I finally caved and bought something that I’ve been wanting for years. Actually, I wanted to buy it before it even existed. As any kid who has ever seen any Star Wars movie, I obviously wanted to have a lightsaber. Too bad that the only lightsabers that were sold were cheap plastic ones that retract. Lame.
Years later, I found out that there was a company that makes official replicas and sells them for hundreds of dollars. I’ve even seen upwards of $1500 for special limited editions or whatever. And then at the end of 2010, I saw that they were being sold on thinkgeek for $99. Naturally, I whipped out my credit card faster than the speed of light. Too bad that they were sold out of the best color — green. They just had Anakin blue and Vader red in stock. Actually, I even think that Mace Windu purple was available. Obviously Luke’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi is the best color.
Finally, 2 months later, it came back in stock. I saw the “Now In-Stock” email notification come through on my phone while riding the elevator at work. A couple minutes later, I was online and I bought it up.
It’s pretty awesome. The sound effects are cool, but I think the best part is that it powers up and powers down, rather than simply turning on and off. It’s kind of awesome. However, everyone who’s seen it says the same thing: I need to buy another one so we can duel.