Wondering if a Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber would make a fine addition to your collection? There are several ways to bring home a lightsaber from the Disney Parks’ world of Batuu.
Today, we’ll walk you through them all, including a tour of one of the most secretive, exclusive, and sought-after experiences in all Disneydom: Savi’s Workshop.
What Are the Galaxy’s Edge Lightsaber Options?
If you are heading to Galaxy’s Edge and hoping to return home with a shiny, whooshy new lightsaber, rest assured: you have options. There are several ways to bring home a souvenir lightsaber, suiting a variety of interests and price points.
The most economical, portable, and TSA-compliant way to bring home a lightsaber from your trip to Galaxy’s Edge is the mini lightsaber. These little guys are available at retail locations around Galaxy’s Edge and many other gift shops throughout the Disney Parks. They measure about six inches in length and come with a keychain for epic duels on the go.
There are a few options for a mini lightsaber, each one representing that of a main character from the series, such as Luke Skywalker, Yoda, or Darth Vader. If one of the full-size replicas does not fit your budget (or your luggage), there is still much delight and nostalgia to be had with these mini sabers.
Classic Toy Saber
Like the keychain-sized variant, these lightsabers blend fun and nostalgia with a bit more wallet-friendliness. If you ever owned a toy lightsaber growing up, you are likely familiar with these. Imitating the weapons of series mainstays such as Kylo Ren, these are available at various locations around Galaxy’s Edge and the Disney Parks in general. These are an excellent option for kids (and inner kids) who aren’t as interested in the high-fidelity replicas and just want to put on Duel of the Fates and practice their sweet moves.
Savi’s Workshop Lightsaber
The lightsaber you are most likely wondering about, and the main topic of our discussion today, is the Savi’s Workshop lightsaber. If you, or anyone you know, has ever waxed envious about a Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber or decried that you want one “soooo bad,” you were most likely envisioning the products of Savi’s Workshop.
These lightsabers are arguably the most authentic, immersive, and high-quality replicas ever to become available to a broad Star Wars audience. It is no fluke that many park goers cite their visit to Savi’s Workshop among the highlights of their entire Disney experience. Up ahead, we’ll cover everything you need to know about these fantastic collectible items, what to expect, and how to get your hands on your own.
Before we move on, there is one last option for a Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber worth mentioning: a legacy lightsaber from Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. These sabers are similar in style, quality, feel, and price point to a Savi’s Workshop lightsaber.
At Savi’s Workshop, each guest designs and builds a custom saber. In contrast, the legacy lightsabers from Dok Ondar’s are pre-built replicas of the lightsabers owned by series-favorite characters. These hilts are interchangeable with the blades from Savi’s, and vice versa.
Some legacy lightsabers from Dok Ondar’s are highly recognizable, such as those of Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. But they also sell a variety of deeper cuts (cauterized ones, of course), such as the hilts owned by Cal Kestis, Luminara Unduli, and Asajj Ventress. Dok Ondar’s is also the only place where you can buy the new and highly coveted Galaxy’s Edge Darksaber.
What Makes a Galaxy’s Edge Lightsaber Special?
It is hard to oversell the delights of owning a Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber. Both the legacy lightsabers from Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and the custom hilts from Savi’s Workshop are among the most lore-friendly, detailed, and high-quality lightsabers available anywhere.
The metals and other materials that go into every hilt are weighty, solid, and built to exquisite detail. The blades cast an enchanting glow which activates progressively, giving the effect of the lightsaber “extending” when activated. Everything down to the smallest detail, including the kyber crystals, sound effects, and activation switches, is lore-friendly and immersive.
Simply put, these things do everything short of deflecting blaster bolts.
On top of the technical details and fine craftsmanship, every Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber is a sentimental souvenir, a memory of your already-unforgettable foray into the bustling hub of Batuu.
Savi’s Workshop: What to Know Before You Go
A visit to Savi’s Workshop during your trip to Galaxy’s edge can be an engaging, unique, and extraordinarily memorable experience. To best prepare, there are a few things you should know in advance of your visit.
It’s Both a Show and a Shop
The first thing to know about Savi’s Workshop is that it is no ordinary gift shop or custom teddy bear store. Instead, in true Disney Parks fashion, it is a highly immersive experience that blends Star Wars lore and an interactive performance into your custom lightsaber-building adventure.
Savi, his eponymous workshop, and the Gatherers (who help Savi run his workshop) fit into a corner of the Star Wars canon designed explicitly around this unique attraction.
For 20-30 minutes, you will not be a theme park guest buying a souvenir or trying to escape the Orlando or Anaheim sun. Instead, you will be a force-sensitive visitor to a hidden Gatherer enclave on Batuu, working with Savi’s guidance to build your first lightsaber, free from the watchful eye of the First Order.
You’re Not Getting in Without Credentials
Being that Savi’s Workshop is a semi-scripted experience, and a highly popular one at that, it is not an attraction where you can come and go at will. Before your visit, you will need to make a reservation and receive credentials to enter the workshop from one of the Gatherers.
While same-day appointments may be available, you likely don’t want to rely on walk-up registration. This is a Disney Parks experience, after all. Therefore, if Savi’s Workshop is a high priority on your Galaxy’s Edge trip, it is best to make your reservation online well in advance.
It is also worth noting that one reservation and set of credentials admits exactly one guest. So your friends and family will not be allowed to come in and watch your Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber dream come true unless they, too, are embarking on their journey with the force.
It’s Not Easy to Find
Both the Florida and California instances of Galaxy’s Edge take the clandestine nature of Savi’s Workshop to an immersive degree. Remember, this workshop needs to remain hidden from the First Order, and to that end, Savi has cleverly disguised it as a nondescript salvage store.
You will not see a giant neon sign pointing you to “Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop,” nor will you be able to peer through a window at park-goers building custom lightsabers. Discreetly tucked between Droid Depot and Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, the only way into Savi’s Workshop is to find and speak to the Gatherers outside and get your credentials.
How Much Does a Savi’s Workshop Lightsaber Cost?
Prices may vary between parks and times of the year, but expect to pay at least $200 for your Savi’s Workshop lightsaber. Remember that what you’re buying here is both an extremely high-fidelity, high-quality collectible item and a ticket to an exclusive, immersive, and hands-on performance.
Galaxy’s Edge Lightsaber Parts
Now it’s time for the part you came here for and probably scrolled straight down to: the unique components that go into a custom Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber. Let’s break it down.
Choosing a Theme
Before you enter Savi’s Workshop, the Gatherers will instruct you to choose a theme. This theme determines which build components you will later have available to choose from. There are four theme options:
Peace and Justice: These components are all-metal and reflect the style of republic-era Jedi knights. Think prequel Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Elemental Nature: Emphasizing a connection to the natural world through the force, the components of this theme infuse natural elements such as bantha leather and brylark wood.
Power and Control: As you may have guessed from the name, this is the most Sith-influenced theme, including dark metal elements reminiscent of the Sith homeworld.
Protection and Defense: This theme, which embodies the mysteries of the force, creates an image of ancient treasure with some of its brassy, gilded-looking components.
Based on the theme you select, you will receive a mix of components inside the workshop to start building a lightsaber hilt that is uniquely you.
Upon entering Savi’s Workshop, the first decision you will face is a big one: your kyber crystal. A kyber crystal, the beating heart of a lightsaber, determines what color its blade will be. Within Savi’s Workshop, you can choose between a blue, green, purple, or red kyber crystal.
Other colors of kyber crystals are available outside Savi’s Workshop, so if you were looking for something a little more provocative like white, yellow, or black, don’t worry: you have options.
Constructing your hilt will make up most of your building experience at Savi’s Workshop. This process, canonically a rite of passage for force users of all stripes, is how you create a Jedi or Sith weapon that feels uniquely yours. Its components are as follows.
Chassis: This central component will be identical for everyone. Think of it like the skeleton of your lightsaber. It holds the kyber crystal as well as the custom components of your hilt.
Activation Plates: After inserting your kyber crystal, the first things you will attach to the chassis are your activation plates. These plates, which surround and protect your kyber crystal, also hold the controls you will use to switch your lightsaber on and off.
Grips: Next, the grips go above and below your activation plates. As the name implies, these are tactile components that help you wield your saber, so choose something that feels natural and comfortable in your, well, grip.
Pommel Cap: As with traditional swords of the non-energy variety, the pommel cap sits at the bottom of the hilt. As well as a decorative element, it can contribute to the weight and balance of your lightsaber.
Emitter: The emitter, another component that is often particularly visually distinctive from one lightsaber to another, sits at the very top of the hilt. Canonically, its job is the final stage in concentrating and projecting the blade from the lightsaber hilt.
The final step of building your custom Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber is to affix its blade. There are no customization options here, but each blade is fantastic. Plus, the ceremony of attaching them and lighting them for the first time is a climactic and highly memorable moment in the Savi’s Workshop experience.
On your way out of Savi’s Workshop, you will receive a lightsaber sheath to keep your new treasure safe for the remainder of your park visit.
After Your Trip to Savi’s Workshop
Once you leave Savi’s Workshop, there are a few more things you can do to squeeze every drop out of your Galaxy’s Edge lightsaber experience.
Most importantly, don’t forget to stop in at the nearby Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. An awesome Galaxy’s Edge attraction in its own right, Dok Ondar’s also makes a perfect follow-up stop to Savi’s Workshop. Here, you can browse the ever-growing selection of legacy lightsabers discussed above. You can also browse a variety of accessories, plus additional blade lengths and kyber crystal colors to further outfit your Savi’s Workshop lightsaber.
After that, all that’s left is to head out into the world and wield your powerful new weapon to either save or conquer the galaxy. Your story, your choice. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a nice refreshing blue milk on the way out.
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