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Good news, Star Wars fans. Finally, we can finally build our very own laser-based lightsaber inspired by the infamous crossguard lightsaber we saw Kylo Ren carry in the teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Wicked Lasers, a company who specializes in creating actual laser-based lightsabers for Star Wars fans to keep in their homes, is willing to give the Force Awakens crossguard lightsaber a go.
Technabob.com reports that Wicked Lasers will make the crossguard lightsaber by using their Spyder III Inferno laser (which does not ship in the US any longer) in an aluminum adapter. Within that adapter will be two front surface mirrors mounted at 45 degree angles. The mirrors will divert portions of the laser into the two ports on the sides, creating the crossguard lightsaber. As long as you have the Spyder III laser, all you have to do is download and print the 3D model from the Wicked Laser site, and assemble the lightsaber yourself. That’s right. Wicked Lasers has made the crossguard lightsaber 3D model completely free for anyone who wants to give building their own lightsaber a try.
Sounds awesome, right?
Turns out, maybe those people saying a crossguard lightsaber was crazy dangerous and impractical were actually on to something.
While this might be super cool if you are a fan of the new crossguard lightsaber, having one of these bad boys in your home likely will prove to be quite dangerous. First of all, those in possession of The Force Awakens-inspired lightsaber will now have to keep track of three lightsaber beams rather than the normal one beam. So it looks like waving the lightsaber around in a crazy fashion with reckless abandon is out of the question. The powerful, dangerous Spyder III laser can potentially blind any unsuspecting bystanders (probably why US residents can’t get the laser shipped here), and keeping track of the three beams rather than the one will prove to be a pretty daunting task. The fact that literally anyone can download Wicked Lasers’ design is also slightly terrifying. I think we all can think of individuals in our life who most certainly do not need access to instructions on building a highly dangerous and powerful crossguard lightsaber.
Beyond the risk of blinding your friends, family, and neighbors, the lightsaber also won’t look exactly like the lightsaber we see in the above, awesome trailer. In the Force Awakens teaser, the two plasma beams that shoot out to the side don’t go much farther beyond a few feet. If you bought the Wicked Lasers crossguard lightsaber, the cross beams could, in theory, go on as far as the eye can see. So unfortunately, you’ll have to endanger yourself and those around you in a less than perfect replica of the lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Wicked Lasers is also under new management, so they are putting several new restrictions on the laser strength that they will sell, and where they will sell them. They also say that they will stop selling their high-caliber lasers in the coming year, so for the time being, several of their lasers are 40% off. So if buying dangerous lasers is your thing, your window to do so from Wicked Lasers is rapidly closing.
As for me, I’m just gonna leave the crossguard lightsaber wielding to those living in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its fantastic crossguard lightsaber will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.