronic at all, and they lasted forever. We have the basic light-up ones now, but the translucent plastic is weaker, and the tips have broken off of a couple.

    I think the only electronic ones safe for dueling are made by various web-based businesses without copyright permission. Well beyond the price point of what would sell at Target or even theme parks.


    Actually, UltraSabers is priced close to Savi's. IIRC, Savi's was @$500 for a double-bladed saber; UltraSabers is @$650 for a fully pimped-out double-bladed saber with the best sound, lighting, blades, and a battery recharging port. So, a bit more, but better overall quality.
  • Puglio: As rumored, the new toy lightsaber doesn't require any awkward plastic prop blades, instead featuring a retractable light-up blade that extends out from the (otherwise fairly normal-looking) hilt - just like the crackling energy blades in the films and shows.


    So no dueling, then.

    Even the detachable blades from the current Galaxy's Edge ones aren't for dueling. The blade sits in there on these prongs that conduct power. You don't want to put stress on them.

    My kid's first lightsabers weren't electronic at all, and they lasted forever. We have the basic light-up ones now, but the translucent plastic is weaker, and the tips have broken off of a couple.

    I think the only electronic ones safe for dueling are made by various web-based businesses without copyright permission. Well beyond the price point of what would sell at Target or even theme parks.


    Yeah, it seems like these will just look cooler than the older telescoping toy models.

    For anyone that wants a somewhat "realistic" lightsaber experience then go the VR route. Honestly, wielding lightsabers in VR brought back a sense of childhood wonderment more than any of the recent films.
  • RoyFokker'sGhost: Hmmm...i was told by the Cast Member when I went to Savi's in Anaheim that we could do dueling with the blades.


    They probably do, but my son watches a lot of lightsaber review videos on YouTube, and people complain about them breaking. One broke before they even left, but I think they got it replaced. It's possible some are defective; that happens with every product.

    I dunno, I haven't seen one up-close but from the sounds of it there are electronics absorbing the impact, which is going to have problems eventually. Maybe the tankier ones have some additional tabs to clip into to take the brunt of it.
  • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Puglio: As rumored, the new toy lightsaber doesn't require any awkward plastic prop blades, instead featuring a retractable light-up blade that extends out from the (otherwise fairly normal-looking) hilt - just like the crackling energy blades in the films and shows.


    So no dueling, then.

    Even the detachable blades from the current Galaxy's Edge ones aren't for dueling. The blade sits in there on these prongs that conduct power. You don't want to put stress on them.

    My kid's first lightsabers weren't electronic at all, and they lasted forever. We have the basic light-up ones now, but the translucent plastic is weaker, and the tips have broken off of a couple.

    I think the only electronic ones safe for dueling are made by various web-based businesses without copyright permission. Well beyond the price point of what would sell at Target or even theme parks.

    Yeah, it seems like these will just look cooler than the older telescoping toy models.

    For anyone that wants a somewhat "realistic" lightsaber experience then go the VR route. Honestly, wielding lightsabers in VR brought back a sense of childhood wonderment more than any of the recent films.


    There is a surprising shortage of lightsaber games, especially good ones. Lightblade VR is short but not bad. The Vader Immortal games are all right. What have you played?

    /There is kind of a shortage of good VR games overall. Most are indie projects that don't get very far.
  • Puglio: RoyFokker'sGhost: Hmmm...i was told by the Cast Member when I went to Savi's in Anaheim that we could do dueling with the blades.

    They probably do, but my son watches a lot of lightsaber review videos on YouTube, and people complain about them breaking. One broke before they even left, but I think they got it replaced. It's possible some are defective; that happens with every product.

    I dunno, I haven't seen one up-close but from the sounds of it there are electronics absorbing the impact, which is going to have problems eventually. Maybe the tankier ones have some additional tabs to clip into to take the brunt of it.


    The tankier ones use an old-school stereo jack for the connection between the blade & hilt; the thick ones from the 70's that are like half the thickness of your pinky finger.
  • RoyFokker'sGhost: Puglio: RoyFokker'sGhost: Hmmm...i was told by the Cast Member when I went to Savi's in Anaheim that we could do dueling with the blades.

    They probably do, but my son watches a lot of lightsaber review videos on YouTube, and people complain about them breaking. One broke before they even left, but I think they got it replaced. It's possible some are defective; that happens with every product.

    I dunno, I haven't seen one up-close but from the sounds of it there are electronics absorbing the impact, which is going to have problems eventually. Maybe the tankier ones have some additional tabs to clip into to take the brunt of it.

    The tankier ones use an old-school stereo jack for the connection between the blade & hilt; the thick ones from the 70's that are like half the thickness of your pinky finger.



    Those are still used in radio and recording studios.
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    Yup, right in the red zone for me.
  • Puglio: Those are still used in radio and recording studios.


    Most podcast mixing boards this form factor as well.
  • RoyFokker'sGhost: Actually, UltraSabers is priced close to Savi's. IIRC, Savi's was @$500 for a double-bladed saber; UltraSabers is @$650 for a fully pimped-out double-bladed saber with the best sound, lighting, blades, and a battery recharging port. So, a bit more, but better overall quality.


    I was doing some research on buying a custom saber recently, and apparently UltraSabers has a pretty bad reputation among aficionados -- for poor working conditions, bad customer service, bad build quality (no inner chassis, things are held in place with hot glue and electrical tape) and claiming they have the best tech when it's years older than what other companies use. I ended up going with Saberforge, mainly on looks (which may have been a bad idea as well. Saberforge has a reputation for quality issues, but they have apparently been trying to improve. Also, at least three to four months before I get it...)

    Here's a good place to start: the Lightsaber subreddit's buying guide.
  • Getting back to the subject of Disney's new lightsaber, is there confirmation that this will be a consumer product? or just a prop for their characters at the theme park experience?
  • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Puglio: As rumored, the new toy lightsaber doesn't require any awkward plastic prop blades, instead featuring a retractable light-up blade that extends out from the (otherwise fairly normal-looking) hilt - just like the crackling energy blades in the films and shows.


    So no dueling, then.

    Even the detachable blades from the current Galaxy's Edge ones aren't for dueling. The blade sits in there on these prongs that conduct power. You don't want to put stress on them.

    My kid's first lightsabers weren't electronic at all, and they lasted forever. We have the basic light-up ones now, but the translucent plastic is weaker, and the tips have broken off of a couple.

    I think the only electronic ones safe for dueling are made by various web-based businesses without copyright permission. Well beyond the price point of what would sell at Target or even theme parks.

    Yeah, it seems like these will just look cooler than the older telescoping toy models.

    For anyone that wants a somewhat "realistic" lightsaber experience then go the VR route. Honestly, wielding lightsabers in VR brought back a sense of childhood wonderment more than any of the recent films.


    Also time to recommend Star Wars Squadrons.
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