Hello Everyone, I hope you have all bought your bargains by now or the stores will have sold out of stock of everything! As promised I am about to bring to you my next pair of Youngling sabers, this time based on the hilts of the movies themselves. So for the “Little Luke” and “Kid Kenobi” in the family these might catch their attention! The first design is based on the Lightsaber owned by the first Jedi Knight we saw in the movies, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s saber . This is Youngling Kenobi…
This saber has a replica of the emitter from Obi-Wan’s Lightsaber with the famous ribbed “Grenade” section grip. In the real prop this ribbed piece was made from an old World War 1 British Rifle Grenade, like this..
Looks familiar doesn’t it? The switch section and pommel on the original props and full size replicas have been criticised for being difficult to hold and awkward to use so for the youngsters I redesigned the lower section. I used a smaller switch but it still has the activation box look and I changed the pommel for smaller coupler pieces. The prop used a tap/faucet knob as it’s pommel and had a large circumference for little hands. This is a picture of a plastic replica (as the original parts are getting rare!)..
I think my slim-line version is still recognisable as Obi-Wan’s but should suit smaller hands. Ok, I think it’s time for the second Youngling Saber and this one is based on Luke Skywalkers’ saber from The Return of the Jedi. I know there are a lot of wannabe Lukes out there so here is Youngling Luke..
Luke built a new saber in the time between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the start of Return of the Jedi. This new saber is the now iconic Green bladed weapon Artoo Detoo fired out of his dome for Luke to catch, on the desert skiffs during their escape from Jabba the Hutt. Luke’s new saber looked a little like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hilt because the Jedi had a tradition of honouring their Mentors by making similar looking sabers. Luke’s saber has a black and silver ringed section rather than the “Pineapple” ridged part of Kenobi’s, but the blade holder is very similar. Again because of the similarities, Luke’s saber also had a large activation box and pommel arrangement on the original props (as the prop makers had to mirror Obi-Wan’s saber). This makes the saber just as awkward to use and handle, so I modified this Youngling model the same way as the Kenobi version, using smaller but similar parts. As these parts are modular the saber can be upgraded later to make them full sized and have full electronics set up inside.
This concludes today’s double post and I hope I haven’t caused the kids out there to pester their parent’s too much because they want a saber now! I hope you enjoyed these designs and will return to see more in future posts. Don’t forget you can leave comments, likes and register to follow this blog (and get notifications of new posts!) by using the “Follow this blog” tools in the menu and sidebars! Thanks for looking in. Till next time.
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