Lucasefilm Wants Star Wars Looking Laser Pointer Off The Market

by on July 7, 2010

in Entertainment

Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace

We all love the premise of a Lightsaber from Star Wars… like this lightsaber TOY from Amazon that is the Darth Vader Lightsaber!

Darth Vader LightsabterRubies Costume Co. Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber

Sometimes folks can make a great replica that might be a bit dangerous, like the phasers one man made with lasers. The premise is cool. But then others can go a bit too far, even if they don’t say it’s a lightsaber!

Laser arctic series light

But this newest item floating around on the internet, an S3 Spyder Arctic laser is a bit overboard and I’m not sure what it’s actual work purpose could be, except to wreak havoc and detruction in eyeballs and searing flesh. Honest!

Here’s the product warning:

Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to 1W of laser power. At close range, this Class 4 beam will cause immediate and irreversable retinal damage. Use with extreme caution and use only when wearing proper safety goggles with an O.D. of 3+ is required and 4.4+ for longer exposures. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class 4 Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.

Or my favorite line in the sales pitch: “this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence

The oddness of the product is that it looks like a lightsaber from Star Wars. It looks so much like a lightsaber that Lucasfilm asked them to stop making it and has issues this press release warning:

It has come to our attention that a company called Wicked Lasers is selling a highly dangerous product out of Hong Kong that is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. This product is not licensed or approved by Lucasfilm in any way. We have demanded that Wicked Lasers immediately cease and desist their infringing activities. As Wicked Lasers itself admits, this product can cause serious injury to the user and other people. We strongly discourage consumers from purchasing it.

Yes, it looks like a lightsaber and I jut can’t imagine they didn’t know this, but there is no mention of anything related to Star Wars, but sheesh. I’m still wondering what something like this would be honestly used for in a work environment… but what do I know. The video is a rather boring sales video, but the first few moments where they show a regular laser then they turn on the nuclear powered laser. And all this, within reach of most folks pockets, for just under $200. Eesh.

I’m just filing this away as “rather interesting.”

[via Sci Fi Wire & other sources: Dvice, Wicked Lasers.]

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