What is a shelf queen? | Lightsaber Terminology
As you’re researching lightsabers, you may encounter the term “shelf queen.” A shelf queen is a lightsaber that you ONLY display. You put the lightsaber on your shelf for you and others to admire and you don’t use it for dueling or anything else.
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The video uses a Roman Props MK1 static hilt as an example of a shelf queen
Lightsabers can be shelf queens for a variety of reasons including:
• the lightsaber is a solid, static hilt intended only for display (i.e. Master Replicas 0.45 scale lightsabers and full size scale lightsabers)
• the lightsaber is an empty hilt without any electronics installed
• the lightsaber is broken or otherwise non-functional
• the lightsaber owner only wishes to display the lightsaber and not use it, even though the lightsaber has functioning sound and/or light
The term “shelf queen” applies to other things, not just lightsabers. For example, an antique apple peeler could be a shelf queen as well.
Do you own a lightsaber that is a “shelf queen”? Feel free to comment below.