Hello Everybody, I hope you are all well as I have another new design to showcase for you today. This time we are staying in the galaxy and time period seen in Star Wars Rebels, and as I have built sabers for Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger and more recently Sabine Wren’s staff I felt the Captain of the rebel ship The Ghost should get a hilt too. The Captain of The Ghost is a young female Twi’Lek named Hera Syndulla, who is a wily, cunning, battle hardened warrior revolutionary. Not surprising as her father was Cham Syndulla, a prominent activist and thorn in the side of the early Empire led by Palpatine and Vader. Hera was born and raised on Ryloth but didn’t have the greatest of relationships with her father, it started well but in war it deteriorated. It got so bad that when a rebellion starfighter crash landed in the Syndulla homestead’s grounds Hera recovered the astromech and repaired it, then formed a friendship with the droid.
Eventually the situation got to the point where Hera left to become a pilot and formed her own band of rebels (who you can see above ^^) whilst her father continued his efforts against the Empire around their homeworld. Over many skirmishes Hera recruited her crew and raised trouble for the Empire, irritating Grand Moff (Governor) Tarkin and Vader. So, even though Hera is famous as a crack shot with a blaster I felt Captain Syndulla needed a saber. I built one and sent it to her…but I think she may not recognise it….
Can you see a saber in the picture above? Well, after the events of the Clone Wars and Order 66 (the Emperor’s purge on the Jedi) it was illegal to use, own or even carry a lightsaber (or any parts thereof) so I had to be clever and disguise her new saber so it would go undetected. I think I did a good job…it looks like there are just a few tools and measuring devices on Hera’s workbench right? Then may I show you this….
Yep! I turned a Hydro-Wrench into a lightsaber…cunning aren’t I! I doubt any Stormtrooper or Imperial official would recognise this as a saber. The Hydro-Wrench has a power activator that I modified to be the ignition switch so the on/off switch was camouflaged already. The saber also features hidden controls that adjust the lightsaber’s blade length and power settings and to access them you have to twist the red torque adjuster lever to open the grille covering the settings panel.
Form and function plus a bit of ingenuity (if I say so myself 😎) This panel is accessed when you twist the red lever which in turn rotates the grille There are two Hex-Head dials that alter the blade length and power settings along with four light emitting diodes that display a traffic light colour scale to show settings. Oh and the red Torque Lever also acts as a convenient belt hanging device – just clip it onto your workbelt and the saber is hidden with your other tools! I think that’s pretty neat…
Ah! I think Hera likes the saber, now she’s recognised it. I felt this reflected her character of being resourceful and able to adapt to difficult, dangerous situations. Her calm thinking and skills saved the day on many occaisions leading to her (and her crew) being recruited to a Rebel faction led by the mysterious “Fulcrum” who we met a few posts back. She even managed to reconcile with her father when one particular mission resulted in their paths crossing. And an interesting fact: If you watch the movie Rogue One when we see the ships parked outside the Rebel Base on Yavin 4 listen carefully and you might hear a General Syndulla being summoned on the tannoy – General Hera Syndulla!
Soo, that just about wraps up this saber offering, I hope you liked it as much as Hera seems to. It was fun thinking “outside the box” to come up with a design so well camouflaged. Star Wars Rebels has really sparked my imagination and as a result I still have a few more “Rebels” hilts and a couple of ships to bring to your attention in future posts. I sincerely hope you’ll call back to see those as I also have more Guardians of the Galaxy hilts too. But for now I’d like to say thanks to all of you for visiting and supporting me and the site, whether a first timer or a regular visitor, you’re much appreciated. Till next time….
“Syndulla Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the cartoon “Star Wars: Rebels”. The 3D models and renderings are ©ForTyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. “Star Wars: Rebels”, “Hera Syndulla” and all other SW names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.