Luke Skywalker Lightsaber auctioned for $240,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Skywalker's lightsaber has been on Star Wars movie fans' Christmas lists for more than 30 years.

On Thursday, one fan spent $240,000 to get the real thing: the movie prop that Mark Hamill used in the first two films in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

The lightsaber highlighted several Hollywood memorabilia sold at an auction in Los Angeles by Profiles in History. The auction house said it sold about $3.5 million in memorabilia.

The droid helmet worn by Anthony Daniels to play C-3PO sold for $120,000, and the costume Marlon Brando wore in the "Superman" movie went for $72,000.

The first British edition of "You Only Live Twice" inscribed by Ian Fleming sold for $84,000. Roald Dahl's handwritten screenplay for the movie of the same title sold for $96,000.


Luke Skywalker Lightsaber auctioned for $240,000


Heaven's Fall Sword - Seven Swords Movie Replica

Heaven-Fall-Sword-practice-with-Wu-YuanyinI observed a few visitors to my blog were searching for The Heaven's Fall sword from Hong Kong's 2005 'Seven Swords' movie directed by Tsui Hark. Yes, I do monitor my blog's traffic profile to see what visitors look for and try to fill in the 'missing link' whenever I can. I hope they come back again and find this post useful. Seven Swords was the opening film to the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Adapted from the Chinese novel 'Seven Swords of Mount Heaven' written by renowned Wuxia author Liang Yusheng, Seven Swords is also a tribute movie to Akira Kurosawa's infamous 1954 film 'Seven Samurai'. The film is the first of a planned trilogy and was originally four hours long before edited down to 153 minutes. There's even a Hong Kong TV series version, I only watched a few episodes cause Donnie Yen's not in it. Otherwise I would be glued to my TV set instead of my laptop.

Heaven-Fall-Sword-with-Wu-YuanyinThe movie starts with Master Shadow-glow who leaves behind the mundane affairs of the world and goes hermit among the peaks of Mount Heaven. After spending few decades there, he became a great master of sword-casting and made seven prized swords. They were given the names The Unlearn, The Dragon, The Transcience, The Star-chasers, The Celestial Beam, The Deity and The Heaven's Fall. The seven swords represent the seven states of period and mind that Master Shadow-glow experienced on Mount Heaven. Each one of them bears a different meaning.

Heaven-Fall-Sword-with-Wu-Yuanyin-posterThe Heaven's Fall sword had a unique origin. Master Shadow-glow practices austerity by casting swords and had over a thousand swords with different styles and functions. However, when these swords are compared with The Deity, they are inferior in both shape and spirit. One day, as usual, Master Shadow-glow was watching the clouds and mountains from afar. Out of the blue, a stream of clouds plunged down like a waterfall, drawing a frozen line across the sky. Master Shadow-glow suddenly was enlightened with the fact that The Deity is too primitive and is thus restrained in both shape and spirit. In a bid to break the confines of The Deity, Master Shadow-glow melted a hundred swords to cast The Heaven's Fall. The sword was later given to Wu Yuanyin.

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The Heaven's Fall attack form is free-style and follows the mind of the swordsman who wield it. Wu Yuanying was initially unable to control the sword until she learnt how to free her mind. The sword is an elemental sword of water especially unique with a handle that resembles a flute. The holes in the handle respond to different functions, used to slide the blade from one side of the handle to the other. With its affinity to water, The Heaven’s Fall is extremely deadly when wet, as energy can be channelled into the sword and the water droplets on it be directed towards enemies as projectiles weapons. It is used most effectively together with The Unlearnt and The Star Chasers.

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The Heaven Fall Sword Movie Replica by Topicool has three circle cut outs which allow the blade to be locked in place in the handle. The blade slides from one end of the handle to the other just like in the movies. The movie sword can even be used with the handle locked in the center of the blade, so you will get the blade coming out of each side of the handle (like a short bo with blades). The movie sword has an overall length of 40", blade length 27.5" and handle length 12.25". Blade thickness is about 0.125" and the whole sword weighs approximately 5 lbs.


Heaven's Fall Sword - Seven Swords Movie Replica


Video - Learn Japanese Katana Terminology



This is my first video in YouTube. It's a simple visual guide to complement the previous post Japanese Katana Terminology for Movie Sword Replica Collectors.

Today I installed a new template for this blog, took me a while to get a hang of the hardcoded scripts but it's been fun and a great learning experience too. Let me know what you think and if there are any features that could improve your surfing experience here, please drop a comment.


Video - Learn Japanese Katana Terminology


Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber

Luke Skywalker blue lightsaber
Lightsaber week continues with the Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber replica, the godfather of all lightsabers. Back in 77 when Episode IV: A New Hope opened, audiences all over the world was awestruck the first time Luke Skywalker ignited a lightsaber handed to him by Obi-Wan Kenobi. The lightsaber and its iconic humming sound has since became the most coveted sci-fi weapon of all times.

Luke Skywalker blue lightsaber Episode IV A New Hope
Luke Skywalker was played by Mark Hamill in the original Star Wars trilogy Episode IV: A New Hope, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Hamill also lent his voice for The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. On 11th Jan 1977, a day before he was supposed to shoot one of the final scenes in Episode IV: A New Hope, Hamill was involved in a car accident and left with a fractured nose and left cheekbone. During his absence for surgery, a replacement double was used in the landspeeder pickup scenes. Later Hamill had a scar along his upper lip from the accident and this was clearly visible In Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The movie creatively attributed the scar to Luke's encounter with the wampa on the 5th planet in Hoth system.

Master Replicas Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber
The Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaberby Master Replicas is an enhanced glowing blue blade with realistic power-up and power-down light effects, thanks to a string of 64 super-bright LEDs that ignite sequentially inside the blade. Similar to the lightsaber replicas featured in previous posts, the Luke Skywalker FX lightsaber also incorporates motion-sensor controlled sound effects digitally recorded from the movie.

Master Replicas Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber Hilt
There are a total of 3 built-in motion-sensors to achieve better sensitivity, with 2 dedicated to detect movement while the remaining 1 sensor to detect impact on the blade. Both the sensor and digitally recorded sound effects work together to replicate an actual lightsaber feel during power-up, idling, swinging, clashing and power-down action. You'll need to source three AAA batteries because they are not included with the lightsaber.


Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber


Master Replicas Mace Windu Lightsaber FX

When I heard Mace Windu was going to be played by Samuel Leroy Jackson, the same SLJ who played Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction back in 94, my laughing nerve went crazy. It's just so awkwrd to imagine Samuel going from "You're my b**** !!" to 'I sense a disturbance in the Force'. And thank God he didn't have an apprentice in the Star Wars prequel. George Lucas must have known it was too big a risk to take.

Mace Windu is one of the earliest characters in the Star Wars universe. He started as a narrator for the original drafts of Episode IV: A New Hope. However his character was removed from the original trilogy before introduced again in Lucas' Star Wars prequel. Mace Windu is a Jedi Master and senior member of the Jedi Council, second only to Master Yoda.

Windu's origin is mentioned to be the force-sensitive Korun race from the planet Haruun Kal. Korunnai are subspecies of the humans, organized into tribes called Ghosh. Windu created Vaapad, the full 7th form of lightsaber combat. Vaapad creates a superconducting loop which reflects an enemy's attack, and grants great speed and power. The name is taken from a predatory animal on one of Sarapin's moons. The creature uses multiple tentacles coupled with highspeed attacks.
SLJ being a hardcore Star Wars movie fan, actually requested for a purple lightsaber so that his character would standout in the chaotic battle scene in Episode II: Attack of the Clones. And it's a pretty good choice of colour actually, one that will bear his name for a long time. That's star power. You too can get your own Master Replicas Mace Windu Lightsaber FX.

This FX Lightsaber is the official reproduction from Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The bright purple polycarbonate blade is permanently attached to the hilt and glows with realistic power-up and power-down effects. It also has authentic lightsaber sound effects digitally recorded from the movie itself. The various digital sounds are activated by motion-sensors installed in the lightsaber replica, each responds to power-up, power-down, idling and clashing movements. The durable yet light chrome-plated aluminum body looks and feels like a real lightsaber, with a display stand included. The only bad points are that the blade looks more bright white than deep purple when activated, and the lightsaber needs 6 "AA" batteries to operate compared to only 3 in the previous Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber("AAA") and Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica("AA").


Master Replicas Mace Windu Lightsaber FX


Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica

Star Wars Darth VaderDarth Vader's image was first created by concept artist Ralph McQuarrie when he drew the opening movie scene of Vader and his stormtroopers boarding a Rebel ship. Initially, Vader was imagined to fly through space to enter the ship which calls for a space suit with breathing mask. This suit was later made permanent and used throughout the film. The popular sound of Vader breathing through the mask was created by sound designer Ben Burtt, who recorded himself breathing through a scuba regulator. Darth Vader's costume draws from George Lucas' interest in feudal Japan, especially the samurai warriors. Vader's mask helmet on the other hand was taken from World War I German helmet widely known as the "Stahlhelm".

Star Wars Darth Vader FX Lightsaber Replica
Ever thought of joining the Dark Side? With the Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica,anyone will easily succumb to the Sith. This lightsaber replica features the same durable die-cast metal parts as the Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber. It has a sturdy red polycarbonate blade which is permanently attached to the hilt and features realistic power-up and power-down glowing light effects (rather than the whole blade lighting up at once). When you toggle the activation switch, the blade's light light travels from the guard to the tip, thanks to the 60+ Strobe LED light tube.

Star Wars Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica
Batteries are not included, so you'll have to source three 'AA' on your own. Have them ready beforehand cause the Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica comes with authentic digitally-recorded and motion-sensor-controlled sound effects that will give you goose-bumps. The same electrifying sound you heard from the silverscreen is built into the lightsaber to replicate power-up, power-down, idling, movement and saber clashing effects.

Star Wars Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica handleThe Vader lightsaber replica also has an auto-off feature that saves battery life. Leave it for a few minutes and it automatically switches off. Overall the feedback from customers who bought the lightsaber have been overwhelming. It is durable, well-made and nicely detailed especially the chrome handle. I cannot imagine what future models will look like. Hopefully we'll all able to see the real thing in this lifetime.


Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber Replica


Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber

Star Wars Master Yoda Lightsaber
This week I'll feature posts on ightsabers only, so it's officially Lightsaber Week. Whose lightsaber better to start off with than the Grand Master Yoda himself. Master Yoda is one unforgettable character from the Star Wars franchise (many English professors will concur to that). In Episode II : Attack of the Clones, it's puzzling how the Jedi younglings understand a single word coming from Yoda (I had to take an extra second just to rearrange the words in my head), and parents never worried about their gifted children grow-up talking funny.

Sith Lord fight Master Yoda
Yoda first appeared in 'The Empire Strikes Back' as a Jedi Master in hiding. Before the Jedi was declared as enemies of the Republic, Yoda was a Grand Master of the Jedi Order. He is portrayed as a wise and powerful Jedi Master but in the end still fell short to the devious Sith Lord. George Lucas originally wanted Yoda to follow other characters in having a full name, Yoda Minch. But it was later decided to have Yoda's history remain a mystery. Yoda's alien race has never been mentioned in any media. He is merely stated as a "mysterious species" by the Star Wars Databank. The closest ever heard of was "tridactyl species" which simply means they have three fingers.

Star Wars Master Yoda Lightsaber
The movies and Expanded Universe reveal that Yoda had trained quite a few distinguished Jedi, including Count Dooku who was his old Padawan Learner. Then there's Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi (before Qui-Gon Jinn took over), Ki-Adi-Mundi, Kit Fisto and the last Luke Skywalker. In the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars, which is set somewhere between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Yoda mentioned that he trained one of the leaders in the Jedi Council, Master Oppo Rancisis. In the Star Wars prequel he was shown instructing all the younglings in the Jedi Temple before they were assigned a master.

Star Wars Master Replicas Yoda Force FX LightsaberCheck out the Star Wars Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber.This first-class Master Yoda lightsaber replica from the Star Wars prequel features tough die-cast metal parts that look and feel like a real weapon. Batteries are not included, so you'll have to source three 'AAA' on your own. Have them ready beforehand cause the Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber comes with authentic digitally-recorded and motion-sensor-controlled sound effects that will give you goose-bumps. The same electrifying sound you heard from the silverscreen is built into the lightsaber to replicate power-up, power-down, idling, movement and saber clashing effects.

Star Wars Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber customerFor the blade, a sturdy green polycarbonate is permanently attached to the hilt and displays realistic power-up and power-down glowing light effects. If you're wondering how bright the blade can go, just look at the image above. Many customers who bought the Yoda FX lightsaber love its weight and ease of handling.

Star Wars Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber hiltNo need to worry where to place your precious lightsaber when not in use, cause a handsome display stand is also included with every purchase. Last checked, the Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber was on a 33% discount offer, while stocks last.


Master Replicas Yoda Force FX Lightsaber


Heroes Takezo Kensei Movie Sword Replica

Heroes Hiro Nakamura with Takezo Kensei sword
In NBC sci-fi series HEROES, Adam Monroe is the same Takezo Kensei from feudal Japan who has the ability to regenerate his body making him almost immortal. He's like the Highlander MacLeod hybrid minus the Scottish accent and kilt. In Japanese history, Takezo Kensei is actually a revered hero - the word "Kensei" is a title which literally means "Sword Saint". Takezo Kensei lived his life as a swordsman who fought dozens of battles to protect the people of Japan and their freedom. In the TV hit series, Hiro Nakamura came to idolize Takezo from bedtime stories read by his father when he was a child.

Heroes Adam Monroe with Takezo Kensei sword
Legend has it at a time when Japan was facing the threat of an impending war, Takezo found a sword frozen in the snow with mystical powers that helped him focus his strength and courage. To learn more of the sword's secrets and save Japan, he went to meet the Dragon of Kiso Mountain and asked for his help. The Dragon agreed but only in exchange for the love of his life. Takezo was deeply in love with a princess but he knew Japan would fall if he did not make this sacrifice. He finally agreed and the Dragon taught him everything he needed to know. With the knowledge and skills learned, Takezo became Kensei - a sword saint and won a great battle which saved the people of Japan.

Takezo Kensei fight Hiro Nakamura sword
After the battle, the Dragon came to Kensei’s palace to claim his prize but Kensei refused to surrender the princess. Instead he cut out his own heart, handed it to the Dragon and said, “My love is in here. Take it.” And then he died. The Dragon was deeply moved to see that Kensei was willing to sacrifice himself for his people and his true love. Impressed with Kensei's true and righteous virtue, the Dragon revived Kensei’s heart and breathed fire-life back into his corpse. Given a second chance, the Takezo dynasty went on to rule Japan with valor and love for a hundred years. Pretty nice folklore if I may say so.

Heroes Takezo Kensei Sword Replica United Cutlery
There is a licensed reproduction of the HEROES Takezo Kensei Movie Sword Replica by United Cutlery. The sword reproduction is meticulously detailed and crafted with tempered, hand-forged high-carbon blade just like the actual TV prop. This stunning sword has an overall length of 42" and blade length of 28.5". It features a genuine leather wrapped handle, genuine rayskin covered grip, and solid brass helix ornaments. The widely-known emblem is inscribed onto the handle in gold. The movie sword includes a wooden shoulder scabbard and display stand. This adult collectable sword is individually laser serialized to ensure authenticity. Last checked, the sword was on 54% discount and avid collectors will know this is a bargain considering UC products are known to be pricey. Now you can save the world and your wallet at the same time.

Heroes Takezo Kensei Sword Replica Heavenly swords
If there are no stocks available or you prefer a cheaper alternative, check out the HEROES Takezo Kensei Movie Sword Replica from Heavenlyswords. Last checked, it was below USD100.


Heroes Takezo Kensei Movie Sword Replica


Halo Energy Sword Replica

Duel Halo Energy Sword
The Halo Energy Sword replica from the infamous console game Halo is one futuristic looking sword. Personally I'd rather call it a dagger but democracy means follow the majority. I was at an electronic store when I saw the Halo 3 video preview, and it was awesome. Really trying hard not to get that console cause I was once a PC Game addict. Still fresh in my mind are the 4 hours sleep days everytime a great game was launched, though having a day job which sometimes stretched late into the night didn't do much to stop me.

Halo Energy Sword
Since I'm not a Halo addict (yet), I dug for more info on the sword. Learned some old science along the way and refueled my games addiction even more. The Halo Energy Sword which is also known as the Plasma Sword is a close-quarter Sangheili melee weapon. It is mainly used by Zealot Sangheili in Halo 2 although Special Operations Elites have also been known to employ it in close-quarter combat. The Energy Sword is also one of the main weapons favoured by the Arbiter, whose race helped create the weapon.

Halo Energy Sword - Halo 3
The Energy Sword's plasma is conveniently shaped into a blade-like form by a magnetic-field generator built into the weapon's handle. The blade has two points due to the magnetic properties of the weapon where two poles need two points (bet you don't learn these from a light-saber). The hot energy of the blade can cut through most armor, so it's no surprise to cut an opponent in half with one sweep.

Halo Energy Sword hilt
In Halo : Combat Evolved, if the Elite drops the Energy Sword, a fail-safe mechanism triggers and deactivates the magnetic field without dispensing the plasma, consuming the handle and thus destroying the weapon. In Halo 2, a similar fail-safe feature is active when not wielding the weapon directly. The handle must be under constant pressure from the wielder in order to be activated so that the weapon can be stored safely.

Halo Energy Sword Replica from Grey Eagle
The unique Halo Energy Sword replica from GreyEagle is a twin Stainless Steel Blade coated with titanium plating to give it a rainbow finish electric look. The rainbow color reflecting off the blade is claimed to vary with the angle of light. Pretty cool idea to mimic the Plasma look, I guess it's something like the holographic sticker on my sedan's oil filter (supposedly prove it's not some cheap filter from Taiwan). I did come across a less pricey replica which received bad feedback from a buyer who complained the rainbow colour staying the same even if the sword was upside-down. In my opinion even if the rainbow thing is there initially, I wouldn't count on the shine to last forever. The Energy Sword replica from GreyEagle has an overall length of 27.5" and handle width of 10". The handle is made using custom-molded gray plastic and can be hung on a hardwood plaque that comes with the sword replica. It's a nice looking piece but if they could make the blade near the handle wider and bigger, it would look more like a sword.


Halo Energy Sword Replica


Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica (Sakabato)

Rurouni Kenshin Himura Hitokiri Battousai poster
Kenshin Himura is the popular character from the Rurouni Kenshin manga series created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Watsuki designed Kenshin to be the physical opposite of Hiko Seijuro, a character that appeared in his first one-shot manga - 'Crescent Moon in the Warring States'. Seijuro was later introduced into Rurouni Kenshin as Kenshin's mentor and master.

Rurouni Kenshin Himura Hitokiri Battousai fight
The manga setting takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan. Kenshin Himura is a legendary assassin known as 'Hitokiri Battosai' or 'Battosai the Slayer'. At the end of the Bakumatsu, he became a wandering samurai, wielding a Sakabato. The term Sakabato literally means 'reverse blade sword' which is a unique type of Japanese sword. The normal Japanese Katana favoured by the samurai has the outwardly-curved side of the blade sharpened, the Sakabato is sharpened on the opposite inwardly-curved side. This is why it is known as a reverse blade sword. It is non-lethal until it's turned over. Although many Sakabato replicas have been reproduced, it is purely a brainchild of Nobuhiro Watsuki and no such sword has ever been recorded in history.

Rurouni Kenshin Himura Hitokiri Battousai Sakabato
A fan of the Shinsengumi, Watsuki designed the characters based on real Shinsengumi members and other historical icons from the Bakumatsu period. In actual Japanese history, the Four Hitokiri of the Bakumatsu (Bakumatsu Shidai Hitokiri) was a term given to four samurai during the Bakumatsu era. The four samurai were Kawakami Gensai, Kirino Toshiaki (also known as Nakamura Hanjiro), Tanaka Shinbei, and Okada Izo. Kenshin Himura's character was loosely taken from Kawakami Gensai. The four samurai were warrior elites who opposed the Tokugawa shogunate and later supported the Meiji Emperor. Along with the title of Hitokiri, they were also called 'The Four Butchers' (Shidai Nikuya) or 'Heaven's Punishment against enemies of Imperial restoration' (Teikoku Fukki no Teki ni Taisuru Tenchu).

Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica Sakabato SwordDemon
The first sword replica featured here is the functional version. The elegant Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword replica (Sakabato) from SwordDemon is constructed from one fine piece of high-carbon steel and buffed to a low polish finish. The Sakabato sword replica has an overall closed length of 40.75", overall opened length 39.25", blade length 27.5" and blade thickness 0.3". If you've always wondered what a reverse blade look like, check out the image below. Isn't that a sight for sore eyes? Unlike a conventional Katana, the reverse blade has its sharp edge on the inside-curve of the blade, which in the image is the top edge with a visible Hamon (temper pattern). Due to the razor-sharp edge, this sword should not be used by children and caution is highly recommended.

Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica Sakabato SwordDemon
The outward-curve of the full tang blade is blunt, shown in the image as the bottom edge. You can see the bottom edge has a wide Shinogi (blade ridge) decorated with an even deep Hi (groove). Notice the entirely different Kissaki (blade point) at the blade tip. The Tsuba (guard) has a simple and elegant round design, just like the anime. The Tsuka (handle) has been created with traditional Samurai components and uses authentic Same (rayskin cover for Tsuka) with a real Ito (braid) wrapped cloth handle. With the antiqued Fuchi (collar on hilt) and Kashira (pommel), the full tang Sakabato makes a stunning addition to your Katana collection. You don't see a reverse blade sword everyday right?

Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica Sakabato SwordDemon
The sword has been reproduced under the specifications of the Rurouni Kenshin anime series' and mangas. Included with the Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword replica (Sakabato) is a black cotton sword bag and wooden Saya (scabbard) coated with a high-gloss black finish. Last checked, the Sakabato sword replica was on 49% discount, a bargain for Kenshin fans.

Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica Sakabato RoyalArm
If you are looking for a decorative sword, then the 40" Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica (Sakabato) from RoyalArm is a good choice. The sword replica has an overall length of 40", handle length 10.5" and blade length 27.5". The blade is made of 440 Stainless Steel with a slightly sharpened edge. The Saya (scabbard) is lacquered in glossy black paint and stamped with a golden Japanese Kanji. Both guard and pommel have an antique silver finish.


Rurouni Kenshin Reverse Blade Sword Replica (Sakabato)