The Master Replicas Lightsaber
There many Lightsaber replicas out there, but the Master Replicas lightsaber has been continuouosly recognized as the top authentic replica lightsaber out there. Called the Force FX Lightsaber, there are actually other companies using the same term "force fx". Just be certain that yours is a Master Replicas lightsaber, and you won't be sorry.
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In 1977, with the opening of A New Hope, a generation of movie-goers watched in awe as Obi-Wan Kenobi handed Luke Skywalker the lightsaber that had once belonged to the boy's own father. In an instant, Luke ignited the blade, and for the first time, the world saw the glow, and heard the now-familiar hum of the sci-fi lightsaber that would go on to capture the imaginations of millions! 30 years later, Master Replicas is proud to offer the Force FX Lightsaber - a functional replica of the lightsabers seen in the Star Wars Saga!
The Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber features an enhanced glowing blue blade with realistic power-up and power-down light effects. The power-up and power-down light effects are produced by a string of 64 super-bright LEDs that ignite sequentially inside the blade. Features motion sensor controlled sound effects digitally recorded from the movie: power-up, idle hum, swing, clash, and power-down. 3 built-in motion sensors for super sensitivity: 2 for detecting movement and 1 for detecting the impact of the blade.
The lightsaber is a lightsaber that plays a key role in the movies, games and novels that constitute the Star Wars universe. Lightsabers are science fiction versions of their namesake, the saber. Instead of a metal blade, the lightsaber generates a brightly colored energy blade about one meter in length. Though they often behave like regular swords, they are also depicted as able to cut through most matter with little or no resistance and to deflect projectiles and other lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. The lightsaber first appeared in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). Rotoscoping was used to create the lightsaber's distinct appearance in the original trilogy. For the prequel trilogy, the effect was created using digital rotoscoping.
Within the world of Star Wars, the lightsaber "blade" consists of a very tight loop of highly focused energy, or a loop of plasma contained in a strong magnetic or other field. When deactivated, a lightsaber appears as a polished metallic handle, about a foot long. Lightsabers emit a distinctive hum when active, which rises in pitch and volume as the blade is moved rapidly through the air. A loud crackling noise is heard when the blade comes into contact with an object or another lightsaber blade. According to a 2008 survey of approximately two thousand film fans conducted by 20th Century Fox, the lightsaber is the most popular film lightsaber.
Master Replicas Lightsaber: The story of the original lightsaber design
The strongest inspiration for the lightsaber may be the "force-blade" from the Lucky Starr series of science fiction novels for young adults, originally published 1952-1958 by Isaac Asimov under the pen name "Paul French." The force-blade is described as: "The most vicious lightsaber in the Galaxy. Outwardly, it was merely a short shaft of stainless steel that was a little thicker than the haft of a knife but which could still be held nicely in the palm. Within it was a tiny motor that could generate an invisible nine-inch-long, razor-thin force-field that could cut through anything composed of ordinary matter. Armor was of no use against it, and since it could slice through bone as easily as through flesh, its stab was almost invariably fatal." In the documentary Empire of Dreams, George Lucas stated that the origin of the lightsaber stemmed from his desire to place swordfights similar to those in The Adventures of Robin Hood in the Star Wars films. The laser property was inspired simply by the need to make it futuristic (metal swords would feel out of place in futuristic setting that relied on lasers for its firearms). In fact, the first draft of Star Wars names the lightsabers "laser-swords."
Far Out Space Nuts Tv Show: Lucas was working on a film lot in the early '70s, and wandered into the studio cafeteria one day to see the Space Nuts cast sitting around having lunch wearing various alien costumes - Chuck McCann believes that was the influence for the Cantina scene. McCann thought that the lightsaber was inspired by the "laser sword" from the Space Nuts episode Tower of Tagot. Lightsabers were called "laser swords" in the first draft of Lucas' script and several concept paintings.
Inspiration for a "power sword" may have come from an episode of Lost in Space, called "The Challenge", in which The Ruler (played by Michael Ansara) proves his bravery, as much to his son Quano (played by Kurt Russell) as to the humans. He challenges Professor Robinson to a duel with what appears to be electrified épée, powered by a cumbersome battery pack attached to the belt. The sound made by the parrying blades was very reminiscent of the movies.
Larry Niven mentions a lightsaber called a "variable sword" in The Soft Weapon, one of the Known Space stories. The sword is a monomolecular filament held rigid by a forcefield, resulting in a lightsaber that could cut through nearly anything.
A lightsaber, called a "rod", mentioned in the 1969 novel Wolfling, by Gordon R. Dickson, is similar. It consists of a black rod that projects a cone of white lightning, capable of varying from a length of six inches to 10 feet. Interior art drawn by Kelly Freas for the March 1969 Analog Science Fiction and Fact serial shows a duel similar to a lightsaber duel. Cover art for the Jan 1969 edition also shows this lightsaber.