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Lightsabers are iconic weapons in the Star Wars Universe. Here are the top 10 facts from the Lightsaber Collection book. The Lightsaber Collection book gives fans a deep dive into lightsabers. The book explains what lightsabers are, how they work, and outlines the design and functionality of some of the Star Wars Universe’s most popular characters.
10. Lightsaber Sound Effect
The lightsaber sound is one that is unforgettable to any Star Wars fan. Since the first on-screen appearance in Episode IV: A New Hope fans have been intrigued by the iconic laser sword. The lightsaber sound was the creation of Ben Burtt. Burtt combined a couple of different sounds to create the sound that all of us know and love. He combined the hum of a film projector with the buzz that came from his broken taper recorder passing by a television to create the iconic sound.
9. Jedi Knights Fight with Swords
George Lucas’s original concept for Jedi Knights was heavily inspired by King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In the story of King Arthur the knights fight with swords. Lucas wanted to incorporate this concept into his film but wanted it to reflect newer technology. So instead of using the traditional sword he came up with the idea of a laser sword.
8. Younglings Training
Human younglings begin their lightsaber training around the age of 3 or 4. Younglings use training sabers that are not fully powered and are built smaller to fit little hands. The blade of the training saber isn’t even strong enough to cut through skin. The training saber is capable of delivering a nasty shock. On occasion, younglings who are practicing some combat exercises use a wooden staff instead of the training saber.
7. Lightsabers Were Designed for Two-Handed Combat
George Lucas was heavily influenced by King Arthur and his Knight of the Round Table. He wanted the lightsaber props to be heavy so that the actors in A New Hope would have to use two hands just like King Arthur would with Excalibur. In the later films, lightsabers became lighter so that actors could use a one-handed grip. George Lucas said this was done to demonstrate the Jedi’s increasing mastery.
6. Ahsoka Tano’s Lightsaber Design
Ahsoka Tano’s lightsaber design was inspired by Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsabers. The top portion of the Clone Wars sabers was designed after Anakin’s lightsaber. The bottom pommel matched Obi-Wan’s original lightsaber from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Dave Filoni the co-creator of The Clones Wars animated series designed her sabers that way in order to pay tribute to the two Jedi who were both mentors to her in the Clone Wars series.
5. Ki-Adi Mundi’s Lightsaber Has Two Different Colored Crystals
Ki-Adi Mundi’s lightsaber has two different colored crystals, blue and green. The first time this was noticed was in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In one shot of the movie his saber blade in green and later on its blue. The lightsaber was designed that way because his species, the Cereans have two brains. The saber has controls on the hilt that allow him to switch between the two crystals at will.
4. Luke Skywalker’s Temple Guard Lightsaber
In the mainline Star Wars comic in issue #6, Luke Skywalker can be seen with a one-handed version of the yellow bladed Jedi Temple Guard lightsaber. The comic takes place after the events of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This single bladed Jedi Temple Guard saber can be purchased at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities inside Galaxy’s Edge.
3. Hidden Feature in Eighth Brother Inquisitor’s Lightsaber
The Eighth Brother Inquisitor lightsaber has the unique round shape of an inquisitor lightsaber but it has a special hidden feature that most people don’t know about. The saber has a smooth looking appearance. The weapon is an effective melee weapon but even more so when the red blades are deactivated. Hidden within a groove are spinning buzz-saw teeth that protrude all the way around the emitter ring.
2. High Republic Lightsaber
Jedi Master Stellan Gios is from the High Republic Era. His lightsaber features a unique look. The weapon is meant to be held and to function like a broadsword. The saber also has crossguards. The crossguards aren’t as exposed or unstable as the more famous Kylo Ren design. When the saber is ignited the crossguards force down the quillions. The quillions act like caps to the blades and create a secondary guard.
1. Cal Kestis Lightsaber Pieces Match Savi’s Workshop Components.
Cal Kestis is featured in the Star Wars video game Jedi Fallen Order. Kestis is a Jedi Padawan that escapes Order 66. He tries to fly under the radar and avoid being noticed by the Empire. In the game, players can collect lightsaber pieces and use a series of workstations to customize Cal’s lightsaber. Walt Disney Imagineering and Respawn Entertainment shared designs with each other to create unique lightsaber designs for the game. Some of the Fallen Order lightsaber components match the ones found in Savi’s Workshop at Galaxy’s Edge.