Since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer arrived just after Thanksgiving, there has been almost nonstop back and forth chatter about broadsword-looking lightsaber wielded by the hooded character we now know as Kylo Ren. One of the concerns is that those new add-ons, while they may look totally badass, might not be the most practical enhancement. If these are indeed new additions, it also makes you wonder what other things folks have added to lightsabers over the years, and this new animated video imagines this idea played out to the ridiculous extreme.
There was one rumor floating around about this weapon a while back, and the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. We heard that this particular weapon isn’t new but is in fact very old, one of those Sith relics that one character, we don’t know who exactly, may collect. If that turns out to be the case, this is likely a design that was abandoned, probably for many of the reasons people have thrown out there. It could also explain why the blade is all wonky and ragged, perhaps this is simply very old and doesn’t work quite as well as it once did.
Maybe we’ll find out for sure when The Force Awakens opens on December 18, maybe not, but it doesn’t have much bearing on this video from Happyhour either way. You see Kylo Ren extend the blade of his lightsaber, but then other characters show up with their own new mods, which are damn hilarious and go way, way overboard. I especially enjoy Chewbacca’s lightsaber morning star…
…Darth Maul’s ill-conceived lightsaber grill…
…and the lightsaber corgi. You better watch your ankles when this little guy is around.
C-3PO’s lightsaber hula-hoop is just a bad idea all around, he had to know that. The best part of this video, however, is where they live out the dream of many Star Wars fans and burn off Jar Jar Binks’ face. You have to imagine that was very cathartic for most of the people involved.
This video originated with writer Kevin Corrigan and animator Doug Bresler, and the latter of the two also released this behind-the-scenes video of just how he went about creating this short. At 28 minutes, this provides an in depth look at the process, and should prove to be rather informative for those of you interested in this sort of work. It’s a nice little bonus.