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CT Luke's yellow lightsaber

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by Mr. K, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Mr. K

    Mr. K Moderator Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Here's a question to old-school SW toy collectors. Why was the Luke Skywalker action figure's lightsaber yellow? Both the original 1977 and the TESB Lukes had yellow sabers and I never could figure out a good answer why. On a related note I loved how the lightsabers would slide up and down the action figure's arm- but what was up with that strange tip-thingy on the end???

    [image=http://www.heliocracy.com/components/museumimg/luke.jpg]

    Mr. K
     
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  2. Grand_Moff_Jawa

    Grand_Moff_Jawa Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I never understood this either. I cut the skinny part of the tip off. Also, Luke's head got bigger along the way. I never liked big-head Luke.
     
  3. mjerome3

    mjerome3 Jedi Knight star 6

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    The only logical explanation I can think of is Kenner, the toy company who made the action figures, wanted those action figures featured with lightsabers to have their own lightsaber color. Obi-Wan has blue, Darth Vader has red, and Luke Skywalker had yellow. Maybe Kenner didn't want any action figures that came with lightsabers to have the same color of lightsaber as any other. That's the only reason I can think of.
     
  4. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Colours - no idea. For years I thought they simply got it the wrong way around, Luke had a blue lightsaber in the films, while Ben had a yellow one. Of course, they both had blue. Meh.

    I don't remember my figures ever having that little pointy bit (must have been broken off in the late 1970s), but I imagine it was a bit of a hangover from the ultra-rare "double-telescoping" lightsabers the figures originally had:

    [image=http://www.theswca.com/images-toys/tele-luke-before.jpg] [image=http://www.theswca.com/images-toys/tele-luke-after.jpg]

    [image=http://theswca.com/images-produ/dtvader1.jpg] [image=http://theswca.com/images-produ/dtvader2.jpg]

    [image=http://www.theswca.com/images-carde/12back-dtben-2.jpg] [image=http://www.theswca.com/images-carde/12back-dtben-3.jpg]


    There was probably also a bit of artistic license from the toymakers to give the sabers the sort of pointed, flaring display they had in the concept drawings by Ralph Macquarrie:

    [image=http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ccGXesYV-eA/TMcmDkofCHI/AAAAAAAACOo/bXLDck63-9A/s1600/mcquarrie1.jpg]

    [image=http://cdn.comicartfans.com/Images/Category_13911/subcat_27615/SW%20Tribute%20Art.jpg]

    [image=http://www.originalprop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ralph-mcquarrie-stormtrooper-concept-art-star-wars-fr.jpg]
     
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  5. VadersLaMent

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    From what I understand it was for no better reason than to offer a variety.
     
  6. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

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    it looks like the skinny tips made it easier to extend the saber out of their arms.
     
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  7. MrFantastic74

    MrFantastic74 Jedi Knight star 4

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    No, actually there was a tab attached to the butt-end of the sabre that extended out from the underside of the figure's forearm. This allowed you to push and pull the sabre in and out without having to pull the tip.

    (Why does this post seem dirty to me?...)
     
  8. Arawn_Fenn

    Arawn_Fenn Force Ghost star 7

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    It runs in the family.

    Because it mentions pushing and pulling a saber in and out and also uses the term "butt end".
     
  9. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    And now you've gone & matched it with a quote about Luke's head getting bigger. Charming.
     
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  10. Mr. K

    Mr. K Moderator Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    SW fans are... [dr. evil pinky finger-to-lip]
    ...dirty.
     
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  11. Rowboatcop

    Rowboatcop Jedi Padawan star 1

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    Yeah what is with the 70s and yellow sabers? Was it something in the cocaine?

    http://scifiblog.net/wp-content/uploads/-470991806893172080.jpg

    http://www.wijnandsgalaxy.com/images/obi-wan-vintage-doll-box-front.jpg

    http://torwars.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Kenner_Star_Wars_Catalog_Lightsaber_1978-385x500.jpg
     
  12. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The exact reason I thought they simply had Luke & Ben's sabers the wrong way around. I would have seen the images on toy boxes far more often than the film itself back then.
     
  13. Darth Scourge

    Darth Scourge Jedi Master star 4

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    Kenner's first inflatable lightsaber toy was also yellow.

    [image=http://figure-archive.net/photos/v010/_00031672.jpg]


    But the lightsabre that came with the first 12" Luke figure was blue.
     
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  14. Jack1138

    Jack1138 Jedi Master star 5

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    I had that inflatable yellow saber. It just hooked on to a flashlight. I popped it the first day I had it, I thought I could cut through the back of the couch. After that I just had a cheap flashlight.

    That yellow sabre always bugged me with Luke. Take care though, if you have a figure from 1977 (date on back left leg) of either Luke, Ben, or Vader complete with saber and in good condition, could be worth thousands of dollars! :D
     
  15. VadersLaMent

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    OMG. That yellow lighsaber toy was my favorite. My inner child is crying. :_|
     
  16. EHT

    EHT New Films Manager star 7 Staff Member Manager

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    This deserves =D= . [face_laugh]
     
  17. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Far too many people in this thread are having fun and enjoying themselves.
     
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  18. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [hl=skyblue]No Kidding.[/hl]
     
  19. Merlin_Ambrosius69

    Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master star 5

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    Luke's saber in many of the early promotional paintings is also either pure white or golden yellow. This is best explained by the fact that Lucas did not initially envision the sabers as colored/animated/rotoscoped; he had planned to do the swords as a practical effect, with those whirling, metal-coated rods delivering the luminous effect. When that didn't work out as well as hoped, he decided to animate them, and at that point, in post-production when the majority of the posters and promotional materials had already been produced, gave them their color.

    It can be concluded with reasonable certainty that the Kenner toy designers were working with the promotional materials when they gave Luke his yellow lightsaber. Although the film was out in theaters at the time the designers were working, they either a) did not see the film and only worked with the promotional materials given to them, or b) saw the film and decided to adhere to the promotional material golden saber instead, out of a specific design aesthetic (given that Kenner Luke's hair is the exact same yellow color, and his tan pants match as well).
     
  20. VadersLaMent

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    I forgot all about the posters.

    [image=http://thegamerwithkids.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/starwarsposter.jpg]

    Luke with white lightsaber.

    [image=http://www.allmovieposter.org/poster/star-wars-poster-10.jpg]

    A bit closer to yellow.

    [image=http://furiousfanboys.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/swposters_05.jpg]

    And vader's is more yellow than red.
     
  21. jacktherack

    jacktherack Jedi Master star 4

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    does anyone know how often toy company's that can't get a product done by a certain time
    just recycle parts from other toylines. like [link=http://brian.carnell.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/remco-incredible-hulk-utility-belt.jpg]this :p[/link]
     
  22. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Not to mention:

    [image=http://theswca.com/images-speci/recycle/cantina.jpg]

    [image=http://theswca.com/images-speci/recycle/treehouse.jpg]

    [image=http://theswca.com/images-speci/recycle/tuckgg.jpg]

    Full article here: http://theswca.com/images-speci/recycle/
     
  23. Dark Lady Mara

    Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    That's fantastic! I'm really digging the Ewok treehouse. Maybe the next edit of the Classic Trilogy will include an extended CGI sequence on Endor exploring the decor of Ewok nurseries.

    .....
     
  24. thejeditraitor

    thejeditraitor Chosen One star 6

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    as to the yellow saber...

    it was white/yellow in many pics/posters at the time.

    due to the degrading film they replayed over and over many
    viewers remember a yellow saber. some people swear the original
    print had it yellow on purpose but its probably clouded kid memory.
     
  25. Darth_Nub

    Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Uh...

    The 'degrading film' from 1977/78, when Kenner manufactured the original Luke figure?