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My new toy...

...is a shiny, shiny toy.



I recorded this the day before Free Comic Book Day, for which I dressed as Rey, carried the lightsaber on my belt, and had a marvelous time letting children turn it on. :-)

Later in the day, at a monthly geeky gathering, I turned it on and it... said something not-quite-intelligible and shut itself off. We were all like "WAIT DID IT SAY SOMETHING WHAT DID IT SAY WHY IS IT HAUNTED??" brainiacfive said "Did it say 'I'm an idiot'??"

So then I turned it on again, and it did it again, only this time I managed to discern that the really quite eerie whispering voice was saying "Obsidian," which is the brand of the sound card. I hadn't bothered changing the batteries it shipped with, and apparently that's the low-battery signal.

This brought to me to the following conclusions:

  1. It's Anakin's, so if it isn't haunted it probably should be; and

  2. Being Anakin's, if it had said "I'm an idiot," that would be entirely appropriate.

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eve11
May. 13th, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)

lol at your haunted lightsabre!
wiliqueen
May. 13th, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
I forgot to add that the exact same thing had happened to Jessica Chobot on Nerdist News a couple days before. The segment ended with her looking stricken, holding the saber up to her ear, and going "Did I break it??"
studiesinlight
May. 13th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
>"...that would be entirely appropriate.< /em>"

~laughing and laughing and laughing~
wiliqueen
May. 13th, 2016 01:08 pm (UTC)
Most tragic flaws do seem to boil down to that sooner or later. His in particular... :-)

Edited at 2016-05-13 07:42 pm (UTC)
bktheirregular
May. 13th, 2016 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, it's the Legacy Saber, so it kind of makes sense that it comes with a shed-load of baggage, right? :)
wiliqueen
May. 13th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
Indeed. And Anakin's baggage is... special. :-)
evil_overlord
May. 13th, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
Niiiice.....

I came across this site....oh a few weeks ago, I think? It's been fairly recently, and I'm like "I REALLY REALLY want one!!" My sadness is that I'm probably going to go with a saber staff [because let's face it, Darth Maul made those things look SO TOTALLY COOL!!], and most of the hilts for those are kind of plain. [no, my SW:TOR Sith Warrior totally doesn't have the rapier-styled lightsaber hilt.....*shifty eyes*]

I understand why they're so expensive....while I'd love to have one I don't see it happening for awhile. *heavy sigh*

And OooooOoooo....haunted saber!!!!
wiliqueen
May. 13th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
I dearly, dearly want Rey's own saber, when she builds it, to be a staff. :-) I hadn't looked at the double-bladed styles at UltraSabers -- I wonder if there are engineering reasons they don't have the strong design variations they have in the single-blade ones? I mean, the most distinctive of the latter are based on canon designs, but there's certainly nothing plain about Maul's staff.

As much as I'm a rapier person, I have trouble imagining using a lightsaber with a knuckle guard. Seems like it would make it hard to switch between one- and two-handed use, and the two-handed kendo-derived techniques are too integral to SW in my head. But I never played Knights of the Old Republic, and don't know what that options looked like. I may be imagining it entirely wrong.

I've been putting it off for a long, long time. :-)
evil_overlord
May. 14th, 2016 05:26 am (UTC)
XD Okay, maybe sort of rapier-like. It's the Descendant's Heirloom Saber, got lucky and found a pic here [gotta page down a little bit], the "guard" actually curves up towards the lightsaber blade as opposed to down over the hand. There *are* styles in TOR that have what I guess is *supposed* to be a guard that runs down the pommel, but it looks way too awkward and dumb to me so I really avoid those [my Sith Warrior also has *GASP* pants...so does my Jedi Knight...I think it's beyond impractical to jump and fight in what essentially looks like a skirt, which more often than not the robes look like :P].

Rey *so* needs a saber staff!! Just because she fought so well with her staff, I don't think she'd do quite so well with a regular saber. ^_^

XD Now I'm probably going to have to go pull up 'Phantom Menace' just to see Maul's staff, I can't recall what it looks like right now. So far as Ultrasabers go....*shrugs* Maybe it's a structural thing? Not sure why that would be though, because you can also break the staff down into two sabers if you want.
wiliqueen
May. 14th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
Descendant's Heirloom Saber, got lucky and found a pic

Okay, that looks cool.

If you click on "Build Your Own Lightsaber," they do have couplers that seem to be pretty universal, so you could combine two of the hilts that are sold as single blade sabers into something fancier. So I think the reason is just that there are too many possible combinations, and they decided to to go with the more streamlined ones for the prepackaged double blade models.

It's interesting -- the first part of Rey's fight with Kylo, she's very clearly operating like a staff fighter adapting to a new weapon one move at a time. After she connects with the Force on the cliff edge, her technique shifts radically, and there are several sections where the choreography is almost identical to Luke driving Vader back in the throne room. So I'm pretty sure she can and will learn to handle a single saber just fine. My ideal would actually be to see her use a convertible one à la Ventress, so she can switch between staff, single weapon, and double weapon styles.
evil_overlord
May. 15th, 2016 07:03 am (UTC)
OooooOoooo...I *so* did not notice the whole coupler option...bet you're right and they just picked the streamline ones for the prepackaged staffs....

oh, yeah, seeing Rey use *all* the fighting styles would be SO TOTALLY COOL!!! Would love to see them use the double weapon style live-action [although I'd feel sorry for the actor that had to do it...XD]

A convertible saber....now *that* would be cool to see....
maiac
May. 15th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
Talking light saber! Good grief, don't give Disney any (more) ideas!

...So now, you're not a Babe with a Broadsword, you're a Lady with a Lightsaber.
wiliqueen
May. 15th, 2016 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, my broadsword isn't going anywhere. But the lightsaber will definitely see more use for the foreseeable future. :-)
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