Since its first appearance on the big screen, the Star Wars lightsaber has fascinated fans and science fiction enthusiasts alike. From the sleek and unique design of its hilt to the intriguing way the blade extends from the hilt with the push of a button, the lightsaber is a very interesting weapon. Replica lightsabers are just as interesting. For Star Wars fans, they’re a physical representation of a weapon they could never get their hands on.
Great how lightsaber replicas are, many fans (especially those who are new to collecting them) do not have a full understanding of how they work. Indeed, it is very easy to get confused by the various components of the lightsaber whose functions cannot be exactly deduced from their names.
If you are still new to the world of lightsaber replicas, here is a brief guide to help you understand the functions of the various parts of a lightsaber replica.
Like the handle or body of the lightsaber, the hilt is a good place to start. The hilt of a replica lightsaber is very important as it performs many functions.
First, it’s the part you hold while wielding the lightsaber. They can come in a range of styles, and two features you should typically expect are the switch (to turn the lightsaber on or off) and the choke point, which is the narrowest part of the hilt.
The second function of the hilt is to house the electronics of the saber. Most replicas have the soundboard, LED strips and power source located in the hilt.
Finding the right lightsaber hilt, however, largely depends on your preferences and a few practical considerations. For example, if you intend to use your lightsaber replica for dueling, a sturdy, durable hilt with no pointed or raised features would be ideal.
This is another important component of a replica lightsaber. It is the narrow, lighted cylinder used to strike opponents or objects. Depending on the type of replica you get, the length and diameter of the blade can vary. Most replica lightsabers feature polycarbonate blades that can be heavy quality (thick-walled) or medium quality (thin-walled) in terms of strength and sturdiness. Sometimes LED strips that provide visual effects (colors) for a replica lightsaber may be placed inside the blade.
Heavy quality blades are the best choice for lightsaber dueling, while medium quality blades are best for display and cosplay as they offer more brightness.
This part is connected to the hilt of the lightsaber replica and its function is to stabilize the lightsaber blade by squeezing it tightly where it attaches to the hilt. Some replica lightsabers have windowed emitters that allow the light from the lightsaber blade to shine through.
Besides the windows, emitters can also be equipped with blades and claws; however, these are optional and for aesthetic purposes only. If you choose to add these optional emitter features, be sure not to use that lightsaber for dueling, as these features are sharp and can cause serious injury.
While mostly decorative, this pommel-like cap at the bottom of the hilt can be useful for adding balance to the weight of the lightsaber replica. The pommel ensures that the wielder’s hand does not slip off the hilt of the saber during combat. Some replica lightsaber pommels also feature air vents that allow you to hear the audio effects coming from the saber’s soundboard more clearly.
Part of what makes a replica lightsaber truly realistic is the buzzing and buzzing sound it does when you swing or hit an object with it. A good quality soundboard can help you achieve these sounds. In addition to movie-accurate sound effects, some sound cards also allow for custom audio features.
This small cylindrical component is more of an accessory than anything else. It serves the function of connecting two lightsaber hilts together to create a saber staff (or double-bladed lightsaber). If you want the process of joining and disconnecting the hilts of two lightsabers to be smoother and faster, then a quick release coupler is what you are looking for.
This is a small cylindrical piece of polycarbonate that is installed on the end of a lightsaber’s hilt when its blade has been removed. Its function is to improve safety and prevent the lightsaber’s light from reaching the user’s eyes directly. A blade spine can also be for aesthetics, as it makes your replica lightsaber look cool.
As a Star Wars fan looking to collect lightsaber replicas, it’s important that you understand the various components of a lightsaber and how they work. This knowledge can also go a long way in helping you select lightsaber replicas with all the best parts.