3 More Sabers

Damn, it’s been a backlog around here. I’ve gotten a lot of saber related stuff lately. Anyway, the last of it is all filmed, photographed and reviewed. So, here it goes:

Ultrasabers Dominix LE V4

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So, that’s what this saber looked like when I first got it, back in early 2017. It was a lucky raffle prize from the first raffle of 2017 from Ultrasabers. It was a 3rd place prize, a stunt saber with lithium ion batteries. For a long time now, I’ve wanted to add sound to it. Due to my issues with my Prophecy that had sound, I put the soundboard inside this hilt. This is the result:

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Blade Plugs

Of my projects I had planned for my 3-day weekend, I had planned 2 lightsaber builds or rebuilds. Well, that turned into 3 lightsabers when my Ultrasabers Prophecy didn’t quite go as planned.

Another project I had was to finally shorten some of my blades. In the early days, I bought 36″ heavy grade blades. I thought the heavy blades would be good, because I might want to duel. Well, I don’t. Aside from collecting and building sabers, I manly play around with them and spin them. I don’t know a lot of spin moves, but I do want to improve. Balance is important in spinning, more so than having the longest blade with the longest reach. A 36″ heavy blade will spin. In fact, once it gets going it’s hard to stop due to it being blade heavy. So controlling and changing directions is more difficult without a well balanced weapon. Also, I’m fairly tall, so I hit the ceiling a lot with longer blades.

More recently, I’ve been buying sabers with 32″ blades. For some hilts, a 32″ heavy grade blade is good for balance. For others, even that is too heavy. My most recent saber purchase was a green bladed Prophecy V3 from Ultrasabers. Already owning one of those, I know a 32″ heavy grade is too heavy for that hilt. So, I ordered that saber with a 32″ midgrade blade, which is well balanced for that hilt, and it makes a great spinner.

So, the question is: what do I do with all those long, heavy blades? Well, cut ’em down, of course. I bought a little pipe cutter on Amazon, which was a little under $20 and can take up to a 1″ tube. That’s perfect, as the blades are 1″ wide. I also bought a hot glue gun at work, to glue the film back inside the blade after I cut it. So, I set about cutting down some of those blades. I’ve cut them down to 29″, 31″ and 32″. That leaves behind some blade pieces. Another thing I’ve wanted to do is make some blade plugs. Plugs can be used when a blade isn’t inside the saber. In the case of an LED being loose, it can hold the LED in place, and also stop someone from doing one of these and hurting themselves:

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(I love that meme)

 
Anyway, it really won’t be that bad. However, the LEDs used in these things are incredibly bright. You could damage your retina if you look directly at it while it’s one. (I’ve seen a surprising number of people do this in videos.) The blade plugs, also known as safety plugs, stop you from damaging your eyes by doing this. Obviously, pieces of blade stock won’t do this alone, as you can see straight down that. So, I needed something to cap them. I rummaged around an found some old toys, nothing really fit what I needed it for. Then I thought of coins. A US quarter would be the right size, but that’s not a good idea. Not only do I not have that many on hand (I typically don’t carry cash) but I’m fairly certain it’s actually illegal to use US currency in this way. However, I was rummaging around some coins and I found some old arcade tokens amongst them. Eureka!

Now, for the kids reading this, a video arcade was a place where you could go and play video games. They started long before video games in the home, much less mobile ones. (crazy, I know) Anyway, some of these arcades had change machines, others were more of a pain and had token machines. The video game cabinets were modified to take the tokens instead of quarters. Why I have some of these is beyond me. Most are from ages ago. Some are from a family trip to Reno, NV when I was a teenager. My mom is a bowler, and she went out there for a national tournament. I didn’t want to sit and watch, and I was a teenager and couldn’t gamble (I don’t gamble anyway) so I hit some of the arcades. This was in the ’90s, before smart phones and when arcades were still really hot. I also have one from Chuck E. Cheese. Why? I don’t know. I probably just didn’t use them 20+ years ago. Though, the Chuck E. Cheese one is from 1999, it has a year on it. Anyway, these aren’t money, in fact most say on the back that they don’t have a cash value. Two are silver from the Silver Legacy casino arcade in Reno, the others are brass. I didn’t bother cleaning them up, as I really like how brass ages, I just hot glued them onto the ends of my plugs. I’m really happy with the results:

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Future Sabers

So, this is a saber company I’ve been wanting to try and finally did. Future Sabers.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FutureSabersLLC

And, now that I have one, I’m glad I did. Of course, now the have the all black one in stock. When I ordered, they only had the all silver and silver and black. But, that’s OK. Anyway, it’s a really nice saber. But, I’ll let the video do the talking:

All My Lightsabers

So, my lightsaber collection continues to grow. Including empties, I have 31 sabers. I’m not ashamed of this, #32 is already planned out. It’s no worse and a hell of a lot less expensive than people who have collecting cars as a hobby. And, it’s less expensive and healthier than booze, cigarettes and drugs. (sabers are my drug)

Anyway, I did a video last night showing all 31 sabers:

I wanted some music that wasn’t going to get me in copyright trouble. Fortunately, I remembered an Android app called Nodebeat. So, I generated my own music with it. Also, I called upon none of my 18 (or so) years of CGI experience for this. The animations and effects are 100% Openshot video editor.

Graflex Pt. 01

Well, it’s starting to look more like a lightsaber:

I knew the grips had adhesive on them, but I thought the screws also held them in place. Nope, they’re entirely decorative. They only go into the plastic, not into the metal. Anyway there’s not much else I can do with this thing until I get more parts. Though, I do need to figure out what to do about this:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6c1fwo6hxb07a16/IMG_0030.MOV

I have a few ideas. It’s one of those things people don’t mention when they talk about these hilt kits.

Yesterday’s Deliveries

A little something I got in the mail yesterday, direct from Korbanth:

It’s a kit to make my very own Anakin/Luke/Rey lightsaber, modeled after a Graflex camera flash from the ’40s. The kit is really cool, it comes with parts to make any version of the hilt from the first film through TFA/TLJ. It’s going to be pretty sick, once I get the other parts to build the saber. I’m going to be doing it in TFA/TLJ style, which is a combination of the configurations from the original film and Empire. The only thing I’m not thrilled with on this kit is the glass eye, because it’s not a glass eye. I’ll have to replace that with something that looks better. Otherwise, it’s a great replica.

And, probably more importantly, direct from China:

It’s a Sega Genesis pirate cart, basically. I already own a bunch of the games on it, either in physical form or on licensed emulation based consoles. I bought this more out of curiosity than anything, I just wanted to see how good quality these pirate carts were, which isn’t very high. It feels cheap and rattles more than a real Genesis cart, but it played fine in my Super RetroTrio, not as much in my Sega Genesis Flashback HD. It read the cart, but I could only play a handful of the games due to how the Flashback HD dumps the carts onto the console and then runs the games through emulation software.

Anyway, that’s what I have for the day. Day 6 of 6 in a row coming up at work, then I get 3 off. Someone else who is also a supervisor wanted the past 4 days off, so I reworked my days so that I could be there, since one of us has to be. So, I get a nice little 3 day coming up as a side effect. 😎

Da Sabers

Just in case anyone is curious, here are all of the lightsabers I have at this point in time.

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Left to right, top to bottom: Hasbro Force FX Black Series Luke ANH, Kyberlight, 2X UltraSaber Aeon V2, UltraSabers Dominix LE V2, UltraSabers Aeon V3, UltraSabers Dominix V3, UltraSabers Aeon LE V4, UltraSabers Dominix LE V4, UltraSabers Sentinel V4, UltraSabers Dark Sentinel V4, UltraSabers Initiate LE V4, UltraSabers Consular, SaberForge Acolyte, SaberForge Prodigy, SaberForge Phoenix.

Some of those are empty hilts, I’m in the process of doing things with them. The SaberForge Phoenix was empty when I took that picture, a week or so before I built the saber.

Star Wars Action Figures

I forgot about these until someone on a forum mentioned action figures.

Back in 1999, I decided I was going to get all of the Episode I action figures. Don’t ask why, I just did. Anyway, I’ve had all of these in a box for ages, so I decided to take it all out and snap some photos.

That’s quite a group, I almost didn’t fit them all on the dresser. 😉

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