Replica lightsaber prop from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
Carefully recreated from original archival materials and fully authorized and endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd
Constructed from durable machined and die-cast metal, each replica is polished and assembled by hand
This special lightsaber comes with a custom-designed display case, a stainless steel metal plaque, a presentation box, and a Certificate of Authenticity
The Luke Skywalker lightsaber prop featured in The Empire Strikes Back varies slightly in detailing from the prop used in A New Hope. Like the first movie prop, the basis of this lightsaber is an antique flashgun. However, the prop for Episode V was outfitted with a 13-line computer edge connector, which was press-fit into the center clamp area. The original stamped-metal D-ring holder on the back of the lightsaber was also altered for the new version. A machined-metal connector, taken from another antique flashgun, was fitted with a D-ring and riveted to the rear of the prop. This particular piece was apparently flipped over and reattached during filming, as it can be seen with either side facing out during the movie and in subsequent publicity photos.
The rubber grips, which were used for the first film prop, were also modified for the second film. A small notch was cut out of the rear of each grip and pop-rivets were inserted into each recess. In some pictures, small, slotted-head screws can also be seen on the fronts of the grips. The name of the antique flashgun stamped into the center clamp unit was also covered so it would not be visible on-screen during closeup shots. This covering changed during filming, varying from a wider strip with a crosshatched pattern to a narrow strip which was completely smooth. Finally, the glass lens on the bottom of the flashgun was removed and replaced with a second, knurled silver-and-red trigger button identical to the one seen on the top of the flashgun.
Master Replicas has been careful to reproduce all of these details on our replica of the Luke Skywalker lightsaber from The Empire Strikes Back. I believe that this attention to detail has resulted in the definitive replica of Luke's historic weapon.