The trisaber got the attention of Star Wars fans when it debuted in The Force Awakens trailer in November, but it’s not the only modified lightsaber in the galaxy. A new style of weapon that is just as cool as the trisaber was introduced in Star Wars Rebels, and not enough people are talking about it. I realize Star Wars Rebels doesn’t have quite the traction of the first teaser for a new a Star Wars movie so let me tell you about the blaster lightsaber.
Yes, you read that correctly. The weapon functions as both a lightsaber and a blaster. It’s a combination of an elegant weapon for a more civilized age and the clumsy and random blaster. The blaster lightsaber was built by Ezra Bridger.
A little backstory: Star Wars Rebels takes place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The Jedi Order has been wiped out, but some Jedi did survive Order 66 and kids are still being born with Force abilities. Ezra is one of those kids. He encounters an older, not fully trained but still capable Jedi named Kanan Jarrus. Kanan teaches Ezra as best as he can and in a recent episode of Rebels (“Path to the Jedi”), Ezra crosses a major milestone and builds his own spin on the lightsaber.
Previously to the blaster lightsaber, Ezra wielded a special slingshot. I assumed that was because Disney didn’t want him firing a weapon that looks remotely like a gun, but it was all part of the plan. His lightsaber hilt resembles a staple gun, and the design screams Ezra. He made it from bits and pieces he had on hand along with those donated by fellow crew members. It’s not like going to the “build your own lightsaber” bin at Disney parks where you have the perfect materials available.
Star Wars Rebels co-creator and executive producer Dave Filoni explains the basics in a concept sketch:
If you’re drooling over this concept, you can already bring it home. Toys”R”Us released the toy before the lightsaber even appeared on the series.
What do you think about the blaster lightsaber combo? Is it better or worse than the trisaber? Would you wield it? Head to the comments and tell us all your thoughts on the matter.