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MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« on: March 17, 2006, 08:48:54 PM »
"Do or Do Not...There is No Try."
-Yoda to Luke Skywalker, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Luke Skywalker's Lightsaber from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back



Luke Skywalker, seasoned fighter pilot and hero of the Battle of Yavin, faces his grand destiny when he battles Darth Vader in a stunning confrontation between the light and dark sides of the Force high above the planet Bespin. Armed only with the lightsaber he inherited from a father he never knew, and driven by his untested mastery of the Force, Luke fights for his life, for his friends, and for the survival of the Rebellion.



The Luke Skywalker lightsaber prop featured in The Empire Strikes Back varies slightly in detailing from the prop used in A New Hope. Like the first movie prop, the basis of this lightsaber is an antique flashgun. However, the prop for Episode V was outfitted with a 13-line computer edge connector, which was press-fit into the center clamp area.



 The original stamped metal D-ring holder on the back of the lightsaber was also altered for the new version. A machined-metal connector, taken from another antique flashgun, was fitted with a D-ring and riveted to the rear of the prop. This particular piece was apparently flipped over and reattached during filming as it can be seen with either side facing out during the movie and in subsequent publicity photos.



The rubber grips, which were used for the first film prop, were also modified for the second film.  A small notch was cut out of the rear of each grip and pop-rivets were inserted into each recess.  In some pictures, small, slotted-head screws can also be seen on the fronts of the grips. 



The name of the antique flashgun stamped into the center clamp unit was also covered so it would not be visible on-screen during close-up shots.  This covering changed during filming, varying from a wider strip with a cross-hatched pattern to a narrow strip which was completely smooth.



Finally, the glass lens on the bottom of the flashgun was removed and replaced with a second, knurled silver-and-red trigger button identical to the one seen on the top of the flashgun.



Item # SW-110S
Suggested Retail Price:  $499.00
Limited to 1500 pieces
Release date: March, 27 2003

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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006, 08:52:17 PM »
Nice review and pics ;D

This is one of my favourite sabers, I'd give a lot to have the SE version ;)( but nit quite $800, which is what they are worth on ebay :D)

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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2006, 08:55:52 PM »
funny thing...I bought mine directly from Master Replicas for clearance price: $269.00!!!  Whooot!

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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006, 08:56:35 PM »
You've done it again Anakin! Great review. And just out of curiosity, how many LEs and SEs do you own?
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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2006, 08:57:02 PM »
funny thing...I bought mine directly from Master Replicas for clearance price: $269.00!!! Whooot!

I wish they would do deals like that now :(
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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2006, 08:57:55 PM »
He owns 4 ;)

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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2006, 09:07:12 PM »
yup!

4 Lightsaber replicas:
-ANH Vader SE
-TESB Luke SE
-AOTC Yoda LE
-ROTJ Luke LE

and

1 Blaster replica
-TESB Han LE  (hey, its an LE too!!!) ahhah


There were so many saber replicas, I knew I couldn't get them all.  So I just chose the ones that meant the most to me.
ANH Vader SE - Had to get it becuase it was the 1st Vader saber released and it had 2 Signatures on it!!!  How could I pass up JEJ and DP!?  Yeah...I couldn't

TESB Luke SE - My favorite saber of the Saga.  I put off getting it on its initial release and then one day MR sends me an email saying that they have a few Signature Editions left for a superb price and I jumped on it.  I'm so glad I didn't miss out on this fine work of art..I love it!  And to have Mark Hamill's Signature!..well...its just the best!

AOTC Yoda LE - Even though I wasn't really overly impressed by the replica I had to have it for two reasons.  One, being that this is a replica of what we see when Yoda finally reveals his lightsaber skills.  A landmark event.  Second...it was so cheap! $249 and it came with the case! heck yeah!

ROTJ Luke LE - I bought this cause it was the very First Lightsaber replica from MR.  It started my love for all things MR!
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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2006, 11:06:48 PM »
$269?  To get a saber for that price now, there have to be 4500 of them.  And not signed.  Lucky man, Master Skywalker is.  Keep up the awesome reviews! ;)
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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2006, 11:57:28 AM »
Thanks guys!

But I have to admit that all the text in my reviews comes directly from the Master Replicas certificate of authenticity booklet that is included with each saber.  I was thinking of how I could best review each saber, but figured that MR had already compiled all the pertinent info so I didn't have to. haha.   
...but thanks anyway! hehe

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2006, 12:32:26 PM »
I figured that out a while ago...........but it doesn't matter  ;)

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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2006, 03:21:32 PM »
Thanks guys!

But I have to admit that all the text in my reviews comes directly from the Master Replicas certificate of authenticity booklet that is included with each saber.  I was thinking of how I could best review each saber, but figured that MR had already compiled all the pertinent info so I didn't have to. haha.   
...but thanks anyway! hehe

I did that too, but I also added my own comments.



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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2006, 08:17:13 PM »
Gorgeous pics. The Luke ESB is an awesome saber. :)
Hasbro Signature Series
Luke Skywalker ANH with Removable Blade
Obi-Wan Kenobi ROTS with Removable Blade
Darth Maul TPM with Removable Blade
Kit Fisto AOTC with Removable Blade
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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2006, 12:29:18 AM »
Can't wait to get my graflex saber ;D

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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2006, 02:20:08 PM »
500 clams a pop huh, wow. still i'd probably do it, lol.
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Re: MR 2003 Luke Skywalker TESB "Signature Edition" Replica
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2006, 10:53:07 PM »
500 what ???