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The Master Lightsaber – Saber for the Doctor’s devious frenemy.

Hello Everybody, a few weeks ago I posted Mondas – Saber for a Cybernaut, my Cyberman themed hilt, little did I know that they would be making a spectacular return to the current series of Doctor Who! (Or maybe it was one of my visions that prompted me to post it.. 😀 !) Either way, there was another character who made a “surprise” appearance at the end of the episode “World Enough and Time”, and that was the Doctor’s foe, The Master! The Master first appeared in the Whovian universe way back in 1971, and was originally portrayed by Roger Delgado. But as all Time Lords do (even rogue ones) he/she changed their appearance as the Master regenerated. To complicate the Master’s story he even switched bodies with other characters to prolong his/her existence (in the story The Keeper of Traken). This meant the Master was played by numerous actors and an actress, including…Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts (Movie), Derek Jacobi, John Simm and Michelle Gomez. However it is John Simm’s Master that I have based this weapon on, or rather on his “Laser Screwdriver”, so here is The Master Lightsaber….

This saber shares the same colour scheme as The Master’s Laser Screwdriver but I hope it has a bit more of an effective range! (I mean what can you do with a laser screwdriver? Build “laser flat-pack furniture”?) Seriously though, this saber has an amber blade to co-ordinate with the overall colour scheme and it projects from an asymmetrical emitter. The “Screwdriver” had three nozzles of varying length and this emitter best matched the part. The body represents the switch section, with a gold powder coated activation box. This control box doesn’t actually ignite the saber but is used to keep the look. The real switch section is next up and to finish the hilt there is a powder coated pommel which replicates the gold accented end cap of the screwdriver prop (seen below).

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The Master and his Laser Screwdriver (copyright BBC TV)

So now the Master has his own saber to compliment his Laser Screwdriver, quite a pair! Oh, and remember I mentioned the actress Michelle Gomez? Well it turns out that her version of The Master, called Missy, will be joined by John Simm’s Master to form a pair in the season Finale! A double dose of distress for the Doctor!

I am running out of time on this post, but I have just enough left to tell you I am working on a “Missy” themed hilt (it only seems right I should) and one for a costuming group who do fantastic charity work. I’d also like to thank you all for looking in on this design and please call back to see upcoming posts, I appreciate your visits! Till next time.

“The Master”, “Missy”, the “Laser Screwdriver” and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of BBC TV.

Ace Assistant Saber – Ace’s new companion

Hello Everybody, here is my new design and as you can see from the title it is for the seventh Doctor’s companion named Dorothy Gale/McShane or simply as Ace. Ace is a teenage human from a suburb of London, who has a love of chemistry but failed the exam in the subject. One day a cosmic and timesplitting incident occured whilst Ace was performing an experiment to separate Nitroglycerin from Gelignite (where on earth did a 16 year old get Gelignite?). This “Time Storm” whisks young  Ace up and transports her to the future and a frozen food retail complex called Iceworld. It is here on the planet Svartos, that she meets the Doctor and his then companion, Mel, who at the end of her adventure decides to part company and so Ace becomes the Doctor’s new Assistant. Ace would turn out to be an Ace Assistant which is apt as that is the name of my saber design for her, here is Ace Assistant…

This saber should be perfect for Ace as I based it on one of her favourite weapons….a Baseball Bat, which she once used to good effect against some Daleks back in 1963! The hilt represents the handgrip of that bat and even has a body section which looks like it is wrapped in non slip sports tape. The grip has a pommel which is called a Rebel pommel by the manufacturer. The colour scheme is black with silver and the white blade stands in for the bat’s shaft but with more of a cutting edge (sorry bad joke!) perfectly matching the bat seen onscreen.

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The Doctor helped Ace by letting her learn and work things out for herself rather than just spoon feeding her knowledge. This meant Ace developed over the two earth years in which she appeared in the show and became an independant and confident young woman. Sadly BBC Television decided to end the run of the show at this time.To discover what happened to Ace you will need to read the numerous novels and check out the audio plays that are available.dr who

Ace is portrayed by the wonderful actress Sophie Aldred, who is still instantly recognisable! I am currently on my way to the Comic Convention where Miss Aldred is appearing along with Mr Harris who played Bossk in Empire Strikes Back and I hope to chat with both, and show them their sabers. Hopefully I will get their permission to let you know what they think!

I am shortly about to enter the Comic Con (depending on when you read this of course!) so will have to bring this post to an end. But please call back and see the outcome of my adventure. Whatever happens I’d like to thank Miss Aldred for bringing to life such a feisty and memorable character…always ACE!

Till next time.

Dr Who was created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber and Donald Wilson. The Cybermen, Dr Who, Ace, the TARDIS and all related names and material are Trademark/©Copyright of BBC Television.

Mondas – Saber for a Cybernaut

Hello Everybody, today I have a saber that I had mislaid but have rediscovered! It started as I looked up details about the Comic Con I am attending on Sunday. I knew about Mr Harris who played Bossk being there, but I have since discovered details of another special guest. This person appeared in Dr Who and had a run in with the characters that inspired this saber. I will tell you more about this special guest later, but now I need to present my saber for the space warriors known as the Cybermen. They come from a planet of ice and my saber shares the name of that planet, this is…MONDAS…

So, this saber is based on the warriors, the Cybermen. The emitter is representing the boots this time and the switch is the legs of the figure. The body has the diamond cut knurling which reminds me of the Cybermen’s suits…but the crowning glory of this design (at least I think so) is the pommel, which at a glance looks like the famous helmet of the Cybermen life support unit.

Hopefully you can see where I got the inspiration, I think it’s a pretty close similarity! There are ridges on the side which look like the tubes either side of the Cyberman’s head. Plus as I type this, I have just noticed that there is an oblong slot in the pommel that matches the one on the forehead of the helmet!

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The Cybermen, The Doctor and Ace (source BBC TV)

As you can see from the picture the Doctor and his companion posed for publicity shots, and hopefully I will get the chance to meet one of the six people in the picture above on Sunday. If all goes to plan I will be able to tell you all about it in an upcoming post with an accompanying saber design. I hope you will join me then to find out who I get to meet and see the new hilt!

I am running out of time here, as I have to make myself look presentable to go out on Sunday (the Jedi do let their beards get untidy sometimes!). But I want to thank everyone who has visited the site recently and those who have supported me long term. Please do spread the word of FTSabersite and call back to see more. Till next time.

Dr Who was created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber and Donald Wilson. The Cybermen, Dr Who, Ace, the TARDIS and all related names and material are Trademark/©Copyright of BBC Television.

Trillian’s Toaster – Lightsaber Knife

Hello Everybody, welcome back. I had a strange dream last night and dreamt that an intergalactic construction company had won a contract to build an interplanetary highway….the only problem? They need to destroy planet Earth which happens to be in the way of the new road! Well I would need something nutritious if I were about to take on this problem…I need some…Toast! But don’t worry, I was only dreaming about the movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. However it got me thinking and you may remember that Trillian (played by Zooey Deschanel) had a rather nifty little gadget….a Lightsaber Toasting Knife. Well, here is my attempt to recreate one, this is Trillian’s Toaster….

As you can see I have tried to recreate the knife Trillian uses to slice the loaf of bread. The cool thing about it was that it toasted the bread at the same time. This design I hope is equally cool. It has the same red blade which is activated by twisting the two coupler sections (the two ring sections) on the body. One ring activates the saber/knife and the second ring adjusts the length of the blade. This wouldn’t work in real life but you could use a regular length blade, then swap it for a short (6-8inches) long blade used on Kylo Ren style cross-guard sabers which would look more knife-like!

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“Can I cut through anything with this?”

As you can see my version is fairly accurate, to be honest the original was just an ordinary three rivet paring knife found in most kitchen knife blocks, and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM the special effects company set up by George Lucas!) added the lightsaber blade! So the handle might be different but the blade looks the same  😀 !

Now after all this designing I really feel hungry, please could I have some…

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Image from Yourprops.com

 

I hope you enjoyed this little design (and breakfast!). It might be early in the day but I am running out of time for this post and will have to end shortly. But first I’d like to thank you all once again for visiting and supporting me and FTSabersite, you are all very much appreciated. Please call back to see what designs I have coming up from myself and my friends in future posts. Till next time.

Trillian and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were created by Douglas Adams. Trillian, The Hitchhiker’s Guide and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Douglas Adams, Touchstone Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment and Everyman Pictures.

Sand Worm Saber – Inspired by Arrakis’ Annelids

Hello Everybody, I hope you enjoyed the contribution from my latest Guest Designer, Roger Redux. I am sure he will produce more great hilts and I will hopefully be displaying them here too. Today we take the perilous journey to the desert sands of Arrakis, the planet nicknamed Dune once more. In the classic Frank Herbert saga these deserts are the mining locations for the most valued commodity in the Galaxy, a substance called Melange. This substance is commonly known as “Spice” and is a powerful drug that enables certain species that ingest it to warp and bend space. This makes the distances between planets insignificant and transport between planets is almost instantaneous. Having this ability would give you an advantage should you wish to rule the Galaxy. However getting the Spice is difficult due to the creatures that live around the mining sites…the giant Sand Worms of Arrakis, and they inspired this hilt. This is Sand Worm Saber…

This is Sand Worm and I think it represents the creature well. The worms have large mouths which open and close almost like the bulbs of Crocus flowers, so I used the emitter with the scalloped edges. The switch section is ringed just like the Annelids (collective scientific name for worms!) and looks a little like the “saddle”section of a worm. The saddle section is clever in that if the worm was injured below the saddle, say it’s tail was bitten off by a predator, then a new tail would regrow from the saddle stump! However based on the size of Arrakis’ Sand Worms I don’t think they have many predators! They are so large that Paul Atreides “tamed” several of these worms to carry and transport his Fremen Army.

As you can see from the above picture on the left, Sand Worms are HUGE. If you look closely there are two dots on it’s head, those are Paul Atreides and his general! The second picture is of course a Sarlacc. I posted this as I wonder if the two creatures are related in some way, especially when you look at the appendage in the middle of it’s mouth that extends out, just like a baby Sand Worm. Back to the saber, and I used the body section that had the parallel lines and a pommel which “tails off” to finish the look of a worm. And if you feed this saber it will grow…here take a look!….

Well on that little joke I am afraid I will have to end. I am drawing close to the finish of this post but just like a worm that loses it’s tail and grows a new one, I will be back with another post. First though I’d like to repeat my thanks to all of my viewers and followers, your support is much appreciated. I hope you can join me again for more new designs very soon. Till next time.

Dune, Arrakis and all names, images and related material is Trademark/©Copyright of the Dino DeLaurentis Company (Dino DeLaurentis). Dune was written by Frank Herbert.

Fade Lightsaber – A Saber for the Harkonnen hope

Hello Everybody,  After yesterday’s quick paced design we slow things down and return to the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. I mentioned in the post Fremen Leader Lightsaber, that the galaxy was ruled by an Emperor and had two warring noble houses. Both of these noble families had young heirs, Paul of House Atreides and Feyd Rautha Harkonnen of House Harkonnen. These two men were the product of a secretive Sisterhood called the Bene Gesserit who used genetic selection and engineering to produce a “superbeing” to help them attain power over the Galaxy. The plan was for a Sister called Jessica to bear a son to Feyd Harkonnen, but Jessica was the concubine of Duke Leto Atreides and she gave birth to a son by the Duke. This child was Paul Atreides and by a twist of fate Paul turned out to be the “superbeing ” called the Kwisatz Haderach. Paul when of age decided on a path of action to end the war but that would bring him into conflict with Feyd. Well, as battle is about to commence I had best present my saber design for Feyd, this is FADE…

This is the weapon for the favoured nephew of the House of Harkonnen, Feyd. This time I will begin my description with the pommel. The pommel(and body) is the same architectural looking part I used on Fremen Leader to signify that Feyd and Paul come from the same genetic conditioning of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood. The body however, this time represents the leather combat suits that Feyd and the Harkonnen soldiers wear. To reinforce this likeness the switch section has silver accents which resemble the buckles and adornments on those suits. The emitter gives off a much more nasty and aggressive look with the three claws, reflecting the Harkonnen Army. The blade is a blood orange and is almost the exact same shade as Feyd’s distinctive spiked hairstyle. Here is a picture of Feyd so you can see what I mean (You may recognise the actor as a certain singing superstar called Sting!)

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I don’t want to use this! Give me a For Tyeth Edition saber!

It seems my designs are much sought after! I think I have captured Feyd’s character with this hilt. As always if you want to know the outcome of his pivotal battle with Paul Atreides then you will have to watch the movie, no spoilers here! The story of Dune continues as do I! I am always working on new designs and I would be honoured if you would return to see what I have to show in upcoming posts.

As you can probably tell I am drawing near to the end of this post, but I’d like to say thank you for looking in today, and if you’re a regular follower thank you for the continued support! That’s all for today…Till next time.

Dune was written and created by Frank Herbert. All names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Dino DeLaurentis Company (Dino DeLaurentis).

Fremen Leader Lightsaber – Inspired by a Frank Herbert Classic

Hello Everybody, today we visit a desert planet that is part of a galaxy ruled by an Emperor, has giant worm-like creatures with big teeth. It even has a band of rebellious fighters, a strange mystical and magic religious order and a prophesied “Chosen One” to restore peace(?) to the galaxy. Sound familiar? Yes it is the Sci-Fi classic we all love….DUNE! What?…Wait a minute Tyeth you were describing Star Wars weren’t you? Er…No I am describing Frank Herbert’s classic story of Dune and the planet called Arrakis, the noble houses of Atreides and Harkonnen, the drug called “Spice” and the man singled out to restore peace…Paul Atreides…Usul….Paul Maud’Dib!

Paul Atreides became the leader of the rebel desert fighters called the Fremen and used his knowledge and skills to train them to become a formidable army. This army he would use to end the war between the two noble families of Atreides and Harkonnen. The war was fuelled by the desire to control the drug Spice which gave it’s users abilities to navigate vast areas of space and he who controls the Spice controls the Galaxy. So Paul Atreides became the Fremen Leader and this is my design for him…Fremen Leader….

This a saber for the leader of desert fighters. It is simple and rugged to withstand the rigours of the planet nicknamed Dune. The blade is a similar colour as the sun, sand and storms that makes the planet special. The emitter and switch section work together to create a wonderful choke point (grip section) for holding the saber, enabling smooth spinning and secure grip. The body has another section that is ribbed and this represents the famous Fremen moisture suits that they wear. The suits trap the waste moisture exhaled and released from the body and recycles it to give the wearer a clean source of water to drink helping them to survive the desert! The pommel looks architectural, like the base of a pillar. Paul Atreides’ secret Fremen name is Usul which means “base of the pillar”!

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Paul Atreides…Usul…Paul Maud’Dib….Fremen Leader!

That was Fremen Leader. Now the film based on the book was over 7 hours long originally so I couldn’t possibly cover all the events in this short post, however there is always a character in opposition to the “Hero” in these stories, and we will meet him and his saber in an upcoming post. Oh and the book was published in 1965, TWELVE years before Star Wars!

I am drawing close to the end of this post but as mentioned the story of Dune is EPIC so I will be returning to it. I sincerely hope you will all return to see these posts which have brand new designs. I want to say thank to you all for visiting today, including the recent viewers from as far away as Trinidad and Tobago and Spain! Till next time.

Dune, Arrakis, Paul Atreides/Maud’Dib and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Dino De Laurentis Company (De Laurentis). Dune the novel was written by Frank Herbert.

Impossible Lightsaber – Clara Oswald’s Companion

Hello Everybody, before I start this post I will just say it may get confusing, as I will be talking about the future, past and present all at the same time! This saber is for a very special young lady who became the companion of the 11th Doctor in BBC TV”s Doctor Who. The young lady is Clara “Oswin” Oswald, and she first appeared in the episode “Asylum of the Daleks”, where she was the sole survivor of the ship Alaska which crashed onto a prison colony for insane Daleks. However the Doctor discovers that she has been turned into a Dalek and is living in her own little reality to maintain her sanity. Later in the season Clara re-appears as a Victorian barmaid and Governess. The Doctor seems to recognise her but only learns of her true identity when he sees her tombstone and the name Clara Oswald inscribed on it. Clara later appears a THIRD time in present day London England. But that is IMPOSSIBLE! Which segways nicely to my design, Clara was nicknamed the “Impossible Girl” so my design is called, Impossible…

This saber has a few elements inspired by the “Impossible Girl”, the first being the blade. As you can see it  is pink and in later adventures Clara develops romantic feelings for a fellow school teacher called Danny Pink. The blade projects from an emitter which has three windows representing the first three incarnations of Clara we get to see and her trilogy…Past, Present and Future. It transpires that Clara is just an ordinary human, but in one adventure has to save the Doctor by sacrificing herself by throwing herself into a “Time Vortex”. As a result multiple versions of Clara appear throughout the Doctor’s history…explaining why she has existed in so many realities and timelines. The saber is dressed in a beautiful powder coat colour that resembles one of Clara’s now iconic outfits.

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I think the colour matches quite nicely! (source BBC TV)

Clara has a few more adventures but eventually faces a fate she cannot escape, or so it seems. In a final attempt to save her, the Doctor uses Time Lord technology to extract her from the last moments of her life so the two of them can “run away in limbo” and cheat death. Things don’t work out so the Doctor attempts to wipe Clara’s memories of him and allow her to die “normally”. In one final(?) twist Clara tampers with the device so it wipes the Doctor’s memories of her! Stealing another TARDIS, Clara and her own companion disappear into Time and Space.

I said it was a complicated story and this version is edited! Sadly as Clara came to the end of her time, so too have I and I will have to end this post. I have enjoyed meeting up with my friend Clara again and I hope you liked the design. I will return with more new designs and I invite you to call back and see what I have coming up. Oh, here’s a final picture from when I met Clara…see she knows who I am!

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That’s it for now, Till next time.

Clara “Oswin” Oswald, Doctor Who, TARDIS and all other related names, images and material are Trademark/©Copyright of BBC TV.

NCC 1701-L Lightsaber – A Highly Engineered Saber

Hello Everybody,

“Space….the final frontier… These are the voyages of the Starship…Enterprise” The famous words that launched the five year mission to discover strange new worlds and new civilisations. It was back in 1965 that Star Trek was produced but the original Pilot Episode, “The Cage” wasn’t seen in it’s entirety until 1988. And the crew of the legendary Enterprise was slightly different from that which most people would remember. The Enterprise was captained by Captain Christopher Pike, Mr Spock wasn’t the First Officer/Science Officer (that was actually an actress named Majel Barrett who later became the voice of the ship’s computer on the various Enterprise versions!) and there was no sign of Captain Kirk! One thing that didn’t change too much was of course the ship itself and as a youngling I had a replica die-cast model which fired Photon Torpedoes, so I decided to design a hilt in tribute to the fantastic Enterprise, this is NCC 1701-L…

As you can see I tried to design this saber to represent a certain part of the Enterprise! Hopefully it is recognisable as one of the Enterprise’s engine nacelles. In the show Enterprise didn’t have exhaust plumes but I took a little artistic license to use the blade as such so I could make the pommel represent the rotating domes found on the front of the engines. The switch has two powder coated black ridges to look like the ridges found near the exhaust ports. When the electronics are installed the saber would have an illuminated activation switch, perfect to represent the Navigation/Running Lights! The body section has two grooves which I again powder coated in red. As mentioned the FTE Pommel stands in for the rotating and lit domes found at the front of the engine pods (these were added part way through the series as were lights in the windows of the ship.)

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Can you spot the saber?

This fabulous ship was designed by Matt Jefferies and in the show was lovingly cared for and patched up by the late great James “Scotty” Doohan – “She canna take no more Cap’n…She’s lit up like a Christmas Tree already!” Hopefully Mr Scott and Mr Jefferies would approve my saber and light it up now and again!

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“Scotty”, Mr Spock, Captain Kirk, Dr “Bones” McCoy, Lt Uhura and Pavel Chekov (source startrek.com)

I am approaching my own final frontier, the end of this post! But first I would like to thank you all for looking in today on my latest design, I hope you enjoyed it. Your support for me and FTSabersite is much appreciated. I now need to continue my mission to create some more designs but please call back to see what I come up with. Till next time.

Star Trek, Starship Enterprise and all names, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Paramount Network Television. Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry, produced by Desilu Productions and Paramount Television.

B’Elanna Lightsaber – Klingon Kyber Weapon

Hello Everybody, I am back to speaking English today but we still have a Klingon theme running through this post. I have the Special Edition version of my Grethor Lightsaber posted yesterday and it was actually the first version I built. The reason was I had just scrolled through the channels of my satellite entertainment system and happened upon an episode of Star Trek Voyager. In that series about a Federation Starship that is attacked by an alien superpower and left stranded in another quadrant of the galaxy is a character who struggled with her heritage as part Human and part Klingon. That character is of course B’Elanna Torres, who was born in 2346 on the Federation colony Kessik IV. She enrolled at Starfleet academy but dropped out and by a stroke of fate both the Federation ship Voyager and Torres’ vessel were attacked and stranded by “The Caretaker”. Both ships and crews suffered losses and the two sets of survivors continued in Voyager. During many episodes B’Elanna struggled with her Klingon heritage but finally came to an acceptance. I hope she would accept this saber as a tribute, this is B’Elanna…

I am going to be a little indulgent here and say I think this design is really quite pretty. I am really pleased how it turned out, but it had a very strong influence I based it on. The saber has the Klingon/Sith red blade surrounded by the Triple Claw emitter with a beautiful powder coat red. The saber being silver and black helps set off the powder coat but also completes the colours found in the Klingon emblem and logos. The switch is also powder coated to help draw the eye down to the main inspiration that triggered my design, The body has a set of parallel grooves that most other people who use this piece line up 90 degress from where I set them. I noticed that if I lined up the grooves as shown they looked just like the Cranial Ridges that feature on B’Elanna’s forehead. And as a final nod to her heritage the pommel has two segments or ridges which I powder coated and these reflect that B’Elanna is one part Human and one part Klingon!

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B’Elanna Torres with her Cranial Ridges

So that was B’Elanna, and I hope she would be proud to carry it. One of the most memorable episodes featured B’Elanna journeying to the Klingon underworld named….Grethor! Here she had to confront her past and future along with the presence of her dead mother. It gave B’Elanna a great depth to the character we know and was a fantastic performance from Roxann Dawson, the talented actress who portrays her.

It is that time again where I have to bring proceedings to a close but I’d like to say thank you so much for your visit today and support of FTSabersite. I hope to have a few more visitors soon as I have created a little video I plan on showing on YouTube soon to attract people’s attention! So I will have to end here and put the finishing touches to that video and work on new hilts…always busy! Till next time.

Star Trek Voyager, B’Elanna Torres and all names, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Paramount Network Television. Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry, produced by Desilu Productions and Paramount Television.