Disney has finally shown a first look at its ‘real’ retractable lightsaber, which the company started teasing in April, with a new video showing the saber in action – and it looks very, very cool.
Rumored to be, the new toy lightsaber doesn’t require any awkward plastic prop blades, but features a retractable light blade that protrudes from the handle (otherwise pretty normal) – just like the crackling energy blades in the movies and shows .
The ad doesn’t go into too much detail about how retractable sabers actually work, but some smart minds on the internet have managed to put together a rough idea of Disney’s patent filings. The broad strokes are that the new blade works almost like a modified motorized tape measure, retracting and stretching a plastic sheet and LED lights to mimic the ignition effect.
The new sabers, as expected, will be part of Disney’s upcoming immersive Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel, which promises to take the initial premise of its Galaxy’s Edge park and expand it to a Westworld-interactive style two nights Star wars adventure.
Disney says the new Sabers are still in the works by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, but they’ll likely be ready for guest purchase when the Galactic Starcruiser Hotel Experience launches in 2022. It doesn’t. There’s no word on pricing yet, of course, but given that Disney’s ‘regular’ lightsabers already cost $ 200 apiece at Galaxy’s Edge, expect the upgraded models to cost somewhere in this stage ( if not, more).