Disney has finally gotten a first look at its “real” retractable lightsaber, which the company began teasing in April, with a new video showing the saber in action – and it looks really, really cool.
As rumored, the new toy lightsaber doesn’t require clunky plastic support blades, but instead has a retractable light-up blade that protrudes from the (otherwise fairly normal-looking) handle – just like the crackling energy blades in the movies and shows. .
The announcement doesn’t go into too much detail about how the retractable sabers actually work, but some savvy minds on the Internet have managed to get a rough idea from Disney’s patent filings. The broad lines are that the new blade acts almost like a modified motorized tape measure, retracting and pulling out a piece of plastic and LED lights to mimic the ignition effect.
The new sabers will be part of Disney’s upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser immersive hotel, as expected, which promises to take the original premise of its Galaxy’s Edge park and expand it into a Westworldinteractive two nights Star Wars adventure.
Disney says the new sabers are still in the works through Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, but they will likely be ready for guests to purchase when the Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience launches in 2022. There’s no word on price just yet, of course, but since Disney’s “regular” lightsabers already cost $ 200 each at Galaxy’s Edge, you can expect the upgraded models to cost somewhere in that baseball field (if not more).