A rendition of the lightsaber prop from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
Glowing electro-luminescent blade.
Authentic sound effects from the movie.
Polished metal hilt.
Fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd.
Q: How do the light and sound effects work in Anakin Force FX lightsaber?
A: The Anakin Force FX lightsaber features an extremely durable polycarbonate blade which houses an EL (or electro-luminescent core). The EL core contains a sheet with special inks that contain phosphors that glow brightly when a voltage and frequency is applied to them. The sheet is bonded to a plastic backing which protects the ink and wiring inside, making it very durable. This is different than standard EL technology because we use an EL "sheet" which achieves an even illumination over the entire surface. MRs EL sheet is not a light bulb or an LED.
The Anakin Force FX lightsaber also incorporates two motion sensors which sense both the position of the blade as well as when it comes in contact with something. An on-board, multi-channel chip is programmed with digital sound effects originally created for the movie by Skywalker Sound. The Force FX saber replicates the following sound effects:
Swing (with pitch change)
Clash (cycles through FOUR different clash sound effects)
Q: How long will the light in my Anakin Force FX lightsaber last?
A: We worked closely with our manufacturer to design and develop this EL sheet and power supply to customize and optimize color, life expectancy of the EL sheet and efficiency (battery life) for the lightsaber. MR have designed a state-of-the-art electronic inverter which converts the voltage from the six AA batteries to the proper voltage that the EL sheet needs to run. The test samples have run for as long as 6-8 hours on a fresh set of batteries. The EL sheet itself, if cared for properly, should last for several thousand hours of use.
Q: Is the blade on the Anakin Force FX lightsaber removable?
A: No, the blade is not removable. There are a number of reasons for this. The Force FX lightsaber operates at high voltage. Neither MR or I want anyone disassembling the lightsaber and getting harmed in any way. As well, there are a number of wires and electronics systems in the blade body. It would be difficult to be able to make these systems disconnect on a regular basis and still maintain durability and reliability.
Q: The color of your Anakin Force FX lightsaber is blue. In Star Wars: Episode ll, Anakin also has a green one. Are you offering it in any other colors?
A: In Star Wars: Episode ll, Anakin uses more than one saber-both blue and green. His original blue saber was destroyed in the droid factory on Geonosis. He was given another lightsaber by Obi-Wan during his fight with Count Dooku. It was this saber which features the green blade. Currently, MR is offering the Luke ROTJ green saber as well as the Vader ANH red saber.
Q: Can I use my Anakin Force FX lightsaber for dueling?
A: Although the blade is very durable, it should never be used for fighting or dueling. This lightsaber was produced by Master Replicas as a collectible item, not for actual fighting purposes.