For Tyeth’s Review of 2021 and Here’s to Something New in 2022!

Hello and welcome to Page Two of this 2021 review! We are facing increasing danger as we enter….


Yes April normally a Springtime month, started off darkly as my “Republic” saber had a Dark make-over as I learnt about the new villains of the “High Republic Era” publications. I figured they would need a saber or two or the battle would be unfair! Then I went completely off course when I was informed that Gerry Anderson Appreciation Day falls in April, so my mate, The VintageToyAdvertiser, challenged me to design a “Thunderbirds” themed lightsaber to celebrate Gerry Anderson and his puppet creations. Next I came up with an original hilt based on the Nerf Blasters I had purchased…followed by a re-imagining of an old design I made for Grand Admiral Thrawn from the SW cartoon “Rebels”…April was just as busy…to finish I built a second Nerf themed saber.

There seems to be a lot of darkness around, and red eyes! But maybe, just maybe…May could save the day…I mean it has Star Wars Day Celebrations on May the Fourth!….Quick, lets see what May may bring!


Yes, we are now in May and we need help, we need a hero…a Knight in flowing robes….we need a Jedi Master…we need FOR TYETH! OK OK! Fear not as in this month I finally accomplished a lifetime ambition and assembled a Jedi costume! Yes me in Jedi garb…tunics, tabards, boots, belt and robes! I looked like I stepped out of a movie (official as my friend Resa is a professional Wardrobe expert and told me!). May also had more SW Resistance inspired hilts and the temperature in my workshop increased as I learnt to add heat markings and scorch marks on my models! The next gallery please….

It would seem that May was just as busy, if not more so as I forgot to mention the “Frightener Saber” inspired by another range of Nerf products and I modified the “Republic” saber again to create a saber for the Caped Crusader! Phew and I haven’t even reached half way yet…ok onto June…surely that can’t get any more hectic, can it?


I was wrong! Things did get more hectic during June and my interest in Nerf/foam dart flinging intensified. First I became aware of a great character in the world of Nerf reviews on YouTube named Captain Xavier, who reviews, tests and modifies Nerf blasters that he buys new or that he picks up on the secondary market via charity/thrift stores. He goes around on road trips to these stores to see what bargains he can pick up. To modify these dart basters he attempts to install more powerful springs so I built a saber for him with one of those springs. Then all mayhem broke loose on FTSabersite as a Bad Batch of clones took over the site! I got to watch “The Bad Batch” animation series and came up with not one, not two, but FIVE individual hilts – one for each member of Clone Force 99 aka The Bad Batch. I really loved these designs and I revealed them using a poll to determine which order I posted them! Here’s the gallery….INCOMING!

We have made it to the halfway point of this 2021 review….I hope you are keeping up with me….I still have 6 more months to go so if you want to see the second batch of Bad Batch hilts click the link to Page Three below!

8 thoughts on “For Tyeth’s Review of 2021 and Here’s to Something New in 2022!”

  1. Inspired post, FT! The galleries are fun to peruse. I feel like 2021 saw the most Variety of FT creation yet. You have transposed your saber design skills to model vehicles, structures, microphones and such, which is very exciting. Cheers to another year of fantastic artistry my friend🍻🙂 I can’t wait to see your 2022 manifestations.

    1. Hello EF and may I wish you and your folks a Happy New Year, I hope it’s bigger and better than last year!
      2021 certainly expanded my portfolio as you say. I think I may have been on verge of becoming “stale” and about to suffer designer’s block but because of lockdowns and restrictions I was nudged to explore other avenues and hobbies that I might have never considered and that led to new inspiration. Nerf blasters, Lego and even Cosplaying…I never thought I’d ever be so extrovert! Here’s to a productive 2022 for us both. Thanks for your support and friendship.

      1. We sure are lucky to have our creativity during lockdowns. But we still need the real world. I fear extraverting, but it’s essential to my creativity – Like the Kyber crystal for a lightsaber – you have to go out and harvest it. The crystal is a real-world experience. Take the experience back to your studio and the construction can begin. It’s awesome that you nurture your extraverted side by interacting with other creators and cosplay and stuff like that. And you do incorporate that into your designs.

    1. Hello there TVTA, I know you said you were going to be busy during the holidays but I really hope you got a day or two o share with the family. It is weird that a Pandemic turned out to be a stimulus to me branching out to new areas of the Star Wars hobby/culture – but it has been fun also. In fact I may be partaking in some “arms deals” to get more Nerf blasters which I hope to modify this year (now getting out and about to buy parts is a little easier!). But that will have to wait till after my booster jab tomorrow🤔. Anyhoo, I really hope you also have a great 2022 and I look forward to more of your Six Sentence Stories (like what’s happening with Thomas now?…oh the suspense…).

      1. Cheers FT. I manged to have a nice meal Christmas Eve and New Years Eve but other than that it was 13 hour shifts. I had 2 days off in between when I went surprise record shopping (see my newest post).
        Yeah, it was good you branched out during the pandemic, but still had that keen eye on all things Star Wars (as we must do, ay? 😎).
        Yikes, I too have my booster jab incoming… good luck.

  2. Happy New Year!
    Wow, you sure put a lot into this post. Excellent!
    Almost took a year to read it. YOU KNOW I”M KIDDING! 😂
    Effin Covid.
    We are in another lock down…stage 2.
    Looking forward to what you come up with this year.
    Take care!

    1. Hello Resa and Happy New Year to you also! Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoyed the marathon post. I found that somewhere in the mess of 2021 I had actually accomplished quite a bit – and I was pleasantly surprised.
      Sorry to hear about the restrictions thrown up in your neighbourhood, I just had my third dose of vaccine and just received a PCR test kit from the “Government” for when I get symptoms of Covid. That I have to say is some confidence by the Gov to say I WILL get the virus rather than “Oh we just sent you this in case you need one…hopefully you don’t!” It’s almost as if they’ve given up on battling it. Oh well.
      Thanks again and I will strive to keep up the good work this year!

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