The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released last week, and it got us thinking: Why can’t we have lightsabers?
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“The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped this morning. And almost immediately, people began commenting on the design of a Sith lightsaber with what appears to be mini-blades shooting out of the hilt as a sort of crossguard.”
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“I’m not crushing dreams or bursting bubbles with this post. I don’t think anyone believed they’d ever run around with actual light sabers. Still, let’s take a look at what separates the impossible from the preposterous.”
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