It’s a childhood dream come true.
Disney has somehow managed to create a realistic lightsaber that can extend and retract at the press of a button.
But don’t get too excited – there’s a chance it may never hit shelves.
They’ve been tight-lipped, but in an investor call a few months back Disney let loose their plans to create the dream.
Since then blueprints have been unveiled, and some have even gone to great lengths to create 3D renders of how it would work.
But we don’t need to wait any longer.
In a teaser video published earlier this week, Disney Parks shared a 13-second video that shows the prototype lightsaber in action.
Before you get your wallet out, only guests who stay at Disney’s upcoming Star Wars resort in Florida will be the first to see it in action.
The upcoming, “all-immersive” Star Wars resort, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, is still under construction and we’re yet to see any physical interior of the ship. But we know it’s going to be packed with activities for people of all ages.
Galactic Starcruiser will offer a two-night stay “aboard” a Star Wars spaceship which sends you at lightspeed (virtually) into space.
And while it may seem that they’re essentially locking you in a big simulation building for two days, that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting.
In a blog, Disney Parks says guests will have the opportunity to train in the ways of the lightsaber.
“Watching that lightsaber activate right before your eyes will be just one of the countless ways that, from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story,” the post read.
And while we haven’t seen the new lightsaber retract just yet, we presume this is coming when Disney is ready to unveil their multi-million-dollar attraction.
The lightsaber has been created by Walt Disney’s Imagineering Research and Development team at Disney Parks.
It’s true, we have other types of toy lightsabers available to buy. But this is the first of its kind. No plastic insertable blades, no violent flick of the wrist, no push down spring release.
There’s no price point, we don’t know how big it is and we don’t actually know how readily available it’ll be (or if it’ll even be available for sale) – but this doesn’t mean every Star Wars fan in the galaxy isn’t excited.
But how does the lightsaber work exactly?
The concept has been compared to placing two builder’s measuring tapes together, the tapes slightly wrap around each other, with another retractable spool of LEDs in the centre.
The patent reads, “The device includes two long plastic semi-cylinders, and these two blade body members are rolled perpendicular to their length, which creates compact cylinders of material of small volume that can be provided on a pair of spools in a hilt.
“To extend the blade, a motor provided in the hilt unrolls the blade body members from the spools.”
The below 3D render by Ben Ridout illustrates the lightsaber’s function in layman’s terms.
It’s not clear if we’ll see anything else regarding the lightsaber any time soon.
We’ll just have to wait for it to be unveiled at Walt Disney World next year.