After Hours

Cracking Open Master Replicas' Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber

Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber -- box

By John Lee

Does Jar Jar Binks always invite himself over to your house to watch Top Chef? Do Ewoks keep rummaging through your trash? Darth Vader's Lightsaber from Master Replicas might be able to help out with these issues.

But what exactly is inside this elegant weapon of a more civilized age? Let's see how Master Replicas' craftsmen were able to reverse-engineer this piece of Jedi technology.

Many collectors of sci-fi toys and memorabilia often value an item's packaging as much as the goodies it contains. No one will find it easy to throw out this handsome box anytime soon.

40 comments
deb-josh
deb-josh

Hi I have a 2007 mace wandu light saber and it is very quiet doe anyone know how I can get another battery speaker part please

irusnak
irusnak

I am not a techie or a star wars junkie, but my daughter has this Master Replicas Darth Vader light saber and has lost the battery cover. I have searched every where for a replacement cover with no luck. Master Replicas web site does not work/does not exist. I thought maybe one of your group could help me. This is probably the wrong place for this question but I figured I'd give it a try, as no one else has been able to help me. Thanks.

pccafaro
pccafaro

Excelente desarme de el lightsaber, vere si puedo imitarlo y hacerme uno a mano gracias por todos los datos desde Argentina. Thanks Pablo

jawjls2007
jawjls2007

I am finding this very funny! He took it apart to see how it works and now it doesn't anymore?! Reminds me of my dad taking cars apart for a tick in the engine, except he always finds the problem.

jasonstanleync
jasonstanleync

They should be taken apart. Then converted to a Luxeon 3 LED. Much brighter and with an Ultrasabers blade, you can duel with it without breaking it :)

rosselkins
rosselkins

Stop making this crap :-) I want the real thing, or something close to it along with a small two seat rocketship. Doesn't anyone make one wit a real laser in it and close to movie like looks that could cut through paper bags or balloons.

MinJRB
MinJRB

I think the editor is a chicken and should not be allowed anywhere near Star Wars items. It's only for the brave and true! Hacksaw that puppy and show us what others have already imitated!

PrinceGaz
PrinceGaz

Why does it comes in such a long box? Surely it would make more sense for it to come in a box only long enough to contain the hilt, in order to save on packaging and transport costs (with the packaging materials ensuring it cannot be accidently activated by knocks during transit).

kinohead
kinohead

I wonder if the Founders of Graflex Cameras are looking down in disbelief because some geeks pay big bucks for a replica of a Speed Graphic flash handle with a low voltage LED array sticking out of the (formerly) flash socket? I wonder if the guy in the boot sale in England who sold the original speed graphic handles to the kit bashers at ILM has any idea what he started?

satpats
satpats

Ummm.. what was the point of dismantling it? Now to take two of these and make a Darth Maul twin saber- that would be fun! I actually have this saber and always cheers me up to light it and wave it around.

keyboards
keyboards

Yup, about as interesting as watching paint dry. So you pulled apart another toy...how special of you! I especially liked the picture #16 of the sound effects...that's a real keeper, that one is. Instead of wasting time and money on this kind of drivel, why not volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. They could use the money and muscle and you'd actually be doing something useful for society and mankind, instead of lining the coffers of a bunch of useless toy mongers.

davidjhs
davidjhs

METHINKS YOU WASTED A PHOTOGRAPHER'S EXPENSIVE TIME ON THIS - IT'S A TOY, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

If you are desperate enough to own a Lightsaber, wanting to lose yourself in all the sci-fi mystique, sitting in a darkened room watching it glow, - surely you're gonna wonder WHY the Lightsaber can't cut through that cheesy little bit of wire!!! It should be mounted in some form of heavily-weighted base so that it 'points to the stars'.

govzgeek
govzgeek

All that trouble breaking it down? You should've hired the Chinese twelve-year-old who assembled it or, if the H1B Visa is a problem, track down a crystal-meth addict -they're REAL good at taking things apart -for some reason (saw it on HBO). All in all, it was an interesting article. Thanks for the 'close-up'!

edhertzog
edhertzog

can we get some context here? what's the point?

vgogle
vgogle

My son wants one!

navtec
navtec

Dear John, I'm just cracking up over your adventure disassembling DV's light sabre! I concur with Angel Scanio's capital idea for using a Dremel tool! Just one suggestion, next time bring in a well seasoned field engineer or bench tech to guide/offer suggestions. BTW, it doesn't look that bad to me; sent parts in a box and I'd be glad to take a crack at the power switch even though you really cut the wires too short on the switch end. I can't help myself, I love a challenge ;-) Jeez, I still can't believe you tore that thing apart! Nice job dude! Go for the gusto once in a while, surprise yourself! Thanks, NavTec

angelascanio
angelascanio

John, thanks for donating your lightsaber replica for this cracking. As a tip, you could go more deep into the electronic circuits of the saber by carefully using a dremel tool with a cutting blade in order to gracefully open the containers of the elecronic boards )Image 36). Then, you could use a superglue to join them back without damaging the toy.

ascott
ascott

of a picture showing sound effects

jaymajor
jaymajor

This is very cool....I am slightly suprised at the simplicity of the mehanics in there. And who knew Scotch tape was such an integral part of Jedi weaponry? Too bad you didn't open up the blade....I'd sure be interested in seeing the LED structure in there.

Johrp13
Johrp13

I was really interested in seeing the insides of the famous "Lightsaber". I'm one who loves to see what makes something work like it does. You were doing so good, then you stop...leaving us hanging like the end of "The Empire Strikes Back". You need to complete the journey...use the Force and open that saber up for all of us to see!

evilkillerwhale
evilkillerwhale

Because in something stomach dying of HCl is the proper location for scum bags like you.

dean
dean

Yeah...a real waste of time and money. Right. How foolish of them. How frivolous...Actually some of us work in the human services sector among the homeless, hungry and much much worse...and find this little diversion funny... I wonder more about folks who seem to have absolutely no sense of humor...

SaintGeorge
SaintGeorge

By the way, it must be a really great shelter, the one you are working at, to have a PC and an Internet connection that allows you to browse through these articles...

SaintGeorge
SaintGeorge

So you thought they were going to open an ACTUAL light saber?? You must feel really decieved! I think you should intiate a class action against these people.

kreeks50
kreeks50

David JHS, You must be joking? A toy? Never! I can feel it in my water that it is something much more sinister than a toy. I felt the presence of the Dark Lord in each of the photographs. Take care David JHS; he who must not be named does not take lightly to being belittled. I notice that JHS, if written as the Romans would have is IHS, this is an initial with great power. Are you perhaps the Son of David?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

Oh, wait, you were thinking about borrowing her nail file, weren't you. :p

The DOBC
The DOBC

My sons father wants one ! ;-P

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

A Dremel tool or hot knife would work without damaging the "light" housing too much. If it is designed to be lightly struck to set off light and sound effects, a little heat or cutting shouldn't go through the entire casing. I know how much the replica sabers cost, so I appreciate the sacrifice. Thing is, if you are going to make such a sacrifice, why stop where you did? You were doing great! I'd be interested in seeing a "part 2" to this story. This was definitely one toy that I wanted to know how it ticked. Keep up the good work and bust one open for me! ;)

paislam
paislam

maybe they are trying out the new audible style sheets?

jbenfield
jbenfield

Quiet you must be. To possibilities you must be open. Then sound effects you will hear. :) (I think the point was showing the sound effects circuitry, not the sound effects themselves. After all, what would be the point?)

steve v
steve v

I find your lack of interest disturbing. /force choke

markinct
markinct

...if the price is right, and I can keep my son the h*ll away from it...

freaknout
freaknout

What the heck, we need to see how the staged lighting worked!!! You could have done this with one of the cheapo ones from Toys R Us if thats all your going to show. You must search your feelings Luke!!! You know its true!!!!!!!!

j3hess
j3hess

Who is this bloody amateur? If you're going to open it up, I expect you would investigate the circuitry - which probably means someone who is geeky enough to have soldering skills, at least. What are the chips? Does it generate sound and light effects with a micro controller or analog sound generators? How does it sense motion and contact? When I take something apart, I don't expect applause everytime I remove a screw and capture the moment in a photo. This is presentation is strictly for geek wannabees.