The Verge Profiles The Master of LightsabersApril 13th, 2016
Lightsaber enthusiasts look up to Michael “Yoda” Murphy, the man who runs the prop forum FX-Sabers, and more importantly one of the pioneers of building authentic lightsaber replicas. The Verge’s Bryan Bishop recently interviewed and commissioned a Return of the Jedi Luke Skywalker saber from Yoda.
Although the tech site’s video report contains a lot of eye candy, Bishop’s full article is a must read for Star Wars fans. It details how Yoda got into the craft, how he was the first one to integrate the lightsaber crystal from the Star Wars Visual Dictionary into a saber replica and more.
The article also points out that while the market for high-end lightsabers and Star Wars props in general is small, The Force Awakens’ release earned these craftsmen a new and massive wave of fans and customers. But while Yoda’s sabers can fetch up to more than $15,000 (USD) each, he wants to share the joy of crafting with his clients, the same way DIY kits fueled his passion for RC cars. To that end, Yoda is working on a DIY “illuminated saber” chassis kit that will make it easier for folks to make a Luke Skywalker saber, provided they find a Graflex flashgun or a similar case.