10 Fascinating Facts About Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Lightsaber From Star Wars Canon

The lightsaber. This elegant weapon for a more civilized age has been the choice accessory for Jedi since their inception. Varying in size, shape, color, and style, the lightsaber is a versatile weapon for both non-force users, Jedi, and Sith. Each saber is specifically crafted for its user and holds an important personal connection to those who wield it. It is the ultimate symbol of Star Wars.

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Whether it is Darth Maul’s double-bladed preference or the simple elegance of the Skywalker blade, everyone puts their own spin on their Lightsaber. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fabled Jedi Master of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, has had a varied history in regards to his lightsabers. Here are ten facts about Obi-Wan’s blue-bladed lightsaber.

10 Ewan Got To Choose His Saber

When filming The Phantom Menace, the crew at Lucasfilm had a chance to play with Obi-Wan’s saber hilt. Though eventually, they needed to get to the iconic hilt Alec Guinness’ character uses in the 1977 original, the production could experiment with other styles before landing on the initial design. This provided a fun bit of wish fulfillment for Obi-Wan himself: Ewan McGregor.

In the excellent behind the scenes documentary The Begining: Making Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace, fans got to witness this momentous occasion for themselves. In the lead up to filming, the prop folks crafted multiple styles of saber hilt for Ewan to look over. Eventually, like a kid in a candy store, he lands on the definite look for Obi Wan’s very first lightsaber.

9 Obi-Wan Had Three Lightsabers

The life of a Jedi is one filled with peril. Their duty, to learn the teachings of the force and to serve as keepers of the peace, sounds a bit more laid back than the reality would lead you to believe. Jedi journey across the galaxy battling monsters, pirates, bounty hunters, and sith, just to name a few. The adversaries and obstacles are many, not to mention the risk.

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Because of this, their equipment suffers a lot of wear and tear. Obi-Wan’s lightsaber specifically has gone through three iterations because of this. The three distinct changes were not due to a want of new aesthetic. No, instead they were necessary replacements for the many missions and duels.

8 The First Was Inspired By Qui Gon Jinn

The first saber of this Jedi Master was inspired by none other than his own mentor Qui-Gon Jinn. This rebellious Jedi master had a different bladed saber than his padawan, choosing the green color as opposed to blue. That being said, Obi-Wan’s hilt was directly designed after that of Qui-Gon’s.

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Qui-Gon’s hilt was a simple design, consisting of a ringed structure painted black, a simple silver frame, and a signature red igniting button near the upper middle. Obi-Wan’s had a similar black structure and red button, but with more flair in its silver framing. The base of the hilt though, bore a rounded end with silver edging, unlike Qui-Gon’s simple base.

7 How Was It Powered?

When it comes to lightsabers, they are not as mysteriously powered as one might think. Most of the structure of the hilt is nothing more than a conductor for the blade. Obi-Wan’s saber, a simple single blade, is not different than most in this regard.

The saber itself was powered with a Diatium power cell, which was the primary power source of the weapon. While the Kyber crystal itself was essential, to ignite its blade it needed a source of heat and power. This is where the power cell enters, fueling the Kyber enough to emit the classic blue blade of Obi-Wan’s signature weapon.

6 The First Was Lost On Naboo

Obi-Wan’s first lightsaber saw a decent amount of action. Battling Droids on Naboo, accompanying him to Tatooine, and on Coruscant, that saber experienced some mileage. Sadly, it wasn’t going to last forever. This first saber saw it’s end when Kenobi faced off against the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul.

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In their first duel, Kenobi, Qui-Gon, and Maul faced off in the Plasma Refinery Complex of Theed Palace. This duel of fates saw the end of Qui-Gon Jinn by the hands of the Sith, leaving Kenobi alone against this foe. Cornering Kenobi in an air shaft, Maul kicked his first saber down toward the pit. Luckily, Obi-Wan was able to force pull his fallen master’s weapon and defeat the Sith.

5 His Second Saber Was Just A Copy

Obi-Wan soon constructed a new weapon after this duel on Naboo. Fans got their first view of this saber in the second episode of the saga: Attack of the Clones. Once again though, this saber was a long call from the distinct design of the A New Hope model.

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This second hilt was nearly an exact replica of his first saber from The Phantom Menace. Nearly identical, every aspect of this hilt is an exact copy of his first apart from the blade emitter. The top of the saber is slightly differing with a rounded and extended opening for the blade.

4 His Second Was Stolen By Geonosians

Out of all of his escapades before and during Episode II, this second saber was never lost. After surviving a Gundark and hunting a changeling, this saber stayed intact. Obi-Wan even had the gall to lecture Anakin for almost losing his saber during the pursuit of Zam Wesell. He should have followed his own directions.

While searching for Jango Fett, Obi-Wan followed the bounty hunter to the desert planet of Geonosis. Here, he discovered a battle droid factory and the home of the recently formed Separatists. It was here that Dooku and the Geonosians capture him and stole his saber, never to be seen again.

3 He Had A Fourth Temporary Saber

Though he soon lost his saber by the hands of the Geonosians, Obi-Wan wasn’t without a weapon during the first battle of the Clone Wars. Once Republic and Jedi forces arrived to aid Anakin, Padme, and Obi-wan, the Master and Apprentice were given temporary replacement sabers for the battle.

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While Anakin was gifted a green blade, Obi-Wan’s temporary saber was once again blue. This lightsaber might not have served its owner long, but it assisted in two very crucial moments. The battle in the arena against Dooku’s forces was the genesis of the entire Clone War, a conflict that would last years. Soon after, Obi-Wan and his padawan would face off against Dooku himself.

2 His Final Saber Was The Most Important

At this point with the Clone Wars in full swing, Obi-Wan finally constructed his iconic saber hilt as seen in A New Hope. This final iteration was quite the departure from his first two designs. This hilt was far thinner is construction, with no bulky rounded end and a thinner middle section. This allowed for far lighter and quicker fighting ability.

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This blade took part in some of the most important moments in Obi-Wan’s life. This weapon assisted in the Clone Wars, against his former padawan (twice), and struck down Darth Maul. It is second only to the Skywalker blade in reputation.

1 Luke Fashioned His Lightsaber After Obi-Wan’s

Though this saber fell with its wielder, it’s legacy continued far beyond. Luke Skywalker, the final apprentice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, constructed his second saber to highly resemble that of his former master’s. Like Obi-Wan before him, this sense of heritage was integral in construction.

Looking at the blades, they both have the singular round emitter, followed by a thin upper-middle and a stronger thicker base. Their ignite button is also a familiar rectangle shape. The reason for many of these similarities is obviously in homage, but also due to availability. When constructing, Luke made his lightsaber from lost pieces found in Obi-Wan’s hut on Tatooine, as seen in a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi.

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2019-07-13 03:07:21

Matt Berger

Luke’s Lightsaber Is Back In Star Wars 9 (Despite Being Destroyed)

UPDATE: Read our full Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker trailer breakdown.

In Star Wars 9, titled Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber lives on, despite being destroyed in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The story of the Skywalker Saga is coming to an end this year with the debut of J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker. As the ninth film in the main franchise, the upcoming movie will look to tie up loose ends not only from the new trilogy, but from George Lucas’ Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy. And, considering the title of the overarching narrative is the Skywalker Saga, it makes sense for the story to tie directly into the family’s lineage.

One particular relic that has been a staple of the Star Wars movies is Luke’s lightsaber, and fans were excited to see it return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, even if Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself didn’t appear until the very end of the movie. At the end of Star Wars 7, Force-sensitive protege Rey (Daisy Ridley) returns the lightsaber to him on Ahch-to, though that moment isn’t paid off until Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In that film, Rey trains with the lightsaber and eventually takes it with her when she goes to try to recruit Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) away from the Dark Side. During a clash with Kylo, though, the lightsaber cracks in two and Rey takes it with her as she returns to the Rebels. Now it’s revealed that may not be the end of this particular Star Wars relic.

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During the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker panel at Star Wars Celebration 2019, a photo of Rey was revealed and it appears she’s carrying the pieces of the lightsaber on her belt. Further, Ridley teased, “the lightsaber Rey inherited from Luke lives.” See the photo of Rey below.

Further, the first Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer that screened during the movie’s Celebration panel shows Rey using a lightsaber very similar to Luke’s, indicating she somehow finds a way to fix it. Whether Rey melds the two pieces of the lightsaber back together, or repairs it in some other way remains to be seen. But unless the sequence of Rey using the lightsaber in the trailer is from later in the movie, it’s likely to be something that occurs early on or even offscreen. However, an offscreen repair would be a little too easy considering how massive of event it was when the lightsaber broke apart in the first place.

Other tidbits about The Rise of Skywalker were revealed during the panel at Celebration, including a first look at Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) in the movie, along with a first look at the new character Jannah, played by Naomi Ackie. The rest of the new generation trio were heavily featured as well, with new images of Rey, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) being revealed on screen. Still, though we know more about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker now than ever before, fans will undoubtedly have to wait until the movie hits theaters in December to learn everything about the ending of the Skywalker Saga.

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2019-04-12 10:04:21

Molly Freeman

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Original Lightsaber Story Was Really Crazy

The plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is well-known now, almost three years after the film’s release, but the narrative almost followed a completely different trajectory surrounding Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Despite being lost during the fateful duel at Cloud City, Luke’s old weapon returned in the sequel trilogy, calling to Rey at Maz Kanata’s castle. The mystery surrounding the saber’s reappearance is one of the biggest sticking points of the new films, as there’s never been a sound explanation for how Maz came to be in possession of it. The filmmakers weren’t sure what to do about it, infamously brushing it off as “a good question for another time.”

It seems highly unlikely that question will ever be answered (Episode IX has plenty else on its plate to take care of), illustrating how the lightsaber’s role in the modern movies evolved over time. At one point, during peak speculation about The Force Awakens’ plot, the ancient weapon was going to be the driving force behind the whole story. Fortunately, things changed.

The Lightsaber Was The Force Awakens’ Original Plot Device

Episode VII picks up on Jakku, where daring pilot Poe Dameron retrieves a portion of a map that supposedly leads to the missing Luke Skywalker. At least from a superficial perspective, the map plays a similar part to the Death Star plans in A New Hope. For the first half of the film, it’s what the heroes and villains of the story are both after, as the prevailing belief is Luke’s triumphant return or brutal death would change the tide of the brewing conflict forever. In particular, Supreme Leader Snoke is worried about what Skywalker’s reemergence would mean.

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The map is a simple and effective MacGuffin, easing audiences into this new era for Star Wars and firmly establishing what’s at stake. But for those with long memories and fondly followed the ever-brewing Force Awakens rumor mill, the Ahch-To map was hardly a thought on anyone’s mind for much of the discussion. Just about every plot rumor that came up pointed to Luke’s lightsaber being the main plot device that led to Rey and Finn encountering Han Solo and taking their first steps into a larger world. It allegedly was so prominent in Episode VII that it was set to be the first thing audiences saw after the opening crawl.

The Lightsaber in Space Opened The Force Awakens

In keeping with Star Wars tradition, The Force Awakens opens with the classic pan up in space, revealing a First Order fleet embarking on Jakku. Stormtrooper transports arrive on the surface, take Poe captive, and the rest is history. But well before the film’s release, it was theorized the opening shot of the movie was the lightsaber falling from space. A rumored opening sequence suggested a Jakku villager named Naka happened upon it and accidentally started a fire by igniting it. Naka brought the weapon before the Vicar (which is what Max von Sydow’s Lor San Tekka was known as at the time), who alerted the Resistance about the lightsaber’s appearance. Of course, the First Order learned this information as well and went on their own mission to retrieve it. Much like he did with the map in the final film, Poe hid the saber in BB-8 and told him to flee.

Kylo Ren was said to be actively pursuing the saber because, potentially, its kyber crystal had the ability to open an ancient Sith tomb Luke was guarding. As Kylo tried to track it down, Rey and Finn crossed paths with Han and Chewbacca, sending them all on a quest to find Skywalker so they can return the saber to him. Instead of being a tortured old man consumed by regret, Luke was said to be going insane because of his responsibility to keep the tomb safe. Obviously, this didn’t pan out, but there are some striking similarities between the rumors and the actual movie. The basic set up is the same, but the plot revolved around the map, and nobody knew the reasons why Luke vanished. Even when there are inklings of truth in Star Wars speculation, the theories can be all over the place.

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Rey’s Force Vision Replaced A Knights of Ren & Lightsaber Flashback

As it stands, the lightsaber doesn’t show up onscreen until about halfway through the film, as the weapon mysteriously calls to Rey and triggers the now-famous Force vision where she sees images of the past and future. Recently, it was confirmed this sequence originally included a snippet of Luke’s duel with Darth Vader, with actor Robert Boulter cast as a young Skywalker. This was definitely one of the most talked-about portions of the entire film, as audiences attempted to make sense of it all. Apparently, it was a segment that went through multiple revisions, as the initial plan called for something else entirely – a flashback involving (you guessed it) the lightsaber.

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During their stop on Takodana to visit Maz (who once was referred to as Rose), Rey, Finn, and Han were to hear a story that essentially told the history of the saber and how it ended up in Maz’s possession. Rumors had this flashback sequence depicting a large battle between two warring clans, background about Ben Solo’s training under Luke (and eventual turn to the dark side, forming the Knights of Ren), and Maz stealing the lightsaber from the Knights so she could keep it out of their hands. Afterwards, Rey runs away, terrified of the lightsaber’s power and Kylo arrives on the planet to claim what he feels is his. Again, with a few tweaks, it’s easy to get to what J.J. Abrams actually delivered in The Force Awakens. Following her disorientating vision, Rey claimed she never wanted to see the lightsaber again and went fleeing into the forest.

Why The Lightsaber Plot Was Changed In The Force Awakens

Making the lightsaber, one of the most recognizable aspects of the Star Wars franchise, the driving force behind the plot of a new movie certainly was a tempting proposition, but it’s probably for the best that things were changed. For starters, the original setup doesn’t make sense. None other than Mark Hamill confirmed the original plan was to see Luke’s hand floating through space before landing on the Jakku desert. Remember, Luke lost his hand on Cloud City, a location on the planet Bespin. If anything, his detached limb would have fallen to the surface, rather than sail around the universe for three decades. Fortunately, Abrams and company realized this early on and made some necessary revisions to avoid getting the new Star Wars era off on the wrong foot.

There’s a discernible logic behind the map that makes it easier to integrate into the larger plot. Luke Skywalker disappeared at some point following Return of the Jedi, and everyone wants to know where he went. Some people believed he went searching for the first Jedi Temple, so they tried to figure out how to get to the remote planet of Ahch-To. It’s a very simple and streamlined story to follow, right in Star Wars’ ballpark. And while there were some lingering questions about the map’s origins in the immediate aftermath of The Force Awakens’ release, they aren’t nearly as problematic as trying to explain the infamous lightsaber beginning. Seeing that Abrams (or Rian Johnson, for that matter) bothered to explain how Maz found it, it’s unlikely fans would have been satisfied with the initial plan.

When it premiered, The Force Awakens was widely seen as a triumphant return to form for the franchise, with many feeling Abrams captured the spirit of the original trilogy and blended it with the new. One has to wonder what the reaction would have been if the lightsaber plot remained in place, and odds are it might not have gone over well. It’s no secret its reappearance and Maz as a story catalyst are the weakest aspects of the new trilogy, so Abrams definitely made the right call to mix things up.

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2018-12-04 02:12:27

Star Wars 9 Filming Change Forces Adam Driver to Cancel College Appearance

Star Wars: Episode IX actor Adam Driver is forced to postpone a university appearance due to a scheduling change on the film. Director J.J. Abrams began production on the Skywalker saga’s grand finale earlier this year, after the project had gone through substantial behind-the-scenes changes. Abrams, of course, came in to replace Colin Trevorrow as helmsman, penning an all-new script alongside Chris Terrio after numerous stabs at the screenplay failed to impress Lucasfilm higher-ups.

Abrams’ arrival late in development meant things needed to be moved around. Originally, Episode IX was supposed to start principal photography this January in order to meet a May 2019 release date. However, it was pushed back to December 2019, meaning filming started later in the year. This caused some of the cast members to cancel previously arranged obligations, and now Driver is the latest to do so.

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The user Riri19911 shared a statement from Driver’s management on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, where the actor’s team announced Driver needed to postpone an appearance at a university. You can read it in full below:

Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow. He feels terrible letting everyone down and doing this last minute, but has been left with no choice. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

It’s unknown exactly what circumstances led to the change, but right now, fans shouldn’t be too concerned. There are always a lot of moving pieces on something as massive as Star Wars, and it’s possible Abrams saw a window to shoot a specific sequence – which obviously involves Kylo Ren. It’s possible this is some kind of action set piece, given that it’s required Driver rehearses for an entire day. Lightsaber battles always involve high-end choreography that the actors need to learn. On the Last Jedi director commentary, Rian Johnson noted how Daisy Ridley and Driver performed their own stunts during the throne room fight, and odds are someone as method and committed as Driver wants to handle the action bits himself for Episode IX.

The Star Wars films of the Disney era haven’t always had the smoothest productions, with Solo being an obvious example. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like this situation on Episode IX is nearly as dire. While it’s certainly an inconvenience to have to switch things around at the eleventh hour, it sounds like it’s a matter of scheduled shoots getting moved around and won’t be a major setback. And fortunately for the university students, they’ll still have an opportunity to see Driver another time, once Star Wars 9 is all taken care of.

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2018-10-08 07:10:22 – Chris Agar

Darth Maul Actor Wants to Choreograph Star Wars Lightsaber Fights

Darth Maul actor Ray Park has expressed interest in choreographing lightsaber duels for future Star Wars movies. Park, of course, first played the Sith Lord in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, before returning to the role at long last in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As most fans are aware, Maul was seemingly killed in The Phantom Menace on Naboo. After murdering Qui-Gon Jinn, Maul was cut in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi and fell backward into a pit. While Park has only made two appearances in the live-action Star Wars films, it was explained in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, that Maul actually lived through this ordeal thanks to the Force and his hatred for Kenobi. That being said, Solo: A Star Wars Story officially made Maul’s survival part of the live-action canon by revealing him as the leader of the criminal organization Crimson Dawn. Park’s return to the role was a big surprise for many fans, but now it seems he wants to continue his Star Wars career on the big screen.

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When asked on Twitter why Park hasn’t choreographed lightsaber duels for the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Park responded by saying that he would take that job “in a heart beat“. Park began practicing martial arts at a young age and has often done complex stunts for characters like Toad in X-Men and Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe films. With Park’s background as a martial artist, he would be a good choice to choreograph more lightsaber duels, but so far it hasn’t happened. His full Tweet can be seen below:

Even though the prequel films aren’t considered a high point for the Star Wars franchise, the character of Darth Maul is widely considered one of the best parts of the prequel trilogy. While some feel Maul’s Solo cameo wasn’t a good idea, others were just excited to see the character return to the big screen. Kenobi and Maul had one final (and emotional) lightsaber duel in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, but with the Star Wars story spinoffs being (seemingly) put on hold, that battle may never end up being adapted for live-action.

In short, Darth Maul’s future in the Star Wars universe is up in the air right now. Until more news about another live-action Darth Maul appearance is announced, Star Wars fanatics will just have to enjoy seeing the character on the Solo Blu-ray, when it is released later this month on Tuesday, September 25.

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2018-09-15 04:09:15 – Christopher Fiduccia