Master Replicas: Force FX Lightsabers and High-End Prop Replica Lightsabers (Lightsaber Company Spotlight)

Master Replicas (MR), a high-end movie prop replicas company, manufactured realistic Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers, full scale replica lightsabers, and an affordable line of collectible “mini” 0.45 scale replica lightsabers.  Master Replicas produced officially licensed Star Wars lightsabers from 2002 until the Star Wars license expired in 2007. The company closed the following year in 2008, but returned in 2017.

As of 2019, all Master Replicas lightsabers are out of production. Master Replicas does not currently make lightsabers or hold a licensing agreement with Lucasfilm/Disney to make Star Wars lightsabers, props, or collectibles.

Master Replicas Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber line

Master Replicas originated the Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber, an innovative and revolutionary battery powered, prop replica lightsaber featuring sound, light, and motion sensitivity. Master Replicas launched the first Force FX Lightsaber, an Anakin Skywalker (AOTC) Force FX Lightsaber, in 2002 to coincide with the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The company released a total of 12 Star Wars Force FX lightsabers between 2002 and 2007, selling over 1 million units. Hasbro took over the Star Wars Force FX lightsaber line in 2008 and continues to manufacture and release new Force FX lighsabers.


Master Replicas Force FX Lightsabers COMPLETE LIST
2002
Anakin Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (AOTC)
2003
Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber (ANH)
Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (ROTJ)
2004
Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (ESB)
Mace Windu Force FX Lightsaber (AOTC)
2005
Anakin Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (ROTS)
Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber (ESB)
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Force FX (ROTJ) (2nd Generation)
2006
Darth Maul Force FX Lightsaber (TPM)
Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Lightsaber (ROTS)
2007
Luke Skywalker Force FX Lightsaber (ANH)
Yoda Lightsaber Force FX Lightsaber (AOTC)

Full Scale Prop Replica Lightsabers

Master Replicas released four different categories of full scale, high-end prop replica lightsabers: Limited Edition (LE), Signature Edition (SE), Elite Edition (EE), and Collector Edition (CE).

Limited Edition (LE) Lightsabers

Whenever possible, Master Replicas Limited Edition lightsabers are copied directly from the actual movie prop from the Lucasfilm archives. Alternatively, some designs reference Lucasfilm-supplied reference images and ILM computer files. Limited Edition lightsabers were released in limited runs up to 7500 units.

Master Replicas Limited Edition Lightsabers COMPLETE LIST

2002
Count Dooku Lightsaber (AOTC) LE [3500 units]
Darth Vader Lightsaber (ANH) LE [7500 units]
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ANH) LE [2500 units]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber (AOTC) LE [2500 units]
Yoda Lightsaber (AOTC) LE [2500 units]
2003
Darth Maul Lightsaber (Battle Damaged) (TPM) LE [750 units]
Darth Maul Lightsaber (TPM) LE [3000 units]
Darth Vader Lightsaber (ESB) LE [2500 units]
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ESB) LE [2500 units]
Mace Windu Lightsaber (AOTC) LE [1750 units]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber “As First Built By” LE [500 units]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber (ANH) LE [2500 units]
2004
Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber (AOTC) LE [1500 units]
2005
Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber (ROTS) LE [4500 units]
Darth Sideous Lightsaber (ROTS) LE [4000 units]
Darth Vader Lightsaber (ROTS) LE [3000 units]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber (ROTS) LE [4500 units]
Yoda Lightsaber (ROTS) LE [2900 units]
2006
Darth Vader Lightsaber (ROTJ) LE
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ANH) LE [2000 units]
Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber (TPM) LE [2500 units]

Signature Edition (SE) Lightsabers

Master Replicas Signature Edition (SE) lightsabers include the same prop replica design and quality as Limited Edition lightsabers along with a special display plaque signed by the actor. Signature Edition lightsabers also include a photo of the actor signing a plaque and a Signature Edition Certificate of Authenticity. Signature Edition lightsabers were limited to runs ranging between 500 and 1500 units.

Master Replicas Signature Edition Lightsabers COMPLETE LIST
2002
Count Dooku Lightsaber (AOTC) SE with Christopher Lee signature [1000 units]
Darth Vader Lightsaber (ANH) SE with James Earl Jones and David Prowse signatures [1000 units]
2003
Darth Maul Lightsaber (TPM) SE with Ray Park signature [1500 units]
Darth Vader Lightsaber (ESB) SE with James Earl Jones signaure [500 units]
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ESB) SE with Mark Hamill signature [1500 units]
Mace Windu Lightsaber (AOTC) SE with Samuel L. Jackson signature [750 units]
2004
Anakin Skywalker Lightsaber (AOTC) SE with Hayden Christiansen signature [750 units]
2006
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ANH) SE with Mark Hamill signature [750 units]
2007
Mara Jade Lightsaber (Expanded Universe) SE with Shannon McRandle signature [750 units]

Elite Edition (EE) Lightsabers

Elite Edition (EE) lightsabers use more premium materials to create a more idealized version of a ligthsaber prop replica than the more screen accurate Limited Edition (LE) lightsabers. Only two Elite Edition lightsabers were manufactured. Each was released as a Collectors Society Exclusive.

Master Replicas Elite Edition Lightsabers COMPLETE LIST
2004
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ROTJ) EE [750 units]
2005
Luke Skywalker Lightsaber (ANH) EE [1000 units]

Collector’s Edition (CE) Lightsaber

Collector’s Edition (CE) is an unnumbered prop replica with an unlimited production. Only one Collector’s Edition (CE) lightsaber was produced.

2006

  Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber CE (TPM)

0.45 Scale Replica Lightsabers

Affectionately called “mini” lightsabers, the Master Replicas 0.45 scale replica lightsabers are machined and made from die cast metal. Some hilt variation in the scale replica line differ from the standard finish, including: gold chase, dark chrome, light chrome, etc. Find a complete list of the Master Replicas 0.45 scale lightsabers here.

Other Master Replicas Products

Master Replicas also made other, non-lightsaber, Star Wars prop replicas and collectibles including: blasters, blue prints, helmets and other props. Master Replicas also produced officially licensed prop replicas and collectibles for other pop culture franchises including: Star Trek, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, among others.

Return of Master Replicas in 2017

Master Replicas relaunched in 2017 under the name Master Replicas Group. Master Replicas Group does not currently produce any Star Wars lightsabers, props, or collectibles. As of 2019, Master Replicas Group makes fossil replicas, space terrain replicas, 2001: A Space Odyssey replicas and collectibles among other items.

In January 2019, Master Replicas Group registered to use the original Master Replicas logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The company states, “Master Replicas Group will continue to operate under that name but is using the classic Master Replicas logo in the branding of their products.” (Source: Master Replicas Group Press Release 2/5/2019; Retrieved 8/3/2019)

Where to Buy Master Replicas Lightsabers

Since all Master Replicas lightsaber have been out of production since the company lost the Star Wars license in 2007, Master Replicas lightsabers are only available for purchase second hand. One of the better places to find second hand Master Replicas lightsabers is on eBay. You could also search Amazon and various lightsaber-themed forums and Facebook groups for pre-owned Master Replicas lightsabers.

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COVER IMAGE
Master Replicas Qui-Gon Jinn Lightsaber LE (left) Credit: Master Replicas
Master Replicas Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX lightsaber (middle) Credit: Master Replicas
Master Replicas 0.45 Scale Darth Sidious Lightsaber (Dark Chrome) (right) Credit: SaberSourcing

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