Back when Star Wars came out in 1977, I was 17 and was sort of left out of the merchandising demographic. Oh, sure, I could have a poster of the movie and stuff like that. But I was too old for the cool stuff; all the toys!
Besides, I couldn't have what I really wanted; a lightsaber. They eventually released these terrible little flashlight thingies that you extended with a flip of the wrist. Pretty lame, and for a much younger crowd. I wanted something as close to the real thing as possible, but alas, it was not to be.
Until now. In a supreme validation of the saying that "good things come to those who wait," I now have a lightsaber.
I chose the Mace Windu model for a number of reasons. I like the esthetics of this one. It's sort of an Art Deco lightsaber, with a lot of polished chrome and brass. With it's softer lines, it's pretty pleasing to the eye. It has an intensely glowing purple blade, that I also find attractive. But probably the big reason for me to choose this lightsaber is that Mace Windu is played by Samuel L. Jackson, who, no matter who he plays, comes across a bad motherf#&%@er.
The construction of this thing is pretty amazing. It is not a toy. Well, it is, but you know what I mean. Its a Collectible! Yeah! That's what I mean! Anyway, the hilt is made of metal trimmed with plastic/rubber, and it's heavy. Feels real good in the hand. The blade is a polycarbonate rod loaded with LEDs and electronics. Did I mention that it hums? Oh yes indeed. This beast comes with sound effects.
All in all, I would have to say this is the best movie toy...er...collectible I've come across. It looks great and actually does something other than sit on a table.