Next Best Thing to a Star Wars Lightsaber

Posted on 11th July 2010 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags: , , , ,

Wow!

Obviously, I’m a fan of Star Wars Lightsabers. But, what fan of lightsabers doesn’t like lasers in general? They are just plain cool.

I picked up a green laser pointer a long time ago, when they were fresh off the development cycle. And, although I rarely use it, except for the cool factor, it’s still one of my favorite possessions.

Until now.
Wicked Lasers Arctic S3

Wicked Lasers has completely outdone themselves. Not only is this new laser “pointer” Star Wars Lightsaber-looking, it is also the most powerful and dangerous consumer laser in the world. It burns through stuff. It can blind you instantly. In other words, it’s freaking awesome!

Check out the Arctic Spyder S3 blue laser pointer from Wicked Lasers!

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Star Wars Lightsaber Laser Pointer

Posted on 9th July 2010 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags: , , , ,

As if I didn’t already love Thinkgeek for their great prices and selections on Force FX Lightsabers, I now love them even more for their awesome laser pointers.

They’ve had the standard laser pointers for a while, seeing as how geeks love lasery thingies. But, the plain jane red laser pointer has been around for so long, and is so cheap, that it’s really passe.

That is, until you make it look like a Star Wars Lightsaber!

Star Wars Lightsaber Laser Pointer

Leave it to Thinkgeek to style a cool toy into a Star Wars geek’s dream!

For only $15, this is an awesome little gift for the one, or many, Star Wars Lightsaber fan(s) in your life. Check it out at Thinkgeek!

Enjoy!

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Star Wars The Old Republic

Posted on 21st June 2010 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags:

I’ve played most of the Star Wars Games, but I could never get into Galaxies, since I was occupied with another MMORPG at the time. However, this awesome cinematic trailer for The Old Republic may make me give the Star Wars RPG games another shot.

Even though it’s just a trailer for a game, it’s got some awesome Star Wars Lightsaber action. Check it out!

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Jerks with Lightsabers

Posted on 31st May 2010 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags:

For the longest time, when I was younger I imagined making a funny video that involved teenager jedi, and the hijinx that would ensue in any group of adolescents with force powers and lightsabers.

Chief among those amusing scenes (in my head) was a scene of these teens cruising “town” in a landspeeder, and playing mailbox baseball with their Star Wars Lightsabers, totally destroying them.

Well, all great ideas are shared at the same time, I guess.  These guys put together a fairly funny video about what adolescent jerks would do if they had lightsabers and some force powers.  It’s funny, and worth a watch.

Enjoy!

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Star Wars Lightsabers Wallpaper

Posted on 1st May 2010 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Uncategorized - Tags: , ,

 

I ran across this gorgeous Star Wars Lightsaber wallpaper on a random site the other day.  It didn’t have any information on the author, so I can’t give credit.  But, it’s now on my desktop, and I couldn’t help but share it with all of you.

It’s an awesome 1920 jpeg of Darth Vader’s classic red lightsaber crossing Luke’s blue lightsaber from Episode IV. 

I hope you enjoy!

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Nathan Fillion’s Star Wars Lightsaber story

I’ve always loved Nathan Fillion.  From Firefly, to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, to Castle.  He seems like such a fun and likable guy.

Now that I know he’s a fan of Star Wars Lightsabers, I’m even a bigger fan.

In this interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Nathan Fillion talks about geeky guys trying to be cool, and his experience playing with his very own Force FX Star Wars Lightsaber.   He’s funny, as always, and makes me thing that if a geek like him who owns lightsabers can be rich and famous, then there’s hope for me! =)

Enjoy!

 

 

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Can a Star Wars Lightsaber cut through Superman?

Posted on 28th October 2009 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags: , , , , ,

 

Considering I love both Star Wars Lightsabers and Superman, I thought this was a fun and interesting debatable question.

And, I see the debate has happened many times before.

Lightsaber Versus Superman

I found this funny Yahoo Fail article from
http://www.yahooanswerfail.com/geek-fail/.

Star Wars Lightsaber and Superman

And, even more on the subject can be found in the debate at Gizmodo:

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/02/can_a_lightsaber_cut_through_superman-2/

I’d have to agree with the idea that if the focusing crystal of the lightsaber were made of Kryptonite (assuming Kryptonite had the requisite qualities to be able to be used as a focusing crystal), then

a). the lightsaber blade would be green.
b). Superman would be screwed.

What do you think?

(Image courtesy How Stuff Works)

 

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17 Again – Force FX Lightsabers everywhere

Posted on 8th September 2009 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Force FX Lightsabers,Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags: ,

I just saw the movie “17 Again,” starring Zach Efron and Matthew Perry. 

Normally, I wouldn’t have touched this movie with a ten-foot cattleprod.  However, I was at a friend’s house at a little potluck dinner, and they put it on.

It was surprisingly good, and much funnier than I expected.

Granted, the main storyline was so cliche, I could have written it.  But, what made this movie so darn funny wasn’t Zack or Matthew, but rather Thomas Lennon as Ned, the best friend and consummate Star Wars / Fantasy geek.

I won’t spoil anything, but the character Ned is the type of guy we (Star Wars Lightsaber lovers) can relate to.  He’s a total geek.  Like, LARPing-level geek.  And, he’s grown up, and he’s rich.  So, what does a rich geek have all over his house?  Toys.  Replicas.  Suits of armor.  And, best of all, Star Wars Lightsabers.  There are several scenes devoted to duels with Force FX Lightsabers.  Decently done ones, too, I might add.  I’ve been considering making a video on how to duel with Force FX Lightsabers without breaking them, but haven’t had time yet.  So, maybe soon.  Anyway, they did a fairly good job with their duels.

Anyway, check it out.  It’s a cute movie with a strikingly funny sub-story, revolving around the antics of a Star Wars geek like us.  Now only if we were rich, eh?

17 Again

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Top 5 Internet Amateur Duels with Star Wars Lightsabers

Posted on 30th August 2009 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags:

I had seen a few awesome videos of young, enthusiastic lightsaber-wielding heros on YouTube, and I thought this would be an easy, fun article to compile.  Lo and behold, once I started watching everything that was out there, I realized how badly most Star Wars fans (bless their heart, because I’m one) act.  It became rather painful, actually, to endure some Awful acting and horrible story-lines to find some good lightsaber battles. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still admire all their effort and dedication.  After all, I haven’t made any short movies, personally.  So, take my criticisms with a grain of salt.  However, it came down to trying to discover very well-done lightsaber battle scenes with a minimum of story or acting.  I think I’ve found the best on the net here.  Enjoy!

 

Amateur Duel with Star Wars Lightsabers #5:  Jake vs. Danny

Jake and Danny have a decent lightsaber fight.  I appreciate the lack of dialogue, and getting right down to the battle.  The lightsaber effects are done quite nicely, and given the amateur status, even the force powers they use aren’t awful.  Personally, I don’t get why someone would not take their lightsaber with them, but, they, that aside, a fun video.

Amateur Duel with Star Wars Lightsabers #4:  Ryan vs. Dorkman


Ryan and Dorkman set the bar really high for internet lightsaber battles, with this, their first video.  Again, I completely appreciate the lack of dialogue or story.  They just go at it.  Excellent effects, and good choreography make this a great video to watch.

Amateur Duel with Star Wars Lightsabers #3:  Battle of the Heroes


Otherwise known as Ryan vs. Brandon, this is the same Ryan as Ryan versus Dorkman.  Again, who needs storylines or acting?  We just want great lightsaber action.  And, we get it.  Again, Ryan proves he’s awesome at making lightsaber effects, and the fight sequence is real good.

Amateur Duel with Star Wars Lightsabers #2:  Art of the Saber



The first minute and a half of Art of the Saber breaks my first requirement, by trying to introduce a storyline, and an amateur acting monologue.  However, despite most of the videos I’ve seen, this one is done fairly well.  Both with music to deepen the feeling, and interspersed with credits, it actually lends a powerful tone to this short video.  And, then, for the die-hard, once the action starts, it is great.  Great choreography, talented martial artists, obviously, and excellent lightsaber effects make this video my second favorite.

Amateur Duel with Star Wars Lightsabers #1:  Ryan vs. Dorkman 2


Ryan and Dorkman are back in this, their second video.  They established themselves as the best a year previously with their first video, and they top themselves in this one.  As a matter of fact, I almost couldn’t rank this with other amateur videos as they have proven themselves to be professionals at their effects.  But, until they make it big in the movie business, I’ll just leave them at the top of the heap.  Great lightsaber battle, as-always great effects, and fun use of Jedi tricks we all know we’d try if we had the powers make this the best video of dueling with Star Wars Lightsabers I’ve seen.

 

 

Amateur Duel with Star Wars Lightsabers Honorable Mention: Sexy Girls with Lightsabers





Sexy Women Duel With Lightsabers – Watch more Funny Videos

 

 

 

 

Ok, this doesn’t really count, which is why it’s only honorable mention.  It was obviously professionally produced.  But, c’mon, when women use lightsabers to hack off each other’s clothing, it’s every Star Wars fanboy’s (and, some Star Wars fangirl’s, too) dream video.  If you like that sort of thing, enjoy!  If not, forgive me my shortcomings:  I’m male, and a geek. 

 

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Star Wars Lightsabers

Posted on 20th July 2009 by Star Wars Lightsabers in Star Wars Lightsabers - Tags:

C’mon, admit it.  Star Wars Lightsabers are the coolest invention of all time.  And, you want one.  I know you do, or else you wouldn’t be here.  Well, you’re not alone.

Sadly, until we discover some new law of physics, we are left with only cheap imitations and our overactive imaginations.

But, that’s ok.  Because there are some wonderful inventions that have sprung from other people’s imaginations, and even if we can’t have the real thing, we can have some fun alternatives.

When it comes to owning Star Wars lightsabers, there are four general categories, in my opinion:  Plastic Toy Lightsabers, Electronic Toy Lightsabers, Force FX Lightsabers, and finally Collector’s Lightsabers.  When choosing which to get, it depends on whether you’re looking to play rough with them, play gentle, or put them in your trophy case and admire them.

Plastic Toys

I’ve never been a fan of low-end, cheap plastic toys.  But, they’re great for 8-year olds who have no concept of toy values.  When you’re little (and, sometimes, when you’re all grown up, too), all you want to do is hack and slash.  So what if your lightsaber will be bent and broken within two or three play sessions?  It was worth it!  Young kids don’t care that their lightsaber doesn’t make cool noises.  So, getting the cheap, colored plastic blade that barely resembles a lightsaber works for the younglings.  Still, sadly, I’m a little older than 8 now (well, maybe not emotionally), so I rarely play with these Thrifty specials anymore.  

Electronic toys

The next step up is:  electronic lightsabers.  There are many different kinds of toy lightsabers that have electronics in them these days.  These are great, because they combine the cheap plastic (and, therefore, expendable) toys with cheap but realistic sounds.  These are great for kids, and early teens.  You know, when you’re just a little too old to feel comfortable making the lightsaber noises with your mouth as you attack your friends or siblings.  The coolest one I’ve seen in this category is Hasbro’s Ultimate Lightsaber.  Brilliant!  Totally customizable with blade color, design, and feel, and yet, at just under $40, cheap enough to not lose any sleep over when they inevitably break.

Force FX Lightsabers

 

This is my personal favorite category, and I could go on about these in depth.  Coming in at right around $100, Force FX Lightsabers walk the fine line between electronic toy and collector’s item.  They’re considered collectibles, but they’re durable enough to actually spar with (some restraint required).  The sounds they make are incredibly clear and realistic.  The colors in the LED blade are bright and vivid.  The polycarbonate blade is strong and durable.  For any teenager or adult, Force FX lightsabers are the most fun to play with, in my opinion.

The only downside?  You can’t remove the blade, so you can’t wear just the hilt on your belt.  Force FX lightsabers are definitely for using, not just admiring.

Collector’s Lightsabers

The last, and most expensive category is Collector’s Lightsabers.  Just like any collector’s items, these can go from as little as a couple hundred dollars up to mind-boggling dollar amounts. 

If you need an awesome looking lightsaber hilt with removable blade for your Star Wars Convention or party, you’re looking at a collector’s-level lightsaber.  The most reasonable I’ve seen are UltraFX lightsabers.  At between $200 and $300, these are awesome looking lightsabers, and are also very duel-friendly.  That’s because they’re actually Force FX lightsabers that are customized to have removable blades and use lasers in the hilt instead of LEDs in the blade.  So, if you break the blade, you can order a new one, and haven’t ruined the whole thing.  They’re a little pricey for my tastes, but if you’re willing to pay for the best, these are the way to go.  Order early, they take a while to get to you.

Above Ultra FX, then you’re getting into custom movie props, and other Collector’s editions.  And, at this point, it gets too scary to play with something that costs that much. 

I hope this little introduction to your weapon of choice was helpful.  May the force be with you!

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