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Lightsaber Controversy
A discussion about which way a lightsaber hilt should be pointed.
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Recently when looking at several different sources and talking to different friends, I got to thinking. What's the right way to have a minifig hold a lightsaber.

I use mine this way.

But I have seen people hold it this way.

Here's a light-up minifig holding a lightsaber. The chunky side is closest to the blade.

Here in the Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary we see that the chunky side is away from the blade.

But in the same book we see that another minifig has the chunky side closest to the blade. (I have this one too)((Sorry forgot the name of her))

Then we look at Kit Fisto. He's got it the way I hold my lightsabers.

Then we look at Yoda. He's got it the way I don't hold my lightsabers.

Let's look in the Lego Catalog. Here we see Anakin and Ahsoka (Ahsoka, Who I despise) with them holding the lightsabers the chunky side AWAY from the blade.

Then we look at the Death star set and see that Obi-wan and Darth Vader have it holding the way I hold it.

What do you think?




Comments

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  May 19, 2011
Well what I do is first study how the person's lighsaber looks in the movies. For example, if you look at Obi Wan's from Ep. 3 you see that the spikes things are at the bottom and in sort of thins out in the middle. So I make his hilt have the pointy things down. Another thing you could do is give the pointy things up if the person is a sith and put it down if they're a Jedi
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  January 20, 2011
It really depends on how an individual person wants them to look.
  January 14, 2011
I agree with Little Ewok. I do the same.
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  December 20, 2010
The Lego lightsber is actually Obi-Wans saber. There is also Dookus and Ventresses.
  December 19, 2010
Both ways work fine. I do mine both ways to add variation
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  November 8, 2010
To be honest, it doesn't really matter. All lightsabres have the same very basic structure, and then the rest is ENTIRELY up to the individual who crafts it, from its length and weight to its outward appearance. And also, you forgot to mention Darth Maul and his sabre staff (double blade). It had the blades out of the 'chunky' end and the other end as well.
  November 8, 2010
It simply depends on how one wants their lightsaber (or generic laser sword) to look.
  October 21, 2010
i think it works either way
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  September 10, 2010
i think that the original trilogy minifigs e.g darth vader luke skywalker hold the lightsabers your way but clone wars and episodes I ,II and III hold their lightsabers the other way
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  August 21, 2010
i think its the way that their sabers are fashioned in the movies. Great build
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  August 12, 2010
I guess it depends on what kind it is, but your right, that sure is a contreversy. Sry rong spelling :(
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  August 9, 2010
It realy depends on what style of lightsaber the owner has in the "actual star wars world". depending on which jedi has what hilt it should either be "chunky" up or "chunky" down.
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  August 8, 2010
I have it the same way you do, since I think that the little ridges on the "bottom" are representative of the grips on Luke's Saber from Episodes IV and V.
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  July 24, 2010
I use your way. the other way seems so... weird.
  July 18, 2010
I found one thing hilarious. You said you didnt remember Luminara's name. look at the photo :P I hae my minifigs hold the lightsabers your way, even if it contradicts the set. (Not that my sets or minifigures last long)
Casey McCoy
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Spencer The Soccer Player
  June 23, 2010
I never really payed attention to it. I dont see how it matters a whole lot either. . . but then again im not a star wars person. But good thought.
  April 9, 2010
It depends entirely on who the minifig is. If you look at the element itself ot is fairly obvious that its main features are that of obi-wan kenobi's lightsabre in episode 4. the "chunky bit " is the blade emitter if you want to be obi-wan.
  March 13, 2010
In my opinion I like to hold it like the secret darth vader's padawan hold it. the blade is behind you.if this is what you are saying.
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  February 14, 2010
I don't really think it matters which way they hold it, probably just for the display to show the character.
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  January 30, 2010
Lego just plain doesn't care about that simple mess-up. the employees assemble, take pictures, PS them, then they realize: "Oh, that doesn't look right... oh well, I'll just leave it like that."
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  January 24, 2010
"Chunky" side should be closest to the blade.
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  January 23, 2010
I just use different sides to make different lightsabers.
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  January 22, 2010
I think that it is necessary to hold the shortest side upward because if you look well the movies, at the characters one hands near the blade.
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  January 16, 2010
I have to say I would hold it the regular way. But I think everyone has there own preference. But that is okay to me.
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  January 5, 2010
It comes out of the chunky side. Can you look at my emotion trooper? It is called "bipolar clone trooper" and is in the emotion troopers group. Thanks.
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  December 26, 2009
I always thought that it was made to look like Obi-Wan's lightsaber from ep 1. I agree with your way of it. The blade comes out of the part without the prongs
  December 7, 2009
Lego's lightsaber hilt is based off of Luke's lightsaber in EP.VI so the "chunky" side is meant to be the emmiter, although I don't know why Lego would contradict themselves by putting it on backwards.
Casey McCoy
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Commander Hawke
  December 2, 2009
I hold it the way you do! Well sometimes... (mysterious music)
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  November 29, 2009
My guess: Whenever they're assembling the lightsabers, they have a dozen of the blades attached to an makeshift dartboard. They than launch the handles till they get one to stick, and than use that configuration in the set =P
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  November 15, 2009
I think the way you you and I hold the 'sabers is correct. Look at the top of them in the movie: see that little ring that comes higher? And how about Obi-Wan's in Ep. 1-4: he has some cool knobby/bumpy thing at the bottom.
Casey McCoy
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The Seeker And Dead One
  November 14, 2009
I agree. Why would you want the lightsaber the OTHER way! I always put my lightsabers that way. P.S. For those who think the other way/both, look at one of those toy ones.
  November 14, 2009
I don't build Star Wars anymore, but I've always thought it should be held the way you do. It just looks better to me, y'know?
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  November 13, 2009
Although I use both sides, I prefer to have the chunky side up. I use the chunky side up for my Jedi and the chunky side down for my Sith.
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  November 13, 2009
Both ways are correct, it depend of the hilt you want, Yoda's way lets the lightsaber smaller!
  November 13, 2009
I use both ways, sometimes it looks like it's a different hilt then, so some variety is good. Though from the beginning I always used the way you use too mostly. So I'd say that side, otherwise both for hilt variety.
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  November 11, 2009
It all depends on what you want your Lightsaber to look like. If you want it to resemble a Sith saber with the spikes at the beam emmiter, you have to turn it upside down. Or if you want it to look like Obi-Wan's or luke's, OR Darth vader's or anikin's, just leave it with the fat side up.
  November 11, 2009
It's that way becuase most people never realised the difference. I use it the same way you do.
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  November 5, 2009
Chunky near the blade Just look at Obi-Wan's EP1 lightsaber and you'll see what I mean.
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  November 5, 2009
I like this one..... Good question... most of the time I use them the same as you do. But how the brick can you forget someones name if it's beneath her in the picture. I didn't knew her name either, but by only looking at the picture, I know her name.
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  November 5, 2009
I use them both sides, Really nice BTW plz check out this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/132211
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  November 5, 2009
I have mine the same as yours with the spikey bit at the bottom.
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  November 5, 2009
I have mine the same as yours with the spikey bit at the bottom.
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  November 5, 2009
good research in here, perhaps instead of making 2 slightly different peices for lightsabers lego use the same one either way round for added detail,or maybe they dont really have the same quarrels as the customers and thereofre just pur them the way that at the time looks best with the character
  November 5, 2009
The lightsabers are supposed to be diferent, in the movies do you see everybody with the same exact sword? No, so insted of making unique hilts for each Jedi they just flip them over. Better than all lightsabers being the same... Mystery Solved!
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  November 5, 2009
ok cool, i know her name it is lumerami (i think thats how you spell it)
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  November 5, 2009
This is a good idea. I hold mine the way you hold yours, thats the way i see it most.
Casey McCoy
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Jack Bacchus
  November 4, 2009
I have noticed, On the forced unleashed You always hold the "Chunky" side down unless the WHOLE lightsaber is "chunky"
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  November 4, 2009
I always held mine like u do. the other way just drove me crazy :) , great question though.
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  November 3, 2009
prolly.... xD Its just random really
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  November 3, 2009
Thanks for all the input everyone! What's the verdict? Personal preference! Everyone holds their lightsabers the way they want to, but the majority chooses big, or 'chunky' side up. Thanks!
  November 2, 2009
I like the "chunky" side up personally, i think it looks more realistic.
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  November 1, 2009
I like to use them both ways depending on the character, but I prefer the way yoda uses his!
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  November 1, 2009
Being as the lightsaber hilt was designed around the same time as Episode 1 coming out and if you look at ObiWan's saber you notice that both have knobby things at one end. On ObiWan's saber that is the back so it would stand to reason that it would be the same as in LEGO. So in conclusion the right way ("your" way) is correct.
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  November 1, 2009
I hold mine the way you hold yours. (That came out wrong :P) Looking at how the lightsabers look and the people hold them in the movies, I believe your way is the right way.
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  November 1, 2009
I hold mine the right way (your way)
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  November 1, 2009
I hold my sabers as you and most of the others too- but as we can see not even the officials, designers and photographers of the Lego co. do know which one is right way- originally (1999) it was always like you and I hold it- bigger side with stripes are the side where blade goes i still stand for it (most pics have it that way too) anyway both will do- in movies sabers are so different...
Casey McCoy
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Char Bioshift
  October 31, 2009
I deffinitly go with the way you hold it, cause that's the way I hold it. This is something that needed to be stated.
  October 31, 2009
I agree..... ....V.....V.....V.....V.....V.....V.....V... V .....V.....V.....V.....V.....V.....V.....V
Casey McCoy
Mark Legorski
  October 30, 2009
The Mace Windu in the visual dictionary has a stud attached to the back of his light saber, causing it too look "chunky". The light-up light sabers are unchangeable, all the same, so the "chunky" side can not be on the bottom. Also if you think about it, every Jedi/Sith has a different light saber hilt, meaning that the measly one hilt we have to depend on can be used both ways, for two hilts, meaning convenience.
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  October 30, 2009
I always thought it depended upon the 'real' lightsaber the character had in the movie(s). If there was more detail on the bottom, then the 'chunky' side went away from the blade. If more detail was on the top, then it went there.
  October 30, 2009
I hold my light-sabers like Yoda does in the picture.
  October 30, 2009
Who really cares? Just use your version!
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  October 30, 2009
Quoting Sergeant Pepper I prefer your way, personally. By the way, her name is Luminara Unduli. And it says so in your picture =)
Thanks Pepper.
Quoting Lego Tech And for another question: Which way do the hands on a minifigure go?
I was thinking that too!
Quoting Mark Legorski The Mace Windu in the visual dictionary has a stud attached to the back of his light saber, causing it too look "chunky".
Oooh, ok.
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  October 30, 2009
I think it to make the lightsabers seem different from eachother(Anikan has a different lightsaber than Obi-Wan in the movie)
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  October 30, 2009
Hmmm, good question! I always have the blade come out of the "chunky" end of the hilt because I think it looks better that way.
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  October 30, 2009
The way you hold it,btw and also,with the droid arms,it's the fat side that faces up.
  October 30, 2009
I prefer your way, personally. By the way, her name is Luminara Unduli. And it says so in your picture =)
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  October 30, 2009
Since each lightsaber is supposed to be different size and shape in the movies, it can go either way.
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  October 30, 2009
Great job, I have always wondered this. I agree with you.
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  October 30, 2009
the chunky side should go up.
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  October 30, 2009
the stud like piece goes on top.
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  October 30, 2009
good moc.i noticed this 2 but a litsbr is a litsabr.(btw i hold it ur way.)
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  October 30, 2009
It's kind of personal preference. I use both ways to make the lightsabers look a little more diverse. -Danny
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  October 30, 2009
I use the chunky side away from the blade.
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  October 30, 2009
I make them chunky to the blade, same as you. It just looks more legit to me.
  October 30, 2009
I hold make them hold it your way, BTW, forced sim they're all like that.
  October 30, 2009
since this sint a moc i won't rate it but i use mine the same way as you use yours. oh and i don't use light-up ones (the minifig's head spins too much. or is that just for the ones i got?)
  October 30, 2009
i belive that if you look at most lightsabers from the movie they all have the spikey side down to hold it on to the belt and if you look at obi wans[who lego's is based on]has the chunkey side up where the lines are and the ignition button
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  October 30, 2009
I agree with Moodswim, it depends on wich character's lightsaber it is, but I doubt that Lego looks up every lightsaber and decides wich way it has to be held, I think they do it more randomly. Personally I prefer the way you do, the other looks kinda unproportional and lightsabers like Darth Vader`s one look more like your way.
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  October 30, 2009
I think it's a matter of which character it is, because various lightsabers look different in movies and TV. Personally, I think it looks disproportionate unless the fat side is up, but I base that off the look of Luke's saber in the OT:)
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  October 30, 2009
Good idea! You're definitely supposed to hold it with the "chunky side" up. Or at least that's my opinion...
  October 30, 2009
OK, if you want to get all technical and have all your minifigs be movie accurate you want the "chunky"side up. But lego is all about creativity so if you want then you can have the "spiky"side up. It really dosn't matter but if you want to be movie accurate then the "chunky" side should be up
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  October 30, 2009
I Agree With Alexander. It All Depends Who's Holding It. I Beleive Luke Skywalker Held It The Way You Have It.
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  October 30, 2009
Great idea. I hold the lightsaber the way you have your lightsaber and I think the fat side of the light up saber should go down. It looks like the bottom of the saber to me. And, awesome Luke Skywalker! I see you got him from the dictionary.
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  October 30, 2009
It all depends on who is holding it. I usually had my minifigs hold it with the fat side up... but nowadays, I dont work within the Star Wars universe like I used to. It really depends on the character and how their lightsaber is shaped.
 
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