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Star Wars Lightsabers Were Originally Made from Camera Parts

Did you know that the original Star Wars lightsaber was made using antique camera parts?

For A New Hope, the original film prop hilts were constructed by John Stears from old press camera flash battery packs and other pieces of hardware. [#] The 3-cell Graflex flashgun was modified and used as the prop for Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. A black grip was added and the circular bulb housing was obviously removed, but little else was changed to create the lightsaber prop. [#]

Do a search on eBay and you’ll find plenty of people selling these flash units as “lightsabers”.

The Graflex (via Reddit)


 
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  • http://twitter.com/lawrencejorgers Lawrence Jorge RS

    Very nice post! The price of this flash battery pack will sky rocket!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729875469 Warren M. Sable

    It’s a complete blasphemy that people destroy history to make something they can readily buy a reproduction of. It’s like tearing down a grand cathedral and using the stones to pave your driveway.

  • Darth Plecostomus

    Well we can’t go fight the Empire with our D¡¢*s in our hands now can we?