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Deckard Lightsaber -A Blade Runner’s Weapon

Hello Everybody, today I present the design I came up with for Harrison Ford’s character, the Blade Runner, Rick Deckard. Having created Replicant’s Tear for Rutger Hauer’s character, Roy Batty I felt the law maker needed a saber to even the odds. Usually Runners used a gun to “retire” Replicants but this is a site dedicated to Lightsabers so here is the saber for the Blade Runner…Deckard…

I gave the saber an Indigo blade to make it stand out from the rest. There is something about Indigo that makes it contrast nicely with the dark hilt’s body. And Deckard stood out as a Blade Runner. The saber shares the ribbed section similar to Replicant’s Tear, but only covers half of the hilt. I did this to represent the ambiguity over whether Deckard himself was a Replicant sent to hunt down Roy Batty and his gang. Is Deckard a Replicant and that is represented by the ribbed section, or is he human, as represented by the non ribbed body? There has been many discussions ever since the film released in 1982 but nothing definitive has been agreed, even between the film’s star Harrison Ford and the Director, Ridley Scott…

Sooo, maybe, maybe not..but a Replicant would say that wouldn’t he? I will, as always let you decide. Sometimes having a lingering, unanswered question just keeps you interested and opens up possible stories for sequels. Well we have that sequel coming up in October 2017 so we may have answers then.

I am about to drive off into the countryside just like Deckard and Rachael did at the end of Blade Runner as I bring this post to an end. But first I want to thank you for checking this saber out (and the other two in the series) and for visiting FTSabersite. Your support and visits are appreciated and I hope you will return to see more designs coming up. There are my new SuperBowl inspired hilts and a set of SIX (yes six) sabers for another blockbuster due out in March! Till next time.

Blade Runner (1982), Rick Deckard, Roy Batty and all related names, logos and material are Trademark/©Copyright of The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers and the Blade Runner Partnership. Distributed by Warner Bros. The YouTube video interview of Harrison Ford is ©Copyright of the American Film Institute (AFI).

Replicant’s Tear Lightsaber (Inspired by Roy Batty in Blade Runner)

Hello Everybody, today is the day I bring to you the much teased design inspired by one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time. It is a weapon I designed for the character portrayed by Rutger Hauer, the Replicant, Roy Batty. Roy Batty was an android who was designed and built to perform the dangerous and menial tasks humans couldn’t or wouldn’t do. He, along with a group of other Replicants broke their programing and attained a sense of their mortality. They realised that they wanted “life” and escaped from a mining colony, fleeing to Earth to try and fulfil this wish. The authorities dispatched a special team of detectives called Blade Runners, to apprehend them and end their existence. The film documents the struggle between the gang of Replicants and the Blade Runner, Rick Deckard, and ends with a heart wrenching climax between Batty and Deckard…and the immortal words that inspired this design.

I call this saber…Replicant’s Tear…

The saber has a rough and aggressive look as it was probably built from scavenged parts found whilst the Replicants were on the run. Roy Batty’s higher intelligence does however show up in the design with the FTE Pommel type device to make the weapon more powerful. The blade and the pommel both glow a pure white colour, signifying the Replicant’s hope for life. The colour also represents the White Dove that Roy Batty held and petted during the film. Some people believe that the dove symbolises the “soul” of Batty and the Replicant’s hopes. In the final fight scene between Deckard and Batty, the Replicant gains the upper hand when Deckard is left hanging precariously from a rooftop. Deckard is about to fall…when Batty catches the Blade Runner, saving his life then delivers this most memorable speech…

Tears in rain, a Replicant’s Tear. I realised that everybody has that nagging question at the back our minds, of how long we have to live. Connected to that is the question of how we will be remembered when we are washed away by the rain of time. I would be happy if I knew I had done the best I could have, and if somehow, anything that I may have done had a positive effect on someone else’s life, that’s probably all I could ask for. I think Roy Batty realised this and made the ultimate difference in Rick Deckards life thus proving his love for life.

I am nearing the end of this post but first I would like to thank the YouTube user Canale di DMFan79, as I linked to the video on their channel. I want to thank you, my viewers and followers, for your continued support. I hope you will return for more new designs including the saber I have designed for Rick Deckard, the Superbowl Sabers and a whole lot more. Till next time.

Blade Runner, Roy Batty, Replicants and all images, names and material including the video footage is Trademark/©Copyright of The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers and the Blade Runner Partnership. Distributed by Warner Bros.

K Runner 2049 Lightsaber (Inspired by the Blade Runner Sequel)

Hello Everybody, I don’t know if you have noticed but there have been a few strange images appearing on this site of Tinfoil Unicorns, White Doves and Eyes looking out at you recently. They were hints to my next collection and had the words coming soon, well the time has come for me to reveal the first of this new set of sabers inspired by two Sci-Fi films. The first film was released in 1982 and the second (this first film’s sequel) has yet to be released. I am of course talking about BLADE RUNNER and the upcoming sequel BLADE RUNNER 2049! This next design is inspired by the new film and is for Ryan Gosling’s character, LAPD Officer K, I call it K RUNNER 2049..

In the last picture of the gallery is a Retinoscope, used by Opticians to examine the eyes of patients. In the Blade Runner film, a device called the Voight-Kampf Machine was used to test people suspected of being Replicants by examining their eyes. Replicants were androids who broke their programming, escaped from a mining colony and fled to Earth. They were then tracked down by Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). The machine looked more like a desktop computer and wasn’t portable, so for the new film I thought I would update and hopefully improve on the design of the machine. The “new” prop combines a miniaturised Voight-Kampf Machine and a Lightsaber all in a handy sized device which kind of looks like the aforementioned Retinoscope!

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I don’t know if Officer K will need a Replicant detector or Lightsaber in B.R. 2049 but I thought this was a fun idea. I do have two more designs inspired by the original 1982 Blade Runner, one for Rick Deckard…and one for Roy Batty, the leader of the Replicant gang at the centre of this fantastic neo-noir Sci-Fi masterpiece. I hope you will join me for those two designs and other upcoming posts. Thank you for visiting today and all your support. Till next time.

Blade Runner (1982) and all related names and content are Trademark/©Copyright of The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers and the Blade Runner Partnership. Distributed by Warner Bros. Blade Runner 2049 is due to be released in October 2017.