Ever since Star Wars first came to life in 1977, kids (and let’s be honest, plenty of adults too) all over the world have pretended to wield their very own real lightsabers. Even if there isn’t a replica nearby, there’s always a spare stick or wrapping paper tube to fill the void. When rumors of a possible real lightsaber began circulating, our dreams became that much closer to reality. But maybe not as close – or as soon – as you might have hoped.
Earlier this year, Disney revealed what appeared to be a real lightsaber that works in the real world as it does in the movies. It actually turns on, just like we’ve seen a thousand times on-screen.
Unfortunately, Disney recently clarified that while the product will feature in the forthcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience, it likely won’t ever be for sale to the public no matter how much you’re willing to pay. You can’t even touch it.
GameSpot reported, “[creative executive and Imagineer Scott Trowbridge] confirmed in a group interview that guests will never actually use that lightsaber, but that it will be part of the Galactic Starcruiser experience.”
So basically, look don’t touch. Unless you’re the presumed lucky cast member who gets to be the one exception.
If you’re disappointed by this news, you’re not alone. But just because you can’t touch the real lightsaber on the starcruiser (please don’t try) doesn’t mean you’re totally out of luck. Lightsaber training is available as part of the experience, though with much less cool (and expensive) sabers for the masses.
And you can still pretend you’re holding the real thing by making your own at Galaxy’s Edge, even without the Galactic Starcruiser to train you to use it properly.
Perhaps someday, this kind of lightsaber will become less of a prop and more of a mainstream collector’s item. Fingers crossed.
Do you have plans to build a lightsaber at a Disney Park someday?