Awakening the Dark Side

Repilica Prop Darth Vader Lightsaber

Tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens went on sale yesterday, so I thought it was time to build my Darth Vader lightsaber prop replica.

The original prop is built from a MPP flash but they are rare and expensive so I substituted the similar Heiland flash as the base for this build. The T-tracks forming the grips are attached with double-sided tape after experimenting unsuccessfully with Super Glue.

A replica MPP shroud and clamp from WannaWanga and The Custom Saber Shop respectively created the basic look and feel of the original Star Wars prop. I still require a replacement bulb release to complete it to my satisfaction but it looks great sitting next to my Luke Skywalker lightsaber.

There are several companies selling good quality replica props but it is immensely more fulfilling to build one yourself like a true Jedi.

May the Force be with you always.

Darth Vader Lightsaber