That cross-shaped lightsaber we first spied in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has caused quite a ruckus, sparking way more controversy than you might expect from a fictional weapon. Then again, this is Star Wars we’re talking about, so nothing should really surprise you. The design has been torn apart in a variety of ways, but it’s also been very publicly defended by Stephen Colbert, so there’s that. But this isn’t the only new lightsaber being introduced into the ever-expanding galaxy far, far away. Burgeoning Jedi Knight Ezra Bridger from the animated series Star Wars Rebels is also getting his own custom weapon, which is even crazier than the last one.
This new lightsaber has a special design and multiple uses. There were a great deal of quips about the last one being a Swiss Army saber, but that’s nothing next to this one, which isn’t just a sword, it’s also a blaster. That is certainly going to ruffle a few feathers.
Ezra’s lightsaber seems to emphasize the “elegant weapon for a more civilized time” aspect of the device, while also embracing Han Solo’s recognition that it never hurts to have a good blaster on your hip. This lightsaber is smaller, more in line with Ezra’s diminutive stature, a feature that also helps him accentuate his speed advantage over most of his opponents. Take a look at this image that Jedi News found on the pages of Star Wars Insider that explains why the young man needs an additional weapon:
Latino Review points out that this particular weapon resembles a toy that was seen at the New York City Comic Con earlier this year.
They also note that while the toy has two distinct pieces—the blaster portion as well as the lightsaber hilt—this drawing makes it appears that both originate from the same source, calling into question exactly what powers lightsabers in the new, retconned Star Wars universe. Granted, this is just a conceptual drawing, and the details aren’t all that sharp, so we’ll have to wait to see how it looks once it hits the screen on Star Wars Rebels. And you probably noticed this, but the toy totally shoots plastic projectiles, which is awesome. I didn’t think they made many of those anymore due to the whole, “You’ll shoot your eye out” thing.
What’s your reaction to this new lightsaber? Love it? Hate it? Better than the big, broadsword looking one? Let us know what you think.