George Lucas Brings Lawsuit to a Lightsaber Fight

Paul Lilly

For about two-hundred bucks, you can pick up the closest thing you'll ever get to a real-life lightsaber, that being the S3 Spyder Arctic from Wicked Lasers. A tad on the pricey side, sure, but totally worth it to wield "the most dangerous laser ever created," as Wicked Lasers warns.

Sounds a lot like the lightsaber found in the Star Wars flicks, and according to George Lucas, it looks like one too. So much, in fact, that Lucas and his firm, Lucasfilm, sent a cease and desist order to Wicked Lasers.

"It is apparent from the design of the Pro Arctic Laser that it was intended to resemble the hilts of our lightsaber swords, which are protected by copyright," the C&D order states.

The letter goes on to call the S3 Spyder Arctic "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns, and other damage to people and/or property."

That second part actually appears to be true, and to address safety concerns, Wicked Lasers made a number of changes to its device, such as adding an adjustable power mode, adjustable wave mode, secure lock/unlock mode, and a training lens that reduces the power output by 80 percent to prevent accidents of untrained, customers.

Check out the alleged lightsaber lookalike here , and then tell us if you think Lucas and Co. have a legal leg to stand on.

Image Credit: Wicked Lasers

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