Right from the time the Star Wars started dominating fan fantasies’, custom lightsabers have provided the fans an opportunity to experience being one with the Force. Although the makeshift lightsabers have improved a great deal from the days of modified broomsticks, the basic idea is the same even today. Rooster Teeth’s Master & Apprentice’s latest episode showed how even an official lightsaber toy could help in making something even more cool.
Laughing Squid first brought this to our notice, while the experienced production designer Marcus Gray LaPorte and his cosplaying apprentice Adam Ellis, minutely explained the process to create a custom lightsaber. Both men had a concept in their mind, while LaPorte wanted to create something resembling the weapon of Knights of Ren, Ellis wanted a lightsaber befitting a Jedi. However, as Ellis stated in the video, there are times when you better let go of the original plans and move forward when the original plan can’t be executed as per the visualization. Ellis and LaPorte spent a considerable amount of time selecting the parts of their weapons and using metallic paint to endure the finish which made the lightsabers appear truly realistic.
The outcome made both men happy, and the lightsabers looked really cool. Obviously, LaPorte and Ellis couldn’t resist putting on the costumes and trying out their products in a green screen location resembling Bespin. However, LaPorte met some sort of a mishap even before their lightsaber battle got going.