We take a closer look at how visual-effects artist Brad Lewis custom-built a real lightsaber that looks just like Obi-Wan Kenobi's weapon of choice.
"This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as random or as clumsy as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age," an elder Obi-Wan Kenobi once said to a youthful Luke Skywalker.
Of all the things that stand out from "Star Wars," perhaps nothing's as recognizable as the lightsaber, the preferred energy sword of Jedi and Sith across the fictional sci-fi universe.
Brad Lewis, a BioWare senior visual-effects artist (who primarily works on "Star Wars: The Old Republic"), set off to create a near-perfect replica of Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber as featured in "Star Wars: A New Hope." While this lightsaber won't chop off arms or heads anytime soon, it does look extremely realistic, shines brightly, and plays a variety of sound effects. The image above, sketched by Lewis, acts as an early reference for the construction of the lightsaber.
"When I first started building 'sabers, I built another version of this 'saber as my first one but never thought I could do a 'reveal,' or detachable-blade version, of the 'A New Hope' Obi-Wan 'saber," Lewis told Crave in an e-mail. "It has been a personal challenge since I started this hobby to complete this newest reveal 'saber, and as such, I have been designing it in the back of my head for years. It wasn't until last year when I figured out actually how I would accomplish it that I brought the project off the back burner and focused on building it."