Disney has unveiled something they’ve been working on for a while: a real-life, working lightsaber.
As part of the many reveals on May the 4th a.k.a. Star Wars Day, Disney Parks released the first video of this glorious play weapon in action.
The saber will be part of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a new Star Wars attraction coming to Disney World in 2022 that seeks to fully immerse guests in the galaxy far, far away by putting them aboard the Halcyon starcruiser for a multi-day story experience.
Attendees will be able to see characters, like Rey, wield the new lightsaber, which was created by Walt Disney Imagineering to “create dramatic in-person moments previously only seen in films or shows,” a description reads.
Guests’ overall experiences at the Galactic Starcruiser will differ depending on the choices they make and which activities to pursue. Characters aboard include “the starcruiser’s strong and charismatic captain, the ship’s plucky mechanic, heroes of the Resistance,” and more.
According to a press release, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will have a special hub for guests to learn the ancient ways of the lightsaber and face off against a training remote.
For those travelers to Black Spire Outpost who feel a stronger connection with the Force, you are not alone.To find like-minded others, make your way to Savi’s Scrapyard. Those who have felt the call can seek out the hidden workshop and arrange an appointment to meet with the Gatherers – a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of the Force and the ancient ways of the Jedi. The Gatherers guide those who seek their assistance in creating their own unique customized lightsaber.
The Gatherers have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other saber parts from around the galaxy. As “keepers of the Force,” they have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation, striving to keep the flame of hope alive. Savi was one of the original Gatherers and a friend to Lor San Tekka (whom we met briefly at the beginning of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Like Lor, Savi was a believer in the ideals of the Jedi Order and helped to pass on his knowledge of Jedi lore. He created a salvage business as a front to hide his clandestine mission of guiding the next generation of Force wielders and helping them create their unique lightsabers.
Those ready to learn this knowledge will find a symbol displayed on the front of the workshop indicating that they are in the correct location and they must give the secret phrase to the Gatherers to enter inside. Once inside the workshop, the Builders will be surrounded by various odds and ends, pieces and objects. These pieces become key elements in the building and refinement of their lightsabers. At the center of the room is the Builder’s Table, a large oval-shaped table assembled from ancient pieces salvaged from across the galaxy that can accommodate up to 14 builders at a time to choose their crystal and craft their lightsaber.
There are four themes of lightsabers that guests can build:
Peace and Justice: Salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships, these lightsaber pieces were created for Force wielders of the Republic era. The simple designs reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by – the Jedi Order – the once guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.
Power and Control: Reclaimed from the ashes of the rumored Sith homeworld and abandoned Sith temples, these lightsaber pieces were originally forged by the Sith of their time. Characterized by sharp and strong forms, these pieces showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.
Elemental Nature: As we have been told, The Force is an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. These lightsaber pieces are born of that same Force. They are as unique as the user and as the elements of nature: the wood from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale or even a tooth from a Rancor.
Protection and Defense: Cultivated from a time forgotten, these earliest lightsaber pieces contain designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be created for protection and defense, conferring anonymity and symbolizing emotional detachment, a lightsaber made from these pieces reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.
Are you feeling the call of the Force? Will you answer it? What kind of lightsaber do you think will call to you?
If you are planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort between May 31 (opening day) and June 23, 2019, a reservation and theme park admission are required. After June 23, 2019, reservations will not be required for visits to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and access to Disneyland park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experiences will be subject to capacity.
Hasbro has unveiled customizable lightsaber toys called Bladebuilders for its Star Wars line just before this year’s New York Toy Fair.
Bladebuilders’ interchangeable hilts, daggers and connectors will enable children of all ages to create their own lightsabers, according to USA Today.
“Star Wars is such a magical property and in particular the lightsaber is — and I think everyone would agree — the most iconic weapon of all time,” explained Hasbro’s senior Star Wars director Kim Boyd in a statement.
The Bladebuilder brand Jedi Master Lightsaber set comes with a $49.99 price tag and includes lights and electronic sounds, a pair of lightdaggers, an expansion hilt and a variety of connectors.
Other sets are titled after iconic Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader and work with each other to form a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The other sets range from $9.99 to $19.99.