Company’s ‘LaserSaber’ looks just like ‘Star Wars’ Jedi weapon

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, May 4, 2012 15:34 EDT
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A man wields a "LaserSabre." Screenshot via YouTube.
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George Lucas might be about to sue somebody.

A company called Wicked Lasers, which produces some of the most powerful consumer-level lasers available, began selling on Friday a special attachment for one of their latest creations that turns it into a “LaserSabre,” which looks suspiciously like the favorite weapon of Jedi knights in the “Star Wars” films.

The company already attracted the legal hackles of Lucasfilm in 2010 with its Spyder III Arctic laser, which already looked suspiciously like a lightsaber.

But since Lucasfilm didn’t pursue its order to cease and desist, now there’s this: an actual lightsaber, which the creators promise will let users harness “the power of the force.”

In a video published to YouTube on Thursday, two actors dressed as Jedi pretend to fight with their LaserSabres as a narrator warns, “these are not toys.”

“High powered laser devices could have devastating consequences if used improperly,” the video explains. “These are professional stuntmen. Do not participate in any form of fencing or swordplay, as it will cause serious damage to people, pets or property.”

That’s probably good advice — and while it does make this invention somewhat less cool, it still looks pretty darn neat.

This video was published to YouTube on May 3, 2012.

Photo: A man wields a “LaserSabre.” Screenshot via YouTube.

(H/T: Wired)

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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