Replica lightsaber prop from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
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 presentation box, a stainless steel metal plaque and a Certificate of Authenticity
The design for Yoda's lightsaber as featured in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comes from an unexpected source. Master Replicas' VP of Product Development, Steve Dymszo, originally produced the Lightsaber, and his model appears in the Episode 1 Visual Dictionary. Eventually, that design was adapted by Lucasfilm and used in Attack of the Clones. It is interesting to note that no physical lightsaber prop was ever produced for filming because the Yoda character and his lightsaber were both completely computer generated for the first time ever in a Star Wars movie
The original Yoda lightsaber model was made from an old flashgun. The black emitter was a wheel from a 1/16 scale sports car model and the control box was an oil pan from a 1/12 scale sports car kit. To create the grips, machined-metal master patterns were first produced. Resin castings were then pulled from molds taken from these patterns. The small silver control switch on the top of the lightsaber was a PEM nut. The center black band was originally the top of the flashgun. Later, it was relocated to the center of the lightsaber to better fit the overall design.
Upon reviewing the original design for use in the film, the Lucasfilm designers felt that the movie lightsaber should be slightly longer so that it would be more visible on-screen. Therefore, the design was stretched to about one inch longer. Some of the minor details on the flashgun were also eliminated, as they wouldn't be seen in the film anyway. The detailing on the 1/16 scale wheel was also eliminated and the film prop's emitter shroud was also enlarged. Two LEDs and a second, smaller control box detail were also added to complete the design.
Yoda's lightsaber holds a special place in MRs collection and I know that you enjoy this replica as much as they enjoyed their role in creating it.