I always wanted to have one of those lightsabers ever since I watched the first Star Wars movie where they were featured prominently. Back when I was a kid, we used to build our own lightsabers using flashlights, sticks, swords and everything else that looked at least somewhat like them. Most of it was done by imagination though back then but that did not keep us from enjoying the fights tremendously.
Using those replacements did not make a big difference for us kids but it surely would feel awkward to do this as an adult.
I did rejoice when I found out that someone was actually creating lightsabers and selling them for a price that is not really as high as expected. The creator is calling them lasersabers instead of lightsabers, probably because he does not want to get sued by Lucasfilms. The pictures and movies show the similarity between lasersabers and the ones from Star Wars. The only difference is that you can't melt iron with them of course but everything else looks really realistic.
I should point out that the guy from lasersaber is only producing the hilt for the laser and that the "crystal" has to be bought separately from another company. The hilt retails at about $100 while lasers seem to start at $100 as well.
Update: You can now buy lightsabers directly on the Wicked Lasers website, where they are available for purchase together with the lasers you need to power them. The current top of the line product, the Krypton, sets you back about $550 which includes the power output, an expanded lens kit and the lasersaber itself.
Update 2: Pricing seems to have dropped. You can now get the laser power output and the laser saber for about $400 instead of the previous price (the Krypton).
More powerful versions of the laser are now available. The top of the line laser with 750mW costs roughly $1000, and that is without saber.Advertisement
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